Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Note: CBS’ live NFL coverage will result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the final nationals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NFL Thursday Night Kickoff (CBS) 2.7/11 9.46
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – P 2.4/9 8.59
Superstore (NBC) – P 1.4/6 5.45
Rosewood (FOX) – P 0.7/3 3.59
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.32
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (CBS) (8:30-11 p.m.) 4.3/15 13.02
The Good Place (NBC) 1.3/5 5.17
9 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) – P 1.4/5 6.95
Notorious (ABC) – P 1.2/4 5.43
Pitch (FOX) – P 1.1/4 4.28
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.96
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – P 1.4/5 5.15
The Blacklist (NBC) – P 1.3/5 6.40


The string of strong series premieres for new shows in the first week of the season came to an end Thursday night, as both ABC’s “Notorious” and FOX’s “Pitch” put up soft ratings.

“Notorious” earned a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49, losing half of its “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-in. “Pitch” built on its “Rosewood” lead-in but managed only a 1.1. Every previous new series debut had scored at least a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic.

The news wasn’t a lot better elsewhere. On the bright side, CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” is currently showing improvements on last week’s opener, pending updates. “Grey’s” was solid for ABC, coming in below last season’s premiere (2.8) but topping its 2015-16 average.

“How to Get Away with Murder” posted a 1.4, well off last season’s premiere of 2.6 and its Season 2 average of 1.8, but at least recovered a bit of the audience “Notorious” lost.

At NBC, “Superstore” (1.4) matched its finale last season but was 0.4 below its premiere rating, while “The Good Place” (1.3) lost a point from its “Voice”-assisted premiere Monday. “Chicago Med” tied its series low with a 1.4, while “The Blacklist” (1.3) was half a point off of its debut last year and a tenth below its 2015-16 average.

FOX’s “Rosewood” (0.7) also recorded a series low, a tenth behind its finale last spring.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.0/14 1.7/6 1.3/5 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 12.42 6.39 6.22 3.93 1.14


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.9/5

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

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

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

: 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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