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[11/18/16 - 09:16 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Puts NBC 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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/17/16):

NBC (9.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) surged to the top spot on Thursday with the network premiere of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.425 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (7.816 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.214 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Mom" (7.619 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (6.627 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Pure Genius" (5.456 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (5.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and the fall finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.008 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Notorious" (4.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.939 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.746 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Rosewood" (3.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Pitch" (2.432 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.855 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.791 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on The CW (1.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - How to Get Away with Murder
+16.67% - Supernatural
+10.53% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. 10/20/16)
0.00% - Life in Pieces
0.00% - Pure Genius
0.00% - Notorious
0.00% - Rosewood
0.00% - Pitch
0.00% - DC's Legends of Tomorrow
-6.67% - Mom
-8.82% - The Big Bang Theory
-10.00% - Thursday Night Football (vs. 10/20/16)
-11.76% - The Great Indoors

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+136.84% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Various)
+90.91% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. Heroes Reborn)
+75.00% - Supernatural (vs. The Originals)
+20.00% - DC's Legends of Tomorrow (vs. The Vampire Diaries)
-10.00% - Pure Genius (vs. Elementary)
-12.50% - Pitch (vs. Sleepy Hollow)
-16.00% - Grey's Anatomy
-18.42% - The Big Bang Theory
-22.22% - Mom
-25.00% - The Great Indoors (vs. Life in Pieces)
-26.32% - Life in Pieces (vs. 2 Broke Girls)
-30.00% - Rosewood (vs. Bones)
-39.13% - How to Get Away with Murder
-62.50% - Notorious (vs. Scandal)

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," a 2.3 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," a 1.2 rating in metered-market households, delayed by an NFL overrun; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.5 in 18-49, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly," delayed by an NFL overrun, averaged a 0.8 rating in metered-market households and a 0.4 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 (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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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