Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday include the final-season premiere of a long-running show and improvements for several other series:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS) 1.8/6 15.59
The Wall (NBC) 1.7/6 6.77
The Middle (ABC) 1.7/6 6.56
New Girl (FOX) 1.1/4 2.50
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.00
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.6/5 5.58
The Mick (FOX) 1.3/4 3.33
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.6/5 7.57
Bull (CBS) 1.5/5 11.25
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 1.4/5 4.38
Bones (FOX) – P 0.9/3 3.43
No Tomorrow (The CW) 0.2/1 0.53
9:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) 1.0/4 3.32
10 p.m. Chicago PD (NBC) 1.7/6 7.79
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.2/4 9.54
David Blaine: Beyond Magic (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.23


Tuesday was a fairly good night for the broadcast networks, with several shows posting improved ratings as is typical at the start of a new year (January is among the biggest TV-usage months).

FOX’s “Bones” began its final season with a 0.9, in line with its last episodes of the spring. “New Girl” rose 0.3 from its last episode to a 1.1. “The Mick” (1.3) lost more than half of its NFL-fueled premiere audience from Sunday but was still above average for the timeslot so far this season.

At NBC, “The Wall” drew a 1.7, a half-point improvement on Monday’s episode, and a 9 p.m. “Chicago Fire” scored a 1.6. “Chicago PD” — which had the back half of a crossover with “Fire” — posted a season-high 1.7

All of ABC’s comedies rose vs. their last original episodes. “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.4 rating in adults 18-49) was up two tenths of a point for its second-best rating of the season, while “The Middle,” “American Housewife” and “The Real O’Neals” all improved by 0.1. “NCIS” and “Bull” each rose a tenth on CBS, and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.2) was even with its last episode.s

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.6/5 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.37 12.13 4.05 3.17 0.76


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.8/4, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.7/4

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

12:35 a.m.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.3/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

: 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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