Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.

Note: The ABC affiliate in Detroit and the NBC affiliate in New Orleans aired the “Monday Night Football” telecast, so ratings for those networks could be subject to greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals.

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.7/6 8.44
The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – F 1.3/5 5.92
Superstore (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.77
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.5/2 1.66
Gotham (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.57
8:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.8/6 8.46
Telenovela (NBC) – R 0.7/2 2.65
9 p.m. Supergirl (CBS) – R 1.0/3 4.60
A Saturday Night Live Christmas (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 1.3/4 4.37
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.5/1 1.57
Bones (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.88
10 p.m. The Great Holiday Baking Show (ABC) – F 1.1/4 4.79
Scorpion (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.95


The start of a holiday week didn’t bring anything of much interest in the ratings. A pair of “Big Bang Theory” reruns on CBS led the night in adults 18-49, and CBS will likely end up on top of the network rankings. ABC’s numbers for the finales of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (1.3) and “The Great Holiday Baking Show” (1.1) are likely inflated somewhat by a “Monday Night Football” pre-emption.

NBC aired the “Superstore” (0.8) and “Telenovela” (0.7) pilots in what will be their regular timeslots starting in January.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/4 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.5/2  0.4/1
Total Viewers (000s) 6.00 5.54 3.98 1.61  1.72


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

11:35 p.m.

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

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.6/3, 1.7/4

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/1, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.6/4, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.5/3, 1.3/4

“Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3

: 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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