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[11/28/14 - 10:29 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Cooks Up Thanksgiving Victory for NBC
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/27/14):

NBC (17.280 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) was the top draw on the evening of Thanksgiving with its special presentations of "Football Night in America" (15.026 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.731 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1).

FOX (5.327 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then snagged the silver with its two-hour special "FOX's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular" (5.327 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.544 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.996 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) followed by originals from "Mom" (7.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "Two and a Half Men" (6.890 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "The McCarthys" (5.284 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Elementary" (5.963 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.823 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up its holiday special "Thank You, America! with Robin Roberts" (3.567 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) plus repeats of "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.322 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and another "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.579 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.904 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.946 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14), yet another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.120 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and even more "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.063 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.008 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Whose Line" posted 0.3, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.4 ratings, respectively.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+10.00% - Elementary
-21.43% - The McCarthys
-34.78% - Two and a Half Men
-40.74% - Mom

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+77.78% - FOX's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular (vs. The X Factor/Glee)
+23.08% - Football Night in America
0.00% - Elementary (vs. Elementary (Repeat))
0.00% - The McCarthys (vs. The Crazy Ones (Repeat))
-3.33% - Sunday Night Football
-6.25% - Two and a Half Men (vs. The Crazy Ones (Repeat))
-40.74% - Mom (vs. The Crazy Ones (Repeat))
-62.50% - Thank You, America! with Robin Roberts (vs. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Repeat))

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," 3.3/10 (delayed by an NFL overrun); CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.6/8 (delayed by an NFL overrun); "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 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 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.8/6 in metered-market households, delayed by an NFL overrun) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.9/6 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/3 with an encore).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/5 in metered-market households with an encore delayed by an NFL overrun, and a 0.6/5 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 (11/28/13):

NBC (17.591 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) was the top draw on the Thanksgiving holiday with its special editions of "Football Night in America" (12.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.607 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

CBS (7.352 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.843 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #2), "The Crazy Ones" (9.123 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), another "The Crazy Ones" (5.544 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), a third "The Crazy Ones" (4.278 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Elementary" (4.661 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.162 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its encores of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (5.338 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Modern Family" (3.428 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) plus the new special "Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular" (3.624 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.276 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up originals from "The X Factor" (3.751 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Glee" (2.802 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with the feature "You Again" (1.076 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the film posted a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-37.50% - The X Factor
-43.75% - Glee

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+376.19% - Sunday Night Football (vs. Up All Night/The Office/Parks & Recreation/Rock Center With Brian Williams)
+200.00% - Football Night in America (vs. 30 Rock)
-59.09% - Glee
-62.96% - The X Factor
-63.56% - Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular (vs. Grey's Anatomy/Scandal)

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," 3.1/10 (delayed by an NFL overrun, subject to adjustment); CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "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," 1.4/8 (delayed by an NFL overrun, subject to adjustment); "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 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 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/7 in metered-market households, delayed by an NFL overrun, subject to adjustment) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.9/6 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/5 in metered-market households with an encore delayed by an NFL overrun (subject to adjustment), and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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