Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Note: Live coverage of the Democratic National Convention on ABC, CBS and NBC could result in greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals.

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.2/9 10.14
The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.3/5 4.99
Hotel Hell (FOX) – F 0.9/4 2.48
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.7/3 5.32
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.4/1 1.23
8:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.4/1 1.27
9 p.m. Zoo (CBS) 0.8/3 4.07
Coupled (FOX) 0.5/2 1.14
MADtv (The CW) – P 0.3/1 1.05
10 p.m. Democratic National Convention (NBC) 1.3/5 5.46
Democratic National Convention (ABC) 0.7/3 3.43
Democratic National Convention (CBS) 0.4/2 2.51


The first live show on “America’s Got Talent” this season led NBC to a ratings win Tuesday night. It scored a 2.2 in adults 18-49, even with last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up to 2.3 in the finals).

The CW’s revival of “MADtv” got off to a modest start, drawing a 0.3 — pretty typical for the network in the summer. Two episodes of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” averaged 0.4, pending updates. The finale of “Hotel Hell” on FOX scored a 0.9, up a tenth from the fast nationals a week ago and even with its final number.

The second night of the Democratic National Convention was off slightly from Monday. Pending updates it scored a combined 2.4 demo rating (-0.1 vs. Monday) on ABC, CBS and NBC and 11.4 million viewers.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/7 1.1/4 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.58 4.47 1.81 3.96 1.15


: 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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