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[12/22/18 - 08:38 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Honors
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 (12/21/18):

CBS (4.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its mix of "A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary" (3.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Blue Bloods" (5.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

NBC (2.803 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) then was the number two draw with "Midnight, Texas" (2.604 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions" (2.752 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.787 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and its second run lineup of "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (3.422 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), "The Great Christmas Light Fight: All Stars" (2.409 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "20/20" (2.531 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.227 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (3.304 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "The Cool Kids" (2.731 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (1.437 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "Dynasty" (0.675 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.728 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.702 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Midnight, Texas
-37.50% - Dateline NBC
-50.00% - Dynasty (vs. 12/7/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-33.33% - Midnight, Texas (vs. Blindspot)
-37.50% - Dateline NBC
-37.50% - A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary (vs. I Love Lucy Christmas Special (Repeat))
-50.00% - Dynasty (vs. Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic (Repeat))

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; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3; "Late Show," 0.3/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 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 0.3/2 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 with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.1/1 with an encore.


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/22/17):

NBC (4.462 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with the fall finale of "Blindspot" (3.512 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.937 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1).

CBS (5.731 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its mix of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (6.542 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "Dick Van Dyke - Now in Living Color! Special" (5.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (4.865 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.706 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) followed by the fall finale of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.456 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "20/20" (2.272 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.845 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.924 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a second "Hell's Kitchen" (1.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic" (1.303 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2017" (1.164 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (1.234 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
-11.11% - Dateline NBC
-14.29% - Blindspot
-20.00% - 20/20

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (Repeat))
-14.29% - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (vs. Shark Tank (Repeat))
-36.84% - Blindspot (vs. How the Grinch Stole Christmas/How Murray Saved Christmas (Repeat))
-55.56% - 20/20

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," 2.6/7; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.9/5 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," 0.7/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 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 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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