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[12/04/20 - 08:35 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demo Race with "Grey's Anatomy"
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 (12/3/20):

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

ABC (4.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) pulled in front on Thursday thanks to its trio of "Station 19" (5.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.844 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (4.171 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) was the number two draw with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.270 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "B Positive" (5.199 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (5.167 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Unicorn" (3.617 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.887 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Next up was NBC (4.070 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "The Voice Holiday Celebration" (5.270 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.036 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (2.904 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.840 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) opted for coverage of the "MLS Playoffs 2020: Western Conference Semifinal" (0.840 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.591 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Greatest Moments" (0.526 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13), a new "World's Funniest Animals" (0.615 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "World's Funniest Animals" (0.696 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Dateline NBC (vs. 11/19/20)
+20.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 11/19/20)
0.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. 11/19/20)
0.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. 11/19/20)
0.00% - B Positive (vs. 11/19/20)
0.00% - Mom (vs. 11/19/20)
0.00% - The Unicorn (vs. 11/19/20)
0.00% - Star Trek: Discovery (vs. 11/19/20)
0.00% - World's Funniest Animals (vs. 11/27/20)
-11.11% - Station 19 (vs. 11/19/20)
-14.29% - A Million Little Things (vs. 11/19/20)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Grey's Anatomy (vs. Same Time, Next Christmas)
+16.67% - The Voice Holiday Celebration (vs. A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special (Repeat))
0.00% - A Million Little Things (vs. Same Time, Next Christmas)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special (Repeat))
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Making It)
-16.67% - The Unicorn (vs. Carol's Second Act)
-20.00% - Station 19 (vs. A Charlie Brown Christmas (Repeat))
-25.00% - B Positive (vs. The Unicorn)
-25.00% - Mom
-27.27% - Young Sheldon
-60.00% - Star Trek: Discovery (vs. Evil)
-66.67% - iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Greatest Moments (vs. Supernatural)
-66.67% - World's Funniest Animals (vs. Legacies)
-94.59% - MLS Playoffs 2020: Western Conference Semifinal (vs. Thursday Night Football)


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/5/19):

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

FOX (13.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) got another boost on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (14.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (4.124 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its annual telecast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (4.954 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) followed by the original movie "Same Time, Next Christmas" (3.709 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.390 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "The Unicorn" (5.832 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mom" (5.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.685 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Evil" (3.346 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.651 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (3.125 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a new "Making It" (1.702 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.066 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Legacies" (0.857 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Supernatural (vs. 11/21/19)
+50.00% - Legacies (vs. 11/21/19)
+44.44% - Thursday Night Football (vs. 11/21/19)
+31.82% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. 11/21/19)
+14.29% - The Unicorn (vs. 11/21/19)
+10.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. 11/21/19)
0.00% - Mom (vs. 11/21/19)
0.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. 11/21/19)
0.00% - Evil (vs. 11/21/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+70.59% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
+69.57% - Thursday Night Football
0.00% - Making It (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
-14.29% - Same Time, Next Christmas (vs. The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition)
-25.00% - Legacies
-25.00% - Carol's Second Act (vs. Murphy Brown)
-28.57% - Evil (vs. SWAT)
-33.33% - Mom
-40.00% - Supernatural
-47.62% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-50.00% - The Unicorn (vs. Young Sheldon)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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