TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family' & 'The Middle' Repeats Win Christmas Night

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December 26th, 2013

I Love Lucy Christmas Special

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.4/1 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 2.701 2.144 3.005 4.569 1.432 0.903

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 25, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC The Middle - R 1.3/4 3.84
NBC Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Tale - R 0.7/2 3.54
CBS I Love Lucy Christmas Special - R 0.6/2 3.62
FOX Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas - R 0.5/2 1.97
CW Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special - R 0.3/1 0.99
8:30 ABC Trophy Wife - R 0.9/3 2.62
FOX Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury - R 0.4/1 1.56
CW Merry Madagascar - R 0.3/1 1.08
9:00 ABC Modern Family - R 1.3/4 3.84
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 0.7/2 4.68
NBC Michael Buble's Third Annual Christmas Special - R 0.7/2 3.36
FOX Raising Hope - R 0.2/1 1.04
CW One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party - R 0.2/1 0.77
9:30 ABC Super Fun Night - R 0.8/2 2.37
FOX Raising Hope - R 0.4/1 1.15
10:00 CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.6/2 5.41
NBC Hollywood Game Night - R 0.6/2 2.11
ABC Nashville - R 0.5/2 1.78

-via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.8/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; 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 with Jay Leno,” 0.5/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.0/3 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • diegobitch

    Mother of god. I know that all were repeats, but the highest rating of the night was a 1.3… feels like Saturday.

  • Oliver

    Compare and contrast: the most watched UK show, an original Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Special, got 9.4m viewers.

  • Doug

    Wow, The Middle got pretty decent numbers all things considered
    (Christmas night, repeat, etc.)

  • Benjamin

    The Doctor Who Christmas episode (with regeneration to the new actor) ran on BBC America from 9PM to 10:25PM ET, for same day with UK broadcast. As it was new and a big event episode, it’ll be fun to see which broadcast networks it tops when the numbers come out.

    CW easily. FOX probably. ABC’s showing of Nashville is possible but has a chance to beat it. Hollywood Game Night and Super Fun Night would need an audience closer to the 50th anniversary last night. Possible but not probable. The other shows with overlapping ratings should beat it.

  • Nick

    Wow, middle & modern family had the exact same ratings. Trophy wife actually didn’t do that bad, and even beat super fun night

  • Dan S

    What I found interesting last night was on ABC. Both The Middle & MF scored 1.3 while TW sandwiched between them only gets 0.9. I guess people don’t really want to sample TW even on a slow night.

  • DamC

    Dreamworks has taken over the Christmas special market!

  • todd

    The Middle
    The Goldbergs
    Modern Family
    Trophy Wife

  • Kissan

    Why didn’t they put the repeat of Trophy Wife after Modern Family and another repeat of The Goldbergs after The Middle?

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    4% of Blue Bloods audience were 18-34. I guess no matter what day you put it on it will skew old as can be

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Perhaps CBS should have aired a vintage episode of the original Hawaii 5-O and an episode of Magnum P.I. to go with the nostalgia night.

  • Mon

    Really, you found that interesting when that has been the trend of the 8:30 ABC comedy since before Suburgatory’s premiere and then after its first season?

  • Mon

    My comment was for Dan S

  • CrimTV

    Trophy Wife did great! Original episodes only get around a 1.2 so a 0.9 repeat is great on any night but this is Christmas Day.

  • a p garcia

    The Xth time around for “Locy Christmas” so I guess the numbers are OK for a 60 year old show shown many times.

  • Mon

    I know and it beat SFN (or equalled if it were to adjust down in the finals). But the theme of the episode last night was too adult for The Middle audience to fully embrace it. It should have been at 9:30. It did fine last night. The Goldbergs is the one that fits welll with The Middle.

  • Joseph A

    Question , did the East Coast have NBA Basketball on at 8pm past via ABC?

  • rob60990

    This proved the audience is and will never be interested in Trophy Wife despite critics hyping it to death.

  • omabin

    It’s like they are messing with everyone that wanted a TM/TG/MF/TW block by even refusing to do a repeats night like that. I think Trophy Wife did well there anyway.

    Also,what is FOX doing repeating Raising Hope on a Wednesday? They should be repeating Sleepy Hollow, Almost Human or The Following if it’s for promotional reasons or simply Bones if they want the ratings! Same goes for tonight’s Glee repeats.

  • annie

    The Goldbergs & Trophy Wife are basically low end carbon copies of The Middle & Modern Family, so I don’t get the clamor for squeezing them all together into Wednesday night.

    I’d rather have some variety in the lineup than 4 hours of redunancy.

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