Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

Note: ABC affiliates in Washington, D.C., and Charlotte aired the “Monday Night Football” telecast, so ratings for the network may be subject to greater adjustments than usual.

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.8/6 9.49
An Oprah Winfrey Special: Michelle Obama (CBS) – S 1.3/5 9.39
The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.2/4 5.13
Gotham (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.53
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.4/1 1.33
9 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) 1.1/4 6.18
Lucifer (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.63
Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors (The CW) – S 0.2/1 0.54
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.2/4 5.07
10 p.m. The Wall (NBC) – P 1.6/6 6.48
Scorpion (CBS) 1.2/4 7.45
The Great American Baking Show (ABC) – R 0.9/3 3.61


NBC continues to hold onto Monday’s top spot in the ratings. The network led the night with an “America’s Got Talent” holiday special (1.8 rating in adults 18-49) and the debut of its game show “The Wall” (1.6). The latter was an improvement on “Timeless'” average this season.

Elsewhere, CBS’ Oprah Winfrey interview with first lady Michelle Obama scored a 1.3. “Man with a Plan” (1.1) was off a tenth from last week, “2 Broke Girls” (1.2) was steady and “Scorpion” (1.2) rose a tenth.

ABC’s numbers may be inflated by a couple of “Monday Night Football” pre-emptions, but the finale of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” is currently showing a 1.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.4/1 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 8.33 7.59 4.62 1.58 0.93


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 1.0/5, 2.7/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.7/3, 1.8/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.9/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/3, 1.5/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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