Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

Although the numbers are small I have a feeling that "The Mick" will get a pickup for next season and, with the success of "The Wall," we may be entering another game show phase.
NBC was smart to order two seasons of "This Is Us." Is it a coincidence that the two biggest hits of late on broadcast TV are family dramas?
Tomorrow I'll tell you about a tool I developed at NBC to evaluate the life cycle of a series. It helped in our decision making and may have saved the life of "Law & Order."
"Suits" returns tonight. It's eye-rolling TV and the Masked Wife and I vow to dump it but we keep coming back.
Yesterday's Schedule:
- "Gotham" (L+1)
- "New Japan Pro Wrestling" (L+4)
- KU/West Virginia (LIVE)
- "WWE Smackdown" (L+SD) mostly fast forwarded after the Randy Orton/Luke Harper match. Stopped for the Cena promo.
Good luck to my friend and former boss Peter Liguori, who's stepping down as CEO of Tribune Media (which owns TV by the Numbers).
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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS) 1.9/7 16.02
The Wall (NBC) 1.6/6 6.54
The Middle (ABC) – R 1.0/4 4.37
The Flash (The CW) 0.9/3 2.68
New Girl (FOX) 0.9/3 2.37
8:30 p.m. The Mick (FOX) 1.0/4 2.77
American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.9/3 3.39
9 p.m. This Is Us (NBC) 2.8/9 9.51
Bull (CBS) 1.3/5 11.08
Bones (FOX) 0.9/3 3.04
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – R 0.8/3 2.78
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.6/2 1.79
9:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) – R 0.6/2 2.07
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.7/6 7.30
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.1/4 9.06
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 0.7/3 2.02


“Legends of Tomorrow” returned from hiatus to slightly lower ratings: Its 0.6 among adults 18-49 was off a tenth of a point from its last episode of the fall. Still, that represents a big upgrade for the network in the 9 o’clock hour, as “Legends” doubled the average for “No Tomorrow.”

“The Flash” returned down as well, scoring a 0.9. If it holds in the finals, that would be a series low.

NBC led the night in adults 18-49, per usual, with “This Is Us” (2.8, +0.2) and “Chicago Fire” (1.7, +0.1) both improving week to week. “The Wall” was off a tenth at 1.6.

“NCIS” posted its second straight 1.9 for CBS, but both “Bull” (1.3) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.1) were down, with a season low for “Bull” and a series low for “New Orleans.” “New Girl” and “The Mick” were each down a tenth vs. last week on FOX, but “Bones” rose a tenth to 0.9. “Agents of SHIELD” creeped up a tenth from last week’s series low to score a 0.7.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.0/7 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (millions) 7.78 12.05 2.81 2.78 2.24


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.5/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.2/6

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” – R: 0.2/1, 1.0/3

: 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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