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[01/01/16 - 10:49 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, "New Year's Rockin' Eve" Wrap 2015 on Top
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 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/31/15):

ABC (9.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) closed out 2015 on top with its presentation of "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin Eve: Part 1" (8.207 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin Eve: Part 2" (13.073 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

NBC (4.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its specials "A Toast to 2015!" (4.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "NBC's New Year's Eve Game Night with Andy Cohen" (3.754 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.601 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its airing of "Pitbull's New Year's Eve Revolution, Part One" (2.601 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.601 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.937 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (3.847 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Mom" (3.298 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "2 Broke Girls" (2.847 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Elementary" (2.839 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1" (0.847 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.847 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

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

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+680.00% - Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin Eve: Part 2 (vs. How to Get Away with Murder (Repeat))
+228.57% - Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin Eve: Part 1 (vs. The Taste)
+150.00% - NBC's New Year's Eve Game Night with Andy Cohen (vs. Parenthood (Repeat))
+50.00% - Pitbull's New Year's Eve Revolution, Part One (vs. Bones (Repeats))
+47.06% - A Toast to 2015! (vs. Various)

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

· From 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" averaged a 4.3 rating, 10 share in households in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 2.7/10 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" retained 88% of last year's 4.9 in metered market households, which equaled the show's #2 rating since 2009. Last night's 2.7 in 18-49 in the local people meters retains 87% of the year-ago 3.1, which matched the show's high since 2009.

· Other late-night averages last night in the markets metered by Nielsen included: "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015" on ABC, 10.0/24 from 11:30 p.m.-1:15 a.m., 7.5/29 in 18-49 in the local people meters; and Fox's "Pitbull's New Year's Revolution," 3.1/7 in metered-market households from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 2.7/10 in 18-49 in the local people meters. National results for the December 31 late-night programs, including viewer numbers, are due from Nielsen Media Research on Thursday, Jan. 7.

· An encore telecast of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," airing at 12:30 a.m. ET, averaged a 2.2/6 in households in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 1.2/6 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· At 1:30 a.m. ET, a rebroadcast of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in the local people meters.

· At 2:30 a.m., an encore "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/1/15):

CBS (5.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) opened 2015 on top despite its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.104 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Mom" (6.433 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Two and a Half Men" (5.001 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "The McCarthys" (3.920 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Elementary" (4.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

FOX (2.812 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then snagged the silver with repeats of "Bones" (2.816 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and another "Bones" (2.808 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.499 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "The Taste" (2.688 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a repeat "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.120 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.210 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) served up originals from "The Biggest Loser" (3.490 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Bad Judge" (2.093 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "A to Z" (1.320 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) plus a repeat "Parenthood" (1.434 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2" (1.050 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.050 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the special posted a 0.1 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Biggest Loser (vs. 12/18/14)
-12.50% - The Taste (vs. 12/18/14)
-50.00% - A to Z (vs. 12/11/14)
-54.55% - Bad Judge (vs. 12/11/14)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-28.00% - The Biggest Loser (vs. Community)
-37.50% - Bad Judge (vs. Sean Saves the World)
-41.67% - The Taste
-50.00% - A to Z (vs. The Michael J. Fox Show)

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," 1.7/4 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.6/3 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/3 with an encore.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.2/1 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 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/1 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

·From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (0.8/2 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/1 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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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