Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS) 2.6/9 18.72
New Girl (FOX) – P 1.4/5 3.35
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) – P 1.2/4 4.39
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.55
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.22
8:30 p.m. Grandfathered (FOX) 1.0/3 3.02
The Muppets (ABC) – R 0.6/2 2.12
9 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 2.4/7 17
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.8/6 7.42
Shark Tank (ABC) 1.2/4 4.33
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) 1.2/4 2.72
iZombie (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.69
9:30 p.m. The Grinder (FOX) 0.8/2 2.14
10 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) 1.9/6 8.38
Limitless (CBS) 1.4/5 7.4
Beyond the Tank (ABC) 1.1/4 3.89


A two-part crossover helped push both “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans” to season highs Tuesday, with “New Orleans” (2.4) improving its previous season best by half a point. CBS’ “Limitless” (1.4) was also up over its last original.

A revamped comedy lineup didn’t give much help to FOX. “New Girl” (1.4) premiered about as expected, down from the 1.7 for its Season 4 premiere in September 2014 but in line with its numbers as a whole last season. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.2) was in line with its non-NFL Sunday performance, while “Grandfathered” (1.0) and “The Grinder” (0.8) were also consistent with recent outings.

NBC flipped “Chicago Fire” (1.8) and “Chicago Med” (1.9) for the night as part of its own crossover (which concludes with Wednesday’s “Chicago PD”). It didn’t work quite as well as the CBS crossover, as both shows were down 0.2 from their last outings.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.1/7 1.6/5 1.1/4 1.0/3  0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 14.38 6.73 2.81 3.68  0.95


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/4, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.7/4

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.1/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

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