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[12/12/14 - 08:43 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: Originals Dominate for CBS in Viewers, Demos
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 (12/11/14):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to NFL pre-emptions in Phoenix and St. Louis, Fast Nationals for CBS will be approximate.]

CBS (10.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its original lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.762 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1), "Mom" (11.527 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2), "Two and a Half Men" (10.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "The McCarthys" (7.713 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "Elementary" (8.242 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

FOX (4.737 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was a distant second place with the fall finale of "Bones" (5.480 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and the conclusion to "Gracepoint" (3.994 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.805 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and its mix of "The Biggest Loser" (4.303 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Bad Judge" (3.772 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "A to Z" (2.517 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and an encore of "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas" (3.967 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up week two of "The Taste" (3.148 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) plus a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.407 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.610 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) closed out the evening with its fall finales from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.795 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Reign" (1.424 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 1.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.8 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - The Vampire Diaries
+12.00% - Mom
0.00% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 11/20/14)
0.00% - Two and a Half Men
0.00% - Gracepoint
0.00% - Reign
-8.33% - Bad Judge (vs. 11/20/14)
-10.00% - The McCarthys
-11.11% - Elementary
-11.11% - The Taste
-11.11% - A to Z (vs. 11/20/14)
-15.38% - The Biggest Loser (vs. 11/20/14)
-20.00% - Bones

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - Gracepoint (vs. Glee (Repeat))
+19.05% - Two and a Half Men (vs. The Crazy Ones)
+10.00% - Bad Judge (vs. Sean Saves the World)
0.00% - Bones (vs. The X Factor
-3.45% - Mom (vs. The Millers)
-11.11% - Elementary
-11.11% - A to Z (vs. The Michael J. Fox Show)
-14.29% - The McCarthys (vs. Two and a Half Men)
-16.67% - Reign
-20.00% - The Vampire Diaries
-21.43% - The Biggest Loser (vs. The Sing-Off)
-24.53% - The Big Bang Theory
-55.56% - The Taste (vs. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland/Grey's Anatomy)

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," 2.5/6; 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 Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 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 Seth Meyers" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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 (12/12/13):

CBS (11.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its usual mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (18.552 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1), "The Millers" (12.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "The Crazy Ones" (8.916 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5), "Two and a Half Men" (9.353 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5) and "Elementary" (9.526 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

ABC (7.093 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its fall finales from "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (3.454 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "Grey's Anatomy" (8.498 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4) and "Scandal" (9.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2).

Next up was NBC (3.901 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with night three of "The Sing-Off" (4.528 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) alongside new episodes of "Sean Saves the World" (3.433 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "The Michael J. Fox Show" (3.047 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "Parenthood" (3.937 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.681 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "The X Factor" (4.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and a repeat "Glee" (2.473 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

And finally, The CW (2.134 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night with its fall finales from "The Vampire Diaries" (2.410 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Reign" (1.859 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 1.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.8 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.00% - The Millers
+15.22% - The Big Bang Theory
+12.50% - Grey's Anatomy
+11.11% - Sean Saves the World (vs. 11/21/13)
+3.23% - Scandal
0.00% - The Crazy Ones
0.00% - Elementary
0.00% - Parenthood (vs. 11/21/13)
0.00% - The Vampire Diaries
0.00% - The Michael J. Fox Show (vs. 11/21/13)
0.00% - Reign
-7.69% - The X Factor
-8.70% - Two and a Half Men
-10.00% - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - The Sing-Off (vs. Up All Night/Up All Night)
+33.33% - Parenthood (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)
+18.52% - Scandal
0.00% - Reign (vs. Beauty and the Beast)
-1.85% - The Big Bang Theory
-12.90% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.67% - Sean Saves the World (vs. Take It All)
-16.67% - The Vampire Diaries
-21.74% - Elementary
-25.00% - The Michael J. Fox Show (vs. Take It All)
-25.00% - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (vs. Last Resort)
-30.00% - The Crazy Ones (vs. Person of Interest)
-30.00% - Two and a Half Men (vs. Person of Interest)
-30.95% - The Millers (vs. Two and a Half Men)
-50.00% - The X Factor

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," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.

·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," 1.1/5.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

·At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 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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