Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Note: NBC affiliates in Los Angeles and San Francisco 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 1.2/5 7.12
Gotham (FOX) – P 1.0/4 3.13
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.9/4 3.95
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.33
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.4/2 1.60
8:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 1.0/4 5.98
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/4 6.01
The Orville (FOX) 1.1/4 4.04
Scandal (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.48
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.4/1 1.21
9:30 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.9/4 5.00
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.13
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.6/3 3.29
Zoo (CBS) – F 0.5/2 2.91
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.02


FOX’s “The Orville” debuted in its regular home Thursday night, along with “Gotham,” and it was a good(ish) news-bad news situation.

The good(ish) news: The two shows combined for a 1.1 average among adults 18-49, slightly better than the premiere week performance of “Rosewood” and “Pitch” (0.9 average) a year ago. At 1.0, “Gotham” was in line with its 2016-17 average of 1.1. (It premiered to a 1.3 last fall.)

The bad news: That 1.1 came against mostly rerun competition, and “The Orville” (1.1) fell to half its 18-49 rating following FOX’s NFL coverage on Sunday. A sizable drop was predictable, but FOX was probably hoping for not quite that much.

Elsewhere, the season finale of “Zoo” drew a 0.5 for CBS. “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” each scored a 0.4 on The CW.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/4 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 3.59 4.99 3.73 2.61 1.38


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.6/3, 1.6/4

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 2.0/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.4/2, 2.3/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.4/5

“The 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.

  • ‘The Orville,’ ‘Gotham,’ ‘Zoo’ and CW originals unchanged: Thursday final ratings – TV By The Numbers by

    […] Teller: Fool Us” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on The CW –all maintained their initial adults 18-49 ratings in the […]


  • ‘The Orville,’ ‘Gotham,’ ‘Zoo’ and CW originals unchanged: Thursday final ratings ‹ Bully Pulpit

    […] “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on The CW –all maintained their initial adults 18-49 ratings in the […]


blog comments powered by Disqus