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[12/20/13 - 08:32 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos with "The X Factor" Finale
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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/19/13):

FOX (6.204 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) led the demo charge on Thursday with part of one of "The X Factor" (5.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) finale followed by part of "The X Factor" (6.621 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) finale.

CBS (6.877 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) however was still the top draw overall with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.128 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "The Millers" (7.569 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "The Crazy Ones" (5.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), "Two and a Half Men" (5.617 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "Elementary" (5.630 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Next up was ABC (5.942 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with an encore of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.496 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) alongside the two-hour special "20/20: The Year" (5.666 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) served up the penultimate "The Sing-Off" (4.437 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) followed by a rebroadcast of "Saturday Night Live Christmas" (4.319 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.804 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Reign" (0.918 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.861 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.2 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - The X Factor
-14.29% - The Sing-Off

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-6.67% - 20/20: The Year (vs. CMA Country Christmas)
-25.00% - The Sing-Off (vs. A White House Christmas: First Families Remember)
-45.45% - The X Factor - 9:00
-46.43% - The X Factor - 8:00

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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).

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


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/20/12):

FOX (9.65 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was Thursday's top draw with its mix of "The X Factor" (8.95 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T2) and a second hour of "The X Factor" (10.34 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) finale.

CBS (8.65 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (10.92 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T2), "Two and a Half Men" (8.73 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "Person of Interest" (9.38 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and "Elementary" (6.75 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Next up was ABC (6.56 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a rebroadcast of "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (5.12 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) followed by the new two-hour special "CMA Country Christmas" (7.28 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.85 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its mix of "A White House Christmas: First Families Remember" (8.46 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "The Office" (3.11 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Parks & Recreation" (2.10 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (3.50 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.98 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Beauty and the Beast" (0.88 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.93 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Beast" a 0.4 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - The X Factor -11.11% - Rock Center With Brian Williams

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - CMA Country Christmas (vs. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown/Grey's Anatomy (Repeat)) +6.67% - A White House Christmas: First Families Remember (vs. Who's Still Standing?) -17.50% - The X Factor - 9:00 -20.00% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Prime Suspect) -22.22% - The X Factor - 8:00

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

* "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" delivered its highest Thursday rating in metered-market households (a 3.0 rating, 7 share) since November 22 (3.1/9), the night of a high-rated NFL overrun. Jay's guests last night included Katherine Heigl, Marjorie Johnson and musical guest Johnny Mathis.

* At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/6 in metered-market households) earned its highest Thursday rating since February 2 (1.8/6 for an episode from Indianapolis with guests Taylor Lautner, Adam Levine, Drew Brees and musical guest Nas) and matched its highest Thursday result since June 4, 2009 (1.9/6 during the first week of "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien"). Jimmy's guests last night included Billy Crystal, Tyson Chandler and musical guest Cee Lo Green, who sat in with The Roots. "Late Night" also featured an appearance by Jerry Seinfeld.

* At 1:35 a.m. ET, "Last Call With Carson Daly" (1.0/4 in metered-market households) scored its top Thursday rating since November 22 (1.0/4).

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households 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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