Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

Note: ABC affiliates in Dallas and Detroit aired the “Monday Night Football” telecast, so 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. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (ABC) – S 1.2/5 5.06
Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.86
Hairspray Live (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) – R 0.5/2 2.45
Gotham (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.34
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016 (The CW) (8-9:30 p.m.) – R 0.3/1 0.86
8:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.05
9 p.m. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (ABC) – S 1.3/5 4.77
Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – R 0.7/2 3.82
Lucifer (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.56
9:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) – R 0.6/2 3.63
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.59
10 p.m. The Great American Baking Show (ABC) – R 1.1/4 4.12
Scorpion (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.55


Monday was a night full of reruns and specials on all the broadcast networks, so ratings across the board were predictably small.

ABC currently sits on top, and may stay there in the finals, although its numbers are inflated by “Monday Night Football” pre-emptions in Dallas and Detroit. Specials “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” (1.2 in adults 18-49) and “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (1.3) were the top shows of the night, pending updates.

CBS came in second with reruns of “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man with a Plan” and “Scorpion.” An encore of “Hairspray Live” on NBC posted a 0.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.4/1 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.65 3.91 2.45 1.45 0.79


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

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.6/2, 1.5/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.5/2, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.2/1, 1.4/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.2/1, 0.8/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.1/1, 0.7/2

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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