Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 19, 2016

The numbers for Thursday, including six season finales, four of which were either up or steady with their ratings from a week ago:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – F 2.3/9 8.12
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.7/7 8.45
Bones (FOX) 0.8/3 4.19
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – F 0.7/3 1.87
Strong (NBC) 0.6/2 2.51
8:30 p.m. The Odd Couple (CBS) 1.5/6 7.17
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – F 1.7/6 8.00
The Blacklist (NBC) – F 1.3/4 6.71
The Catch (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 0.9/3 4.07
American Grit (FOX) 0.6/2 1.99
The 100 (The CW) – F 0.5/2 1.31
9:30 p.m. The Odd Couple (CBS) 1.4/5 6.06
10 p.m. Rush Hour (CBS) 0.9/3 4.18
Game of Silence (NBC) 0.7/2 3.33


Three of the six season finales on the broadcast networks improved on their numbers from a week ago. “Grey’s Anatomy” led the night with a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49, up two tenths from last week (and up a tenth from its finale last season). “The 100” (0.5) rose a tenth for The CW, and “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.7) is up from last week’s fast nationals (and even with its final number).

The finale “The Blacklist” on NBC was even with last week’s 1.3. “Mom” (1.7) on CBS, however, was down a tenth from last week, while the two-hour season ender for “The Catch” averaged a 0.9, off 0.1 from last week’s 1.0 for ABC.

“Bones” held steady with a 0.8 for FOX. Two episodes of “The Odd Couple” (1.5 and 1.4) were off a bit from the 1.6 the show’s single episode scored last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/5 1.3/5 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.34 5.42 4.18 3.09 1.59


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”: 0.4/2, 1.8/5

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

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

: 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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