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Fox Tops First February Thursday; Minor Slippage for ‘Madoff’ Conclusion on ABC

'The Big Bang Theory' on CBS Tops Night by Significant Proportions

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Thursday, February 4 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:

Fox: 8.90 million, CBS: 8.54, ABC: 6.66, NBC: 5.22, CW: 1.96

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 2.2 rating/7 share, CBS: 1.9/ 7, NBC: 1.2/ 4, ABC: 1.1/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 2

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Madoff (part two)
Viewers: 6.69 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 15.19 million (#1), A18-49: 3.7/13 (#1)

NBC – You, Me and the Apocalypse
Viewers: 3.80 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4t)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 8.32 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#2)

CW – D.C. Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 2.38 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4t)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Madoff (part two)
Viewers: 6.54 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Life in Pieces
Viewers: 9.44 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 8 (#1t)

NBC – You, Me and the Apocalypse
Viewers: 3.31 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.31 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 8 (#1t)

CW – D.C. Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 2.28 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Madoff (part two)
Viewers: 6.57 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Mom
Viewers: 8.01 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.44 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 8.91 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

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

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Madoff (part two)
Viewers: 6.84 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

CBS – Angel from Hell
Viewers: 6.29 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 6.50 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.05 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

CW – The 100
Viewers: 1.47 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Madoff: After the Fall
Viewers: 6.72 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1t)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 6.29 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Shades of Blue
Viewers: 5.73 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1t)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Madoff: After the Fall
Viewers: 6.61 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1)

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

NBC – Shades of Blue
Viewers: 5.57 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “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. FROM CBS

    CBS Thursday Live + Same Day Highlights

    “LIFE IN PIECES” JUMPS +15% IN A18-49 TO ITS HIGHEST RATING SINCE ITS SERIES PREMIERE

    “MOM” POSTS GAINS IN A18-49

    STEADY “ANGEL FROM HELL” MAINTAINS ITS A18-49 RATING FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK

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

    • At 8:00 PM, THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in viewers (15.17m), A18-49 (3.7) and A25-54 (5.4), the night’s top program in all these measures.

    • At 8:30 PM, LIFE IN PIECES was first in viewers (9.44m, up +8% from 8.71m for its last first-run broadcast on 1/21), A18-49 (2.3, tie, up +15% from 2.0) and A25-54 (3.3, up +18% from 2.8). LIFE IN PIECES delivered its highest adult 18-49 rating since its series premiere.

    • At 9:00 PM, MOM averaged 8.00m, 1.8 in A18-49 (up +6% from 1.7), and 2.6 in A25-54

    • At 9:30 PM, ANGEL FROM HELL averaged 6.29m, 1.4 in A18-49 (nc) and 2.0 in A25-54.

    • At 10:00 PM, ELEMENTARY averaged 6.18m (up from 6.09m), 1.1 in A18-49 (nc) and 1.6 in A25-54.

  2. FROM NBC

    “SHADES OF BLUE” IS UP VS. NBC’S REGULAR-PROGRAM SLOT AVERAGE PRIOR TO SHADES” BY +38%, IS EXTREMELY CLOSE TO ROUNDING UP ANOTHER TENTH

    L+7: THE HIGHLY TIME-SHIFTED “SHADES” VIRTUALLY DOUBLED IN THE MOST RECENT L+7 RESULTS, TO RANK #1 THAT WEEK FOR THE BIGGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE ON THE BIG 4

    LAST WEEK’S “SHADES” ADDED 750,000 FULL-EPISODE VIEWS IN SIX DAYS ON NBC.COM & HULU

    AGAINST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE COMPETITION, “BLACKLIST” RETAINS 94% OF LAST WEEK’S 1.6, WHICH MATCHED THE SHOW’S HIGH SINCE EARLY OCTOBER

    LAST NIGHT’S “BLACKLIST” IS ESTIMATED TO GROW TO A 3.0 IN L+7+ALT. PLATFORMS, “SHADES OF BLUE” TO A 2.7

    Thursday Primetime Results:

    Estimates After 7 Days of Time-Shifting and Alt-Platform Viewing:

    · “The Blacklist,” 3.0 rating in 18-49, 11.58 million viewers overall.

    · “Shades of Blue,” 2.7, 10.90 million.

    “Shades of Blue” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Is extremely close to rounding to a 1.2 (currently reporting a 1.14975 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings).

    · Against Democratic debate competition and the ABC special “Madoff: After the Fall,” retains 85% week to week in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.3) and 87% in total viewers (5.644 million vs. 6.490 million).

    · Note that this week’s ABC competition was up +71% versus last week in the time period (1.2 vs. 0.7).

    · Improves the time period by +38% versus NBC’s regular-program season average in the slot before “Shades” (1.1 vs. 0.8, L+SD excluding sports and specials).

    · Finishes within 0.1 of a point of #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 and is #1 or tied for #1 among those nets in adults 18-34 and all key adult-female demos.

    · Is a highly time-shifted series, with its most recently reported L+7 lift nearly doubling the show’s L+SD rating in 18-49 (from a 1.32 to a 2.57) and bringing a surge of +4.671 million viewers overall (6.641 million to 11.312 million):

    o The 95% gain was the #1 biggest percentage increase for the week of Jan. 11-17 on the Big 4 networks.

    o It was also the #1 biggest L+7 percentage lift this season for Week 2 of a new series on those nets.

    o Last week’s “Shades of Blue” added more than 750,000 full-episode views (P2+) in six days on NBC.com and Hulu (752,702).

    “The Blacklist” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Against Democratic debate competition, retains +94% of last week’s 1.6 in 18-49, which matched the show’s high since its season premiere last Oct. 1.

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

    · Improves the slot +25% versus NBC’s average last season (1.5 vs. 1.2, L+SD non-sports) and is up +21% in total viewers (6.473 million vs. 5.333 million)

    · These numbers will increase dramatically with time-shifting and viewing on alternate platforms — “Blacklist” has grown by +97% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 1.51 to a 2.98) and 4.9 million viewers overall (7.1 million to 12.0 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    · Upscale: “Blacklist” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 150 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current” including L+3).

    “You, Me and the Apocalypse” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Facing increased competition from CBS’s original “Big Bang Theory,” finishes within 0.3 of a point of last week’s series premiere (0.9 vs. 1.2).

    · Note that this week’s CBS competition was up +67% versus last week in the time period (3.0 vs. 1.8).

    · Ties CW’s Week 3 of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (0.9) in 18-49 and outdelivers it in total viewers.

    · Will added substantial viewership via time-shifting and alternate platforms – last week’s “ You, Me and the Apocalypse” added close to a quarter-million full-episode views (P2+) in six days on NBC.com and Hulu (230,980).

    · Upscale: “Apocalypse” is capturing a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 125 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current” including L+3).

    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; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.0/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.2/6.

    · 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,” 0.6/3.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.6/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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” (0.9/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/4 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 with an encore and a 0.3/3 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.

  3. FROM ABC

    Based on Nielsen’s just released Adult 18-49 ratings in Homes with $100K+ annual income (L+SD for 2/3/16), ABC’s Madoff Part 1 delivered a 1.5 rating, 25% higher than its 1.2 Total U.S. rating (Index of 125). And Madoff was 33% higher than its Total U.S. number (Index of 133) among Adults 18-49 in Homes with $200K+ annual income, rising to a 1.6 rating.

    · With an Upscale Index of 125, Madoff-Part 1 emerged as Wednesday’s #1 broadcast program among Adults 18-49 in Homes with $100K+ Annual Income. With an Index of 133, the movie was the #2 broadcast of the night among $200K+ Annual Income Adults 18-49.

    · Based on Upscale Adult 18-49 Ratings, the movie jumped up to rank as the 4th-highest-rated show of the night with $100K+ Adults 18-49 (1.5 rating-tie) and $200K+ Adults 18-49 (1.6 rating), after tying for #7 on the night in the Total U.S. ratings (1.2 rating).

  4. CBS really needs to find a way to stop the crazy amount of bleeding from 8:00 to 11:00 and I don’t think The Odd Couple and Rush Hour will be a fix come Spring.

  5. NBC has yet another flop in the Thursday at 8PM hour. I don’t even know what will work there now. But that seems to be a huge problem for them. They have seemingly fixed Thursday at 10PM . .. for now.

    • What is infuriating is that anyone objective (ie. not wedded to Hollywood’s fascination for Fake Edgy shows) could tell them YMATA wold not work…

      As for Shades of Blue, doing worse than Elementary is not fixing the problem unfortunately…

  6. Boy is this depressing… 🙁

    Except for BBT, nothing is even coming close to being successful. Shades of Blue is doing even worse than Elementary is a slot that used to have one of the highest ratings of all TV!!