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The two semifinal games of the College Football Playoff dominated the New Year’s Eve cable ratings, but the games were way down from their inaugural edition on Jan. 1, 2015.

The Cotton Bowl (Alabama-Michigan State, 5.5 in adults 18-49) and Orange Bowl (Clemson-Oklahoma, 4.7) averaged a 5.1, down 40.7 percent from the 8.6 for the Rose and Sugar bowls (last year’s semifinals) 364 days earlier. The two games were also down about 40 percent in viewers.

CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live” (0.4) topped Fox News’ “All American New Year’s” (0.3 but out of the Top 100 in 18-49) in the demo, but the latter had more viewers.

Top 100 cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

Show Net Time Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
CFP SEMIFINAL L ESPN 8:20 PM 18552 5.5
CFP SEMIFINAL L ESPN 4:10 PM 15640 4.7
PEACH BOWL L ESPN 11:58 AM 5604 1.6
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 11:59 PM 2883 1.1
SPORTSCENTER 1AM       L ESPN 1:15 AM 1607 0.7
FAMILY GUY ADSM 11:30 PM 1432 0.6
FAMILY GUY ADSM 11:00 PM 1488 0.6
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 1298 0.5
SPORTSCENTER MORNING   L ESPN 2:15 AM 1133 0.5
FAMILY GUY ADSM 2:30 AM 1058 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 2:00 AM 973 0.5
NEW YEARS EVE LIVE CNN 12:38 AM 1753 0.5
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 6:00 AM 1072 0.5
WWE SMACKDOWN SYFY 8:00 PM 1658 0.5
PAW PATROL NICK 9:30 AM 1895 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 1193 0.5
NEW YEARS EVE LIVE W/ AC CNN 8:00 PM 1623 0.4
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 1389 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 6:30 AM 1041 0.4
PAW PATROL NICK 11:30 AM 1760 0.4
PAW PATROL NICK 9:00 AM 1601 0.4
NEW YEARS EVE MOVIE TNT 8:00 PM 1177 0.4
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 1:30 AM 864 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 5:29 AM 940 0.4
NCIS USA 3:00 PM 2120 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 2:30 PM 2038 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM 12:15 AM 961 0.4
FAMILY GUY TBSC 2:00 PM 733 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 988 0.4
NEW YEARS EVE MOVIE TNT 4:30 PM 1069 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM 12:00 AM 1000 0.4
FAMILY GUY TBSC 2:30 PM 741 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 2:00 PM 1927 0.4
NCIS USA 4:00 PM 2019 0.4
MUTT & STUFF NICK 10:00 AM 1679 0.4
BLAZE & THE MONSTER MCHNS NICK 12:00 PM 1555 0.4
NCIS USA 7:00 PM 2030 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 8:00 AM 1563 0.4
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADSM 9:30 PM 982 0.4
OFF THE AIR ADSM 3:00 AM 815 0.4
COLLEGE GAMEDAY         L ESPN 9:00 AM 1020 0.4
NEW YEARS EVE MOVIE TNT 1:00 PM 940 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 7:30 AM 1289 0.4
BUBBLE GUPPIES NICK 10:30 AM 1558 0.4
NCIS USA 2:00 PM 1969 0.4
NCIS USA 6:00 PM 2048 0.4
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 1187 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 4:57 AM 840 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 4:24 AM 813 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 7:00 AM 1044 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 3:51 AM 824 0.4
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 6:00 PM 1008 0.4
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 8:00 AM 1454 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 1:06 AM 895 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 3:18 AM 786 0.3
NCIS USA 5:00 PM 1949 0.3
2 BROKE GIRLS TBSC 10:00 PM 971 0.3
PJ MASKS DSNY 8:30 AM 1502 0.3
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 12:30 AM 791 0.3
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 7:00 PM 976 0.3
GOLDIE & BEAR DSNY 9:30 AM 1593 0.3
NCIS USA 1:00 PM 1747 0.3
2 BROKE GIRLS TBSC 10:30 PM 910 0.3
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:45 AM 728 0.3
OFF THE AIR ADSM 3:15 AM 696 0.3
AMERICAN DAD TBSC 1:30 PM 618 0.3
SHIMMER AND SHINE NICK 11:00 AM 1421 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICK 1:00 PM 1585 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NAN 2:12 AM 744 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NAN 2:45 AM 722 0.3
FRIENDS NAN 12:33 AM 874 0.3
BOBS BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 848 0.3
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 7:30 AM 1342 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICK 1:30 PM 1685 0.3
BLAZE & THE MONSTER MCHNS NICK 8:30 AM 1243 0.3
NCIS USA 12:00 PM 1533 0.3
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 8:00 PM 900 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICK 12:30 PM 1453 0.3
DESCENDANTS: WICKED WORLD DSNY 10:00 AM 1618 0.3
SOFIA THE FIRST DSNY 9:00 AM 1505 0.3
JESSIE DSNY 10:30 AM 1603 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NAN 1:39 AM 752 0.3
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FAM 8:30 PM 898 0.3
OFF THE AIR ADSM 3:30 AM 630 0.3
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 5:00 PM 868 0.3
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FAM 6:00 PM 689 0.3
NCIS USA 5:00 AM 972 0.3
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 1:15 AM 628 0.3
AMERICAN DAD TBSC 1:00 PM 568 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS SSN7 MTV 7:00 PM 569 0.3
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 4:00 PM 806 0.3
TRANSFORMERS TOON 6:00 AM 624 0.3
DOG WITH A BLOG DSNY 11:00 AM 1594 0.3
THUNDERMANS NICK 3:00 PM 1597 0.3
OFF THE AIR ADSM 3:45 AM 585 0.3
FRIENDS TBSC 4:30 PM 589 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICK 7:30 PM 1309 0.3
TEEN TITANS GO TOON 8:30 AM 1195 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS SSN4 MTV 3:30 PM 632 0.3
NCIS USA 11:00 AM 1384 0.3

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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