Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, June 23, 2016

The numbers for Thursday, including a sizable decline for a season premiere on ABC and a stumble for an NBC show airing on a new night:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.4/6 7.19
BattleBots (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.0/4 3.86
Bones (FOX) 0.9/4 4.42
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) – R 0.6/3 2.61
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.78
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 1.1/5 5.23
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.7/6 5.56
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) 0.7/3 2.66
Home Free (FOX) 0.5/2 2.19
Beauty and the Beast (The CW) 0.2/1 0.84
10 p.m. Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 1.1/5 4.66
Code Black (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.31
Aquarius (NBC) 0.4/2 1.77


The season premiere of “BattleBots” on ABC took a big hit Thursday compared to its series debut a year ago. The two-hour premiere averaged a 1.0 in adults 18-49, down 0.9 from its 2015 opener and 0.4 off its season average.

CBS’ “Big Brother” led the night with a 1.7, off 0.2 from its premiere Wednesday. “Bones” rose two tenths to a 0.9 on FOX, and “Beauty and the Beast” was even with last week’s 0.2 on The CW.

A Thursday episode of “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” managed only a 0.7, half of its last installment following “American Ninja Warrior” on Monday. “Aquarius” drew a 0.4, in line with last week.

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) 5.03 4.13 3.30 2.35 0.81


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.1/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.0/3

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

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