Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday, including low numbers for a pair of competition show finales and a mixed bag for the other season enders:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) – R 1.4/5 7.46
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – F 1.2/5 4.87
The Flash (The CW) – F 1.2/5 3.30
The Price Is Right Primetime Special (CBS) 1.1/4 6.39
Hotel Hell (FOX) – P 0.8/3 2.51
8:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) – F 1.0/4 4.20
9 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 2.1/7 10.40
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – F 1.6/5 10.30
Person of Interest (CBS) 0.9/3 5.29
Containment (The CW) 0.5/2 1.48
Coupled (FOX) 0.5/2 1.31
10 p.m. Person of Interest (CBS) 0.9/3 4.91


The finales of “The Voice” and “Dancing With the Stars” hit ratings lows Tuesday. Although “The Voice” led the night with a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49, it was the weakest performance for a season finale in the show’s history, down 0.8 from each of the previous two cycles.

“Dancing With the Stars,” meanwhile, posted a 1.6, down 0.8 from the fall season finale and 0.7 vs. last spring. It narrowly avoided a series low for a regular episode.

ABC’s comedy finales, “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.2) and “The Real O’Neals” (1.0), each rose a tenth vs. last week. “The Flash” (1.2), however, slipped a tenth with its finale. FOX’s “Hotel Hell” premiered to a 0.8, while “Coupled” matched the 0.5 for its premiere last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/7 1.4/5 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 9.42 8.38 5.53 2.39 1.91


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.8/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.2/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.3/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.4/5

“The 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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