Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) 2.1/8 9.80
NCIS (CBS) 1.3/5 12.40
The Middle (ABC) 1.3/5 5.45
Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.9/4 3.70
The Flash (The CW) 0.9/4 2.52
8:30 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 1.1/4 3.92
9 p.m. This Is Us (NBC) 2.8/10 10.46
Bull (CBS) 1.2/4 10.26
Black-ish (ABC) 1.2/4 4.17
The Mick (FOX) 0.8/3 2.41
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.5/2 1.60
9:30 p.m. The Mayor (ABC) 0.8/3 2.96
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) 0.6/2 1.84
10 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.1/4 9.34
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC) 1.1/4 4.53
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC) 0.8/3 3.22


“This Is Us” was steady atop Tuesday’s broadcast ratings, while a number of other shows were off a bit. The NBC series delivered a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49, even with last week and more than double its closest competitors, “NCIS” and “The Middle” (1.3 each, and each down 0.1 vs. last week).

“The Flash” (0.9) slipped a tenth of a point from last week’s early premiere numbers (it adjusted up in the finals) on The CW, and “Legends of Tomorrow” was also down a tenth at 0.5. In addition to “The Middle,” ABC’s “Black-ish” was off a tenth at 1.2, while “The Mayor” slid two tenths to 0.8. “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” were steady.

CBS’ “Bull” and “NCIS: New Orleans” also matched last week’s preliminary ratings (“New Orleans” adjusted down in the finals). At FOX, “The Mick” and “Lethal Weapon” were each steady, while “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Halloween episode scored a 0.6, down 0.1.

“The Voice” at 2.1 was down two tenths vs. last week’s early numbers on NBC, and “Law & Order True Crime” held at 1.1.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.0/8 1.2/5 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 8.26 10.67 3.82 2.91 2.06


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 2.3/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.4/3, 2.0/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.4/3, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.4/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 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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