Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 17, 2016

Note: CBS’ live coverage of the NCAA tournament will result in greater than usual adjustments in the final nationals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/7 7.89
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.7/6 8.12
NCAA Tournament (CBS) 1.2/4 4.13
You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) 0.6/2 2.79
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.30
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) 1.6/5 6.51
NCAA Tournament (CBS) 1.3/4 4.10
The Blacklist (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.70
The 100 (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.85
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – F 1.4/5 5.48
NCAA Tournament (CBS) 1.3/4 4.27
Shades of Blue (NBC) 1.0/4 5.02


The season finale of “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.4 rating in adults 18-49) was even with its numbers last week, as were both “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.1) and “Scandal” (1.6; it adjusted up to 1.7 in the finals last week).

CBS’ coverage of the NCAA tournament currently sits at 1.3, pending adjustments. The network had two marquee teams (Indiana and Kentucky) in its prime-time games, but both scored blowout wins, which may have driven viewers to the games on cable.

“American Idol” (1.7) was down a tenth vs. last week for FOX. NBC’s “Shades of Blue” held steady at 1.0.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.7/6 1.3/4 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.12 6.63 4.17 3.50 1.08


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/4, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.1/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (delayed): 0.4/2, 1.2/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/4

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

: 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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