Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

In Vegas for the NCAA Tournament opening games. This city feels like one continuous episode of "Cops" to me.
"Cops" had an extraordinary run on FOX, and here is my small contribution to the history of the show. For much of its run, each episode would focus on a city. Vegas of course was prominently featured.
In the final few years of its FOX tenure, we shifted to themes. I was thinking one day of doing a themed episode about busting prostitutes, and were lots of segments from which to choose. Suddenly it hit me: What about a Holiday episode of "Cops" entitled "HO HO HO"?
I pitched it at a Current meeting, and the rest is history. One of my proudest moments.

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.0/8 7.95
NCAA Tournament (CBS) (8-9:30 p.m.) 1.3/5 4.72
Superstore (NBC) 1.1/4 4.20
Masterchef Junior (FOX) 1.1/4 3.90
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.60
8:30 p.m. Trial & Error (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.19
9 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) 1.4/5 7.17
Scandal (ABC) 1.4/5 5.80
Kicking and Screaming (FOX) 0.6/2 2.02
The Vampire Diaires (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.38
9:30 p.m. NCAA Tournament (CBS) (9:30-11 p.m.) 1.3/5 4.47
10 p.m. The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) 0.8/3 4.18
The Catch (ABC) 0.8/3 3.93


Thursday was a good night to be a medical drama on the broadcast networks. Both “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.0 rating among adults 18-49) and “Chicago Med” (1.4) improved on last week’s numbers, with “Grey’s” rising 0.1 for ABC and “Chicago Med” up 0.2 for NBC.

CBS’ NCAA Tournament coverage drew a 1.3 for the night, pending updates, even with the early numbers for the opening Thursday of the 2016 tournament. It was up a little in viewers (4.6 million vs. 4.17 million last year).

ABC’s “Scandal” and “The Catch” both matched their numbers from a week ago. “Superstore” (1.1) was also even with its last new episode on NBC, and “The Blacklist: Redemption” equaled last week’s preliminary 0.8 (it adjusted down in the finals). “Kicking and Screaming” dipped a tenth to 0.6 for FOX, while “Masterchef Junior” was steady at 1.1.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/5 1.3/5 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.89 4.60 5.01 2.96 0.49


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: n/a, delayed by NCAA Tournament overrun

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: n/a, delayed

: 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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