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[01/08/21 - 08:36 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Charts with "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" Premiere
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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/7/21):

ABC (5.951 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to the debut of its game show lineup of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (7.831 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Chase" (6.203 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "The Hustler" (3.819 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

FOX (2.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver among adults 18-49 with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.670 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by the formal debuts of "Call Me Kat" (3.203 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Last Man Standing" (3.254 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.381 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with the premiere of "Mr. Mayor" (4.917 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a second "Mr. Mayor" (4.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), the return of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.770 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (1.768 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.619 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Young Sheldon" (4.278 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "B Positive" (3.003 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Mom" (3.054 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "The Unicorn" (2.186 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.596 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 2020" (0.411 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.411 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - The Hustler (vs. 1/4/21)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 12/3/20)
0.00% - Last Man Standing (vs. 1/3/21)
0.00% - Star Trek: Discovery (vs. 12/17/20)
-25.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. 12/17/20)
-53.85% - Call Me Kat (vs. 1/3/21)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Will & Grace/Perfect Harmony)
-12.50% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. Last Man Standing/Last Man Standing)
-14.29% - Call Me Kat (vs. Deputy)
-14.29% - Mr. Mayor - 8:00 (vs. Superstore)
-16.67% - Mr. Mayor - 8:30 (vs. The Good Place)
-18.18% - The Chase (vs. Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein)
-28.57% - Last Man Standing (vs. Deputy)
-36.36% - The Hustler (vs. Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein)
-50.00% - Star Trek: Discovery (vs. Evil)
-50.00% - Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (vs. Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time)
-57.14% - Dateline NBC (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/9/20):

ABC (9.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to night three of "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" (15.377 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and the special "Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein" (6.240 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

FOX (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) had to settle for the silver with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (4.354 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), another "Last Man Standing" (4.393 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Deputy" (3.972 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.901 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "Young Sheldon" (7.488 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "The Unicorn" (4.809 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Mom" (5.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Carol's Second Act" (4.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Evil" (3.139 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.708 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up the return of "Superstore" (2.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "The Good Place" (2.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.378 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13), "Perfect Harmony" (1.601 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.688 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.634 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.379 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) closed out the night on The CW (0.507 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 11/21/19)
+16.67% - Superstore (vs. 12/12/19)
+14.29% - Mom (vs. 12/12/19)
0.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. 12/12/19)
0.00% - Deputy
0.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. 12/12/19)
0.00% - The Good Place (vs. 11/21/19)
0.00% - Will & Grace (vs. 11/21/19)
0.00% - Perfect Harmony (vs. 12/12/19)
-11.11% - Last Man Standing - 8:30
-11.11% - Last Man Standing - 8:00
-14.29% - The Unicorn (vs. 12/12/19)
-20.00% - Evil (vs. 12/12/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+300.00% - Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time (vs. Modern Family/The Goldbergs (Repeats))
+57.14% - Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein (vs. Truth and Lies: Monica and Bill)
+14.29% - Last Man Standing - 8:30 (vs. Gotham)
+14.29% - Last Man Standing - 8:00 (vs. Gotham)
0.00% - Deputy (vs. The Orville)
-12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-46.67% - Mom
-50.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. Fam)
-55.56% - Perfect Harmony (vs. The Good Place)
-55.56% - Evil (vs. SWAT)
-56.25% - Superstore (vs. The Titan Games)
-58.33% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-58.33% - Will & Grace (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
-62.50% - The Good Place (vs. The Titan Games)
-68.42% - The Unicorn (vs. Young Sheldon)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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