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[01/04/19 - 08:19 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos with "The Titan Games" 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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/3/19):

NBC (5.732 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to the premiere of "The Titan Games" (6.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), a second hour of "The Titan Games" (6.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and the return of "The Blacklist" (4.192 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

CBS (8.119 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Young Sheldon" (10.888 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4); repeats from "The Big Bang Theory" (7.276 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Young Sheldon" (6.093 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6); and a new "SWAT" (5.953 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was ABC (4.841 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Conners" (3.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), a second "The Conners" (3.505 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the new two-hour special "The Last Days of JFK Jr." (5.444 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up the return of "Gotham" (2.575 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a new "The Orville" (2.822 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.687 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats from "Supernatural" (0.762 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Legacies" (0.613 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - SWAT (vs. 12/6/18)
+6.25% - Young Sheldon (vs. 12/6/18)
+4.76% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 12/6/18)
-53.85% - The Orville (vs. 12/30/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+80.00% - The Titan Games - 9:00 (vs. Will & Grace/Great News)
+61.90% - The Titan Games - 8:00 (vs. Superstore/The Good Place)
-18.18% - SWAT
-18.18% - The Blacklist (vs. Chicago Fire)
-29.03% - The Big Bang Theory
-34.62% - Young Sheldon
-36.36% - The Last Days of JFK Jr. (vs. Truth and Lies: Waco)
-36.36% - Gotham (vs. The Four: Battle for Stardom)
-50.00% - The Orville (vs. The Four: Battle for Stardom)

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," 1.5/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5 with an encore.

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

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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," 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.5/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/4/18):

CBS (10.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was back on top last night thanks to the return of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Young Sheldon" (14.672 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Mom" (9.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Life in Pieces" (7.409 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "SWAT" (6.174 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

FOX (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with the premiere of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.654 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.812 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was NBC (4.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the 2018 premieres of "Superstore" (3.924 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Good Place" (3.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Will & Grace" (4.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Great News" (2.480 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.894 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.395 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.586 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "American Housewife" (2.771 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) alongside the special "Truth and Lies: Waco" (5.003 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (1.031 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Arrow" (0.699 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) on The CW (0.864 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+52.94% - Young Sheldon (vs. 12/21/17)
+50.00% - Great News
+21.43% - Mom (vs. 12/21/17)
+19.23% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 12/14/17)
+18.18% - Life in Pieces (vs. 12/21/17)
+10.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. 11/2/17)
+10.00% - Superstore (vs. 11/2/17)
0.00% - SWAT (vs. 12/21/17)
0.00% - The Good Place (vs. 11/2/17)
-6.67% - Will & Grace (vs. 11/2/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+37.50% - SWAT (vs. Pure Genius)
+36.84% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+16.67% - Will & Grace (vs. Chicago Med)
+10.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist)
+9.09% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00 (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - The Good Place
-7.14% - Life in Pieces
-8.33% - Superstore
-8.33% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00 (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
-13.89% - The Big Bang Theory
-31.25% - Truth and Lies: Waco (vs. Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers)
-50.00% - Great News (vs. Chicago Med)

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

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household averages were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.7/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.8/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 ratings were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.0/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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