TV Ratings Thursday: '20/20: Secrets of the Castle' Soft as 'The Big Bang Theory' Repeat Wins Night

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December 27th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.4/1 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.9/3 0.3/1 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.468 5.061 3.384 2.875 1.478 0.905

CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.


On ABC, the special  20/20: Beyond Downton Abbey Secrets of the Castle earned a 1.0 down 29 percent from a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating for last week's special The Year

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 26, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.6/9 10.971
ABC Shark Tank - R 1.3/4 5.58
NBC Parks and Recreation - R 0.6/2 2.22
FOX Glee - R 0.4/1 1.56
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.89
8:30 CBS The Millers - R 1.7/5 7.44
NBC Parks and Recreation - R 0.6/2 2.01
9:00 NBC The Women of SNL - R (9-11PM) 1.3/4 4.02
CBS The Millers - R 1.1/3 5.30
ABC 20/20: Secrets of the Castle (9-11PM) 1.0/3 4.80
FOX Glee - R 0.3/1 1.40
CW Reign - R 0.3/1 0.92
9:30 CBS The Millers - R 0.9/3 4.45
10:00 CBS Elementary -R 0.9/3 5.33


Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.2/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 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, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 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" (0.4/3 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 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • rob60990

    Lmao at The Millers. Proof of what a big failure it is to go from a 1.7 to a .9 in just an hour.

  • omabin

    I really don’t know why would CBS renew The Millers. I think it would be the worst performing of their 8 comedies were it not in the cushy slot and they will have to move it next year anyway

  • sara

    Fox numbers make me smile. How long are they going to keep the same old losers in the executive suite?

  • CBSviewer

    So The Millers averaged 1.2 while The Crazy Ones averaged a 1.4 on Thanksgiving night. I think The Millers will be cancelled. CBS should renew The Crazy Ones and Mom which are weaker but not lead-in dependant.

  • Fred

    Shark Tank did well. ABC should keep it here. Perhaps add another hour next season. If one or more of the current panelists can’t commit to more time, then the producers should enlist others.
    So did Reign . CW has another potential hit on it’s hands. This show will most likely grow next season if renewed.

  • Joseph

    The real story was that Univision won the night among broadcast networks in the 18-34 demographic.

    However, I suspect that ESPN’s No-Name Bowls got more viewers than any other show, broadcast or cable, in the 18-34 and 18-49 demographics and maybe even in total viewers.

  • Tom

    Good for Shark Tank!

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Glee apparently does not repeat well

    What gave you that outlandish notion?

  • grey

    Re title of post: no surprise. People in the US want to see “Downton Abbey” not some lame special about the location of where it’s filmed especially since there’s already tons of stuff already online/youtube about the actual locations.

  • Doug Blatt

    Wow, not great numbers for all these shows the night after Christmas. I wonder if the holiday had anything to do with it. Can’t imagine it did. I was watching like I always do.

    The Women of SNL was FUNNY! I could watch an SNL special every night. Take note NBC, more SNL specials please!

    I’m curious about some stuff. @CBSviewer (Me too by the way!) If your data is correct (and I’m sure it is) is one show averaging .2 less than another show a big difference when it comes to looking at three repeat episodes on Thanksgiving and the night after Christmas. If so, I guess that’s it for The Millers then. Too bad, it was one of my top 17 shows. (Not including cable)

    But I’m glad to hear that means great things for Robin Williams. He’s a national treasure.

    And @rob60990 what does LMAO mean? And why are some of you so mad at each other? Did I miss something?

    Hope everyone had a great Christmas. (or whatever you celebrate)

    Mom has a horrible cough.


  • Nathaniel

    Will CBS now finally realize they need to gjve The Crazy Ones the 830 timeslot after The Big Bang Theory? Just compare TCO’s Thanksgiving rerun marathon to The Millers’ Boxing Day rerun marathon… or look back at TCO’s premiere numbers in that slot versus the premiere numbers for TM. It seems pretty cut & dry. TCO is a decent performer on it’s own and does VERY well with a strong lead-in. TM is completely lead-in dependant.

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