Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 3, 2016

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.2/8 7.67
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 1.9/7 8.68
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.9/7 10.01
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.9/3 2.29
You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) 0.5/2 2.34
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.8/6 8.43
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.7/6 8.00
The Family (ABC) – P 1.5/5 5.74
The 100 (The CW) 0.5/2 1.42
Blindspot (NBC) – R 0.4/1 2.17
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.7/5 6.71
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.4/5 4.59
Elementary (CBS) 1.1/4 5.81
Shades of Blue (NBC) 1.0/3 4.73


ABC’s drama “The Family” got to a mediocre start Thursday, drawing a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, below “Scandal’s” usual number in the hour. That it was against weaker than usual competition, since “The Blacklist” had the night off for NBC, doesn’t look great for the show. (“The Family” was also lower than most TVBTN users thought it would be.)

On the plus side for ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2) was up week to week and had the night’s best 18-49 rating. “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.4) was off a tenth from last week.

“Life in Pieces” (1.8) fell 0.3 vs. last week without an original “Big Bang Theory” as a lead-in. “Mom” (1.7), “2 Broke Girls” (1.7) and “Elementary” (1.1), however, were largely unaffected; “Mom” was off 0.1 and the others were even.

“American Idol” (1.9) was down two tenths from last week for FOX. “Shades of Blue” (1.0) was steady for NBC despite a much softer lead-in with a “Blindspot” rerun in place of “The Blacklist.” “Legends of Tomorrow” held at 0.9 for The CW, but “The 100” slipped a tenth to 0.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/6 1.7/6 1.6/5 0.7/2 0.7/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.68 6.00 7.46 1.85 3.08


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/4, 2.5/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.8/5

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

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

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 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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