Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 2.4/8 9.28
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 2.2/8 11.02
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – P 1.2/4 3.14
Beyond the Tank (ABC) 1.0/3 4.32
Heroes Reborn (NBC) – F 1.0/3 3.79
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.0/6 8.81
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.7/6 8.51
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.5/5 7.3
The 100 (The CW) – P 0.7/2 1.98
My Diet Is Better Than Yours (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.7/2 2.27
9:30 p.m. Angel from Hell (CBS) 1.4/4 7.02
10 p.m. Shades of Blue (NBC) 1.4/5 6.93
Elementary (CBS) 1.1/4 6.32


The CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow” and “The 100” both opened pretty well Thursday — and gave the network a big ratings upgrade vs. its fall average on the night.

“Legends” premiered to a 1.2 in adults 18-49, in between the averages for its DC counterparts “The Flash” and “Arrow” and about double the same-day average for “The Vampire Diaries.” Season 3 of “The 100” drew a 0.7, up 0.2 from last season’s premiere and higher than any single episode from Season 2.

Elsewhere Thursday, CBS’ “Life in Pieces” (2.0) and “Mom” (1.7) were steady despite having a repeat “Big Bang Theory” as a lead-in. CBS’ “Angel from Hell” (1.4),  NBC’s “Shades of Blue” (1.4) and ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” (0.7) were each up a tenth compared to last week, while “American Idol” rose two tenths for FOX. The finale of “Heroes Reborn” was flat at 1.0.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.4/8 1.6/5 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (millions) 9.28 8.00 6.01 2.56 2.95


Late-night metered market results (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 1.0/5, 3.0/8

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.1/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/2, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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