Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday include season highs for the night’s top show and a return to normal levels for another series:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 1.9/7 10.10
NCIS (CBS) 1.7/6 14.49
The Middle (ABC) 1.4/5 6.05
The Flash (The CW) 1.2/4 3.10
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) 1.0/4 2.31
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.4/5 5.01
New Girl (FOX) 0.8/3 1.77
9 p.m. This Is Us (NBC) 2.8/9 10.93
Bull (CBS) 1.5/5 11.57
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 1.1/4 3.84
Scream Queens (FOX) 0.5/2 1.21
No Tomorrow (The CW) 0.3/1 0.86
9:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) 0.8/3 3.05
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.7/6 7.71
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.2/4 9.30
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 0.8/3 2.48


“This Is Us” closed its fall run with its biggest total audience to date and by tying its best 18-49 rating so far. The NBC show led the night by a good margin, with its 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic matching its season high and 10.93 million viewers surpassing last week’s season best of 10.53 million.

NBC won all three hours of primetime in adults 18-49, with “The Voice” (1.9) and “Chicago Fire” (1.7) leading at 8 and 10 p.m. Both shows were even with last week.

“The Flash” predictably fell from its crossover-fueled season high last week, but its 1.2 (-0.3 vs. last week) was still a little above its season average. CBS’ “NCIS” (1.7) was down two tenths from its last episode, while “Bull” (1.5) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.2) held steady.

FOX’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Girl” and “Scream Queens” all matched their 18-49 ratings from a week ago. “American Housewife” and “Agents of SHIELD” were also steady for ABC, but “The Middle” (1.4), “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.1) and “The Real O’Neals” (0.8) all fell vs. last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/7 1.5/5 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 9.58 11.79 3.82 1.98 1.62


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.6/7

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/2, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/4, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.3/5

: 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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