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[09/12/14 - 08:30 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Opens Big for CBS
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 (9/11/14):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for CBS are approximate.]

CBS (15.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) surged to the top spot on Thursday with the network premiere of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (15.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1).

NBC (4.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then led the leftovers with the season premiere of "The Biggest Loser" (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) followed by an "NBC News Special" (4.168 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with encores of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Bones" (2.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (2.082 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), the season finale of "The Quest" (1.576 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (2.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "The Originals" (0.583 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Originals" a 0.2 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/6 delayed by an NFL overrun; 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 Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.7/5 delayed by an NFL overrun; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· 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, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.2/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/5 delayed by an NFL overrun). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/4 delayed by an NFL overrun).

· At 1:35 a.m. ET , "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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 (9/12/13):

FOX (6.785 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) snaked the top spot on Thursday thanks to night two of "The X Factor" (6.379 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) followed by a second hour of "The X Factor" (7.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

CBS (6.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "CBS Fall Preview" (6.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Big Brother 15" (7.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Elementary" (4.967 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Next up was ABC (5.056 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a repeat of "Shark Tank" (5.117 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) followed by a new "Wipeout" (4.321 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and the season finale of "Rookie Blue" (5.732 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.400 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up night four of "Million Second Quiz" (4.222 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) alongside repeats of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.115 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and another "Hollywood Game Night" (2.863 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.722 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "America's Next Top Model" (0.590 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.2 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Top Model" a 0.2 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - Rookie Blue
+18.18% - Wipeout
+8.33% - Big Brother 15

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+133.33% - Rookie Blue (vs. Scandal (Repeat))
+85.71% - Wipeout (vs. Grey's Anatomy (Repeat))
+30.00% - Big Brother 15
+13.33% - CBS Fall Preview (vs. Two and a Half Men (Repeat))
-30.30% - The X Factor - 9:00 (vs. Glee)
-35.48% - The X Factor - 8:00
-54.17% - Million Second Quiz (vs. America's Got Talent)

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," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; 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," 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) tied 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" (0.3/3).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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