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[12/26/13 - 08:58 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Wins Christmas Repeat Race
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 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/25/13):

ABC (2.701 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Christmas with its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.835 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Trophy Wife" (2.615 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Modern Family" (3.820 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Super Fun Night" (2.371 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and "Nashville" (1.783 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

NBC (3.005 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with its encore mix of "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" (3.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special" (3.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.107 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.569 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a last-minute rebroadcast of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (3.623 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) followed by repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (4.679 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (5.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (1.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" (1.560 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Raising Hope" (1.042 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) and another "Raising Hope" (1.152 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" (0.987 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Merry Madagascar" (1.081 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party" (0.773 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) on The CW (0.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the specials delivered a 0.3, 0.4 and 0.2 ratings, respectively.

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," 1.8/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 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 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.0/3 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/26/12):

CBS (8.28 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a repeat of "Criminal Minds" (8.54 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) plus "The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (8.15 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Second place then went to NBC (4.28 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its all-repeat lineup of "Whitney" (3.53 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Guys With Kids" (2.88 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.44 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Chicago Fire" (4.19 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was ABC (3.87 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with second runs of "The Middle" (4.73 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "The Neighbors" (4.13 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Modern Family" (5.38 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1), "Suburgatory" (3.69 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Nashville" (2.66 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.52 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its marathon lineup of "Ben & Kate" (1.98 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), another "Ben & Kate" (1.52 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), yet another "Ben & Kate" (1.24 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and even more "Ben & Kate" (1.36 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.89 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Supernatural" (1.27 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.58 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-36.36% - The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (Criminal Minds (Repeat)/CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeat))

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

TBA

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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