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[12/07/18 - 08:13 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Thursday Night Football" Hold Onto Demo Crown
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 (12/6/18):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

FOX (7.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) snagged the demo crown last night thanks to its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.381 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

CBS (7.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.334 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Young Sheldon" (10.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Mom" (7.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Murphy Brown" (5.993 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.319 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a rebroadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (5.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and the return of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.669 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up new episodes from "Superstore" (3.422 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "The Good Place" (2.565 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Will & Grace" (2.842 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "I Feel Bad" (1.831 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.462 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.537 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Legacies" (1.203 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Legacies
+25.00% - Supernatural
+16.67% - Will & Grace
+9.09% - Mom
0.00% - Superstore (vs. 11/15/18)
0.00% - Murphy Brown
0.00% - The Good Place (vs. 11/15/18)
0.00% - SWAT
0.00% - I Feel Bad
-8.70% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 11/15/18)
-11.11% - Young Sheldon (vs. 11/15/18)
-46.88% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-52.08% - Thursday Night Football

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+170.59% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Gotham/The Orville)
+112.50% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. Gotham)
0.00% - Legacies (vs. Arrow)
0.00% - Supernatural
-12.50% - The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition
-14.29% - Mom
-22.22% - SWAT
-25.00% - The Big Bang Theory
-27.27% - Murphy Brown (vs. Life in Pieces)
-27.27% - Young Sheldon
-52.63% - Superstore (vs. Thursday Night Football Pre-Game)
-72.41% - The Good Place (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-75.86% - Will & Grace (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-86.21% - I Feel Bad (vs. Thursday Night Football)

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," 1.6/4; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.8/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4.

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

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.1/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.3/5. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/3 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· 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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/7/17):

NBC (10.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) continued its NFL reign last night with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.486 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

CBS (9.065 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the number two draw with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (14.245 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2), "Young Sheldon" (12.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Mom" (8.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.482 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "SWAT" (6.196 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Shrek the Halls" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.627 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), the return of "The Great American Baking Show" (3.987 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and a second "The Great American Baking Show" (3.709 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the fall finale to "Gotham" (2.563 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and the season finale of "The Orville" (3.538 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with the fall finales to "Supernatural" (1.738 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Arrow" (1.333 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - The Big Bang Theory
+4.76% - Young Sheldon
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - Life in Pieces
0.00% - The Orville
0.00% - Gotham
0.00% - Supernatural
-5.00% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-10.00% - SWAT
-12.12% - Thursday Night Football
-55.56% - Arrow (vs. 11/27/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+64.71% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+60.00% - The Great American Baking Show (vs. Notorious)
+46.67% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+12.50% - The Orville (vs. Pitch)
0.00% - Mom
-8.33% - Life in Pieces
-10.00% - SWAT (vs. Pure Genius)
-11.11% - Gotham (vs. Taraji's White Hot Holidays)
-11.11% - The Great American Baking Show
-21.62% - Thursday Night Football
-28.57% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
-33.33% - Arrow (vs. Supernatural)
-34.48% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game

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

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household averages were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.2 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 3.1/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

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

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.4 rating, delayed by an NFL overrun; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.3/5. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.6 rating, 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 0.9 in metered-market households and a 0.4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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