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[11/22/13 - 08:29 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Big Bang Theory" Mark Third Consecutive Victory
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 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/21/13):

CBS (11.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (18.586 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1), "The Millers" (12.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3), "The Crazy Ones" (8.733 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Two and a Half Men" (8.616 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) and "Elementary" (9.114 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

ABC (6.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with its lineup of "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (3.511 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14), "Grey's Anatomy" (8.480 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Scandal" (8.832 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

Next up was FOX (5.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with originals from "The X Factor" (5.876 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Glee" (4.436 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.904 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "Reign" (2.194 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 1.7 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.9 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

And finally, NBC (3.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes of "Parks & Recreation" (2.938 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), a second "Parks & Recreation" (2.686 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Sean Saves the World" (2.975 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14), "The Michael J. Fox Show" (2.803 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14) and "Parenthood" (3.606 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - Reign
+14.29% - The X Factor
+12.50% - Elementary
+6.67% - Glee
+4.76% - The Crazy Ones
+3.70% - The Millers
+1.96% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Scandal
0.00% - Two and a Half Men
0.00% - The Vampire Diaries
0.00% - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
-3.85% - Grey's Anatomy
-7.69% - Parenthood
-10.00% - Sean Saves the World
-10.00% - The Michael J. Fox Show
-16.67% - Parks & Recreation - 8:00
-16.67% - Parks & Recreation - 8:30

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+550.00% - The Vampire Diaries (vs. The Vampire Diaries (Repeat))
+350.00% - Reign (vs. Beauty and the Beast (Repeat))
+188.89% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+141.67% - Scandal (vs. Michael Jackson: BAD25)
+127.27% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Modern Family (Repeat)/Michael Jackson: BAD25)
+55.56% - The Millers (vs. Two and a Half Men (Repeat))
+38.46% - Elementary (vs. Person of Interest (Repeat))
+31.25% - Two and a Half Men (vs. 2 Broke Girls (Repeat))
+10.00% - The Crazy Ones (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+6.67% - Glee
-25.00% - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (vs. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Repeat))
-36.00% - The X Factor
-72.97% - Parks & Recreation - 8:00 (vs. Football Night in America)
-80.65% - Parenthood (vs. Sunday Night Football)
-83.87% - Parks & Recreation - 8:30 (vs. Sunday Night Football)
-85.48% - Sean Saves the World (vs. Sunday Night Football)
-85.48% - The Michael J. Fox Show (vs. Sunday Night Football)

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

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/7.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/22/12):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: "The X Factor" began at 8:17pm following the conclusion of NFL and the rest of the night slid.]

NBC (15.93 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) topped the holiday festivities with its mix of "Football Night in America" (10.89 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.7, #3) and a special Thursday edition of "Sunday Night Football" (16.94 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1).

FOX (9.40 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its combination of (half-hour results only) "NFL Overrun/The X Factor" (17.95 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #2), "The X Factor" (8.32 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4), "The X Factor/Glee" (6.89 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5) and "Glee" (4.45 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

Next up was CBS (6.83 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.11 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T7), "Two and a Half Men" (6.78 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T7), another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.34 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), "2 Broke Girls" (6.14 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) and "Person of Interest" (6.80 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.20 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up encores of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (4.05 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12) and "Modern Family" (3.44 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14) plus the new special "Michael Jackson: BAD25" (4.56 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.80 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Beauty and the Beast" (0.85 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) on The CW (0.82 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Beast" a 0.2 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

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

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/9 (delayed by an NFL overrun); CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.6/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.4/8 (delayed by an NFL overrun); "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 in metered-market households, delayed by an NFL overrun) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.8/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.2/5 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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