Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 25, 2017

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Beat Shazam (FOX) – P 1.2/5 3.57
Celebrity Ninja Warrior (NBC) – S 1.1/4 4.24
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 0.9/4 6.37
The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.63
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.78
8:30 p.m. Superior Donuts (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.46
American Housewive (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.27
9 p.m. Love Connection (FOX) – P 1.1/4 3.37
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (NBC) – S 0.9/4 3.95
Mom (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.00
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.6/2 2.45
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.68
9:30 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.67
Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.44
10 p.m. Red Nose Day (NBC) – S 0.7/3 2.72
The Amazing Race (CBS) 0.6/3 3.58
Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.43
10:30 p.m. Speechless (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.07


The summer season of TV began Thursday, with just a handful of originals and a lot of reruns. Two of those originals, however — FOX’s “Beat Shazam” and “Love Connection” — put up decent premiere numbers.

“Beat Shazam,” a music game show hosted by Jamie Foxx, opened to a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, the best of the night. “Love Connection,” an update of the 1980s series with Andy Cohen, was right behind at 1.1. FOX led the night in adults 18-49.

NBC’s Red Nose Day programming to raise money for fighting child poverty started reasonably well with “Celebrity Ninja Warrior” (1.1), then tailed off later in the night with “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (0.9) and the “Red Nose Day” special itself (0.7). The latter was up a tenth of a point from 0.6 last year.

“The Amazing Race” posted a season-low 0.6 for CBS.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/4 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 3.47 3.64 4.24 2.42 0.73


Late-night metered market ratings to come.


: 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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