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[11/21/14 - 08:43 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers, Demos with Fall Finales
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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/20/14):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to live coverage of the Presidential Address, Fast Nationals for FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC are approximate. The Presidential Address aired from 8-8:17pm, with FOX sliding prime in 36% of the country and joining prime in progress in 3% of the country.]

ABC (9.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with the fall finales to "Grey's Anatomy" (8.283 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (10.017 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T2).

The silver then went to CBS (8.904 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.647 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1), "Mom" (10.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (8.970 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "The McCarthys" (6.353 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "Elementary" (6.405 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

Next up was NBC (4.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with its lineup of "The Biggest Loser" (5.127 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), "Bad Judge" (4.093 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11), "A to Z" (3.048 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Parenthood" (4.578 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up originals from "Bones" (5.244 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and "Gracepoint" (3.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.671 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "Reign" (1.154 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) on The CW (1.413 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 1.0 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.5 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Parenthood
+50.00% - A to Z
+33.33% - Bad Judge
+14.29% - The Vampire Diaries
+8.33% - Bones
+8.33% - The Biggest Loser
+6.90% - How to Get Away with Murder
+4.55% - Two and a Half Men
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Gracepoint
0.00% - Reign
-3.13% - Scandal
-3.57% - Mom
-11.11% - The Big Bang Theory
-12.50% - The McCarthys
-16.67% - Elementary

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+166.67% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland)
+33.33% - Bad Judge (vs. Sean Saves the World)
+30.00% - The Biggest Loser (vs. Parks & Recreation)
+25.00% - Parenthood
+24.00% - Scandal (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
+6.90% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. Scandal)
+4.55% - Two and a Half Men (vs. The Crazy Ones)
0.00% - A to Z (vs. The Michael J. Fox Show)
-3.57% - Mom (vs. The Millers)
-18.75% - Bones (vs. The X Factor)
-23.08% - The Big Bang Theory
-33.33% - The McCarthys (vs. Two and a Half Men)
-38.46% - The Vampire Diaries
-44.44% - Elementary
-50.00% - Gracepoint (vs. Glee)
-55.56% - Reign

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.6/7.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.7/5 in metered-market households and a 0.7/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (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" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/21/13):

CBS (11.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (18.586 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1), "The Millers" (12.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3), "The Crazy Ones" (8.733 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Two and a Half Men" (8.616 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6) and "Elementary" (9.114 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

ABC (6.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with its lineup of "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (3.511 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14), "Grey's Anatomy" (8.480 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Scandal" (8.832 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

Next up was FOX (5.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with originals from "The X Factor" (5.876 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Glee" (4.436 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (2.904 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "Reign" (2.194 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 1.7 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.9 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

And finally, NBC (3.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes of "Parks & Recreation" (2.938 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), a second "Parks & Recreation" (2.686 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Sean Saves the World" (2.975 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14), "The Michael J. Fox Show" (2.803 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14) and "Parenthood" (3.606 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - Reign
+14.29% - The X Factor
+12.50% - Elementary
+6.67% - Glee
+4.76% - The Crazy Ones
+3.70% - The Millers
+1.96% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Scandal
0.00% - Two and a Half Men
0.00% - The Vampire Diaries
0.00% - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
-3.85% - Grey's Anatomy
-7.69% - Parenthood
-10.00% - Sean Saves the World
-10.00% - The Michael J. Fox Show
-16.67% - Parks & Recreation - 8:00
-16.67% - Parks & Recreation - 8:30

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+550.00% - The Vampire Diaries (vs. The Vampire Diaries (Repeat))
+350.00% - Reign (vs. Beauty and the Beast (Repeat))
+188.89% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+141.67% - Scandal (vs. Michael Jackson: BAD25)
+127.27% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Modern Family (Repeat)/Michael Jackson: BAD25)
+55.56% - The Millers (vs. Two and a Half Men (Repeat))
+38.46% - Elementary (vs. Person of Interest (Repeat))
+31.25% - Two and a Half Men (vs. 2 Broke Girls (Repeat))
+10.00% - The Crazy Ones (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+6.67% - Glee
-25.00% - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (vs. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Repeat))
-36.00% - The X Factor
-72.97% - Parks & Recreation - 8:00 (vs. Football Night in America)
-80.65% - Parenthood (vs. Sunday Night Football)
-83.87% - Parks & Recreation - 8:30 (vs. Sunday Night Football)
-85.48% - Sean Saves the World (vs. Sunday Night Football)
-85.48% - The Michael J. Fox Show (vs. Sunday 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 with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/7.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 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" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households 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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