Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 10, 2016

Note: CBS and The CW had pre-emptions in several markets for college basketball.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.5/13 14.49
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/7 7.57
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.8/6 7.60
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.7/2 2.06
You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) 0.6/2 2.37
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.1/7 8.82
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.8/6 8.05
Scandal (ABC) 1.6/5 6.00
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.7/2 3.10
The 100 (The CW) 0.4/1 1.25
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.7/6 6.68
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.4/5 4.79
Elementary (CBS) 1.1/4 5.65
Shades of Blue (NBC) 1.0/4 4.86

 

“The Big Bang Theory” led Thursday’s ratings, as it just about always does, but the show turned in a season-low 3.5 rating in adults 18-49. It was down 0.3 from its last original episode. On the plus side for CBS, “Life in Pieces” rose 0.3 week to week to a 2.1, and the rest of its lineup was steady.

Both “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.7, -0.2) and “The 100” (0.4, -0.1) turned in season lows for The CW, as did “Scandal” (1.6) on ABC. “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.1) fell slightly for ABC, and “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.4) was even with last week.

“American Idol” (1.8) fell three tenths week to week on FOX, while “Shades of Blue” (1.0) continued to hold at 1.0 for NBC.

Network averages:

CBS FOX ABC NBC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/6 1.8/6 1.7/6 0.8/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.23 7.60 6.12 3.44 1.66

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.1/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/3, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.4/3, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

Definitions:
Rating
: 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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