Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 3.1/10 13.43
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 1.4/5 4.93
New Girl (FOX) 1.2/4 2.68
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 1.1/4 8.37
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.20
8:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) 1.1/4 4.01
Grandfathered (FOX) 0.8/3 1.96
9 p.m. NCIS (CBS) – R 1.1/4 8.07
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 1.1/4 3.51
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – R 0.6/2 1.43
iZombie (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.74
9:30 p.m. The Grinder (FOX) – R 0.5/1 1.27
10 p.m. Little Big Shots (NBC) – P 2.9/10 12.66
Limitless (CBS) 1.0/4 5.42
Of Kings and Prophets (ABC) – P 0.8/3 3.32


Only two of the broadcast networks had full slates of originals on Tuesday. NBC had a strong night. ABC … didn’t.

“The Voice” (3.1) improved by a tenth vs. its Tuesday debut last week. The premiere of “Little Big Shots” (2.9) retained nearly all of that audience for NBC’s best showing in the hour since the last “Voice” finale in December. “Little Big Shots” moves to its regular Sunday home later in the week.

ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.4) was up two tenths over its last episode, but the rest of the night was a mess. “The Real O’Neals” (1.1) fell off from its 1.85 average in its Wednesday preview last week, “Agents of SHIELD” (1.1) hit a season low in its return and the “Of Kings and Prophets” premiere (0.8) couldn’t even match the debut of “Wicked City.”

FOX’s “New Girl” (1.2) and “Grandfathered” (0.8) were steady with last week, while “Limitless” (1.0) fell to a season low coming out of an “NCIS” rerun.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.0/10 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 13.17 7.29 3.77 1.84 0.97


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.9/5, 2.9/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.5/3, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.3/5

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