Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday include two drama series premieres and a host of season openers for veteran shows:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 3.4/12 12.15
NCIS (CBS) – P 2.1/8 15.63
Dancing WIth the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.5/5 8.54
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – P 1.0/4 2.39
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.91
8:30 p.m. New Girl (FOX) – P 1.2/4 2.32
9 p.m. Bull (CBS) – P 2.2/8 15.49
Scream Queens (FOX) – P 1.0/3 2.24
MADtv (The CW) 0.2/1 0.60
10 p.m. This Is Us (NBC) – P 2.8/10 9.98
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – P 1.4/5 11.17
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) – P 1.1/4 3.58


NBC’s new drama “This Is Us” premiered to pretty strong ratings Tuesday, scoring a 2.8 in adults 18-49 — the network’s best drama debut since “Blindspot” a year ago — and drawing the night’s second-best 18-49 number behind its lead-in, “The Voice” (3.4, up 0.1 from Monday’s premiere).

CBS’ “Bull” also got off to a solid start with a 2.2, building slightly on its “NCIS” lead-in (2.1) and retained virtually all of its viewers (15.49 million vs. 15.63 million). Both new shows also were in line with your predictions.

Every returning show came in below their premieres last year. “The Voice” ticked down a tenth of a point from its first Tuesday show last fall. “NCIS” was off 0.4, and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.4), airing an hour later than last season, dipped by three tenths of a point.

“Agents of SHIELD” drew a 1.1 for ABC, down from 1.7 for last fall’s premiere. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.0, -0.5), “New Girl” (1.2, -0.2) and “Scream Queens” (1.0, -0.7) were all off from last season’s premieres as well.

If there’s any silver lining for the returning shows, it’s that most of them were fairly close to their season averages from 2015-16 (“NCIS: New Orleans” was off 0.3 from its average). And “SHIELD” is well above ABC’s cover-your-eyes-bad average at 10 p.m. Tuesdays last season.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.2/11 1.9/7 1.4/5 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 11.43 14.10 6.88 2.30 0.76


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.9/5, 2.8/8

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.8/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/3, 1.7/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.4/5

: 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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