Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 15, 2018

Note: CBS’ live NCAA Tournament coverage may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the final ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NCAA Tournament (CBS) (8-9:30 p.m.) 2.0/8 6.36
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.8/7 7.25
Superstore (NBC) 1.0/4 3.90
Gotham (FOX) 0.6/2 2.51
Tough Mudder: Tougher Together (The CW) – S 0.2/1 0.60
8:30 p.m. AP Bio (NBC) 0.8/3 3.03
9 p.m. Will & Grace (NBC) 1.2/5 4.66
Scandal (ABC) 1.1/4 4.86
Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) 0.6/2 2.58
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.55
9:30 p.m. NCAA Tournament (CBS) (9:30-11 p.m.) 1.4/5 4.79
Champions (NBC) 0.7/3 2.99
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – F 1.0/4 4.04
Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.6/2 3.73

 

The season finale of “How to Get Away with Murder” improved on last week’s episode, helping ABC to a small ratings bump.

“HTGAWM” scored a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49, up from 0.9 last week (but down from 1.4 for last year’s finale). “Grey’s Anatomy” was also up a tenth of a point at 1.8, while “Scandal” held steady at 1.1.

CBS led primetime with the opening night of its NCAA Tournament coverage. Pending updates, the network averaged 5.57 million viewers and 1.7 in adults 18-49, up from a preliminary 4.6 million and 1.3 last year.

“Will & Grace” (1.2) rose two tenths over last week’s finals, and “AP Bio” was up a tenth at 0.8. “Superstore” and “Champions” were both even with their final numbers a week ago.

FOX’s “Gotham” hit a series-low 0.6, and “Showtime at the Apollo” was steady, also at 0.6.

Network averages:

CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 1.3/5 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.57 5.38 3.67 2.54 0.57

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.0/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.5/3, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R (delayed by NCAA Tournament): 0.3/2, 1.2/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” (delayed): 0.2/2, 0.8/3

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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