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[12/15/17 - 08:35 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Thursday Night Football" Keep Demo Crown
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/14/17):

NBC (7.697 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.190 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (7.998 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).

CBS (8.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw - but most watched overall - with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.545 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.622 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Mom" (8.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (6.634 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "SWAT" (6.392 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (3.612 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (5.670 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Disney Prep & Landing" (4.145 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (3.255 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (2.673 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.989 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its specials "Showtime at the Apollo: Christmas" (3.186 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Taraji's White Hot Holidays" (2.792 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, the "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017" (1.183 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.754 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (1.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - SWAT
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Life in Pieces
-7.14% - The Big Bang Theory
-9.09% - Young Sheldon
-21.05% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-27.59% - Thursday Night Football

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - Taraji's White Hot Holidays (vs. Hell's Kitchen (Repeat))
+17.65% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+16.67% - Showtime at the Apollo: Christmas (vs. Hell's Kitchen (Repeat))
+11.11% - SWAT (vs. Pure Genius)
0.00% - iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017
-6.67% - Mom
-15.38% - Life in Pieces
-21.21% - The Big Bang Theory
-22.22% - Thursday Night Football
-31.82% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game

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

TBA


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/15/16):

NBC (9.869 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) once again rode to victory behind its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (8.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.771 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Great Indoors" (8.327 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Mom" (8.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.889 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Pure Genius" (5.515 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was ABC (3.378 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its holiday lineup of "Disney Prep & Landing" (3.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (3.263 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.635 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a special "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (2.972 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.105 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and another "Hell's Kitchen" (1.754 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, the annual "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016" (1.147 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.965 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (1.102 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+13.33% - The Great Indoors
+8.33% - Life in Pieces
+7.14% - Mom
+6.45% - The Big Bang Theory
-10.00% - Pure Genius
-11.11% - The Great Holiday Baking Show
-24.14% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-27.03% - Thursday Night Football

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+340.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. How Murray Saved Christmas)
+285.71% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Various)
0.00% - iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016
-15.79% - The Great Holiday Baking Show (vs. Various)
-19.51% - The Big Bang Theory
-23.53% - Life in Pieces (vs. 2 Broke Girls)
-25.00% - Mom
-25.00% - Pure Genius (vs. Elementary)
-30.00% - Primetime: What Would You Do? (vs. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015)
-32.00% - The Great Indoors (vs. Life in Pieces)

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," a 2.2 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 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 Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," a 1.3 rating in metered-market households, delayed by an NFL overrun; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.5 in 18-49, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

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

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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