Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday, which saw a number of shows improve on last week’s numbers and a finale that was on par with the show’s recent performance:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 1.9/7 9.93
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 1.3/5 4.67
The Flash (The CW) 1.3/5 3.37
NCIS (CBS) – R 1.2/4 10.09
New Girl (FOX) 1.0/4 2.47
8:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) 1.0/4 3.48
Grandfathered (FOX) 0.6/2 1.85
9 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) 1.8/6 8.96
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 1.1/4 8.59
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 1.0/3 3.25
New Girl (FOX) 0.8/3 1.97
Containment (The CW) 0.6/2 1.65
9:30 p.m. New Girl (FOX) – R 0.7/2 1.78
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.7/6 8.26
Limitless (CBS) – F 1.1/4 5.71
Beyond the Tank (ABC) 0.5/2 2.07


The season finale of “Limitless” on CBS scored a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, even with last week and with four of its last five episodes of the season.

Several other shows improved their numbers vs. a week ago. “Chicago Med” scored a 1.8 for NBC, the top scripted performance of the night. It was up two tenths vs. last week. “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.3) and “The Real O’Neals” (1.0) were also up 0.2 for ABC.

“The Flash” (1.3) and “Containment” (0.6) each rose a tenth over last week’s numbers for The CW. ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD” (1.0) and the first of two “New Girl” episodes on FOX (1.0) were also up a tenth (the second, at 9 p.m. ET, scored a 0.8). So was “The Voice,” which drew a 1.9.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.8/6 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (millions) 9.05 8.13 3.13 2.51 2.02


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“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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