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[12/27/18 - 08:24 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos; CBS Leads Total Viewers
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 (12/26/18):

NBC (4.296 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the demo champ on a modest Wednesday with its repeat lineup of "Chicago Fire" (4.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Chicago Med" (4.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (4.482 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1).

CBS (5.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network thanks to its special "The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (6.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and a repeat "Magnum P.I." (3.018 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Next up was ABC (2.365 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (3.366 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1), "American Housewife" (2.605 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Modern Family" (2.515 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Single Parents" (2.023 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Modern Family" (1.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Single Parents" (1.716 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.507 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Empire" (1.739 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Star" (1.276 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "Riverdale" (0.475 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "All American" (0.314 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors (vs. The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special (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," 1.6/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.7/5 with an encore; 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," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.3/2 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 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.9/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 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 0.5/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.1/1 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/27/17):

NBC (4.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led the final Wednesday of 2017 with a special "The Wall" (5.490 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by a rebroadcast of "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (4.429 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

FOX (2.779 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with its annual telecast of the "Foster Farms Bowl" (2.779 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.850 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Speechless" (2.693 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.935 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "American Housewife" (2.658 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Match Game" (2.643 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.668 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special" (5.275 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "SEAL Team" (3.455 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, the special "EA Madden NFL 18 Challenge" (0.671 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.822 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Wall (vs. 12/4/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - The Wall (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
0.00% - Foster Farms Bowl
-33.33% - EA Madden NFL 18 Challenge (vs. Arrow (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," 1.7/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.9/5 with an encore; 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 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.3/1 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 0.9/3 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," 1.0/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.9/3 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," 0.2/1 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore 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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