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[12/25/14 - 10:36 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Wins Christmas Eve with "It's a Wonderful Life"
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 (12/24/14):

NBC (4.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its Christmas Eve telecast of "It's a Wonderful Life" (4.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (2.930 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (2.869 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.997 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Black-ish" (2.878 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), another "Black-ish" (2.804 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and yet another "Black-ish" (2.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (3.406 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) then served up its own encore lineup of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (3.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Madam Secretary" (3.098 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Scorpion" (3.536 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was FOX (1.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with second runs of "Bob's Burgers" (1.510 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.271 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.154 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.234 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" (0.814 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "Merry Madagascar" (0.779 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) on The CW (0.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.2 rating while the latter posted a 0.1 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
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Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
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In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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Here are the highlights of the 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/25/13):

ABC (2.701 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Christmas with its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.835 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Trophy Wife" (2.615 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Modern Family" (3.820 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Super Fun Night" (2.371 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and "Nashville" (1.783 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

NBC (3.005 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with its encore mix of "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" (3.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Michael Buble's 3rd Annual Christmas Special" (3.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.107 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.569 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a last-minute rebroadcast of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (3.623 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) followed by repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (4.679 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (5.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (1.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" (1.560 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Raising Hope" (1.042 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) and another "Raising Hope" (1.152 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" (0.987 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Merry Madagascar" (1.081 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party" (0.773 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) on The CW (0.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the specials delivered a 0.3, 0.4 and 0.2 ratings, respectively.

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," 1.8/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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 Jimmy Fallon" (1.0/3 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 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 0.6/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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