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Thursday Final Nationals: ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ and ‘The 100’ Lifts CW to Network’s Most-Watched Thursday in Three Years

A 2-hour “American Idol” led Fox to an all-around victory on Thursday night.

The series premiere of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and the third season premiere of “The 100” combined to give The CW its most watched Thursday night in a little over three years (since 10/11/12) and its highest rated Thursday night in adults 18-49 (1.0/3) in more than two years (since 11/21/13).

“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” gives The CW its most watched telecast in the 8-9 p.m. time period in more than three years (11/1/12), and the highest rating in the time period in two years (1/26/14, “The Vampire Diaries” 100th episode). It was the highest rating in the time period among males 18-49 in nearly six years (2/4/10).

“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” more than doubled this season’s time period averages in total viewers (+165 percent), and adults 18-49 (+166 percent), and doubled the 18-34 average.

At 9pm, “The 100” season premiere had its highest rated episode in adults 18-49 (0.7/2) since the series’ second episode on 3/26/14, and its most watched episode since 4/23/14.

“The 100” more than doubled this season’s time period averages in total viewers (+107 percent) and nearly doubled in adults 18-49 (+98 percent), and was up +64 percent in adults 18-34.

Versus the year-ago week, The CW was up +80 percent in total viewers for the night, +67 percent in adults 18-49, and +17 percent in adults 18-34.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.0/3 2906 0.4/2 0.7/2 1.0/3
8:00 Beyond the Tank 2.9/5 4275 0.5/2 1.0/3 1.3/4
9:00 My Diet is Better Than Yours 1.6/3 2222 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.8/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.1/9 8020 0.8/4 1.6/5 2.4/7
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 6.9/12 11085 1.3/6 2.2/8 3.3/9
8:31 Life in Pieces 5.5/9 8778 1.1/5 2.0/6 2.8/8
9:01 Mom 5.4/9 8490 0.9/4 1.7/5 2.6/7
9:30 Angel from Hell 4.4/7 7025 0.7/3 1.4/4 2.1/6
10:00 Elementary 4.1/8 6327 0.5/2 1.1/4 1.6/5
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.9/7 6064 0.7/3 1.3/4 1.8/5
8:00 Heroes Reborn (f) 2.5/4 3832 0.6/3 1.0/3 1.3/4
9:00 The Blacklist 4.7/8 7424 0.8/3 1.6/5 2.2/6
10:00 Shades of Blue 4.6/8 6935 0.7/3 1.4/5 1.9/6
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 5.7/9 9363 1.7/7 2.4/8 3.1/9
8:00 American Idol 5.7/9 9363 1.7/7 2.4/8 3.1/9
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.3/3 2569 0.6/3 0.8/3 0.9/3
8:00 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (p) 1.9/3 3214 0.9/4 1.2/4 1.4/4
9:03 The 100 (p) (thru 10:02) 1.2/2 1881 0.5/2 0.7/2 0.8/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2025 0.8/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.2/2 2055 0.7/3
8:00 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.1/2 1854 0.7/2
9:01 Pasion y Poder (thru 11:00) 1.2/2 2113 0.8/3

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Thursday 1/21/16

Beyond the Tank” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

My Diet is Better Than Yours” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.4/1

Life in Pieces” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.3/7
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

Mom” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.8/3
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.5/5

Angel from Hell” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Elementary” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Heroes Reborn” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.0/3
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

The Blacklist” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/3
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/5
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Shades of Blue” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.7/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

American Idol” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 2.1/8
Men 18-34: 1.3/6
Women 18-49: 2.9/9
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 1.0/3
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

The 100” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.7/2

Colony” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.19
Men 18-34: 0.33
Women 18-49: 0.29
Men 18-49: 0.49

Baskets” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.31
Men 18-34: 0.42
Women 18-49: 0.44
Men 18-49: 0.49

Cable Rankings – Thursday 1/21/16
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Thursday, January 21:


  1. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 3.336 million (0.25 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.822 (0.24)

  3. “WWE SmackDown” (USA, 8 p.m., 1.61 household rating): 2.757 (0.82)

  4. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.187 (0.83)

  5. “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 2.063 (0.54)
  6. “NBA Basketball: L.A. Clippers @ Cleveland” (TNT, 8:0″-10:40 p.m., 1.34 household rating): 2.034 (0.84)

  7. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 2.021 (0.93)

  8. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10 p.m.): 1.971 (0.24)

  9. “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.943 (0.31)

  10. “House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30 p.m.): 1.871 (0.43)
  11. “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 9:30 p.m.): 1.870 (0.50)

  12. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.712 (0.78)

  13. “High School Musical 2” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 1.704 (0.37)

  14. “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 8:30 p.m.): 1.600 (0.43)

  15. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 1.573 (0.61)
  16. “The First 48” (A&E, 9 p.m.): 1.517 (0.59)

  17. “2 Broke Girls” (TBS, 10 p.m.): 1.486 (0.60)

  18. “American Pickers” (History, 8 p.m.): 1.460 (0.27)

  19. “American Pickers” (History, 9 p.m.): 1.456 (0.27)

  20. “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike, 10 p.m.): 1.421 (0.67)

  21. Movie: “The Heat” (2012) (FX, 7:30 p.m.): 1.413 (0.52)


  • “NBA Basketball: San Antonio @ Phoenix” (TNT, 10:40 p.m.-1:07 a.m., 0.89 household rating): 1.382 (0.60)

  • “Colony” (USA, 10 p.m.): 1.260 (0.39)

  • “Top Chef” (Bravo, 9 p.m.): 1.148 (0.50)

  • “Baskets” (FX, 10 p.m.): 1.035 (0.46)

  • “College Basketball: Ohio State @ Purdue” (ESPN, 9:08-11:07 p.m., 0.55 household rating): 0.834 (0.22)

  • “Workaholics” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): 0.605 (0.38)

  • “Idiotsitter” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.): 0.457 (0.27)


Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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  2. FROM NBC

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

    “SHADES” INCREASES HALF-HOUR TO HALF-HOUR DESPITE THE 10 P.M. HOUR

    “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 GOING FROM L+SD NIELSENS TO L+3, THE BIGGEST GAIN OF THE WEEK AMONG ALL BIG 4 PRIMETIME TELECASTS

    “BLACKLIST” EQUALS ITS HIGHEST RATING SINCE THE SHOW’S SESASON PREMIERE OCT. 1

    “BLACKLIST” MOVES UP TO A #2 FINISH IN THE TIME PERIOD IN 18-49

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

    Updated Thursday Primetime Results (key updates in red):

    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 (6.9 million vs. 6.6 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.

    · 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 88% 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 +72% lift was the #1 L+3 increase on the Big 4 networks last week.

    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” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Matches its highest 18-49 rating since the show’s season premiere Oct. 1 (1.8).

    · Maintains 100% of last week’s 18-49 rating (1.6 vs. 1.6).

    · Ranks #2 outright in the time period in adults 18-49, moving ahead of CBS’s comedies (1.6 vs. 1.5 for the hour).

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

    · Improves the slot +33% versus NBC’s average last season (1.5 vs. 1.2, L+SD non-sports) and is up +39% in total viewers (7.424 million vs. 5.333 million)

    · Versus the same night last year, generates time-slot gains of +129% in 18-49 (1.6 vs. 0.7 for comedies) and +200% in total viewers (7.4 million vs. 2.5 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 99.9% week to week in total viewers (3.832 million vs. 3.834 million) to deliver the show’s second-most-watched episode since Nov. 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)

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on are “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

  3. Looks like the CW found something to work on Thursday after VD has been flatlining for years. Julie Plec said today that VD may end this season and they will try to get Nina back if that winds up happening. But I think that is safe to say that show will be gone next season at the very least.

    Blacklist and Shades of Blue are going good together. Now if NBC can find something to work on at 8PM they’d be pretty good. I Don’t see that You, Me and the Apocalpyse being /that/ show though.

    I enjoyed Legends of Tomorrow. Very action packed!

  4. Do you have ratings for Jessie (12-1 and 5-6 am) and Austin & Ally (10 pm, 11:30 pm and 1-2 am)? Thanks.

    • Austin & Ally (Disney Channel, 1/21 10:00-10:30 p.m.) 1.245 million, 0.2 adults 18-49 rating

      Austin & Ally (Disney Channel, 1/21 11:30 p.m.-midnight) 1.015 million, 0.2 adults 18-49 rating

      Jessie (Disney Channel, 1/21 12:00-12:30 a.m.) 813,000 viewers, 0.1 adults 18-49 rating

      Jessie (Disney Channel, 1/21 12:30-1:00 a.m.) 823,000 viewers, 0.1 adults 18-49 rating

  5. FROM NBC

    “SHADES OF BLUE” CAPTURES NBC’S THIRD-BIGGEST L+7 VIEWER INCREASE EVER FOR A SERIES PREMIERE

    GROWS BY NEARLY 5 MILLION VIEWERS IN L+7, THE #2 BIGGEST LIFT THAT WEEK ON BROADCAST TELEVISION

    The Jan. 7 premiere of “Shades of Blue” has grown by +72% in adult 18-49 rating going from “live plus same day” to “live plus seven day” results from Nielsen Media Research (from a
    1.81 to a 3.12) and by +4.9 million persons in total viewers (8.550 million vs. 13.466 million).

    Among NBC series premieres, “Shades of Blue” delivered the #3 biggest L+7 increase ever in total viewers (4.916 million), behind only “Blindspot” (5.984 million) and “The Blacklist” (+5.696 million).

    It was the #2 biggest lift of the week on the broadcast nets in total viewers (behind only “Big Bang Theory’s” 5.106 million).

    The 13.5 million in L+7 total viewers is NBC’s best for the premiere of a 10 p.m. drama without a “Voice” lead-in in more than nine years, since “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” on Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 (14.1 million).

    • SpongeBob (Nickelodeon, 1/21 3:00-3:30 p.m.) 1.165 million viewers, 0.3 adults 18-49 rating

      SpongeBob (Nickelodeon, 1/21 3:30-4:00 p.m.) 1.322 million viewers, 0.3 adults 18-49 rating