Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, June 30, 2016

The numbers for Thursday, including a middling debut for a music series on ABC and slightly improved numbers for “Big Brother” on CBS:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.4/6 7.00
Olympic Trials: Swimming (NBC) 1.2/5 5.25
BattleBots (ABC) 0.9/4 3.61
Bones (FOX) – R 0.5/2 2.41
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.83
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 1.1/5 5.22
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.8/7 5.77
Greatest Hits (ABC) – P 1.1/5 4.80
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) 1.0/4 3.71
Home Free (FOX) 0.5/2 1.91
Beauty and the Beast (The CW) 0.2/1 0.76
10 p.m. Match Game (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.69
Code Black (CBS) – R 0.7/3 3.44
Aquarius (NBC) 0.4/2 1.96


The premiere of ABC’s music series “Greatest Hits” was not a chart-topper Thursday, but it put up a not-bad-for-summer 1.1 rating in adults 18-49. The show was the No. 3 original program on the night behind “Big Brother” (1.8) and NBC’s Olympic swimming trials coverage (1.2).

“Big Brother’s” rating was 0.1 higher than last Thursday’s episode and easily led the night. “BattleBots” (0.9) was off a tenth from its premiere last week on ABC, while “Spartan” rose 0.2 for NBC.

FOX’s “Home Free” (0.5), NBC’s “Aquarius” (0.4) and The CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” (0.2) all were even with last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.11 4.04 3.64 2.16 0.79


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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