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

Note: Live coverage of the Republican National Convention on ABC, CBS and NBC could result in greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.3/6 6.58
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – F 0.9/4 3.27
Bones (FOX) – F 0.8/4 3.79
BattleBots (ABC) 0.7/3 3.14
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.78
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 1.1/5 4.96
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.7/7 5.61
Greatest Hits (ABC) 0.7/3 2.89
Home Free (FOX) 0.4/2 1.69
Beauty and the Beast (The CW) 0.2/1 0.75
10 p.m. Republican National Convention (NBC) 1.1/4 4.02
Republican National Convention (CBS) 0.7/3 3.39
Republican National Convention (ABC) 0.7/3 3.24


“Big Brother” held onto its spot atop Thursday’s adults 18-49 ratings despite falling week to week. The CBS show posted a 1.7 in adults 18-49, down 0.2 vs. a week ago.

The season finale of “Bones” scored a 0.8 for FOX, even with last week’s fast nationals (it rose to 0.9 in the finals). “Home Free” (0.4) was down a tenth.

ABC, CBS and NBC combined for a 2.5 in adults 18-49 and 10.65 million viewers (pending updates) for the final night of the Republican National Convention. Those are the best numbers of the week for the convention but are currently down from the close of the 2012 RNC (12.02 million).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.92 3.52 3.09 2.74 0.76


Late-night metered market ratings to come.

: 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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