Scoreboard ABC CBS FOX NBC CW x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.2/7 1.5/5 1.1/4 0.2/1 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share x x x x x x
Total Viewers (million) 8.472 8.740 6.516 5.029 0.715 x

ABC was number one among adults 18-49 while CBS won with total viewers.

On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy earned a 2.2, down three tenths from last week’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. The two hour season finale of How to Get Away with Murder garnered a 2.8, down a tenth from last week’s 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory matched last week’s 4.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Odd Couple earned a 2.8, down three tenths from the 3.1 last week’s premiere earned. Mom matched its last original’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, American Idol matched last week’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Backstrom was even with last week’s 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Slap earned a 0.7, down a tenth from last week’s 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. The Blacklist earned a 1.8, up a tenth from last week’s series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Allegiance scored a 0.8, down a tenth from last week’s 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, February 26, 2015 (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.5 15 16.33
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 2.2 7 7.47
FOX American Idol 2.1 7 9.27
NBC The Slap 0.7 2 3.60
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.76
8:30PM CBS The Odd Couple 2.8 9 11.04
9:00PM ABC How to Get Away With Murder (9-11) 2.8 9 8.97
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.1 6 8.88
NBC The Blacklist 1.8 6 7.90
FOX Backstrom 0.9 3 3.76
CW Supernatural -R 0.2 1 0.67
9:30PM CBS Mom 2.1 6 8.16
10:00PM CBS Victoria’s Secret Swim Special  1.0 3 4.02
NBC Allegiance 0.8 3 3.60


via NBC press note:–

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:


  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.9/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 1.7/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.6/7. 


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.3/7; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.0/5. 


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.6/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated. 

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. 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. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: 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.

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. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)
Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

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