Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday feature both of NBC’s shows improving, a special “Big Brother” and the other networks putting pieces of their fall lineups in place:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.7/10 13.66
Big Brother (CBS) 1.8/7 6.36
The Middle (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.97
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.51
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.19
8:30 p.m. The Middle (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.79
New Girl (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.15
9 p.m. NCIS (CBS) – R 0.9/3 6.36
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.01
Lucifer (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.39
MADtv (The CW) 0.2/1 0.60
9:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.61
10 p.m. Better Late Than Never (NBC) – F 1.7/6 7.78
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.8/3 5.77
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.97


The final performances on “America’s Got Talent” and the finale of “Better Late Than Never” gave NBC a sizable ratings win Tuesday. “AGT” matched its season high in adults 18-49 (2.7 rating) and had its biggest total audience in five years (13.66 million), while “Better Late Than Never” closed with a 1.7, its season high.

The only other original episodes of the night were CBS’ “Big Brother,” whose 1.8 is in line with its usual numbers, and “MADtv,” which posted a 0.2 for The CW.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.4/9 1.2/4 0.7/3 0.4/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 11.70 6.16 2.89 1.36 0.89


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.6/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 1.0/4

: 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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