Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 12, 2016

The numbers for Thursday, which included improvements for a trio of season finales and no big changes on the rest of the broadcast slate:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – F 3.3/14 14.45
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/8 7.67
Bones (FOX) 0.8/3 4.17
Strong (NBC) 0.7/3 2.60
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.6/2 1.88
8:30 p.m. The Odd Couple (CBS) 1.6/6 8.56
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.8/6 8.44
Scandal (ABC) – F 1.8/6 6.65
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.3/4 6.44
American Grit (FOX) 0.6/2 1.89
The 100 (The CW) 0.4/1 1.18
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) – F 1.7/6 7.04
10 p.m. Rush Hour (CBS) 0.9/3 4.56
The Catch (ABC) 0.9/3 4.22
Game of Silence (NBC) 0.7/3 3.39


The season finales of “The Big Bang Theory” and “2 Broke Girls” on CBS and “Scandal” on ABC all posted improved ratings compared to last week. “Big Bang” (3.3 in adults 18-49) and “Scandal” (1.8) were each up three tenths of a point week to week, and “2 Broke Girls” (1.7) improved by a tenth.

“Mom” also rose by 0.3 for CBS, scoring a 1.8, while “The Odd Couple” (1.6) and “Rush Hour” (0.9) were even with last week. At ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” rose a tenth to 2.1, and “The Catch” was even at 0.9.

“Bones” fell a tenth of a point to 0.8 for FOX. NBC’s “The Blacklist” (1.3) ticked up a tenth with its next-to-last episode of the season. The CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow” and “The 100” both matched their numbers from a week ago.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.6/6 0.9/3 0.7/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 7.93 6.18 4.14 3.03 1.53


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

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

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 0.9/3

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.4/4

: 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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