Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015.

Note: CBS affiliates in New York City and Buffalo carried the NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” telecast, so numbers for the network may be subject to greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.8/13 15.29
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.2/7 7.99
Bones (FOX) 1.1/4 5.14
Heroes Reborn (NBC) 1.1/4 3.75
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 0.6/2 1.32
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.3/8 9.50
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) 2.2/7 7.70
Mom (CBS) 2.0/6 8.57
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.4/5 6.67
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 0.9/3 3.03
The Originals (The CW) 0.4/1 1.00
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) – P 2.0/6 7.68
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.9/6 6.69
Elementary (CBS) 1.3/5 6.44
The Player (NBC) 0.7/3 3.41


Thursday night’s ratings look remarkably similar to the early numbers from a week ago, which could be both good and bad.

On the good side, a number of shows, including “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “The Blacklist” and “The Vampire Diaries,” held steady with their performance last week. “The Big Bang Theory” was also even with its fast national number from last week and should hold onto most of that despite NFL pre-emptions on CBS, as kickoff time was 8:30 ET.

The rest of CBS’ lineup, including the premiere of “2 Broke Girls” (2.0), might take a hit. “Life in Pieces” and “Mom” are currently matching their early numbers from last week but came down 0.4 and 0.5 in the finals. “Elementary” is currently off 0.2 vs. last week and will probably come down as well.

“Heroes Reborn” took a step backward, falling two tenths after last week’s gains. “Bones” and “Sleepy Hollow” were flat, coming in just above and below the 1.0 line.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/7 2.1/7 1.1/4 1.0/3  0.5/2
Total Viewers (000s) 7.48 8.99 4.61 4.08  1.16


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/4, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.8/4, 2.3/6

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.6/3, 2.2/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.5/3, 1.4/5

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

: 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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