Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, May 26, 2016

The numbers for Thursday, which was the start of summer on network TV and thus the start of most everything’s 18-49 rating starting with a zero:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.4/6 7.21
500 Questions (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 0.9/3 5.00
Bones (FOX) 0.8/3 4.52
Strong (NBC) 0.7/3 2.58
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.00
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 1.0/4 5.16
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 1.0/4 5.29
Red Nose Day (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.6/2 2.16
American Grit (FOX) 0.5/2 1.82
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.15
9:30 p.m. The Odd Couple (CBS) – R 0.9/3 4.43
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.09
Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.97
10:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.55


Broadcast TV’s offseason started Thursday, as indicated by the ratings. Only three shows — reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.4), “Life in Pieces” (1.0) and “Mom” (1.0) on CBS — made it above the 1.0 mark in adults 18-49 in primetime.

The premiere of “500 Questions” on ABC scored a 0.9, down from 1.2 for its debut last year. “Bones” (0.8) was even with last week for FOX, while “American Grit” fell a tenth to 0.5.

NBC’s “Strong” held steady at 0.7. The network’s “Red Nose Day” special (0.6) didn’t draw much of an audience but did help raise more than $31 million for anti-poverty causes.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.05 4.25 3.17 2.30 1.07


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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