“The Big Bang Theory” ended 2016 on an up note in the overnight ratings, and it stayed high after a few days of DVR and on-demand catchup.

The CBS comedy had the most growth among adults 18-49 in the Live +3 ratings for the week of Dec. 12, going from a 3.4 to a 5.0 rating. That was also good for No. 2 overall behind “Sunday Night Football’s” 8.1.

“Big Bang” also finished second in viewers to “SNF,” with both shows topping 20 million (20.19 million for “Big Bang” and 24.29 million for “Sunday Night Football”). ABC’s “Designated Survivor” added the most viewers (4.7 million) to grow t0 10.88 million.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Dec. 12-18, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BUCCANEERS/COWBOYS NBC 8.1 0.0 0%
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 5.0 1.6 47%
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/SEAHAWKS NBC 4.3 0.0 0%
4 EMPIRE FOX 3.7 1.0 37%
5 MODERN FAMILY ABC 3.2 1.2 60%
6 THE VOICE – TUES. – F NBC 2.8 0.3 12%
7 STAR – P FOX 2.6 0.4 18%
8 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 2.5 0.3 14%
9 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 2.4 1.2 100%
SURVIVOR – F CBS 2.4 0.5 26%
60 MINUTES CBS 2.4 0.1 4%
12 THE GOLDBERGS ABC 2.3 0.6 35%
NCIS CBS 2.3 0.5 28%
14 BLACK-ISH ABC 2.2 0.6 38%
15 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC 2.1 0.6 40%
THE MIDDLE ABC 2.1 0.5 31%
17 SPEECHLESS ABC 2.0 0.4 25%
BULL CBS 2.0 0.6 43%
19 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 1.9 0.5 36%
THE GREAT INDOORS CBS 1.9 0.3 19%
LIFE IN PIECES CBS 1.9 0.6 46%
22 MOM CBS 1.8 0.3 20%
SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS 1.8 0.5 38%
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS 1.8 0.4 29%
SCORPION CBS 1.8 0.7 64%
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 1.8 0.6 50%
SNL CHRISTMAS 2016 – S NBC 1.8 0.2 12%

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for Dec. 5-11, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BUCCANEERS/COWBOYS NBC 24,289 140 1%
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 20,193 4,235 27%
3 NCIS CBS 17,578 2,814 19%
4 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/SEAHAWKS NBC 14,739 86 1%
5 BULL CBS 14,573 2,954 25%
6 60 MINUTES CBS 14,484 395 3%
7 THE VOICE – TUES. – F NBC 13,466 1,326 11%
8 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 13,005 2,971 30%
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 12,592 2,217 21%
10 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 12,436 1,206 11%
11 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 11,881 2,417 26%
12 MADAM SECRETARY CBS 11,731 2,682 30%
13 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 10,875 4,698 76%
14 SURVIVOR – F CBS 10,639 1,545 17%
15 EMPIRE FOX 10,231 2,653 35%
16 MODERN FAMILY ABC 9,755 2,942 43%
17 SCORPION CBS 9,712 2,728 39%
18 MOM CBS 9,572 1,338 16%
19 MACGYVER CBS 9,329 1,658 22%
20 THE GREAT INDOORS CBS 8,794 679 8%
21 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS 8,521 1,210 17%
22 LIFE IN PIECES CBS 8,477 1,541 22%
23 LAST MAN STANDING ABC 8,273 1,499 22%
24 PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS SPECIAL NBC 8,267 776 10%
25 STAR – P FOX 8,094 1,387 21%

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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