Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday have “America’s Got Talent” at its usual level following an Olympics hiatus and a series premiere on NBC also doing pretty well:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.4/9 11.07
Bachelor in Paradise (ABC) 1.4/5 4.85
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.8/3 7.30
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.35
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.88
8:30 p.m. New Girl (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.06
9 p.m. Zoo (CBS) 0.8/3 4.86
Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise (ABC) 0.7/2 2.82
Lucifer (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.34
MADtv (The CW) 0.2/1 0.66
10 p.m. Better Late Than Never (NBC) – P 1.6/6 7.35
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.89
The View: 20 Years in the Making (ABC) – S 0.4/2 2.68


The debut of “Better Late Than Never” on NBC pulled in pretty good ratings Tuesday night. The travel show featuring William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw scored a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49, good for second overall on the night and the top series premiere on the Big 4 networks this summer.

“America’s Got Talent” earned a 2.4 in its return, in line with its season average. “Bachelor in Paradise” (1.4) on ABC and “Zoo” (0.8) on CBS were each up 0.1 vs. last week. A retrospective special on “The View” didn’t do much for ABC, managing just a 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/8 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.4/1 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.83 3.45 5.68 1.27 0.77


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 3.0/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

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

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/4, 1.4/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/1, 0.9/3

“Nightline”: 0.2/1, 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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