Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.3/7 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/9 1.2/5 0.8/3 1.2/4 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.00 10.11 4.24 3.02 4.29 1.44

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

NOTE CBS was preempted in Cleveland and NBC was preempted in Cincinnati for Thursday Night Football coverage. Ratings for both networks are likely inflated as a result.

On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy earned a 2.4, down a tenth from its last original’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Scandal earned a 2.9, down two tenths from last week’s 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. How to Get Away With Murder earned a 2.8, up a tenth from last week’s 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. 

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory earned a 4.2, up a tenth from last week’s season low 4.1 adults 18-49 rating. Mom earned a 2.6, up a tenth from last week’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Two and Half Men scored a 2.3, down a tenth from last week’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. The McCarthys matched last week’s 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary earned a 1.4, up two tenths from last week’s series low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a 1.3, up two tenths from last week’s series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Bad Judge garnered a 1.1, up two tenths from last week’s 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. A to Z scored a 1.0, up three tenths from last week’s 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood earned a 1.4, up from last week’s series low. 

On FOX, Bones matched last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Gracepoint earned a 0.7, down a tenth from last week’s 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 0.7, down a tenth from last week’s 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Reign earned a 0.4, down a tenth from last week’s 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 6, 2014 (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 4.2 14 16.57
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 2.4 7 8.04
FOX Bones 1.3 4 5.60
NBC The Biggest Loser 1.3 4 4.73
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.7 2 1.56
8:30PM CBS Mom 2.6 8 11.52
9:00PM ABC Scandal 2.9 8 9.78
CBS Two and a Half Men 2.3 7 9.82
NBC Bad Judge 1.1 3 4.18
FOX Gracepoint 0.7 2 2.98
CW Reign 0.4 1 1.32
9:30PM CBS The McCarthys 1.7 5 7.43
NBC A to Z 1.0 3 3.17
10:00 PM ABC How to Get Away With Murder 2.8 9 9.18
NBC Parenthood 1.4 5 4.31
CBS Elementary  1.4 4 7.68

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,” 2.7/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.4/6. 


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.5/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.8/4. 


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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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