Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.

Note: CBS affiliates in Cincinnati and Cleveland 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 15.05
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.3/8 8.49
Heroes Reborn (NBC) 1.3/4 3.95
Bones (FOX) 1.2/4 5.35
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 0.6/2 1.35
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.3/8 9.19
9 p.m. Scandal (ABC) 2.3/7 8.03
Mom (CBS) – P 2.0/6 8.39
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.4/4 6.35
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 0.9/3 3.02
The Originals (The CW) 0.4/1 1.00
9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.7/5 7.21
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.9/6 6.50
Elementary (CBS) – P 1.5/5 6.64
The Player (NBC) 0.7/3 3.22


CBS opened its regular Thursday schedule to solid returns: “The Big Bang Theory” (3.8) led the night and was in its normal range, while “Life in Pieces” (2.3) had its best rating since its premiere, pending updates. “Mom” was down from last season’s debut but in line with the Season 2 finale, and “Elementary” opened with a 1.5, up from last season’s 1.2.

The other networks were pretty well in line with recent performances as well, with the one exception being NBC’s “Heroes Reborn.” It bumped up 0.3 vs. last week for its best showing since episode 2. “How to Get Away With Murder” (1.9) improved 0.1 for ABC, while “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.3) was off a tenth from its last episode and “Scandal” (2.3) was even.

FOX’s dramas came down a bit from their crossover-fueled numbers last week, but “Bones” (1.2) and “Sleepy Hollow” (0.9) were both in line with their season averages. “The Vampire Diaries” (0.6) was up 0.1 for The CW, while “The Originals” (0.4) was flat.

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) 8.85 7.67 4.51 4.19  1.18


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.7/4, 2.5/7

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.1/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/4, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.7/6

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

: 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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