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[01/10/14 - 08:32 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Bang Theory" Keeps CBS on Top in Viewers, Demos
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 (1/9/14):

CBS (12.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its original lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (20.079 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1), "The Millers" (13.612 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2), "The Crazy Ones" (9.616 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3), "Two and a Half Men" (9.477 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) and "Elementary" (9.853 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

NBC (3.610 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed a distant second place with its mix of "Community" (3.570 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Parks & Recreation" (3.367 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Sean Saves the World" (3.159 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "The Michael J. Fox Show" (3.140 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Parenthood" (4.211 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with week two of "The Taste" (4.465 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "The Assets" (2.934 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.406 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.389 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and a second "Sleepy Hollow" (2.423 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, second runs of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.952 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Reign" (0.939 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) closed out the night over on The CW (0.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.2 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - Parks & Recreation (vs. 11/21/13)
+25.00% - Sean Saves the World
+25.00% - The Michael J. Fox Show
+20.00% - The Crazy Ones
+14.29% - Two and a Half Men
+13.79% - The Millers
+11.11% - Elementary
+8.33% - The Taste
+7.69% - Community
+5.66% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Parenthood
-14.29% - The Assets

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+18.18% - Parenthood (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)
0.00% - Parks & Recreation (vs. 1600 Penn (Repeat))
0.00% - Community (vs. 30 Rock)
-11.11% - The Big Bang Theory
-16.67% - Elementary
-21.43% - The Millers (vs. Two and a Half Men)
-27.27% - The Crazy Ones (vs. Person of Interest)
-27.27% - Two and a Half Men (vs. Person of Interest)
-37.50% - The Michael J. Fox Show (vs. 1600 Penn)
-39.53% - The Taste (vs. Last Resort/Grey's Anatomy)
-54.55% - Sean Saves the World (vs. The Office)
-78.57% - The Assets (vs. Scandal)

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," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; 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," 0.8/3; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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 (1/10/13):

CBS (14.653 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (19.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1), "Two and a Half Men" (14.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #2), "Person of Interest" (15.563 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #3) and "Elementary" (11.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6).

The silver then went to ABC (7.791 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) with the return of "Last Resort" (5.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11), "Grey's Anatomy" (9.219 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4) and "Scandal" (8.368 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5).

Next up was NBC (3.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "30 Rock" (3.770 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9), a rebroadcast of "1600 Penn" (3.927 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) plus fresh installments of "The Office" (4.534 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7), "1600 Penn" (3.852 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (3.766 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.655 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Mobbed" (3.277 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11) alongside a repeat of "Glee" (2.034 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, coverage of "The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards" (1.925 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.925 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the telecast delivered a 0.6 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+37.50% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. 12/20/12)
+27.27% - 30 Rock (vs. 12/6/12)
+20.00% - Mobbed
+5.00% - The Big Bang Theory
+4.76% - The Office (vs. 12/6/12)
+3.70% - Scandal (vs. 12/13/12)
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 12/13/12)
0.00% - Last Resort (vs. 12/13/12)
-2.94% - Person of Interest
-4.00% - Elementary
-8.70% - Two and a Half Men
-30.43% - 1600 Penn (vs. 12/17/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+21.15% - The Big Bang Theory
+16.67% - Scandal (vs. Private Practice)
+10.00% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. The Firm)
+3.12% - Person of Interest
+2.44% - Two and a Half Men (vs. Rob)
-11.11% - Elementary (vs. The Mentalist)
-18.42% - Grey's Anatomy
-20.00% - 1600 Penn (vs. Up All Night)
-22.22% - 30 Rock
-24.14% - The Office
-40.00% - The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (vs. The Vampire Diaries/The Secret Circle)
-45.45% - Last Resort (vs. Winter Wipeout)
-50.00% - Mobbed (vs. Bones)

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," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.7/7.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/6.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.7/6 in metered-market households and a 0.7/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

* Thursday season averages heading into this week were: in metered-market households, "Tonight," 2.7 rating, 7 share; "Late Show," 2.7/7; "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5. In the Local People Meters, 18-49 season averages for Thursday were: "Tonight," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 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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