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Ratings News - 22nd January 2016

  • Last Week's Final Adjusted Ratings

  • Early HH Ratings from Marc Berman (programminginsider)
    The analysis below is based on the early household numbers and are NOT the same as the numbers that will be posted in the above table later. (See the About section below)

    NOTE: The opinions expressed here are NOT those of SpoilerTV but of the Author of this Article, Marc Berman.

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016

    Household Rating/Share
    Fox: 6.4 rating/10 share, CBS: 5.1/ 8, NBC: 4.2/ 7, ABC: 2.2/ 4, CW: 1.8/ 3

    Percent Change From Year-Ago Evening:
    NBC: +56, CW: +50, Fox: + 3, ABC: – 4, CBS: -15


    “American Idol” (Fox), “The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS), “The Blacklist” (NBC)

    -Honorable Mention:
    “Life in Pieces” (CBS), “Shades of Blue” (NBC)

    -Adequate Start:
    “D.C’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW)

    “Heroes Reborn” (NBC), “My Diet is Better Than Yours” (ABC)


    Ratings Breakdown:
    Fox topped this third Thursday in January care of two more hours of “American Idol,” which scored a 6.4 rating/10 share in the household overnights and increased year-to-year by three percent. For a series in its 15th – and final – season, this is certainly worthy of a “winners” label.

    In season-premiere news, The CW”s long-awaited “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” opened with a last-place 2.3/ 4 in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. While this does seem low on paper, keep in mind that overnight results this week for “The Flash” on Tuesday (2.5/ 4) and “Arrow” on Wednesday (1.9/ 3) were in a similar range. And that 2.5 for “The Flash” translated into 3.41 million viewers and a 1.3 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. So, this is indeed an adequate start for “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” and a significant improvement over recent time period occupant “The Vampire Diaries.” Compared to the series-premiere of “The Flash” (3.4/ 5 on 10/07/14), however, this was down by 32 percent.

    Leading out of “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” was the third season-premiere of “The 100” at a 1.3/ 2 from 9-10 p.m., which slipped by a hefty 43 percent.

    On CBS, freshman comedy “Life in Pieces” had its best overnight retention to-date – 79 percent – out of “The Big Bang Theory.” An encore of “Big Bang” opened with a dominant 7.1/11 in the 8 p.m. half-hour, followed by a 5.6/ 9 (#2) for “Life in Pieces” at 8:30 p.m. Next was “Mom” at a compatible 5.5/ 9 at 9 p.m., followed by recently introduced “Angel From Hell” at a third-place 4.4/ 7 at 9:30 p.m. While 80 percent retention for “Angel From Hell” out of “Mom” is certainly not bad, I personally see no need for a second season of the Jane Lynch comedy.

    The eye net capped off the night with DVR-friendly “Elementary” at a 4.1 7 (#2) at 10 p.m.

    Over at NBC, week three of J.Lo crime solver “Shades of Blue” won the 10 p.m. hour with a 4.9/ 8 in the overnights, which was four percent above the 4.7/ 8 one week earlier. And that 4.7 rating in the overnights translated into 6.64 million viewers and a 1.3/ 5 among adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data). Overnight retention for “Shades of Blue” out of lead-in “The Blacklist” (#2: 5.3/ 8 – best performance since its season premiere) was solid at a 89 percent. Chances of a second season of “Shades of Blue” are definitely looking positive.

    Earlier in the evening on NBC was canceled “Heroes Reborn” at a fourth-place 2.5/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.

    ABC capped off the night with sophomore “Beyond the Tank” at a 3.2/ 5 (#3) in the 8 p.m. hour, followed by two-hours of flop “My Diet is Better Than Yours” at a 1.7/ 3 in the overnights from 9-11 p.m.

    Source: Nielsen Media Research

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    Later on (normally between 4pm-5pm GMT) we post the official early overnight Total Viewers and 18-49 Demo numbers in the table above (We also where possible now post the 18-34 and 25-54 Demo Numbers).

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