Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 2.3/8 8.77
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 2.0/7 9.62
You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) – P 1.2/4 5.00
Beyond the Tank (ABC) 1.1/3 4.01
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 1.1/3 2.84
8:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 1.6/5 7.60
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.7/6 7.79
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.6/5 7.07
My Diet Is Better Than Yours (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 0.7/2 2.08
The 100 (The CW) 0.6/2 1.67
9:30 p.m. Angel from Hell (CBS) 1.4/4 6.71
10 p.m. Shades of Blue (NBC) 1.3/4 6.51
Elementary (CBS) 1.1/4 6.09


Thursday was a pretty ho-hum night in the ratings. “You, Me and the Apocalypse” premiered to a 1.2 for NBC, a slight upgrade from the last few episodes of “Heroes Reborn.” “The Blacklist” was even at 1.6, and “Shades of Blue” fell a tenth vs. last week to 1.3.

On CBS, “Angel from Hell” (1.4) and “Elementary” (1.1) held even with last week, and a “Mom” rerun at 8:30 was in line with its average for originals at 9. “American Idol” was off a tenth for FOX, as were both “Legends of Tomorrow” (1.1) and “The 100” (0.6) for The CW. “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” concluded with a 0.7, up a tenth from last week. “Beyond the Tank” (1.1) was up 0.1.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.3/8 1.5/5 1.4/4 0.9/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (millions) 8.77 7.32 6.19 2.25 2.72


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.7/4, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.0/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.5/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 0.9/3

: 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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