Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Note: NBC’s live “Thursday Night Football” telecast will result in greater than usual adjustments for the network. 

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.1/12 14.21
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/8 8.01
Football Night in Carolina (NBC) 2.1/8 7.43
Rosewood (FOX) 0.7/3 3.06
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.6/2 1.86
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (NBC) 2.7/10 9.61
The Great Indoors (CBS) 1.5/5 7.53
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.4/5 7.62
Notorious (ABC) 0.9/3 4.13
Pitch (FOX) 0.7/3 2.43
Supernatural (The CW) 0.7/3 1.79
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.4/5 6.63
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.4/5 4.94
Pure Genius (CBS) 0.9/3 5.46


The fall finales of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder” posted improved ratings for ABC Thursday night, and most shows weren’t affected much by the debut of “Thursday Night Football” on NBC.

“Grey’s” delivered a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49, up 0.2 vs. last week. “How to Get Away” tied its season high with a 1.4. “Notorious” was steady with last week at 0.9.

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” seemed most affected by “Thursday Night Football,” falling 0.3 vs. last week to a 3.1 and tying its season low. “The Great Indoors” (1.5) and “Mom” (1.4) were each down a tenth of a point, while “Life in Pieces” (1.4) and “Pure Genius” (0.9) were steady.

“TNF” posted a preliminary 2.7, pending updates, for the game between Carolina and New Orleans. That’s at the lower end of the spectrum for Thursday games on a broadcast network this season. “Rosewood” (0.7), “Pitch” (0.7) and “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.6) all matched their ratings from a week ago, and “Supernatural” (0.7) rose a tenth.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.6/10 1.5/5 1.5/5 0.7/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 9.25 7.82 5.69 2.75 1.82


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (delayed by NFL overrun): 0.9, 2.3

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.1/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.2/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” (delayed): 0.5, 1.2

“Nightline”: 0.5/4, 1.4/5

“The 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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