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[11/30/18 - 09:04 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Posts Season High for FOX
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 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/29/18):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

FOX (15.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with season highs from "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (12.416 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (16.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

CBS (6.557 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.095 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Young Sheldon" (7.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by new episodes of "Mom" (7.417 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Murphy Brown" (5.590 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.332 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its holiday mix of "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (4.010 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.286 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" (3.175 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.635 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for specials "LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit - Part 1" (2.133 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit - Part 2" (1.488 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus new episodes of "Will & Grace" (2.776 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "I Feel Bad" (1.810 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) as well as the fall finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.800 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.509 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Legacies" (1.005 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) on The CW (1.257 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+37.14% - Thursday Night Football (vs. 11/15/18)
+14.29% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. 11/15/18)
0.00% - Murphy Brown
0.00% - Supernatural (vs. 11/15/18)
0.00% - Legacies (vs. 11/15/18)
-12.50% - SWAT (vs. 11/15/18)
-12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 11/15/18)
-14.29% - Will & Grace (vs. 11/15/18)
-15.38% - Mom (vs. 11/15/18)
-20.00% - I Feel Bad (vs. 11/15/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+464.71% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Gotham/The Orville)
+300.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. Gotham)
0.00% - Legacies (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us)
-20.00% - Supernatural
-21.43% - Mom
-27.27% - Murphy Brown (vs. Life in Pieces)
-30.00% - SWAT
-41.67% - The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
-75.00% - LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit - Part 1 (vs. Thursday Night Football Pre-Game)
-78.79% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-81.82% - Will & Grace (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-87.88% - I Feel Bad (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-87.88% - LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit - Part 2 (vs. Thursday Night Football)

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," 1.6/4; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

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

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.3/5. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· 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.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/30/17):

NBC (10.930 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) continued its NFL-power reign on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.799 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.556 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (9.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (13.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Young Sheldon" (12.053 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Mom" (8.692 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.586 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and "SWAT" (6.634 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (5.491 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and a rebroadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.466 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) followed by the special "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" (5.004 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.128 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.626 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "The Orville" (3.631 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.733 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a special "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.157 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.444 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Supernatural
+17.86% - Thursday Night Football (vs. 11/16/17)
+5.26% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. 11/16/17)
0.00% - The Orville (vs. 11/16/17)
-7.69% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 11/16/17)
-9.09% - SWAT
-11.11% - Gotham (vs. 11/16/17)
-15.38% - Life in Pieces
-19.23% - Young Sheldon
-22.22% - Mom

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+28.57% - The Orville (vs. Pitch)
+25.00% - SWAT (vs. Pure Genius)
+14.29% - Gotham (vs. Rosewood)
+14.29% - The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (vs. The Great Holiday Baking Show)
+7.69% - Mom
-8.33% - Life in Pieces
-22.58% - The Big Bang Theory
-29.79% - Thursday Night Football
-31.03% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-54.55% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-57.14% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us (vs. Supernatural)

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," 2.9/8; 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," 0.8 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.3 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9 in metered-market households with an encore delayed by an NFL overrun and a 0.3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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