Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

Note: CBS affiliates in Phoenix and Minneapolis aired the “Thursday Night Football” telecast, so numbers for the network will be subject to greater adjustments than usual.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 4.0/15 16.01
Michael Buble’s Christmas in Hollywood (NBC) – S 1.1/4 7.17
Bones (FOX) 0.9/3 4.6
Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond (ABC) – S 0.9/3 3.32
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 0.5/2 1.17
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 2.4/8 9.64
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 2.0/7 8.16
Movie – Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 1.8/6 12.84
Bones (FOX) 1.0/3 4.39
Movie – Toy Story (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 1.0/3 3.13
The Originals (The CW) 0.4/1 0.98
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 1.9/6 6.99
10 p.m. Elementary (CBS) 1.3/5 6.16


NBC got decent ratings from its movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” Thursday, with a big total audience (12.84 million) and an above-average 18-49 rating (1.8) as well. It was the highest-rated movie (made for TV or theatrical) or miniseries on the broadcast networks in three years.

On the downside Thursday, “Bones” fell below the 1.0 mark for the first time with the first of two episodes. A second one at 9 p.m. didn’t do much better, rising a tenth to 1.0. “The Originals” (0.4) was also off a tenth for The CW, while “The Vampire Diaries” was even with last week.

CBS’ numbers are inflated by two local NFL pre-emptions. In past weeks with double pre-emptions, “The Big Bang Theory” has remained relatively steady while 18-49 ratings for the rest of the lineup have come down by 0.3 to 0.5 in the final nationals.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.2/7 1.6/5 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (000s) 8.85 10.95 3.19 4.49  1.07


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 1.0/5, 3.1/8

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/2, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/2, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.5/4, 1.6/6

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

: 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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