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[01/03/20 - 08:17 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos with "Last Man Standing" Return
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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/2/20):

FOX (4.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to the return of "Last Man Standing" (5.234 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1), a second "Last Man Standing" (5.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and the debut of "Deputy" (4.648 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

A close second was ABC (4.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with its special "What is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show" (7.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) followed by the season finale of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.545 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.387 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), another "Young Sheldon" (4.579 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Mom" (4.182 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (3.299 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Evil" (1.842 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.855 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) had its mix of a repeat "Superstore" (2.008 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), a second "Superstore" (1.396 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), the special "The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU" (1.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.182 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.553 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with second runs of "Supernatural" (0.629 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Legacies" (0.477 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+38.46% - What is Jeopardy!? Alex Trebek and America's Most Popular Quiz Show (vs. The Conners (Repeats))
+28.57% - Last Man Standing - 8:00 (vs. Gotham)
+28.57% - Last Man Standing - 8:30 (vs. Gotham)
+16.67% - Deputy (vs. The Orville)
-14.29% - The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (vs. The Last Days of JFK Jr.)
-83.33% - The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU (vs. The Titan Games)


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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