Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 2.4/9 10.54
NCIS (CBS) 2.0/7 15.59
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 1.2/4 4.60
The Flash (The CW) 1.1/4 3.00
New Girl (FOX) 1.0/4 2.28
8:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) 1.0/4 3.82
Grandfathered (FOX) – R 0.6/2 1.32
9 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.8/6 13.11
Heartbeat (NBC) – P 1.4/5 6.34
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 0.9/3 2.91
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – R 0.6/2 1.46
iZombie (The CW) 0.5/2 1.27
9:30 p.m. The Grinder (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.38
10 p.m. Limitless (CBS) 1.3/5 6.78
Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.8/3 4.03
Beyond the Tank (ABC) 0.6/2 2.29


NBC’s medical drama “Heartbeat” got off to an OK start with a preview after “The Voice” Tuesday, drawing a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49. That’s not too far off what “Chicago Med’s” most recent episodes were averaging in the slot (albeit without a “Voice” lead-in).

CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.8) and “Limitless” (1.3) both rose 0.2 from last week, while “NCIS” was even at 2.0.

“The Flash” returned from three weeks off with a season-low 1.1 for The CW, while “iZombie” (0.5) was about average. ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” ticked up to a 1.2, and “The Real O’Neals” was steady at 1.0, but “Agents of SHIELD” (0.9) was off a tenth and “Beyond the Tank” drew a 0.6, only a tenth better than the canceled “Of Kings and Prophets” last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 11.83 6.97 3.14 2.14 1.61


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.4/2, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 0.9/3

: 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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