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‘American Idol’ Lifts Fox to Thursday Victory

Respectable Opening for 'D.C.'s Legends of Tomorrow' on The CW

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, January 21 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
Fox: 9.28 million, CBS: 8.00, NBC: 6.01, ABC: 2.95, CW: 2.56

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 2.4 rating/8 share, CBS: 1.6/ 5, NBC: 1.3/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 3, ABC: 0.8/ 3

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 4.54 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4t)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (R)
Viewers: 11.02 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Heroes Reborn
Viewers: 4.02 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4t)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 8.26 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow (series premiere)
Viewers: 3.16 million (#5), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 4.10 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4t)

CBS – Life in Pieces
Viewers: 8.81 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Heroes Reborn
Viewers: 3.56 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4t)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.56 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 8 (#1)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow (series premiere)
Viewers: 3.12 million (#5), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – My Diet is Better Than Yours
Viewers: 2.41 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

CBS – Mom
Viewers: 8.51 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 7.26 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.55 million (#1), A18-49: 02.5/ 8 (#1)

CW – The 100 (season premiere)
Viewers: 2.25 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – My Diet is Better Than Yours
Viewers: 2.27 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CBS – Angel From Hell
Viewers: 7.01 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 7.33 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.76 million (#1), A18-49: 02.6/ 8 (#1)

CW – The 100 (season premiere)
Viewers: 1.71 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – My Diet is Better Than Yours
Viewers: 2.18 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 6.57 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Shades of Blue
Viewers: 6.91 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – My Diet is Better Than Yours
Viewers: 2.19 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 6.07 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Shades of Blue
Viewers: 6.96 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. With the 3 minute overrun of Legends of Tomorrow, hopefully The 100 doesn’t adjust down later! Either way, both shows are better than TVD/Originals did.

      • Agree with you. I was expecting the CW-usual 4.5 million and then the inevitable long slide (given that those numbers are “great for CW”)…

        I just love how CW has redefined failure down so much people are awed when it gets close to an ABC flop…

  2. FROM ABC

    Beyond the Tank (8-9pm – 4.3 million and 1.0/3 in AD18-49):
    In the 8pm hour, ABC’s Beyond the Tank topped NBC’s Heroes Reborn (series finale) for the 3rd week in a row among Total Viewers (+13% – 4.3 million vs. 3.8 million) and tied the NBC drama among Adults 18-49 (1.0/3). Beyond the Tank was up week to week in Total Viewers (+5%) and even in Adults 18-49, drawing its largest audience of 2016.

    My Diet is Better than Yours (9-11pm – 2.3 million and 0.7/2 in AD18-49): From 9-11pm
    opposite strong all-original competition on the other, including the second hour of Fox’s American Idol (9-10pm), CBS’ Angel from Hell (9:30-10pm) and NBC’s Shades of Blue (10-11pm),
    ABC’s My Diet is Better than Yours grew week to week by 7% in Total Viewers
    (2.3 million vs. 2.1 million) and 17% in Adults 18-49 (0.7/2 vs. 0.6/2), matching its debut rating with young adults.

  3. FROM NBC

    ‘’SHADES OF BLUE” GROWS +8% WEEK TO WEEK, WINS AGAIN AT 10 P.M.

    “SHADES” GROWS HALF-HOUR TO HALF-HOUR WHILE ABC & CBS RIVALS DECLINE

    “SHADES” HAS NOW CAPTURED NBC’S ONLY THREE IN-SEASON REGULAR-PROGRAM WINS IN THETHURSDAY 10 P.M. HOUR VS. ORIGINAL ABC-CBS COMPETITION IN NEARLY SIX YEARS IN 18-49, NEARLY EIGHT YEARS IN TOTAL VIEWERS

    THE HIGHLY TIME-SHIFTED “SHADES” GREW LAST WEEK BY +72% IN 18-49 AND NEARLY 4 MILLION VIEWERS OVERALL GOING FROM L+SD NIELSENS TO L+3

    “BLACKLIST” MAINTAINS 100% OF LAST WEEK’S FAST-AFFIL 1.5 RATING

    “BLACKLIST” IS ESTIMATED TO GROW TO A 3.0 IN L+7+ALT. PLATFORMS, “HEROES REBORN” TO A 1.9

    Thursday Primetime Results:

    Estimates After 7 Days of Time-Shifting and Alt-Platform Viewing: Blacklist, 3.0; Heroes Reborn, 1.9.

    “Shades of Blue” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Grows +8% week to week in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.3) and +4% in total viewers (6.933 million vs. 6.641 million).

    · Wins the time period among ABC, CBS and NBC in 18-49 and total viewers.

    · Wins among those nets in every other key measure (including a tie in men 25-54).

    · Grows half-hour to half-hour in 18-49, despite the 10 p.m. hour, while the competing programs on ABC and CBS declined.

    · Improved the time period by +27% versus what NBC averaged before “Shades” (1.4 vs. 1.1, L+SD non-sports).

    · In its first three weeks has delivered NBC’s only three in-season regular-program wins in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour in 18-49 versus original ABC and CBS competition in nearly six years (since March 4, 2010).

    · Has now captured NBC’s only three in-season regular-program wins Thursday at 10 against ABC and CBS originals in total viewersin nearly eight years (since March 27, 2008).

    · Has now generated NBC’s three highest total-viewer results in the slot with in-season regular programming in nearly seven years(since April 16, 2009, “Southland,” 9.6 million).

    · Retains 93% of its lead-in last night from “Blacklist” in 18-49, up from last week’s 81%.

    · These numbers will increase dramatically with time-shifting and viewing on alternate platforms:

    o Last week’s “Shades of Blue” grew by +72% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (1.32 to 2.27) and by 3.8 million personsin total viewers (6.6 million vs. 10.4 million).

    o The 18-49 increase of +0.95 of a rating point is the #3 biggest L+3 gain this season for Week 2 of a new series on the Big 4 networks, behind only “Blindspot” (+1.60) and “Quantico” (+1.42).

    o The total-viewer lift of 3.750 million viewers retained 95% of the show’s Week 1 increase of 3.961 – which was the #3 biggest total-viewer lift ever for an NBC series premiere

    o Last week’s “Shades of Blue” added over 750,000 full-episode views (P2+) in seven days on NBC.com and Hulu (756,461).

    “The Blacklist” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Maintains 100% of last week’s 1.5 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings and 94% of last week’s 1.6 in official nationals, which marched the show’s high since its season premiere Oct. 1.

    · Ranks #2 or tied for #2 in the slot among the Big 4 nets in men 18-49 and adults, men and women 18-34.

    · Improves the slot +20% versus NBC’s average last season (1.5 vs. 1.2, L+SD non-sports) and is up +37% in total viewers (7.295 million vs. 5.333 million)

    · These numbers will increase dramatically with time-shifting and viewing on alternate platforms — “Blacklist” has grown by +100% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 1.49 to a 2.98) and more than 4.9 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 11.9 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    · Upscale: “Blacklist” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 153 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current” including L+3).

    “Heroes Reborn” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Maintained 100% of its 18-49 rating for each of its prior two telecasts (1.0 on Jan. 14 and Jan. 7).

    · Retained 99% week to week in total viewers (3.790 million vs. 3.834 million) to deliver the show’s second-most-watched episode sinceNov. 5 (3.975 million).

    · These numbers will increase dramatically with time-shifting and viewing on alternate platforms:

    o “Heroes Reborn” has increased by +76% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 1.35 to a 2.38) and more than 2.2 million viewers overall (4.5 million to 6.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    o Last week’s Heroes telecast added more than 650,000 (P2+) in seven days on NBC.com and Hulu (661,948)

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 3.0/8; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.1/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/4.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.5/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/2.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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.

  4. Positive that Legends maintained at the half hour and that is even more positive for SOB. Don’t 10:00 shows drop at the half hour?

    • Not when they’re hits, but that’s the only thing SOB has going for it as its overall numbers are very poor.

  5. Heroes really didn’t deliver this season. I bailed after the first episode – I found it really boring. The producers had so much time to craft a really great season long arc and it just didn’t work.

    SOB has held up well. NBC was really smart to start it while HTGAWM was on a long break. Still, I’m not so sure how SOB will perform when the Shonda shows return.

    And finally, as I posted earlier, I’d be shocked if this is the last we see of AI. It’s down from last year, but still FOX’s top show after Empire. AI will be back, if not next year, then soon after.

    • I made it further into Heroes than you did, but not by a lot. I found myself DVRing the episodes until they really built up in number and that is always an indication to me that I have lost interest.

      • That is how DVR-ing works and why high DVR numbers tend to forecast lower future ratings. You end up watching the show later and later and then not at all.

        I had that experience with The Mentalist after the resurrected Red John and the show became bad on almost every level.

        About Heroes, it was canceled because it had bad ratings.

        Only in the mind of an executive could bringing it back be successful.

  6. FROM NBC

    ‘THE TONIGHT SHOW’ NEARLY EQUALS THE COMBINED RATINGS OF KIMMEL & COLBERT FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 11-15 IN 18-49; GROWS VS. THE SAME WEEK LAST YEAR

    Seth Meyers Ties Colbert and Finishes Within 0.01 of Fallon Despite Airing an Hour Later

    Versus the Year-Ago Week, Meyers Is Up +22% in 18-49 and Carson Daly Grows By +30%

    NEW YORK – Jan. 22, 2016 – “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has dominated the late-night ratings week of Jan. 11-15, nearly equaling the combined ratings of CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in adults 18-49.

    For the week, Fallon’s 0.98 rating finished within 0.03 of a point of the combined 1.01 for Kimmel (0.51) and Colbert (0.50). Note Tuesday results for Colbert and Kimmel are excluded due to a delay for State of the Union coverage, and Kimmel aired an encore on Friday.

    Versus the same week last year, Fallon grew in adults 18-49 (0.98 vs. 0.96) and total viewers (3.600 million vs. 3.571 million).

    At 12:35 a.m. ET for the week, NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (0.50 in 18-49) tied Colbert and pulled within 0.01 of a point of Kimmel, though “Late Night” starts an hour later than both Colbert and Kimmel.

    Versus the same week last year, Meyers was up +22% in 18-49 (0.50 vs. 0.41) and +17% in total viewers (1.668 million vs. 1.428 million).

    At 1:35 a.m. ET, NBC’s rebroadcasts of “Last Call with Carson Daly” generated gains versus the year-ago week of +30% in 18-49 (0.30 vs. 0.23) and +19% in total viewers (931,000 vs. 783,000). The 18-49 and total-viewer averages are Daly’s highest in six weeks (since a 0.32 in 18-49 and 956,000 viewers overall for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4).

    WEEKLY AVERAGES
    (According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 11-15. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”)

    ADULTS 18-49

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight” 0.98 rating, 5 share
    CBS “Late Show,” 0.50/2 *
    ABC “Kimmel,” 0.51/2 *

    12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Nightline,” 0.37/2

    12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 0.50/3 *
    CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.29/2 *

    1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
    NBC “Last Call,” 0.30/3 (R)

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 3.600 million viewers
    CBS “Late Show,” 2.341 million viewers *
    ABC “Kimmel,” 2.189 million viewers *

    12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Nightline,” 1.490 million viewers

    12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 1.668 million viewers *
    CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.187 million viewers *

    1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
    NBC “Last Call,” 0.931 million viewers

    * Tuesday’s “Late Show,” “Kimmel” and “Late Late Show” were delayed due to State of the Union coverage and are excluded. Friday’s “Kimmel,” “Late Night” and “Late Late Show” were encores.

    SEASON AVERAGES

    ADULTS 18-49

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 1.08 rating, 5 share
    CBS “Late Show,” 0.71/4
    ABC “Kimmel,” 0.58/3

    12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Nightline,” 0.38/2

    12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 0.50/3
    CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.34/2

    1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
    NBC “Last Call,” 0.30/2

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 3.865 million viewers
    CBS “Late Show,” 2.971 million viewers
    ABC “Kimmel,” 2.456 million viewers

    12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Nightline,” 1.579 million viewers

    12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 1.647 million viewers
    CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.250 million viewers

    1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
    NBC “Last Call,” 0.915 million viewers

    SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK JAN. 11-15

    NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

    Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.30
    Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Nightly Show,” 0.19

    TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.37

    Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.73
    Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.54

    Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers.

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.745
    Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Nightly Show,” 0.474

    TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.776 million

    Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.413 million viewers
    Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.039 million viewers

  7. FROM NBC

    THE JAN. 16 EDITION OF ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ RANKS AS THE SHOW’S TOP-RATED IN 18-49 IN NEARLY TWO YEARS

    With Host Adam Driver and Musical Guest Chris Stapleton, “SNL” Generates Its Highest Rating Since Early February 2014

    “SNL” Outrates All But Two of the Week’s Non-Sports Primetime Telecasts on the Big 4 Networks

    NEW YORK – Jan. 22, 2016 – The Jan. 16 telecast of “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Adam Driver with musical guest Chris Stapleton, scored the show’s highest adult 18-49 rating in nearly two years.

    That night’s “Saturday Night Live,” delayed by an NFL overrun, averaged a 2.85 rating, 15 share in adults 18-49 and 7.912 million viewers overall from 12:16-1:46 a.m. ET, according to “live plus same day” viewership data from Nielsen Media Research.

    The 2.85 rating in 18-49 is the highest for “Saturday Night Live” since the Feb. 1, 2014 edition hosted by Melissa McCarthy with musical guest Imagine Dragons (2.92), which was the last telecast for Seth Meyers as a regular.

    In total viewers, it was the second-most-watched “Saturday Night Live” since that Feb. 1, 2014 edition (8.092 million), trailing over that span only the Nov. 7, 2015 telecast hosted by Donald Trump with musical guest Sia (9.272 million).

    The Jan. 16 “Saturday Night Live” was the #1 non-sports show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and total viewers, ahead of all primetime entertainment programs on those networks in both measures.

    For the full week of Jan. 11-17, the only primetime non-sports telecasts on the Big 4 that rated higher than “Saturday Night Live’s” 2.85 in 18-49 were CBS’s “60 Minutes” (4.76) and “Big Bang Theory” (3.77).

    Season to date, “Saturday Night Live” originals are up versus one year ago by +4% in adults 18-49 (with a 2.80 rating vs. a 2.68, “most current”).

    Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

  8. A night dominated by a BBT re-run, which is also the only show above 10 million viewers…

    Says it all.

    Legends of Tomorrow predictably did very poorly, not even beating Agent of F.L.O.P., but does better than The 100, so that will be enough for people to say it’s “great for the CW”.

    Shades of Blue flopped now officially and as every week, one wonders what possessed CBS to keep Elementary on.