Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Note: The live “Thursday Night Football” telecast on CBS will result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the final national ratings. 

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Thursday Night Kickoff (CBS) 2.3/9 8.52
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/8 7.69
Superstore (NBC) 1.2/5 4.39
Rosewood (FOX) 0.8/3 3.48
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – P 0.6/2 1.84
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (CBS) 3.0/11 10.08
The Good Place (NBC) 1.2/5 4.22
9 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) 1.3/4 6.74
Notorious (ABC) 0.9/3 3.99
Pitch (FOX) 0.8/3 2.93
Supernatural (The CW) – P 0.8/3 2.18
10 p.m. The Blacklist (NBC) 1.1/4 5.85
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.1/4 4.01

 

“Supernatural” opened its 12th season on The CW Thursday with pretty steady ratings. It drew a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49, down 0.1 from its premiere last year but ahead of its average from a season ago. The news was less good for “Legends of Tomorrow,” which began its second season with a 0.6, half of its series premiere last season and tying its low mark from 2015-16.

ABC, NBC and FOX each fell some vs. last week. At ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.1) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.1) were each off a tenth vs. last week, while “Notorious” stayed below the 1.0 mark with a 0.9 (even with last week).

FOX’s “Rosewood” came down a tenth to 0.8, while “Pitch” fell two tenths to a 0.8 opposite live baseball on Fox Sports 1. NBC’s “Superstore” and “The Good Place” each posted a 1.2, down 0.1 and 0.2 from their respective fast nationals last week (“Superstore” adjusted up to 1.4 in the finals). “The Blacklist” was also down a tenth to 1.1, while “Chicago Med” held at 1.3.

CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” telecast is currently showing some improvement with a 3.1, pending updates, vs. a preliminary 2.5 last week.

Network averages:

CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.9/11 1.3/5 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 9.82 5.23 5.63 3.21 2.01

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.5/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: n/a, delayed by NFL overrun

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: n/a, delayed

Definitions:
Rating
: 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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