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[05/31/16 - 07:08 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Off Original Competition with Repeat Lineup
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/26/16):

CBS (5.045 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on a competitive Thursday thanks to its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.205 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "Life in Pieces" (5.157 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Mom" (5.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "The Odd Couple" (4.429 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Code Black" (4.094 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

ABC (4.250 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with the return of "500 Questions" (4.996 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) followed by repeats of "Modern Family" (2.968 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Black-ish" (2.549 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.170 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Bones" (4.523 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "American Grit" (1.817 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.296 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "STRONG" (2.578 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and year two of "Red Nose Day" (2.155 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.966 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "The Flash" (1.145 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.055 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - STRONG
0.00% - Bones
-16.67% - American Grit

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-18.18% - 500 Questions
-25.00% - Red Nose Day (vs. Red Nose Day on 5/21/15)
-33.33% - Bones
-41.67% - STRONG (vs. Dateline NBC)
-58.33% - American Grit (vs. Wayward Pines)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/28/15):

FOX (4.665 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Thursday with new episodes of "Bones" (5.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Wayward Pines" (3.956 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

NBC (5.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Dateline NBC" (6.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and the launch of "Aquarius" (5.688 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.097 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.514 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Odd Couple" (5.437 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mom" (4.883 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Mike & Molly" (4.750 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Elementary" (4.000 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up the season finale of "500 Questions" (5.038 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a special "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (2.740 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, repeats of "iZombie" (0.780 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The Vampire Diaries" (0.470 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and the latter a 0.2 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. 5/14/15)
+20.00% - Bones (vs. 5/14/15)
+4.76% - 500 Questions
0.00% - Wayward Pines

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+120.00% - 500 Questions (vs. The Bachelorette (Repeat))
+33.33% - Wayward Pines (vs. Gang Related)
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Hollywood Game Night)
-25.00% - Bones (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
-31.03% - Aquarius (vs. Various)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.6/7 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Mentalist" rebroadcast, 1.7/4; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9/4 with an encore; "The Mentalist" rebroadcast, 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 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" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with James Corden" (0.9/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2 with an encore).

· 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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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