Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

Note: NBC affiliates in Houston and Cincinnati aired “Thursday Night Football,” which may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the final ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 6.39
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.9/4 5.04
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.9/4 4.00
Beat Shazam (FOX) – F 0.7/3 2.41
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.4/2 1.52
8:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.9/4 5.05
9 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.8/7 6.01
Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.0/4 4.90
Love Connection (FOX) – F 0.6/3 2.16
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.3/1 1.23
9:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.02
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.92
Zoo (CBS) 0.5/2 2.63


“Big Brother” topped Thursday night’s adults 18-49 ratings. The CBS show earned a 1.8 rating in the demographic, even with last week and well ahead of anything else on the broadcast networks.

The season finale of “Beat Shazam” on FOX drew a 0.7, down a tenth from last week. “Love Connection,” however, held steady at 0.6 with its finale. ABC’s special “Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson” came in at 1.0.

“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.4) and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (0.3) were both even as well.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.79 4.95 3.97 2.29 1.32


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.1/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/4, 2.2/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

: 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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