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[12/21/13 - 08:55 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" Sparks CBS Victory
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 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/20/13):

CBS (9.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday thanks to the "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (8.654 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and new episodes of "Hawaii Five-0" (9.384 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (10.176 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

ABC (5.314 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared the demo crown with repeats of "Shark Tank" (5.011 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), a second "Shark Tank" (5.438 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "20/20" (5.494 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was NBC (5.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its annual rebroadcast of "It's a Wonderful Life" (5.371 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up encores of "Bones" (3.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" (1.895 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, originals from "The Carrie Diaries" (0.874 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "Nikita" (0.741 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.808 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Carrie" delivered a 0.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Nikita" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
50.00% - The Carrie Diaries
0.00% - Hawaii Five-0
0.00% - Nikita
-8.33% - Blue Bloods
-14.29% - 20/20

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+133.33% - I Love Lucy Christmas Special (vs. The Good Wife (Repeat))
+100.00% - Hawaii Five-0 (vs. The Good Wife (Repeat))
+57.14% - Blue Bloods (vs. The Good Wife (Repeat))
+9.09% - 20/20 (vs. Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour)
-50.00% - The Carrie Diaries (vs. The Happy Elf (Repeat))
-66.67% - Nikita (vs. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Repeat))

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," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/5 with an encore.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/4 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, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/21/12):

ABC (4.84 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (4.29 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Malibu Country" (3.78 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) repeats plus the two-hour special "Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour" (5.25 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

FOX (2.71 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared the demo crown thanks to a repeat of "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.40 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and a new "Fringe" (3.02 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.42 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas" (5.05 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Michael Buble Christmas Special" (4.44 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) alongside its mainstay "Dateline NBC" (3.78 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.05 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) offered up its marathon lineup of "The Good Wife" (4.13 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), another "The Good Wife" (3.92 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and yet another "The Good Wife" (4.12 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "The Happy Elf" (1.73 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.88 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) on The CW (1.80 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Elf" delivered a 0.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reindeer" a 0.6 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-9.09% - Fringe
-60.00% - Dateline NBC

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Fringe (vs. Fringe (Repeat))
+6.80% - Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour (vs. Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice/Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special/20/20)
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Dateline NBC (Repeat))

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," 3.2/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4 with an encore.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/6 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" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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