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Among Adults 18-34 on Thursday, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Tops ‘Big Bang Theory’ and ‘El Senor de Los Cielos 4’ Beats Broadcast Nets at 10 p.m.

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, May 5 broken out by network and by each half-hour:

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.50 million, ABC: 6.02, NBC: 4.14, Fox: 3.03, Univision: 1.61, ION: 1.52, CW: 1.39, Telemundo 1.31

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.6 rating/6 share, ABC: 1.5/ 5, NBC: 0.8/ 3, Fox: 0.7/ 3, Univision: 0.6/2, CW and Telemundo: 0.5/ 2 each, ION: 0.3/1

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 1.1 rating/5 share, CBS: 0.8/ 4, Fox and NBC: 0.5/ 3 each, Univision: 0.5/2, CW and Telemundo: 0.4/ 2 each, ION: 0.2/1

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.66 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 9 (#2), A18-34: 1.6/ 8 (#1)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 12.87 million (#1), A18-49: 2.9/ 12 (#1), A18-34: 1.5/ 8 (#2)

NBC – Strong
Viewers: 2.67 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 3 (#4t), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#4t)

Fox – Bones
Viewers: 4.00 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#3), A18-34: 0.7/ 4 (#3)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 1.69 million (#6), A18-49: 0.6/ 3 (#4t), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#4t)

Univision – Un Camino Hacia El Destino
Viewers: 1.69 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#6), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#4t)

Telemundo – Eva La Trailera
Viewers: 1.29 million (#7), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#7), A18-34: 0.3/ 2 (#7)

ION – Blue Bloods (R)
Viewers: 1.27 million (#8), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#8), A18-34: 0.2/ 1 (#8)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.54 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 8 (#1), A18-34: 1.5/ 8 (#1)

CBS – The Odd Couple
Viewers: 8.24 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#2), A18-34: 0.8/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Strong
Viewers: 2.52 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 3 (#4), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#5)

Fox – Bones
Viewers: 4.35 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3), A18-34: 0.6/ 3 (#3)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 1.62 million (#6), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5t), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#4)

Univision – Un Camino Hacia El Destino
Viewers: 1.77 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5t), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#4t)

Telemundo – Eva La Trailera
Viewers: 1.17 million (#7), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#7), A18-34: 0.3/ 2 (#7)

ION – Blue Bloods (R)
Viewers: 1.42 million (#8), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#8), A18-34: 0.2/ 1 (#8)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 6.20 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#2), A18-34: 1.1/ 5 (#1)

CBS – Mom
Viewers: 8.05 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#1), A18-34: 0.8/ 4 (#2t)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.50 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#3), A18-34: 0.8/ 4 (#2t)

Fox – American Grit
Viewers: 1.89 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#5t)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.17 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#5), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#5t)

Univision – Yago
Viewers: 1.50 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#6), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

Telemundo – La Esclava Blanca
Viewers: 1.06 million (#7), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#7), A18-34: 0.3/ 1 (#7)

ION – Blue Bloods (R)
Viewers: 1.49 million (#8), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#8), A18-34: 0.2/ 1 (#8)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 6.03 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2), A18-34: 1.1/ 5 (#1)

CBS – 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 6.67 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#1), A18-34: 0.8/ 4 (#2t)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.43 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3), A18-34: 0.8/ 4 (#2t)

Fox – American Grit
Viewers: 1.87 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4t), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#4t)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.11 million (#8), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#7), A18-34: 0.3/ 2 (#6)

Univision – Yago
Viewers: 1.54 million (#6), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4t), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#4t)

Telemundo – La Esclava Blanca
Viewers: 1.14 million (#7), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#6), A18-34: 0.2/ 1 (#7t)

ION – Blue Bloods (R)
Viewers: 1.69 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#8), A18-34: 0.2/ 1 (#7t)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – The Catch
Viewers: 4.46 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#1), A18-34: 0.6/ 3 (#2)

CBS – Rush Hour
Viewers: 4.83 million (#1), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#3t)

NBC – Game of Silence
Viewers: 3.59 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3t), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#5)

Univision – El Hotel de Los Secretos
Viewers: 1.57 million (#6), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#3t)

Telemundo – El Señor de Los Cielos 4
Viewers: 1.57 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3t), A18-34: 0.7/ 3 (#1)

ION – Blue Bloods (R)
Viewers: 1.58 million (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#6), A18-34: 0.2/ 1 (#6)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – The Catch
Viewers: 4.24 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#1), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#2)

CBS – Rush Hour
Viewers: 4.32 million (#1), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#2), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#3t)

NBC – Game of Silence
Viewers: 3.14 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3t), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#3t)

Univision – El Hotel de Los Secretos
Viewers: 1.54 million (#6), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#3t)

Telemundo – El Señor de Los Cielos 4
Viewers: 1.62 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3t), A18-34: 0.7/ 4 (#1)

ION – Blue Bloods (R)
Viewers: 1.67 million (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#6), A18-34: 0.2/ 1 (#6)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. From ABC:

    ABC’s Thursday Dramas Hold Strong Against a Sharp Decline in Cinco de Mayo TV Usage Levels

    ABC Thursday Prime (8-11pm – 6.0 million and 1.5/6 in AD18-49): ABC finished in a virtual tie with a Big Bang-led CBS for the Live + Same Day lead on Thursday in Adults 18-49 (1.5/6 vs. 1.6/6), pacing well ahead of original programming on NBC by 88% (0.8/3) and Fox by 114% (0.7/3). ABC is projected to straight out win the night in the Live + 3 Day Adult 18-49 ratings once those numbers are released on Tuesday, which it has regularly done since the mid-season return of its TGIT lineup. Last week, from L+SD to L+3 in Adults 18-49, Grey’s jumped +70% (highest-ever), Scandal surged +67% and The Catch spiked +58%.

    Please note: On Cinco de Mayo, Adult 18-49 primetime TV usage levels on Thursday declined a sharp –10% week to week (26.0 vs. 29.0). As a result, TV playback is projected to increase.

    · ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was Thursday’s #2 TV show in Adults 18-49, trailing only CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. In addition, Grey’s and Scandal were Thursday’s Top 2 dramas and The Catch ranked #1 against its drama competition in the 10pm hour.

    Grey’s Anatomy (8-9pm – 7.6 million and 2.0/8 in AD18-49): From 8-9pm, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy dominated its drama competition among Adults 18-49 (2.0/8), once again more than doubling Fox’s Bones (+122% – 0.9/4). Grey’s moved up into the #1 in the 8:30pm half-hour and beat out CBS’ Big Bang-driven The Odd Couple by 19% (1.9/8 vs.1.6/6). Grey’s was up from its week-ago Fast Affiliate Adult 18-49 rating (2.0/8 vs. 1.9/7), which adjusted up 1-tenth in the Nationals.

    Scandal (9-10pm – 6.1 million and 1.5/6 in AD18-49): Running neck-and-neck for the lead during the 9 o’clock hour with CBS, ABC’s Scandal beat out NBC’s The Blacklist by 25% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/6 vs. 1.2/4) and Fox’s American Grit by 114% (0.6/2). The ABC drama won the hour with Adults 18-34 and all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). Scandal held steady week to week in Adults 18-49 (1.5/6 vs. 1.6/5).

    The Catch (10-11pm – 4.3 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): At 10pm, ABC’s The Catch ranked #1 in Adults 18-49 (0.9/3), tying CBS’ Rush Hour (0.9/3) and beating NBC Game of Silence by 29% (0.7/3). The ABC freshman drama remained steady week to week Adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 1.0/3). Live + 3 Day Ratings for Last Thursday (4/28/16): The Catch was the biggest gainer at 10pm on broadcast in Adults 18-49 (+58%), posting bigger lifts from L+SD to L+3 than CBS’ Rush Hour (+22%) and NBC’s Game of Silence (+54%).

  2. From CBS:

    CBS SWEEPS THURSDAY IN VIEWERS, A18-49 AND A25-54

    “THE BIG BANG THEORY” IS THE NIGHT’S TOP PROGRAM IN
    VIEWERS AND KEY DEMOS

    “MOM” AND “2 BROKE GIRLS” PLACE FIRST IN ALL MEASURES

    CBS Thursday Live + Same Day Highlights

    · At 8:00 PM, THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (12.87m), A18-49 (2.9) and A25-54 (4.2), the night’s top program in all these measures.

    · At 8:30 PM, THE ODD COUPLE was first in viewers (8.24m) and A25-54 (2.5, nc) and second in A18-49 (1.6).

    · At 9:00 PM, MOM was first in viewers (8.05m), A18-49 (1.6) and A25-54 (2.5).

    · At 9:30 PM, 2 BROKE GIRLS was first in viewers (6.67m), A18-49 (1.6, nc) and A25-54 (2.3).

    · At 10:00 PM, RUSH HOUR was first in viewers (4.57m), A18-49 (0.9, tie) and A25-54 (1.3, tie, up +8% from 1.2).

    · For the night, CBS was first in viewers (7.50m), A18-49 (1.6) and A25-54 (2.3).

  3. From NBC:

    NBC RATINGS NOTES FOR THURSDAY, MAY 5

    Facing tough competition from the NBA and NHL playoffs, NBC finished third for the night with a 0.8/3 in the 18-49 demo, and 4.1 million viewers overall.

    At 8 p.m., “Strong” drew a 0.6/3 with 2.5 million viewers overall.

    At 9 p.m., “The Blacklist” drew a 1.2/4 with 6.4 million viewers overall, which is even vs. last week’s 1.2 rating.

    “The Blacklist” remained even in the 18-49 demo through both half-hours.

    Upscale: “Blacklist” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 146 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current” including L+3)

    At 10 p.m., “Game of Silence” drew a 0.7/3 and 3.365 million viewers overall.

    The 0.7 was a .1 increase from last week’s 0.6 demo and the 3.365 million viewers is the highest since April 14.

    “Game of Silence” remained even in the 18-49 demo through both half-hours.

    “Game of Silence” will grow substantially via time-shifting and VOD. The April 21 episode grew by best-yet +52% going from L+SD to L+3 ratings in 18-49 (0.65 to 0.99) and by 1.4 million viewers overall (3.1 million to 4.5 million).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

    In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.5/6; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.9/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.9/5.

    In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/5; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

    From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.4/4 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” (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/1).

    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.

  4. I feel like CBS’ comedy lineup has been rock solid once The Odd Couple got in there as there’s a better flow between the comedies from 8:30pm-10pm which tells you that Life in Pieces was not a good fit with the lineup.

    • Agree on Life in Pieces. It was a disaster for CBS, but it needs hits desperately with Big Bang dropping quickly now and isn’t getting them.

  5. Ugh, NBC really needs to make Thursday its priority next season. Even repeats of Blacklist would be a better lead in for Blacklist at 9PM.

    • Yes I agree 100%, this needs to be a priority for them. I think The Blacklist would do better in a block with winners like any of the Dick Wolf shows. They need to design Thursdays like they did with Wednesdays. They’ve got a ton of options but the most important slot for them to program is the 8pm slot leading off and that’s tough because BBT and Grey’s are still tough veterans to go against then you’ve got Thursday Night Football for a few weeks on CBS as well to start the season.

      I can’t wait to see what NBC does since this an Olympic year of promotion in August so there’s a lot of things they can do. Schedule comes out next Sunday.

      • I’ll differ with you in that Gray’s is really not all that highly rated and Big Bang’s current ratings are dropping quickly.

        To me the whole schedule is wide open for any show showing a bit of quality.

  6. Looking at CBS’ comedy situation they potentially might be getting another solid block because the Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc comedies can fit in well in a lineup with The Odd Couple and CBS still has 2 Broke Girls and Mom as well. NBC needs to figure out how to program their multi-cams better because they have had some good ones in Undateable, Crowded, and Carmichael going but they haven’t programmed them too well although I do believe Carmichael was programmed well since it was behind big lead-ins but the other two especially Crowded have been mishandled.

  7. Yeah that’s the problem NBC seems to usually gives the wrong shows the huge promotional time like in 2012 more of it should’ve went to Chicago Fire and I think that was the least promoted show during that Olympic run and the only one to survive that season and now look at what its become.

  8. Kudos SotB 😀 for pointing out how the Spanish-speaking networks are beating some of the “major” networks now in spite of having a much smaller addressable audience.

    It says a lot about the lack of quality of the networks’ production (especially CW) in my view.

  9. Very true.

    NBC always does a lot of Pr on how its new shows will get tons of promotion, but the problem is that the trailers don’t work and people don’t want to watch the shows.

    I remember in particular a Christian Slater show that NBC promoted the you-know-what out of and that died on arrival.