Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Note: FOX’s live coverage of the World Series will result in greater adjustments than usual for the network.

The numbers for Tuesday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. World Series Game 1 (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 5.4/18 18.72
The Voice (NBC) 2.1/7 9.40
NCIS (CBS) 1.7/6 13.86
The Middle (ABC) 1.5/6 5.59
The Flash (The CW) 1.0/3 2.78
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) 1.5/5 5.03
9 p.m. This Is Us (NBC) 2.4/8 8.68
Bull (CBS) 1.5/5 11.59
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 1.2/4 3.84
No Tomorrow (The CW) 0.3/1 0.85
9:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) 1.0/3 3.20
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.6/6 6.94
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 1.3/5 9.63
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) 0.8/3 2.47


Game 1 of the World Series brought strong ratings for FOX, scoring the best preliminary numbers for a series opener since 2009. Pending updates, the game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs scored a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 18.72 million viewers, up from 4.6 and 15.26 million for Game 1 last year.

The other networks took small hits, but the World Series didn’t steal too many viewers from their normal programming. “This Is Us” (2.4) was down 0.2 from last week but remained the No. 1 entertainment show of the night. “NCIS” (1.7), “Bull” (1.5), “American Housewife” (1.5), “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.2) and “Chicago Fire” (1.6) were all off a tenth of a point, while “The Middle” (1.5), “The Real O’Neals” (1.0), “Agents of SHIELD” (0.8) “The Flash” (1.0) and “No Tomorrow” (0.3) held steady vs. a week ago. “NCIS: New Orleans” actually improved, rising a tenth to 1.3.

“The Voice” had the biggest week-to-week drop, falling 0.3 to a 2.1 for NBC.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.4/18 2.0/7 1.5/5 1.1/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 18.72 8.34 11.69 3.77 1.82


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

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.2/4

: 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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