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[01/16/15 - 08:41 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "American Idol" Tops Viewers, Demos for FOX
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 (1/15/15):

FOX (10.357 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (9.834 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) followed by a second "American Idol" (10.881 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

CBS (9.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (12.063 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) followed by originals from "Mom" (10.841 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "Two and a Half Men" (9.391 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "The McCarthys" (6.914 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Elementary" (8.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.515 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "The Biggest Loser" (4.219 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Bad Judge" (2.773 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "A to Z" (1.728 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Parenthood" (4.077 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.058 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up the penultimate week of "The Taste" (3.274 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.924 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with "The World Dog Awards" (1.924 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the special posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Taste
-4.55% - Two and a Half Men
-7.14% - Elementary
-11.76% - The McCarthys
-12.50% - Bad Judge
-14.29% - Mom
-14.29% - Parenthood
-14.81% - American Idol - 8:00
-15.15% - American Idol - 9:00
-15.38% - The Biggest Loser
-16.67% - A to Z

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+75.00% - Two and a Half Men (vs. The Crazy Ones (Repeat))
+30.00% - Elementary (vs. Elementary (Repeat))
+26.32% - Mom (vs. The Millers (Repeat))
+25.00% - The McCarthys (vs. Two and a Half Men (Repeat))
0.00% - The Taste
0.00% - Parenthood
0.00% - The World Dog Awards (vs. The 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards)
-4.35% - The Biggest Loser (vs. Community/Parks & Recreation)
-12.50% - Bad Judge (vs. Sean Saves the World)
-16.67% - A to Z (vs. The Michael J. Fox Show)
-26.32% - American Idol - 9:00
-39.47% - American Idol - 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 Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "The Talk After Dark" (1.0/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "The Talk After Dark" (0.2/1).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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 (1/16/14):

Night two of the "American Idol" (13.178 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) premiere kept FOX (13.178 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) in front on Thursday.

CBS (7.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.891 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2), "The Millers" (7.943 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "The Crazy Ones" (5.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Two and a Half Men" (5.228 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Elementary" (6.465 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with a new "The Taste" (3.236 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) followed by a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.568 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with fresh installments of "Community" (3.165 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Parks & Recreation" (3.083 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Sean Saves the World" (2.665 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "The Michael J. Fox Show" (2.013 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Parenthood" (3.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

And finally, The CW (1.955 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with its presentation of "The 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards" (1.955 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the special delivered a 0.5 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-7.69% - Parenthood
-14.29% - Parks & Recreation
-20.00% - Sean Saves the World
-21.43% - Community
-30.77% - The Taste
-40.00% - The Michael J. Fox Show

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Parenthood (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)
-15.38% - Community (vs. 30 Rock)
-32.14% - American Idol
-36.84% - Parks & Recreation
-50.00% - The Michael J. Fox Show (vs. 1600 Penn)
-53.85% - The Taste (vs. Last Resort/Grey's Anatomy)
-57.89% - The 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (vs. The Vampire Diaries/The Carrie Diaries (Repeat))
-61.90% - Sean Saves the World (vs. The Office)

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

·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," 0.7/3.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 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" (0.6/4 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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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