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CBS Tops Thursday in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

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

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.852 million, ABC: 6.079, NBC: 4.458, Fox: 3.267, CW: 1.516

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.7 rating/6 share, ABC: 1.5/ 5, NBC: 0.9/ 3, Fox: 0.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 2

-Adults 18-34:
ABC: 1.0 rating/5 share, CBS: 0.9/ 4, Fox: 0.6/ 2, NBC: 0.5/ 2, CW: 0.4/ 2

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.646 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 8 (#2), A18-34: 1.6/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 13.834 million (#1), A18-49: 3.1/ 12 (#1), A18-34: 1.7/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Strong
Viewers: 3.083 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3t), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#5)

Fox – Bones
Viewers: 4.216 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3t), A18-34: 0.6/ 3 (#3)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 1.839 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#5), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.589 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1), A18-34: 1.5/ 7 (#1)

CBS – The Odd Couple
Viewers: 8.639 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#2), A18-34: 0.8/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Strong
Viewers: 2.971 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3t), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#4t)

Fox – Bones
Viewers: 4.336 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3t), A18-34: 0.6/ 3 (#3)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 1.858 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#4t)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 6.130 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2), A18-34: 1.1/ 5 (#1)

CBS – Mom
Viewers: 8.405 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1), A18-34: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.948 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#3), A18-34: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

Fox – American Grit
Viewers: 2.206 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.268 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5), A18-34: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 5.870 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2), A18-34: 1.0/ 4 (#1)

CBS – 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 6.934 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1), A18-34: 0.9/ 4 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.746 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3), A18-34: 0.7/ 3 (#3)

Fox – American Grit
Viewers: 2.311 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4), A18-34: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.099 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5), A18-34: 0.2/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – The Catch
Viewers: 4.762 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#1t), A18-34: 0.6/ 2 (#1)

CBS – Rush Hour
Viewers: 4.879 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#1t), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#2)

NBC – Game of Silence
Viewers: 3.775 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#3)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – The Catch
Viewers: 4.475 million (#1), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#1t), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#1t)

CBS – Rush Hour
Viewers: 4.420 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#1t), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#1t)

NBC – Game of Silence
Viewers: 3.226 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3), A18-34: 0.3/ 1 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. From CBS:

    CBS Thursday Live + Same Day Highlights


    CBS’S THURSDAY LINEUP SOARS

    “THE ODD COUPLE” AND “2 BROKE GIRLS” POST SEASON HIGH A18-49 RATINGS

    WHILE “MOM” MATCHES ITS SEASON HIGH

    “RUSH HOUR” SWEEPS TIME PERIOD WITH ACROSS-THE-BOARD GROWTH

    “THE BIG BANG THEORY” TOPS THE NIGHT IN VIEWERS AND KEY DEMOS

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

    · At 8:00 PM, THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (13.83m, up from 13.50m for its last original episode on 4/7), A18-49 (3.1, nc) and A25-54 (4.5, nc), the night’s top program in all these measures.

    · At 8:30 PM, THE ODD COUPLE was first in viewers (8.64m, up +22% from 7.10m), A25-54 (2.7, up +23% from 2.2) and second in A18-49 (1.7, up +13% from 1.5). THE ODD COUPLE posted season highs in all these measures.

    · At 9:00 PM, MOM was first in viewers (8.41m, up +13% from 7.46m), A18-49 (1.8, up +20% from 1.5) and A25-54 (2.7, up +17% from 2.3). MOM matched its season high A18-49 rating.

    · At 9:30 PM, 2 BROKE GIRLS was firsts in viewers (6.93m, up +11% from 6.25m), A18-49 (1.8, up +20% from 1.5) and A25-54 (2.5, up +14% from 2.2). 2 BROKE GIRLS posted its season high in A18-49 and its second largest audience of the season.

    · At 10:00 PM, RUSH HOUR was first in viewers (4.65m, up +9% from 4.26m), A18-49 (1.0, up +11% from 0.9) and A25-54 (1.3, up +8% from 1.2).

    · For the night, CBS was first in viewers (7.85m), A18-49 (1.7) and A25-54 (2.5).

  2. From ABC:

    ABC Poised to Once Again Win Thursday in L+3 Adults 18-49 – Delivers Night’s Top 2 Dramas

    ABC Thursday Prime (8-11pm – 6.1 million and 1.5/5 in AD18-49): ABC ran a strong second on Thursday in Live + Same Day Adults 18-49 (1.5/5) to a Big Bang-led CBS (1.7/6), beating original programming on NBC by 67% (0.9/3) and Fox by 88% (0.8/3). ABC is projected to once again lead the night in the Live + 3 Day ratings once that data is released on Tuesday. In fact ABC has emerged as Thursday’s top-rated network in L+3 Adults 18-49 on 9 of the last 10 weeks. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was Thursday’s #2 TV show in Adults 18-49, behind only CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. In addition, Grey’s and Scandal were Thursday’s Top 2 dramas and The Catch finished well ahead of NBC’s Game of Silence 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 towered over its drama competition among Adults 18-49 (2.0/8), more than doubling Fox’s Bones (+150% – 0.8/3). Grey’s moved into the #1 position at 8:30pm and beat CBS’ Big Bang-fueled The Odd Couple by 18% (2.0/7 vs.1.7/6).

    Scandal (9-10pm – 6.0 million and 1.5/5 in AD18-49): Taking second during the 9 o’clock hour, ABC’s Scandal beat NBC’s The Blacklist by 15% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/5 vs. 1.3/4) and Fox’s American Grit by 114% (0.7/2). The ABC drama won the hour in Adults 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49).

    The Catch (10-11pm – 4.6 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): At 10pm, ABC’s The Catch beat NBC’s Game of Silence by 29% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 0.7/2) and is poised to win the hour in L+3. Live + 3 Day Ratings for Last Thursday (4/14/16): Last Thursday, ABC’s The Catch was the biggest gainer at 10pm on broadcast in both Total Viewers (+2.1 million viewers) and Adults 18-49 (+60%), posting much larger L+3 lifts than CBS’ Rush Hour (+953k and +22%, respectively) and NBC’s Game of Silence debut (+1.4 million and +38%, respectively). After 3 days of TV playback, The Catch shot up to a 1.6 Adult 18-49 rating, increasing its advantage over Rush Hour to 5-tenths of a rating point (1.1 rating) and over Game of Silence to 5-tenths (1.1 rating) versus a 1-tenth and 2-tenths lead, respectively, in L+SD.

  3. From NBC:

    NBC Ratings: “Strong” Maintains 100% of Last Week’s Debut; It’s the Most-Watched “Blacklist” Since January; “Game of Silence” Finishes Within 0.1 of Last Week

    “STRONG” MAINTAINS 100% OF LAST WEEK’S REGULAR-SLOT PREMIERE IN 18-49, “GAME OF SILENCE” FINISHES WITHIN 0.1

    “STRONG” MATCHES AN 11-WEEK 18-49 HIGH FOR NBC IN THE TIME PERIOD

    “THE BLACKLIST” CAPTURES ITS MOST-WATCHED EPISODE SINCE JAN. 28, MAINTAINS 100% OF LAST WEEK’S FAST-AFFILIATE 1.3 IN 18-49

    “BLACKLIST” HAS AVERAGED +98% GROWTH IN 18-49 GOING FROM L+SD TO L+7

    Thursday Primetime Results:

    “Strong” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Maintains 100% of last week’s regular slot-premiere rating in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.8) and grows 0.1 of a point or +20% in women 18-34 (0.6 vs. 0.5).

    · On a night of high-rated NBA Playoff competition on TNT, equals NBC’s best 18-49 rating in the time period in 11 weeks (since Feb. 4).

    “The Blacklist” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET):

    · Maintains 100% of last week’s 1.3 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings in 18-49 and 93% of last week’s 1.4 in official nationals.

    · In total viewers, generates its most-watched episode since Jan. 28 (7.164 million).

    · Grows +4% in total viewers versus last week’s 6.561 million in fast-affil figures and +2% versus last week’s 6.737 million in official nationals.

    · Ranks #2 in the time period among the Big 4 in total viewers, as well as men 18-49, men 25-54 and men 18-34 (tie).

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

    o L+7: “Blacklist” has grown by +98% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 1.48 to a 2.93) and 4.9 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 11.8 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    o L+3: Last week’s “Blacklist” increased by +68% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (1.36 to 2.29) and by more than 3.4 million persons in total viewers (6.7 million to 10.2 million).

    o The April 14 telecast generated the biggest lifts of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 percentage and total viewers.

    o L+3+7 Days of Alternate-Platform Views: The prior week’s episode grew by +79% (to a 2.4 rating) via time-shifting (3 days) and 7-day alternate-platform viewership (1.36 rating to a projected 2.42 rating in TAMi estimates

    · Upscale: “Blacklist” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 147 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current” including L+3). The prior week’s “Blacklist” was the #1 most upscale show of the night on the Big 4, indexing at a 112 in 18-49 viewers living in $100K+ homes.

    “Game of Silence” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET):

    · Finishes within 0.1 of a point of last week’s regular-slot premiere in adults 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.8).

    · Maintains 100% of last week’s regular-slot debut in adults 18-34 and women 18-34.

    · Finishes within 0.3 of #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period in adults 18-49 and within 0.1 in adults 18-34 versus the original competition of CBS’s “Rush Hour” and ABC’s “The Catch.”

    · Despite the 10 p.m. hour, maintains 100% of its 18-49 rating from half-hour to half-hour (0.7 vs. 0.7).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.0/5 with an encore telecast; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.1/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.0/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.6/3 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

    · 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” (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show” (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 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.

    • And there is the problem with executives believing their own press releases.

      Strong is a ratings disaster that should have been pulled already, yet NBC is saying that keeping to a disastrous level is great…

      Mind-boggling!!

  4. From Turner Sports:

    The Rockets’ 97-96 win over the Warriors last night delivered a 3.6 overnight rating on TNT, +10% vs. 2015’s comparable telecast (GS-NO)

    TNT’s Warriors/Rockets telecast last night peaked with a 4.2 metered market rating from 12:15-12:30 a.m.

  5. Mom gained in the demo and held almost all the viewers from Odd Couple and 2BG (a show I’m really not a fan of) held the demo at 9:30. That’s pretty good in that hour, especially opposite Blacklist and Scandal.

    Blacklist more than doubled the viewers and almost doubled the demo of Strong. BL is really a sad island unto itself on NBC’s Thursday lineup. What do they do next season to help it out?

    And Grey’s just keeps chugging along with a 2.0 demo rating, which is (sadly) huge this time of year.

    • My guess is that NBC hires the same bad producers and surround it with more bad shows that will flop, but be the object of adoring press releases and loads of “buzz” and “critical acclaim”…

      But I may be way too optimistic.

      I would never have called the overall awful ratings for all the networks on a Thursday this season.

    • The end started a long time ago. It’s just ABC’s abject weakness that made them think it was a good idea to have three shows by a producer with one real hit (well at least she has one which is more than can be said for most of the other ABC producers!)

      • Networks do it all the time. The ones that come to mind right now are NCIS and NCIS:NO that air back to back on Tuesdays… And Chuck Lorre shows that aired on Thursday… TBBT, Two and 1/2 Men, and Mom….

        • I’ve seen shows coupled, as you noted, but never a whole evening devoted to a single producer (even Steven J. Cannell who was a heck of a lot more successful than all of today’s producers!!), let alone brand the evening around a producer.

          ABC is just too unwilling to work outside of the small circle of friends and acolytes that have brought them the bad ratings they now enjoy.

          At least Shonda had one hit, which is infinitely more than the rest of their small cadre of flop-happy producers.

  6. NBC needs to find something ASAP to work with the Blacklist in the Fall. Nothing is working yet unless you count Shades of Blue. With all the Chicago shows and of course SVU, they have some veteran options to take less risks with.

    • I have to smile at the idea that NBC needs to take fewer risks…

      Not taking risks (in their mind) is how they got where they are…

      They look down on the audience and forget that not doing good, creative shows is the greatest risk of all.

  7. Those numbers are just mind-boggling.

    Not a single network even within range of 10 million viewers!!!

    Imagine the man-hours of executive thought it took to devise that sea of bad shows…