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Thursday Final Ratings: NFL Preseason Football on ESPN Practically Matches Year-Ago Telecast Figures

ESPN Ties CBS for Adults 18-34 Prime Time Lead (Each with 0.6 Rating in Demo)

What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s broadcast network telecasts on Thursday, August 16:

Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T (S) (ABC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
253 affiliates; 88% coverage
• 3.678 million viewers
• 2.5/5 HH
• 0.6/3 A18-49 (0.7/3 F18-49, 0.5/3 M18-49)
• 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
• 0.8/3 A25-54 (1.0/4 F25-54, 0.6/3 M25-54)

Match Game (ABC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
250 affiliates; 82% coverage
• 3.001 million viewers
• 2.0/4 HH
• 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.7/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
• 0.2/2 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
• 0.8/3 A25-54 (0.9/3 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

Take Two (ABC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
250 affiliates; 87% coverage
• 2.524 million viewers
• 1.8/4 HH
• 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.6/3 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
• 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
• 0.6/2 A25-54 (0.8/3 F25-54, 0.4/2 M25-54)

The Big Bang Theory (R) (CBS, 8:00 PM, 31 min.)
253 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 5.501 million viewers
• 3.6/8 HH
• 0.9/5 A18-49 (1.0/5 F18-49, 0.8/4 M18-49)
• 0.4/3 A18-34 (0.6/4 F18-34, 0.3/3 M18-34)
• 1.3/6 A25-54 (1.5/6 F25-54, 1.2/5 M25-54)

Young Sheldon (R) (CBS, 8:31 PM, 29 min.)
251 affiliates; 88% coverage
• 4.839 million viewers
• 3.2/6 HH
• 0.8/4 A18-49 (1.0/4 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
• 0.4/3 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
• 1.2/5 A25-54 (1.4/5 F25-54, 1.0/4 M25-54)

Big Brother 20 (CBS, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
258 affiliates; 89% coverage
• 5.712 million viewers
• 3.5/7 HH
• 1.7/8 A18-49 (2.0/9 F18-49, 1.3/6 M18-49)
• 1.1/7 A18-34 (1.5/9 F18-34, 0.8/6 M18-34)
• 2.1/8 A25-54 (2.4/9 F25-54, 1.7/7 M25-54)

S.W.A.T. (R) (CBS, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
250 affiliates; 88% coverage
• 2.502 million viewers
• 1.7/4 HH
• 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.5/2 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
• 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
• 0.6/2 A25-54 (0.7/3 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

Ellen’s Game of Games (R) (NBC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
230 affiliates; 87% coverage
• 3.398 million viewers
• 2.1/4 HH
• 0.7/4 A18-49 (0.9/4 F18-49, 0.5/3 M18-49)
• 0.4/3 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
• 1.0/4 A25-54 (1.2/5 F25-54, 0.7/3 M25-54)

Trial & Error (NBC, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
241 affiliates; 87% coverage
• 2.157 million viewers
• 1.4/3 HH
• 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
• 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
• 0.7/3 A25-54 (0.8/3 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

Trial & Error (NBC, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
241 affiliates; 87% coverage
• 1.732 million viewers
• 1.1/2 HH
• 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.5/2 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
• 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
• 0.5/2 A25-54 (0.6/2 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (R) (NBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
240 affiliates; 87% coverage
• 2.576 million viewers
• 1.8/4 HH
• 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
• 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
• 0.7/3 A25-54 (0.8/3 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup (S) (Fox, 8:00 PM, 36 min.)
250 affiliates; 88% coverage
• 1.081 million viewers
• 0.7/2 HH
• 0.3/2 A18-49 (0.3/2 F18-49, 0.3/2 M18-49)
• 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
• 0.4/2 A25-54 (0.4/2 F25-54, 0.4/2 M25-54)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series-8/16 Bristol UNOH 200 (S) (Fox, 8:36 PM, 107 min.)
250 affiliates; 88% coverage
• 1.086 million viewers
• 0.7/1 HH
• 0.3/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.3/2 M18-49)
• 0.1/1 A18-34 (0.1/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
• 0.4/1 A25-54 (0.3/1 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series-Post Race-Sustainer (Fox, 10:23 PM, 7 min.)
0 affiliates; 0% coverage
• 1.033 million viewers
• 0.7/1 HH
• 0.2/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
• 0.1/1 A18-34 (0.1/0 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
• 0.3/1 A25-54 (0.3/1 F25-54, 0.4/1 M25-54)

Supernatural (R) (CW, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
253 affiliates; 85% coverage
• 0.702 million viewers
• 0.5/1 HH
• 0.2/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
• 0.1/1 A18-34 (0.1/1 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
• 0.3/1 A25-54 (0.3/1 F25-54, 0.2/1 M25-54)

Black Lightning (R) (CW, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
254 affiliates; 85% coverage
• 0.680 million viewers
• 0.4/1 HH
• 0.2/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.1/1 M18-49)
• 0.1/1 A18-34 (0.1/1 F18-34, 0.1/0 M18-34)
• 0.2/1 A25-54 (0.2/1 F25-54, 0.2/1 M25-54)

La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.585 million viewers
• 0.9/2 HH
• 0.5/3 A18-49

El Rico y Lazaro (Univision, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.536 million viewers
• 0.9/2 HH
• 0.4/2 A18-49

La Bella y Las Bestias (Univision, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.253 million viewers
• 0.7/1 HH
• 0.3/2 A18-49

La Piloto (Univision, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.010 million viewers
• 0.6/1 HH
• 0.3/2 A18-49

Reto 4 Elementos: Naturaleza Extrema (UniMás, 7:00 PM, 150 min.)
• 0.304 million viewers
• 0.2/0 HH
• 0.1/1 A18-49

La Jefa del Campeon (UniMás, 9:30 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.287 million viewers
• 0.1/0 HH
• 0.1/1 A18-49

Nosotros Los Guapos (UniMás, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.203 million viewers
• 0.1/0 HH
• 0.1/0 A18-49

Exatlón Estados Unidos (Telemundo, 7:00 PM, 120 min.)
• 1.051 million viewers
• 0.6/1 HH
• 0.4/2 A18-49
• 0.3/2 A18-34

Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso (Telemundo, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.431 million viewers
• 0.8/2 HH
• 0.6/3 A18-49
• 0.5/3 A18-34

El Señor de Los Cielos VI (Telemundo, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.856 million viewers
• 1.0/2 HH
• 0.8/4 A18-49
• 0.6/4 A18-34

What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s select cable telecasts on Thursday, August 16 (with the night’s cable ranks according to total viewers and demo ratings in parentheses):

Live PD Thursday (A&E, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
• 1.550 million viewers (#14)
• 0.92 HH (#14)
• 0.51 A18-49 (#3)
• 0.43 A18-34 (#4)
• 0.62 A25-54 (#2)

Nightwatch Nation (A&E, 10:00 PM, 56 min.)
• 1.437 million viewers (#15)
• 0.88 HH (#15)
• 0.46 A18-49 (#5)
• 0.40 A18-34 (#6)
• 0.54 A25-54 (#3)

Dragon Ball Super (repeat) (ADSM, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.540 million viewers (#67)
• 0.32 HH (#71)
• 0.18 A18-49 (#53)
• 0.22 A18-34 (#18)
• 0.16 A25-54 (#77)

American Dad (repeat) (ADSM, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.460 million viewers (#71)
• 0.33 HH (#70)
• 0.21 A18-49 (#39)
• 0.23 A18-34 (#13)
• 0.19 A25-54 (#57)

The Cleveland Show (repeat) (ADSM, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.666 million viewers (#50)
• 0.47 HH (#46)
• 0.29 A18-49 (#22)
• 0.32 A18-34 (#7)
• 0.29 A25-54 (#34)

American Dad (repeat) (ADSM, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.834 million viewers (#39)
• 0.59 HH (#36)
• 0.37 A18-49 (#9)
• 0.42 A18-34 (#5)
• 0.37 A25-54 (#22)

Bob’s Burgers (repeat) (ADSM, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.090 million viewers (#25)
• 0.73 HH (#23)
• 0.48 A18-49 (#4)
• 0.49 A18-34 (#3)
• 0.49 A25-54 (#9)

Bob’s Burgers (repeat) (ADSM, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.224 million viewers (#18)
• 0.79 HH (#21)
• 0.55 A18-49 (#2)
• 0.60 A18-34 (#1)
• 0.54 A25-54 (#3)

The Grand Hustle (BET, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.400 million viewers (#78)
• 0.24 HH (#82)
• 0.15 A18-49 (#68)
• 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
• 0.16 A25-54 (#77)

Shahs of Sunset (BRAVO, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.917 million viewers (#33)
• 0.66 HH (#30)
• 0.34 A18-49 (#13)
• 0.21 A18-34 (#22)
• 0.43 A25-54 (#18)

Detroiters (CMDY, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.239 million viewers (#98)
• 0.18 HH (#94)
• 0.12 A18-49 (#82)
• 0.14 A18-34 (#51)
• 0.13 A25-54 (#91)

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (CMT, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.355 million viewers (#87)
• 0.23 HH (#84)
• 0.14 A18-49 (#73)
• 0.06 A18-34 (#95)
• 0.17 A25-54 (#73)

Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.134 million viewers (#21)
• 0.80 HH (#18)
• 0.22 A18-49 (#36)
• 0.07 A18-34 (#89)
• 0.31 A25-54 (#33)

Cuomo Prime Time (CNN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.228 million viewers (#17)
• 0.85 HH (#16)
• 0.24 A18-49 (#30)
• 0.10 A18-34 (#67)
• 0.34 A25-54 (#27)

CNN Tonight (CNN, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.143 million viewers (#20)
• 0.81 HH (#17)
• 0.19 A18-49 (#48)
• 0.07 A18-34 (#89)
• 0.29 A25-54 (#34)

NFL Pre-Season Football New York Jets at Washington Redskins (ESPN, 8:00 PM, 182 min.)
• 2.562 million viewers (#4)
• 1.64 HH (#5)
• 0.85 A18-49 (#1)
• 0.60 A18-34 (#1)
• 1.00 A25-54 (#1)
NFL Pre-Season Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars (ESPN, 8/17/17 8:00 PM, 184 min.)
2.560 million viewers
1.61 HH
0.88 A18-49
0.72 A18-34

Little League World Series Opening Round: Coventry, Rhode Island vs. Houston, Texas (ESPN2, 7:00 PM, 138 min.)
• 0.652 million viewers (#52)
• 0.43 HH (#52)
• 0.11 A18-49 (#90)
• 0.08 A18-34 (#81)
• 0.16 A25-54 (#77)

Great Food Truck Race (FOOD, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.090 million viewers (#25)
• 0.69 HH (#28)
• 0.30 A18-49 (#20)
• 0.21 A18-34 (#22)
• 0.37 A25-54 (#22)

Beat Bobby Flay (FOOD, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.901 million viewers (#36)
• 0.62 HH (#33)
• 0.25 A18-49 (#26)
• 0.17 A18-34 (#34)
• 0.32 A25-54 (#31)

Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 2.554 million viewers (#5)
• 1.69 HH (#4)
• 0.22 A18-49 (#36)
• 0.14 A18-34 (#51)
• 0.37 A25-54 (#22)

Hannity (FOXNC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 3.086 million viewers (#1)
• 2.09 HH (#1)
• 0.24 A18-49 (#30)
• 0.12 A18-34 (#60)
• 0.46 A25-54 (#11)

The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 2.619 million viewers (#3)
• 1.79 HH (#3)
• 0.21 A18-49 (#39)
• 0.09 A18-34 (#74)
• 0.39 A25-54 (#20)

Snowfall (FX, 10:00 PM, 61 min.)
• 0.923 million viewers (#31)
• 0.61 HH (#35)
• 0.39 A18-49 (#7)
• 0.28 A18-34 (#9)
• 0.44 A25-54 (#16)

Rustic Rehab (HGTV, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.101 million viewers (#23)
• 0.73 HH (#23)
• 0.23 A18-49 (#34)
• 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
• 0.28 A25-54 (#38)

Flip or Flop (HGTV, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.829 million viewers (#8)
• 1.18 HH (#9)
• 0.44 A18-49 (#6)
• 0.28 A18-34 (#9)
• 0.54 A25-54 (#3)

Flip or Flop (repeat) (HGTV, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.580 million viewers (#12)
• 1.01 HH (#12)
• 0.37 A18-49 (#9)
• 0.22 A18-34 (#18)
• 0.46 A25-54 (#11)

House Hunters (HGTV, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.632 million viewers (#11)
• 1.13 HH (#11)
• 0.34 A18-49 (#13)
• 0.21 A18-34 (#22)
• 0.44 A25-54 (#16)

House Hunters International (HGTV, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.649 million viewers (#10)
• 1.15 HH (#10)
• 0.34 A18-49 (#13)
• 0.22 A18-34 (#18)
• 0.46 A25-54 (#11)

Mountain Men (HIST, 9:00 PM, 63 min.)
• 2.217 million viewers (#7)
• 1.40 HH (#7)
• 0.34 A18-49 (#13)
• 0.16 A18-34 (#37)
• 0.54 A25-54 (#3)

Alone (HIST, 10:03 PM, 62 min.)
• 1.563 million viewers (#13)
• 1.00 HH (#13)
• 0.31 A18-49 (#19)
• 0.16 A18-34 (#37)
• 0.50 A25-54 (#8)

The Perfect Murder (ID, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.041 million viewers (#29)
• 0.72 HH (#25)
• 0.24 A18-49 (#30)
• 0.13 A18-34 (#54)
• 0.34 A25-54 (#27)

Someone Thought You Knew (ID, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.111 million viewers (#22)
• 0.80 HH (#18)
• 0.27 A18-49 (#25)
• 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
• 0.39 A25-54 (#20)

Bring It! (LIF, 9:00 PM, 63 min.)
• 0.396 million viewers (#79)
• 0.28 HH (#73)
• 0.13 A18-49 (#78)
• 0.10 A18-34 (#67)
• 0.14 A25-54 (#85)

Bring It! (LIF, 10:03 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.406 million viewers (#76)
• 0.27 HH (#77)
• 0.15 A18-49 (#68)
• 0.12 A18-34 (#60)
• 0.16 A25-54 (#77)

All In with Chris Hayes (MSNBC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 1.709 million viewers (#9)
• 1.27 HH (#8)
• 0.15 A18-49 (#68)
• 0.08 A18-34 (#81)
• 0.23 A25-54 (#49)

Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 2.921 million viewers (#2)
• 2.04 HH (#2)
• 0.33 A18-49 (#18)
• 0.17 A18-34 (#34)
• 0.48 A25-54 (#10)

Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 2.222 million viewers (#6)
• 1.58 HH (#6)
• 0.25 A18-49 (#26)
• 0.13 A18-34 (#54)
• 0.37 A25-54 (#22)

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 2 Sneak Peek (MTV, 8:00 PM, 61 min.)
• 0.430 million viewers (#74)
• 0.28 HH (#73)
• 0.25 A18-49 (#26)
• 0.30 A18-34 (#8)
• 0.24 A25-54 (#43)

NFL Gameday Live (NFLN, 7:30 PM, 210 min.)
• 0.609 million viewers (#58)
• 0.39 HH (#54)
• 0.21 A18-49 (#39)
• 0.17 A18-34 (#34)
• 0.24 A25-54 (#43)

The Big Bang Theory (repeat) (TBS, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 1.252 million viewers (#16)
• 0.80 HH (#18)
• 0.39 A18-49 (#7)
• 0.23 A18-34 (#13)
• 0.52 A25-54 (#7)

Dr. Pimple Popper: Supersized (TLC, 10:00 PM, 61 min.)
• 1.043 million viewers (#28)
• 0.72 HH (#25)
• 0.28 A18-49 (#24)
• 0.20 A18-34 (#25)
• 0.34 A25-54 (#27)

Expedition Unknown (TRAV, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.559 million viewers (#65)
• 0.35 HH (#65)
• 0.12 A18-49 (#82)
• 0.04 A18-34 (#98)
• 0.18 A25-54 (#61)

Legendary Repack (TRAV, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.617 million viewers (#56)
• 0.38 HH (#57)
• 0.16 A18-49 (#61)
• 0.07 A18-34 (#89)
• 0.24 A25-54 (#43)

Impractical Jokers (TRU, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.594 million viewers (#60)
• 0.37 HH (#59)
• 0.29 A18-49 (#22)
• 0.24 A18-34 (#11)
• 0.32 A25-54 (#31)

Impractical Jokers: After Party (TRU, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
• 0.446 million viewers (#73)
• 0.28 HH (#73)
• 0.20 A18-49 (#44)
• 0.19 A18-34 (#30)
• 0.21 A25-54 (#52)

Queen of the South (USA, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
• 1.187 million viewers (#19)
• 0.77 HH (#22)
• 0.35 A18-49 (#11)
• 0.24 A18-34 (#11)
• 0.46 A25-54 (#11)

Shooter (USA, 10:01 PM, 61 min.)
• 0.788 million viewers (#43)
• 0.51 HH (#42)
• 0.22 A18-49 (#36)
• 0.16 A18-34 (#37)
• 0.29 A25-54 (#34)

Braxton Family Values (WETV, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
• 0.601 million viewers (#59)
• 0.45 HH (#48)
• 0.18 A18-49 (#53)
• 0.13 A18-34 (#54)
• 0.24 A25-54 (#43)

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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  1. Hey Douglas, I asked this a while ago, but now around a month and a half later with more data, how are the current numbers of Dragon Ball Super’s Reruns compared KoTH?