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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.7/11 2.7/8 2.0/6 1.7/5 1.5/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.4/8 2.4/8 2.0/7 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 14.207 7.893 5.773 5.258 3.674 0.856


Last night’s Thursday Night Football game (49ers/Rams) was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in San Francisco and the CW affiliate in St Louis. As a result, the ABC and CW numbers may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.

CBS was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On CBS, the one-hour premiere of The Big Bang Theory premiered to a 5.6 adults 18-49 rating up from last year’s 5.0 premiere rating. The premiere of The Crazy Ones earned a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of Two and a Half Men earned a 2.9, down six tenths from last year’s 3.5 adults 18-49 premiere rating. The second season premiere of Elementary earned a 2.1, down a full ratings point from last year’s 3.1 premiere rating Your predictions were  too optimistic.

On NBC, the one-hour season premiere of Parks & Recreation earned a 1.3, down four tenths from last year’s 1.7 premiere rating. The series premiere of The Michael J Fox Show notched a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating,making it the lowest rated Thursday fall comedy series premiere ever in NBC history. Your predictions were too optimistic.  The season premiere of Parenthood garnered a series low-tying 1.6, down three tenths from last year’s 1.9 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On ABC, the two-hour season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy earned a 3.4, down a full ratings point from last year’s 4.4 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On FOX, The X Factor matched last week’s 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Glee earned a 2.0, down sharply from last year’s 3.1 adults 18-49 premiere rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 26, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory (8-9PM) -P 5.6 17 18.90
FOX The X Factor (8-9PM) 2.0 6 6.38
ABC Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -R 1.4 4 5.17
NBC Parks and Recreation (8-9PM) 1.3 4 3.30
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.92
9:00PM CBS The Crazy Ones -P 4.0 11 15.60
ABC Grey’s Anatomy (9-11PM) -P 3.4 9 9.26
NBC The Michael J. Fox Show -P (9-10PM) 2.1 6 7.30
FOX Glee -P 2.0 5 5.17
CW America’s Next Top Model -R 0.2 1 0.79
9:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -P 2.9 8 11.54
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -P 2.1 6 10.14
NBC Parenthood -P 1.6 5 5.17

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


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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.

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