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The following are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, February 25, 2016 broken out by network and by each half-hour:

Prime Averages
Network Viewers
8.661 2.1/7
8.542 1.9/6
5.994 1.8/6
4.470 1.0/3
1.935 0.8/3
1.942 0.7/2
1.229 0.4/1
1.672 0.3/1
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Thursday, February 25, 2016
8:00 PROGRAM Viewers
Grey’s Anatomy 7.228 2.0/7
Big Bang Theory 15.684 3.7/13
You, Me and the Apocalypse 2.747 0.6/2
American Idol 8.451 2.0/7
D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow 2.505 0.9/3
Antes Muerta que Lichita 1.952 0.7/3
La Previa del Debate (s) 1.286 0.4/2
Blue Bloods (r) 1.632 0.2/1
8:30 PROGRAM Viewers
Grey’s Anatomy 7.187 2.1/7
Life in Pieces 9.421 2.2/7
You, Me and the Apocalypse 2.413 0.6/2
American Idol 8.834 2.1/7
D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow 2.421 0.9/3
Antes Muerta que Lichita 1.903 0.8/3
Decision 2016: Republican Debate-Houston (s) 1.227 0.4/1
Blue Bloods (r) 1.845 0.3/1
9:00 PROGRAM Viewers
Scandal 5.944 1.8/6
Mom 7.972 1.8/6
The Blacklist 5.940 1.3/4
American Idol 8.732 2.1/7
The 100 1.518 0.6/2
Pasion y Poder 2.075 0.8/3
Decision 2016: Republican Debate-Houston (s) 1.318 0.4/1
Blue Bloods (r) 1.665 0.3/1
9:30 PROGRAM Viewers
Scandal 5.824 1.7/5
2 Broke Girls 6.578 1.7/5
The Blacklist 5.771 1.2/4
American Idol 8.627 2.1/7
The 100 1.325 0.5/2
Pasion y Poder 2.034 0.8/3
Decision 2016: Republican Debate-Houston (s) 1.273 0.4/1
Blue Bloods (r) 1.811 0.3/1
10:00 PROGRAM Viewers
How to Get Away with Murder 5.072 1.6/5
Elementary 6.067 1.1/4
Shades of Blue 5.077 1.0/3
El Hotel de los Secretos 1.935 0.8/3
Decision 2016: Republican Debate-Houston (s) 1.189 0.5/2
Blue Bloods (r) 1.547 0.3/1
10:30 PROGRAM Viewers
How to Get Away with Murder 4.707 1.5/5
Elementary 5.527 1.0/4
Shades of Blue 4.874 1.0/4
El Hotel de los Secretos 1.709 0.7/2
Decision 2016: Republican Debate-Houston (s) 1.081 0.5/2
Blue Bloods (r) 1.533 0.3/1

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the GOP debate averaged a combined 9.9 household rating on CNN (9.0) and Spanish-language broadcast network Telemundo (0.9). This tops the 9.3 generated by the two most recent Republican debates, held on Saturdays on ABC and CBS earlier this month, and is the highest since CNN’s last debate on Dec. 15 did an 11.6.

    On the Democratic side, the most recent debate on Feb. 11 averaged a combined 6.3 overnight rating on CNN and PBS.

  2. From NBC:






    Thursday Primetime Results:

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

    · “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” 0.9 rating in 18-49, 4.48 million viewers overall.

    · “The Blacklist,” 2.8 rating in 18-49, 11.33 million viewers overall.

    · “Shades of Blue,” 2.5, 9.84 million.

    “Shades of Blue” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Retains 91% of its 18-49 rating versus the prior three weeks (1.0 vs. 1.1 each on Feb. 18, Feb. 11 and Feb. 4), maintains 100% in adults and men 25-54 and grows week to week in women 25-54 (1.8 vs. 1.7), despite facing last night’s competition from CNN-Telemundo Republican debate.

    · Finishes within 0.5 of the slot lead among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.5 for “How to Get Away With Murder”), a dramatic closing of the gap versus the same night last year, when NBC lost the hour by 2.1 rating points (0.8 vs. 2.9).

    · Ranks #2 or tied for #2 in the time period among those nets in adults, men and women 18-34, women 18-49 and women 25-54.

    · Improves the time period by +25% versus NBC’s regular-program season average in the slot before “Shades” in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.8, L+SD excluding sports and specials) and total viewers (4.975 million vs. 3.993 million).

    · Is a highly time-shifted series, with:

    o L+3: Last week’s “Shades” grew by +85% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (1.06 to 1.96) and by 3.3 million persons in total viewers (5.3 million vs. 8.6 million), to tie for the week’s #2 gain on the Big 4 in 18-49 percentage, tied with ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder” and behind only the +90% of “The Blacklist.”

    o L+7: “Shades of Blue” has grown by +87% in adult 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (1.40 to 2.62) and +4.5 million persons in total viewers (6.9 million vs. 11.4 million).

    o 7-Day Alternate Platforms: Last week’s telecast also added more than 800,000 full-episode views (P2+) in seven days on and Hulu (803,508).

    “The Blacklist” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Facing competition from last night’s CNN-Telemundo Republican debate, retains +100% of last week’s 1.3 in 18-49 and grows in women 18-34.

    · Has remained in the 1.3-1.6 range in 18-49 with each of its last 15 telecasts.

    · Improves the slot +8% versus NBC’s average last season (1.3 vs. 1.2, L+SD non-sports) and is up +10% in total viewers (5.856 million vs. 5.333 million)

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

    o Last week’s “Blacklist” generated the week’s #1 biggest 18-49 L+3 percentage lift of any Big 4 primetime program (+90% in 18-49, from a 1.30 rating to a 2.47, and by 4.2 million persons in total viewers, 6.0 million to 10.2 million).

    o In 18-49, “Blacklist” delivered its closest L+3 finish ever behind “Scandal,” pulling within +0.38 rating points or +15% (2.85 vs. 2.47), the narrowest “Scandal” margins versus “Blacklist” in both rating point and percentage since “Blacklist” shifted to Thursdays in February 2015.

    o In total viewers, “Blacklist’s” gain of 4.2 million viewers to 10.2 million viewers overall” moved the show from #4 in the time period in L+SD to #1 in L+3 ahead of ABC’s “Scandal” (8.9 million), CBS’s comedies (9.1 million) and Fox’s “American Idol” (9.9 million). In L+SD, “Idol” had led the hour with 8.3 million, followed by CBS’s comedies “Mom” and “2 Broke Girls” (7.5 million), “Scandal” (6.1 million) and “Blacklist” (6.0 million).

    o L+3+7 Days of Alternate-Platform Views: Last week’s episode grew by +98% (to a 2.6 rating) via time-shifting (3 days) and 7-day alternate-platform viewership (1.30 rating to a projected 2.58 rating in TAMi estimates).

    · Upscale: “Blacklist” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 148 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current” including L+3). Last week’s telecast was the #1 most upscale show of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49/$100K+ (122 index, L+SD).

    “You, Me and the Apocalypse” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Retains 100% week to week in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.6).

    · Grows week to week in total viewers, women 18-49, adults 18-34 and men 18-34.

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and alternate platforms

    o Last week’s “Apocalypse” grew by a best-yet +30% in 18-49 going from L+SD to L+3 (0.61 to 0.79) and by 581,000 persons in total viewers (2.6 million vs. 3.1 million).

    o Last week’s “Apocalypse” added more than 200,000 full-episode views (P2+) in seven days on and Hulu (234,866). That’s a +15% increase versus the prior week’s total (234,866 vs. 204,454).

    · Upscale: “Apocalypse” is capturing a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 112 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,” 2.3/6; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.8/5; 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,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.4/5 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) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (0.9/3). 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 0.7/3 in metered-market households 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.


    ABC Thursday Prime (8-11pm – 6.0 million and 1.8/6 in AD18-49): ABC ran in a close race on Thursday in Live + Same Day Adults 18-49 with Fox and CBS and is projected to lead the night for the 3rd-straight week, once L+3 and L+7 TV playback is included in the averages [see below]. ABC’s Live + Same Day Adult 18-49 delivery was exactly even with the prior Thursday (1.8/6). Please Note: Scandal (even with last week’s Fast Affiliate rating) and Murder (up 1-tenth from last week’s Fast Affiliate rating) each adjusted up 1-tenth last week in the National ratings.

    Live + 3 Day data for Thursday, 2/18/16: Spiking 67% over its Live + Same Day rating (1.8 to 3.0), ABC won Thursday for the 2nd week in a row in L+3 Adults 18-49, after finishing 2-tenths behind Fox and 1-tenth behind CBS in the Live + Same Day numbers. During prime in L+3 Adults 18-49, ABC (3.0 rating) beat CBS by 11% (2.7), Fox by 25% (2.4) and NBC by 76% (1.7). In L+3, ABC delivered 3 of the Top 4 TV programs last Thursday in Adults 18-49, with Grey’s Anatomy (3.3 rating – +50% over L+SD), Scandal (2.8 rating – +56% over L+SD) and How to Get Away with Murder (2.7 rating – +80% over L+SD), trailing only CBS’ top-rated The Big Bang Theory on the night. Initially in Live + Same Day, CBS’ Big Bang-led Life in Pieces and Fox’s American Idol finished as the #3 and #4 shows of the night, but dropped to #5 and #7 in L+3, respectively.

    Live + Same Day:

    · ABC’s Grey’s (2.1/7), Scandal (1.7/5) and How to Get Away with Murder (1.5/5) finished as Thursday’s Top 3 dramas for the 3rd week running in Adults 18-49, outdelivering the other 4 dramas on the night, including NBC’s You Me and the Apocalypse (0.6/2), The Blacklist (1.3/4) and Shades of Blue (1.0/4), as well as CBS’ Elementary (1.1/4).

    · Dominating the 10 o’clock hour for the 3rd week in a row in Adults 18-49, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder (1.5/5) defeated NBC’s Shades of Blue by 50% (1.0/4) and CBS’ Elementary by 36% (1.1/4).

  4. Interesting, Scandal sinks to 3rd and isn’t that far above the Blacklist….Greys beaten by Idol (why FOX is getting rid of this show is beyond me)….IMO they should bring back Idol with former contestants (more popular contestants) taking over as judges (I think Ryan would stay but if he did not how about bringing back Brian Dunkleman from season one?)

    Ruben Studdard Season two winner
    Clay Aiken Season two runner-up
    Diana DeGarmo Season three runner-up

    I think the show could last for years longer, especially since it has a built in younger audience….I would though go back to the original 16-25 age range

    • I think Idol should make those changes and use past contestants as judges, don’t use the expensive music industry people anymore that’ll save costs right there and give your alumni a chance to contribute back to the show. Dunkelman comes cheaper than Seacrest or just a host that comes cheap would work. The younger contestant idea works too to keep the demos on the healthy side.

      The show can definitely be cheaper than what it is currently and still be a beast for FOX. This network is not in any shape to move on without it.

      • I’ll disagree with the idea that Idol can “be a beast”.

        The rest of the schedule is a disaster zone except BBT. That’s the only thing that makes Idol look stronger than it is.

        And ABC just renewed 15 of its biggest flops…

  5. FOX needs to bring back Idol in 2017-18, let it take next year off but bring it back immediately because they obviously still need it and FOX only cancelled it because they got real cocky last season about Empire but little did they know that Empire is the type of show that will flame out within a few years so keep your steady engine Idol. FOX the network that just keeps on making bad decisions.

    CBS is wasting that lead-in on Life in Pieces, they need to find a successor to BBT soon and I would’ve kept Mom behind it. CBS is really screwing 2 Broke Girls around but that show continues its consistent pace. NBC would kill to have a multi-cam performing like 2 Broke Girls right now.

    NBC Thursdays need a lot of help next season as The Blacklist is on an island by itself and Shades of Blue is close to going fractional just not doing as well as it should. It should be doing just as well as Chicago PD right now. I think the show is only 13 episodes per season so it shouldn’t be a problem renewing it the next few seasons but it’s a loser.

    TGIT really flamed out quick everything but Grey’s is keeping its numbers from last season. The long layoff really killed this block as Scandal is probably nearing its final season in another season or two. I have no idea about Murder’s future.

    • One could argue that the fact Idol allowed FOX to hide the paucity of its development slates for so long is part of the reason it has imploded.

  6. ABC Thursday has hit a brick in the road. I wonder it has anything to do with so many folks expressing so much displeasure in the winter finale ? Could this be similar to what happened to House when they built up a relationship only to not handle it well letting it end in disaster? After that, the ratings nose dived and never recovered. Now Scandal and The Blacklist are neck and neck in the 9PM hour and this has sank How to Get Away With Murder with it. People growing tired of Shonda Rhymes shows? I don’t know what the playback numbers are.

    The Blacklist is gone until April as a lot of shows are about to go through a March hiatus.

    Legends of Tomorrow an improvement over VD but the 9PM is still problematic.

    • Are you referring to the Cuddy thing with House?

      IMO, that was just part of the general loss of quality. The last two seasons were bad (what with adding that non-entity Amber Tamblyn!!) with the last season embarrassingly awful.

      To this day I didn’t bother to watch the finale, and I was a huge fan of the show (watched the DVD of S1 recently too!)

      Shonda had one hit: Grey’s. And I give her full credit for it.

      The idea she’s a super-producer making hit after hit is just a creation of ABC’s marketing Department. Too bad for ABC it bought its own press.

  7. Shocking how bad the night is.

    The never-were Scandal and HTGAWM are now shockingly low. Shadesof Blue is another failure. Blacklist isat about half what it was 2 years ago…