Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

I want to thank Masketeer Don Giller for pointing out a mistake regarding the dates of "The David Letterman Christmas Miracle," which was posted on the site Monday. Much appreciated. As I told him, my years in the business were so bizarre that I don't have to intentionally resort to misinformation.
Now for some Masked Mail. TN asks, "Do you think a cutting-edge show like "NYPD Blue" could work on network TV today? I remember how that show was supposed to change the TV networks."
With all respect, if you look at network television today and you go back to episodes of "NYPD Blue," I believe that you will see that there is a lot on broadcast television that equals or exceeds the content of the Bochco classic.
I think what made "NYPD Blue" controversial was the nudity, not so much the storytelling, and clearly that is more commonplace today than in the early '90s.
What is interesting is how much "Seinfeld" got away with. I remember some of the battles with Jerry and our standards group.
DR from the Twitter feed wants to know, "One of the big 2018 stories is UFC. How does Murdoch sale affect them?"
The sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney does not include Fox Sports, Fox News, the FOX broadcast network and the FOX-owned stations. The Fox regional sports networks were part of the deal.
The relationship between Fox Sports and UFC is unchanged in this deal. The rights to air UFC are owned by Fox Sports, so events will continue to be aired on the FBC and FS1. What I don't know is if Fox Sports aired UFC events on their RSNs. If they did, and this deal goes through, then that's a negotiation.
Bottom line: For the viewer who comes to FOX properties for UFC, it will still be there.
Email questions to and tweet me (feel free to follow) @maskedscheduler.

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Note: The ABC affiliate in Atlanta pre-empted its regular schedule for “Monday Night Football.” 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. The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 2.0/7 10.91
Kevin Can Wait (CBS) 1.1/4 6.24
The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.0/4 4.62
Lucifer (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.87
Popstar’s Best of 2017 (The CW) – S 0.2/1 0.63
8:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) 0.9/3 5.52
9 p.m. Superior Donuts (CBS) 0.8/3 5.01
The Gifted (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.36
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors (The CW) – S 0.1/0 0.44
9:30 p.m. 9JKL (CBS) 0.7/3 4.27
10 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – P 1.7/6 7.35
The Year in Memoriam 2017 (ABC) – S 0.9/4 5.15
Scorpion (CBS) 0.8/3 5.32


NBC had some good news and some less good news in Monday night’s ratings.

The good news is that “Ellen’s Game of Games” premiered to pretty strong ratings. Its 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 was the best performance in the timeslot in more than a year (since November 2016). The less-good news is that the final performance show for “The Voice” (2.0), while up week to week, was off 0.2 vs. the same night last fall.

“Kevin Can Wait” (1.1) and “9JKL” (0.7) were steady for CBS, but the rest of its lineup was off a little. “Man with a Plan” (0.9), “Superior Donuts” (0.8) and “Scorpion” (0.8) all slipped a tenth of a point vs. last week.

The finale of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” is currently at 1.0, pending updates for a “Monday Night Football” pre-emption. “The Year in Memoriam” stands at 0.9 for now.

At the bottom of the heap, The CW posted a rare zero share in adults 18-49 for its special “The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors.”

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/7 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.4/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.73 4.80 5.28 1.61 0.53


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/5, 2.5/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.6/3, 1.7/5

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

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/4, 1.5/5

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

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