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[12/18/14 - 08:39 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Survivor" Wraps Season on Top 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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/17/14):

CBS (9.110 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to the two-hour season finale of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.556 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) plus the "Survivor: San Juan del Sur Reunion" (6.877 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2).

NBC (5.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then claimed the silver with its specials "Michael Buble's Christmas in New York" (7.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "The Sing-Off" (5.051 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (5.606 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Goldbergs" (5.021 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Modern Family" (6.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Black-ish" (4.569 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Black-ish" (4.100 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and yet another "Black-ish" (3.667 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.580 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) served up a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.597 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) followed by the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.563 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

And finally, an encore of "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown" (1.834 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) plus the fall finale of "The 100" (1.411 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.622 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.4 rating while the latter posted a 0.5 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+18.18% - Hell's Kitchen - 9:00
0.00% - Survivor: San Juan del Sur
0.00% - Hell's Kitchen - 8:00
-16.67% - The 100

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+152.63% - Survivor: San Juan del Sur (vs. A Home for the Holidays/Criminal Minds (Repeat))
+54.55% - Survivor: San Juan del Sur Reunion (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeat))
0.00% - Hell's Kitchen - 8:00 (vs. The X Factor)
-7.14% - Hell's Kitchen - 9:00 (vs. The X Factor)
-10.34% - The Sing-Off (vs. The Sing-Off/Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special)
-16.67% - The 100 (vs. The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013)
-18.75% - Michael Buble's Christmas in New York (vs. The Sing-Off)

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," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 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 Seth Meyers" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). 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 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/18/13):

ABC (7.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on a modest Wednesday thanks to repeats of "The Middle" (5.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (4.849 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and the annual special "Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013" (8.838 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

NBC (5.293 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with a new "The Sing-Off" (5.445 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) followed by "Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special" (4.989 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was FOX (5.025 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "The X Factor" (4.865 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) alongside the penultimate "The X Factor" (5.186 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.962 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up its annual "A Home for the Holidays" (4.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) special followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.410 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.381 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) served up its presentation of "The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013" (1.381 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the special delivered a 0.6 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The X Factor - 9:00
-7.14% - The X Factor - 8:00
-11.11% - The Sing-Off

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 (vs. Noel (Repeat))
+31.25% - Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 (vs. 20/20: The Year With Katie Couric)
-11.11% - The Sing-Off (vs. Miss Universe Pageant)
-31.58% - Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special (vs. Chicago Fire)
-33.33% - A Home for the Holidays
-50.00% - The X Factor - 9:00
-51.85% - The X Factor - 8:00

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," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; 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," 0.9/5; "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 1.5/5 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" (1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

·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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