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[12/08/17 - 08:21 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Night with "Thursday Night Football"
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 (12/7/17):

NBC (10.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) continued its NFL reign last night with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.486 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

CBS (9.065 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the number two draw with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (14.245 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2), "Young Sheldon" (12.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Mom" (8.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.482 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "SWAT" (6.196 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Shrek the Halls" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.627 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), the return of "The Great American Baking Show" (3.987 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and a second "The Great American Baking Show" (3.709 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the fall finale to "Gotham" (2.563 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and the season finale of "The Orville" (3.538 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with the fall finales to "Supernatural" (1.738 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Arrow" (1.333 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - The Big Bang Theory
+4.76% - Young Sheldon
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Life in Pieces
0.00% - The Orville
0.00% - Gotham
0.00% - Supernatural
-5.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-10.00% - SWAT
-12.12% - Thursday Night Football
-55.56% - Arrow (vs. 11/27/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+64.71% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+60.00% - The Great American Baking Show (vs. Notorious)
+46.67% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+12.50% - The Orville (vs. Pitch)
0.00% - Mom
-8.33% - Life in Pieces
-10.00% - SWAT (vs. Pure Genius)
-11.11% - Gotham (vs. Taraji's White Hot Holidays)
-11.11% - The Great American Baking Show
-21.62% - Thursday Night Football
-28.57% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-33.33% - Arrow (vs. Supernatural)
-34.48% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game

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," 2.2 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 3.1/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 ratings were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.4 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.3/5. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.6 rating, 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 0.9 in metered-market households and a 0.4 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 (12/8/16):

NBC (11.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.153 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

CBS (7.021 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a distant second with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (9.682 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) alongside originals from "The Great Indoors" (7.333 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Mom" (7.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.371 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Pure Genius" (5.636 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Next up was ABC (3.524 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and encore of "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Shrek the Halls" (3.771 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and the season finale of "Notorious" (2.590 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up its special "Taraji's White Hot Holidays" (3.461 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and the season finale of "Pitch" (2.884 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with the Tuesday-bound "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.966 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and the fall finale of "Supernatural" (1.738 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Pure Genius
+14.29% - Pitch
+7.69% - Mom
+7.14% - The Great Indoors
0.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
0.00% - Life in Pieces
-14.29% - Supernatural
-18.18% - The Great Holiday Baking Show
-21.28% - Thursday Night Football
-36.36% - DC's Legends of Tomorrow
-44.44% - Notorious (vs. 11/17/16)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+163.64% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. Michael Buble's Christmas in Hollywood)
+122.89% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Various)
+50.00% - Supernatural (vs. The Originals)
+40.00% - DC's Legends of Tomorrow (vs. The Vampire Diaries)
0.00% - Taraji's White Hot Holidays (vs. Bones)
-10.00% - The Great Holiday Baking Show (vs. Toy Story (Repeat))
-20.00% - Pitch (vs. Bones)
-23.08% - Pure Genius (vs. Elementary)
-30.00% - Mom
-36.84% - Life in Pieces (vs. 2 Broke Girls)
-37.50% - The Great Indoors (vs. Life in Pieces)
-50.00% - Notorious (vs. Toy Story (Repeat))

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 2.3 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5 with an encore.

· 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," 0.7/4 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1. 2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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, with an encore delayed by an NFL overrun; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.5 in 18-49, with an encore delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly," with an encore delayed by an NFL overrun, averaged a 0.9 rating in metered-market households and a 0.4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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