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[11/20/15 - 08:18 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Rides Fall Finales to Demo Victory
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 (11/19/15):

ABC (7.885 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Thursday with the fall finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "Scandal" (8.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (7.132 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4).

CBS (8.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (15.243 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1), "Life in Pieces" (8.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Mom" (8.025 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7), "2 Broke Girls" (6.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and "Elementary" (6.034 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its own fall finales from "Heroes Reborn" (3.707 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "The Blacklist" (6.834 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and "The Player" (3.399 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Bones" (5.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) alongside the fall finale of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.800 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.162 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The Originals" (0.824 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (0.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+21.05% - How to Get Away with Murder
+14.29% - The Player
+13.64% - Grey's Anatomy
+9.09% - Scandal
+7.14% - The Blacklist
0.00% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Heroes Reborn
0.00% - The Originals
-5.00% - 2 Broke Girls
-9.09% - Bones
-10.00% - Mom
-11.11% - Sleepy Hollow
-13.04% - Life in Pieces
-16.67% - The Vampire Diaries
-23.08% - Elementary

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+42.86% - The Blacklist (vs. Bad Judge/A to Z)
+35.71% - 2 Broke Girls (vs. The McCarthys)
+4.17% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - The Originals (vs. Reign)
0.00% - Sleepy Hollow (vs. Gracepoint)
0.00% - Elementary
-5.00% - The Big Bang Theory
-15.38% - Heroes Reborn (vs. The Biggest Loser)
-21.74% - Mom (vs. Two and a Half Men)
-22.58% - Scandal
-23.08% - Bones
-25.81% - How to Get Away with Murder
-25.93% - Life in Pieces (vs. Mom)
-37.50% - The Vampire Diaries
-46.67% - The Player (vs. Parenthood)

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," 2.4/6; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.6/5 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 Seth Meyers" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/4). 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 0.7/3 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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/20/14):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to live coverage of the Presidential Address, Fast Nationals for FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC are approximate. The Presidential Address aired from 8-8:17pm, with FOX sliding prime in 36% of the country and joining prime in progress in 3% of the country.]

ABC (9.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with the fall finales to "Grey's Anatomy" (8.283 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (10.017 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (9.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #T2).

The silver then went to CBS (8.904 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.647 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1), "Mom" (10.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (8.970 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "The McCarthys" (6.353 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "Elementary" (6.405 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

Next up was NBC (4.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with its lineup of "The Biggest Loser" (5.127 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), "Bad Judge" (4.093 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11), "A to Z" (3.048 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Parenthood" (4.578 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up originals from "Bones" (5.244 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and "Gracepoint" (3.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.671 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "Reign" (1.154 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) on The CW (1.413 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 1.0 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Reign" a 0.5 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Parenthood
+50.00% - A to Z
+33.33% - Bad Judge
+14.29% - The Vampire Diaries
+8.33% - Bones
+8.33% - The Biggest Loser
+6.90% - How to Get Away with Murder
+4.55% - Two and a Half Men
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Gracepoint
0.00% - Reign
-3.13% - Scandal
-3.57% - Mom
-11.11% - The Big Bang Theory
-12.50% - The McCarthys
-16.67% - Elementary

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+166.67% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland)
+33.33% - Bad Judge (vs. Sean Saves the World)
+30.00% - The Biggest Loser (vs. Parks & Recreation)
+25.00% - Parenthood
+24.00% - Scandal (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
+6.90% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. Scandal)
+4.55% - Two and a Half Men (vs. The Crazy Ones)
0.00% - A to Z (vs. The Michael J. Fox Show)
-3.57% - Mom (vs. The Millers)
-18.75% - Bones (vs. The X Factor)
-23.08% - The Big Bang Theory
-33.33% - The McCarthys (vs. Two and a Half Men)
-38.46% - The Vampire Diaries
-44.44% - Elementary
-50.00% - Gracepoint (vs. Glee)
-55.56% - Reign

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," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.6/7.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.0/5.

·From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.7/5 in metered-market households and a 0.7/4 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) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). 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 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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