Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday, including a solid return for one of summer’s top shows, which in turn helped a new show get off the ground:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 2.5/10 11.55
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.9/4 7.40
500 Questions (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/3 4.21
Hotel Hell (FOX) 0.8/3 2.41
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.11
9 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 1.0/4 6.96
Coupled (FOX) 0.5/2 1.46
Containment (The CW) 0.4/1 1.11
10 p.m. Maya & Marty (NBC) – P 1.5/6 6.37
Person of Interest (CBS) 1.0/4 6.60
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) (10-11 p.m.) – R 0.7/2 2.30


The premiere of “America’s Got Talent” helped NBC to a sizable ratings victory Tuesday night. The show, which featured Simon Cowell’s return to a judges’ table, scored a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49, off just 0.1 from last year’s premiere.

“AGT” also helped variety show “Maya & Marty” get off to a solid start with a 1.5, easily leading the 10 o’clock hour.

FOX’s “Hotel Hell” (0.8) and “Coupled” (0.5) were both even with their ratings last week, while “Person of Interest” (1.0) improved a tenth of a point. ABC’s “500 Questions” drew a 0.9, in line with its previous outings. “Containment” slipped a tenth to a 0.4 on The CW.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.2/8 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.82 6.99 3.57 1.93 1.11


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.9/5, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.8/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.5/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.4/2, 1.3/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.8/3

: 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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