Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Note: CBS affiliates in Miami and Cincinnati carried the NFL Network telecast of “Thursday Night Football,” which could result in greater adjustments than usual for the network.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.4/9 8.34
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.4/6 6.80
Superstore (NBC) 1.2/5 4.37
Rosewood (FOX) 0.8/3 3.60
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.19
8:30 p.m. Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – R 1.3/5 5.49
The Good Place (NBC) 1.2/5 4.38
9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.4/5 5.83
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.3/4 6.71
Notorious (ABC) 1.1/4 4.57
Pitch (FOX) 1.0/4 3.69
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.96
9:30 p.m. Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – R 1.2/4 4.82
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 1.3/5 4.39
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.1/4 6.05
Bull (CBS) – R 0.9/3 4.47


“Grey’s Anatomy” ruled Thursday’s broadcast ratings, scoring a 2.4 in adults 18-49 and leading its closest competitor by a full point. (“Thursday Night Football” aired solely on the NFL Network this week, except for a couple of local pre-emptions on CBS affiliates.)

New shows “Pitch” (1.0), “Notorious” (1.1) and “The Good Place” (1.2) all stayed fairly close to their week-ago numbers. “Notorious” was even with last week’s finals, while “Pitch” was down a tenth and “The Good Place” dipped two tenths.

FOX’s “Rosewood” improved slightly on its premiere, rising a tenth of a point to 0.8. “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.3) and “Chicago Med” (1.3) each dipped by a tenth, while “The Blacklist” fell two tenths to a 1.1 and “Superstore” was off by 0.3 at 1.2. CBS’ reruns may come down a bit in the finals due to NFL pre-emptions.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/6 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.77 5.31 5.71 3.64 1.07


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.5/7

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.1/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

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