Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, March 31, 2016

The numbers for Thursday, which include several shows improving on last week, an uptick for a season finale and a so-so premiere on CBS:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.4/13 13.97
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.2/8 7.80
American Idol (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 2.1/7 9.06
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.7/2 2.06
You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) – F 0.6/2 2.79
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) (8:30-9:30 p.m.) – F 1.8/6 7.44
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) 1.8/6 6.49
The Blacklist (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.87
The 100 (The CW) 0.5/2 1.28
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.6/5 5.74
10 p.m. Shades of Blue (NBC) – F 1.1/4 5.36
Rush Hour (CBS) – P 1.1/4 5.10
The Catch (ABC) 1.0/4 5.03


“Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2 in adults 18-49) and “Scandal” (1.8) each improved their ratings by two tenths of a point over last week’s fast nationals (“Grey’s” rose to 2.1 in the finals a week ago). That was no help, however, to “The Catch,” which fell by two tenths from its premiere.

“American Idol” (2.1) had the biggest improvement week to week, rising by 0.4 a week ahead of its series finale. The finale of “Shades of Blue” (1.1) on NBC ticked up a tenth.

At CBS, “Rush Hour” premiered to a 1.1, equaling “Elementary’s” season premiere in the fall. “Life in Pieces” closed out its season with a 1.8, a bit below its 2.0 average, and “The Big Bang Theory” scored a season-low 3.4. “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.7) was even with its last episode, while “The 100” rose a tenth to 0.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/7 1.8/6 1.7/6 0.7/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 9.06 7.46 6.44 3.67 1.67


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.1/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/3

: 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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