Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Note: NBC’s live “Thursday Night Football” telecast will result in greater than usual adjustments for the network. 

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 3.1/11 14.39
Football Night in Minnesota (NBC) 2.9/11 11.15
A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC) – S 1.5/6 6.38
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 1.1/4 3.33
Rosewood (FOX) 0.7/3 3.13
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 4.7/16 16.10
The Great Indoors (CBS) 1.4/5 7.09
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.3/5 6.98
The Great American Baking Show (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – P 1.1/4 4.61
Pitch (FOX) 0.7/3 2.37
Supernatural (The CW) 0.7/3 1.86
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.2/4 6.30
10 p.m. Pure Genius (CBS) 0.8/3 4.79

 

The conclusion of the four-part superhero crossover on The CW provided a ratings bump for “Legends of Tomorrow,” just as it did for the other three shows involved.

“Legends” earned a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 Thursday, o.4 better than its previous season high and tying its second-best mark ever. “Supernatural” was on par with its average, drawing a 0.7.

“The Great American Baking Show” premiered to a 1.1 for ABC, fairly steady with the 1.2 for its premiere last year (when it was “The Great Holiday Baking Show”). “A Charlie Brown Christmas” posted a 1.5, down from last year’s 2.0.

“The Big Bang Theory” (3.1) and “The Great Indoors” (1.4) were in line with their last regular episodes (i.e., not the ones that aired on Thanksgiving), while “Mom” (1.3) fell a tenth and “Life in Pieces” (1.2) dipped two tenths for CBS. “Rosewood” and “Pitch” (0.7 each) were in line with their averages.

“Thursday Night Football” earned a preliminary 4.7, down from the 6.1 for the Thanksgiving-night game (which technically wasn’t part of the “TNF” franchise) but up considerably from the early 2.7 for the game two weeks ago. Its metered-market household rating of 14.1/23 (including the NFL Network simulcast) was the best for a “TNF” game this season.

Network averages:

NBC CBS ABC CW FOX
Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.4/15 1.5/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 15.28 7.39 5.20 2.59 2.75

 

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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (delayed by NFL overrun): 1.1, 2.8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/2, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/2, 2.1/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R (delayed): 0.6, 1.4

“Nightline”: 0.4/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.0/4

Definitions:
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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