Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

The numbers for Thursday include good news for CBS and not-so-good news for NBC:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.6/13 16.66
Superstore (NBC) 1.2/4 4.46
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) 1.2/4 3.68
The Great American Baking Show (ABC) 1.0/4 5.02
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.03
8:30 p.m. The Great Indoors (CBS) 1.9/7 9.67
The Good Place (NBC) 1.0/4 3.55
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.7/6 8.46
Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.6/6 7.02
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.2/4 6.22
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) 1.1/4 3.46
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.80
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.4/5 6.71
10 p.m. The Blacklist (NBC) 1.0/4 5.18
Pure Genius (CBS) 0.8/3 5.32


“The Big Bang Theory” delivered its best ratings since early in the season Thursday and led CBS to a win for the night. The show drew a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49, its best showing since episode 2 of the season. “The Great Indoors” (1.9, tying its season high), “Mom” (season-high 1.7) and “Life in Pieces” (1.4) were all up from their last airings.

The news wasn’t so good for NBC, whose Thursday lineup returned lower after nearly two months off. “Superstore” (1.2) was even with its last 8 p.m. showing, but “The Good Place” (1.0), “Chicago Med” (1.2) and “The Blacklist” (1.0) were all down 0.2 vs. their last new episodes.

ABC got solid ratings from its special “Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers,” which earned a 1.6 over its two hours. Two episodes of “Hell’s Kitchen” averaged 1.2 for FOX, in line with its usual performance.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.4/5 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.69 6.35 3.57 5.13 0.91


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/4, 2.4/6

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.6/3, 2.1/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.2/6

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.5/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

: 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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