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[12/26/14 - 09:14 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Grinch" Steals Christmas for ABC
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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/25/14):

ABC (5.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Christmas Day with its annual rebroadcasts of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (5.921 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) animated special "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (5.037 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) movie.

CBS (4.859 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its all repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.829 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Mom" (5.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (4.713 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "The McCarthys" (3.782 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Elementary" (4.303 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Next up was FOX (2.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with second runs of "Bones" (2.189 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Bones" (2.526 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.481 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up encores of "How Murray Saved Christmas" (1.375 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" (1.138 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (1.932 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.920 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with "The 12 Dogs of Christmas" (0.921 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the film posted a 0.2 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
N/A

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
N/A

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," 1.9/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.6/4 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4 with an encore.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.3/1 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 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.0/3 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.8/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 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 0.5/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.1/1 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/26/13):

CBS (6.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (10.971 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "The Millers" (7.435 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), a second "The Millers" (5.296 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), a third "The Millers" (4.447 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Elementary" (5.330 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

ABC (5.061 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the number two draw with a rebroadcast of "Shark Tank" (5.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) followed by the two-hour "20/20: Mysteries of the Castle - Beyond Downton Abbey" (4.799 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Next up was NBC (3.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with its encore mix of "Parks & Recreation" (2.221 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "Parks & Recreation" (2.005 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Women of SNL" (4.019 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.478 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up a repeat of "Glee" (1.561 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) followed by a second "Glee" (1.396 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, second runs of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.888 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Reign" (0.923 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.905 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.4 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - 20/20: Mysteries of the Castle - Beyond Downton Abbey (vs. Grey's Anatomy (Repeat)/Scandal (Repeat))

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," 2.2/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4 with an encore.

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

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 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" (0.4/3 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 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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