Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Note: CBS affiliates in Nashville and Jacksonville aired “Thursday Night Football,” so the network’s numbers may be subject to bigger adjustments than usual. 

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.4/13 14.41
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.2/8 8.00
Superstore (NBC) 1.3/5 4.15
Rosewood (FOX) 0.8/3 3.36
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.6/2 1.77
8:30 p.m. The Great Indoors (CBS) – P 2.0/7 9.25
The Good Place (NBC) 1.1/4 3.89
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – P 1.6/6 7.59
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.4/5 6.84
Notorious (ABC) 0.8/3 3.81
Pitch (FOX) 0.8/3 2.91
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.75
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – P 1.5/5 6.37
10 p.m. Pure Genius (CBS) – P 1.2/4 6.62
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.2/4 5.49
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.2/4 4.05


CBS debuted its regular Thursday schedule to mixed results, with numbers subject to change because of a couple pre-emptions for “Thursday Night Football.” As things stand now, “The Great Indoors” is showing a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49, a decent debut coming out of “The Big Bang Theory’s” 3.4. New drama “Pure Genius” (1.2), however, got off to a slower start. Pending updates, it’s tied with “How to Get Away with Murder” and “The Blacklist” at 10 p.m.

Also at CBS, “Mom” premiered to a 1.6, pending updates, in line with the 1.5 for its premiere last season. “Life in Pieces,” however, suffered some in its new timeslot, scoring a series-low 1.5.

NBC’s comedies “Superstore” (1.3) and “The Good Place” (1.1) were up 0.3 and 0.2 from last week’s season lows. “Chicago Med” (1.4) improved by two tenths of a point “The Blacklist” by a tenth. “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.2) was also up a tenth for ABC. “Rosewood” and “Pitch” (0.8 each) were in line with their averages on FOX, and “Legends of Tomorrow” (0.6) and “Supernatural” (0.6) both matched their fast national numbers from last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/7 1.4/5 1.3/5 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.47 5.29 5.45 3.13 1.76


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.3/6

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.5/3, 1.2/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.3/5

“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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