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[12/14/19 - 08:45 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "WWE SmackDown" Top Demo Race
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 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/13/19):

FOX (2.339 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) remained the adults 18-49 champ on Friday with its telecast of "WWE SmackDown" (2.339 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

CBS (5.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a close second with the fall finales of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.453 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "Magnum P.I." (6.120 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.302 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.622 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its fall finale of "The Blacklist" (3.844 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.511 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.777 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up its 2019 closers to "American Housewife" (3.408 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) alongside a two-hour "20/20" (2.716 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.901 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with a broadcast of "The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade" (0.901 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - American Housewife (vs. 11/29/19)
0.00% - WWE SmackDown
0.00% - Hawaii Five-0
0.00% - Magnum P.I.
0.00% - The Blacklist
0.00% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Fresh Off the Boat (vs. 11/29/19)
-16.67% - 20/20 (vs. 11/29/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - The Blacklist (vs. Midnight, Texas)
+25.00% - 20/20 (vs. Child Support/20/20)
+20.00% - Magnum P.I. (vs. The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color! (Repeat))
0.00% - American Housewife (vs. Fresh Off the Boat)
0.00% - Hawaii Five-0 (vs. I Love Lucy Christmas Special (Repeat))
0.00% - Fresh Off the Boat (vs. Speechless)
0.00% - The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
-12.50% - WWE SmackDown (vs. Various)
-37.50% - Dateline NBC


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/14/18):

FOX (3.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) took home the adults 18-49 crown for the 12th consecutive Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (5.470 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.645 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

NBC (3.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with a new "Midnight, Texas" (2.432 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) alongside a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was CBS (5.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its lineup of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (5.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color!" (5.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.507 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up the fall finales of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.991 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Speechless" (2.162 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), the season finale of "Child Support" (1.932 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "20/20" (3.013 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.021 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its telecast of "The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade" (1.021 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+60.00% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Fresh Off the Boat
0.00% - Midnight, Texas
-9.09% - Last Man Standing
-11.11% - The Cool Kids
-20.00% - Speechless
-22.22% - Hell's Kitchen
-28.57% - 20/20
-40.00% - Child Support (vs. 11/30/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+75.00% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. The Exorcist)
+25.00% - Last Man Standing (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
+20.00% - Fresh Off the Boat (vs. Once Upon a Time)
0.00% - The Cool Kids (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
0.00% - 20/20
-11.11% - Dateline NBC
-20.00% - Speechless (vs. Once Upon a Time)
-33.33% - The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
-40.00% - Child Support (vs. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD)
-42.86% - Midnight, Texas (vs. Blindspot)

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," 1.8/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 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 1.1/3 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.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 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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