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[12/24/14 - 08:39 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos with Holiday Specials, "The Year"
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 (12/23/14):

ABC (5.205 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with its holiday mix of "Shrek the Halls" (5.252 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1), "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (4.658 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and the two-hour special "The Year: 2014" (5.329 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

CBS (8.949 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second place with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (10.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.423 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with the "One Direction: The TV Special" (3.131 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) followed by "Michael Buble's Christmas in New York" (3.501 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" (3.637 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat combination of "New Girl" (1.604 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "The Mindy Project" (1.385 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), a second "New Girl" (1.089 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and a second "The Mindy Project" (1.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.438 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.878 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.158 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "The Flash" posted a 0.3 rating while "Supernatural" delivered a 0.2 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
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Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-15.38% - The Year: 2014 (vs. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Repeats))
-36.36% - One Direction: The TV Special (vs. It's a Wonderful Life (Repeat))

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· With guests Jerry Seinfeld, One Direction and musical guest Big Sean with The Roots, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" delivered its second-highest Tuesday rating in metered-market households so far this season, trailing this fall only the prior week's rating on the night of "The Voice" finale.

· "Tonight" averaged a 3.2/8 in metered-market households, which tops all Tuesday results so far this season except the previous week's 3.5/9 on the night of the "Voice" finale, which was the top-rated "Tonight" on any night of the week since Monday, March 17 (3.7). Last week's Tuesday guests were Christoph Waltz and Nicki Minaj and the show featured an appearance by Justin Timberlake.

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 3.2/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.3/5; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 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 Seth Meyers" (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/24/13):

ABC (4.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top demo draw on Christmas Eve thanks to encores of the animated "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (4.081 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and the live action "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (4.016 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

NBC (4.660 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then snagged the silver with its latest rebroadcast of "It's a Wonderful Life" (4.660 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.557 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (6.826 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "Person of Interest" (5.814 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.114 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up second runs of "Dads" (1.396 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.076 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "New Girl" (0.972 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.013 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.007 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with the feature "The 12 Dogs of Christmas" (1.007 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the film posted a 0.1 rating.

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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Source: Nielsen Media Research





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