TV Ratings Friday: ‘Dateline’ is the best of a rerun-heavy bunch

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

The numbers for Friday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.04
48 Hours (CBS) 0.6/3 4.77
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – R 0.5/2 3.29
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.5/2 1.78
iHeartRadio Music Festival (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.2/1 0.76
9 p.m. Dateline (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.9/4 5.01
In an Instant (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.6/3 3.75
MacGyver (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.11
10 p.m. Blue Bloods (CBS) – R 0.4/2 4.37


Friday night was another quiet one in the ratings for the broadcast networks, typical of the final week of the year.

“Dateline” led the night among both adults 18-49 (0.9 rating) and total viewers (5.01 million). A “Shark Tank” rerun on ABC (0.7) finished second in the 18-49 demographic, and ABC and NBC tied for first for all of primetime.

The only other original shows were “In an Instant” on ABC and “48 Hours” on CBS, both of which drew a 0.6. Friday’s No. 1 show on all of TV will likely be the Cotton Bowl between USC and Ohio State. It averaged a 5.9 household rating in metered markets.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.44 3.84 4.42 1.78 0.76


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.5/3, 1.8/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.4/2, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.2/1, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 1.0/3

Note: An earlier version of this post mistakenly listed a new episode of “48 Hours” as a repeat.


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.