Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.8/14 15.73
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 2.7/9 9.99
Heroes Reborn (NBC) 1.0/3 3.73
Beyond the Tank (ABC) – P 1.0/3 4.29
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.75
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.2/8 9.44
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.8/6 8.76
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.6/5 7.45
My Diet Is Better Than Yours (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – P 0.7/2 2.41
The Originals (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.51
9:30 p.m. Angel From Hell (CBS) – P 1.6/5 8.04
10 p.m. Shades of Blue (NBC) – P 1.8/6 8.57
Elementary (CBS) 1.2/4 6.71


The premiere of “Shades of Blue” (1.8 in adults 18-49) put up solid numbers for NBC Thursday, building on its “Blacklist” lead-in (1.6) and scoring the network’s best in-season, regular series rating in that timeslot in close to four years (since “Awake’s” 2.0 in March 2012). “The Blacklist” was also up a tenth from its fall finale.

CBS got steady numbers from the premiere of “Angel from Hell,” whose 1.6 matched the fall average for “2 Broke Girls” at 9:30 p.m. “Life in Pieces” (2.2) and “Mom” (1.8) were also on the high side, with “Mom” tying its season best. “Elementary” also hit a season high at 1.2.

“American Idol” (2.7) was down 0.2 from Wednesday’s premiere, while ABC’s unscripted lineup sunk. “Beyond the Tank” managed only a 1.0, while “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” premiered to a weak 0.7.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.7/9 2.0/7 1.5/5 0.8/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.99 9.23 6.58 3.04  0.63


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 1.1/5, 2.9/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/2, 1.7/4

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

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

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