Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Note: NBC’s live NFL broadcast may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.6/11 13.55
Football Night in America (NBC) 1.5/6 6.19
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (ABC) – S 1.4/6 5.67
Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) – S 0.7/3 3.19
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 (The CW) (8-9:30 p.m.) – S 0.4/2 1.18
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 2.1/8 8.00
Young Sheldon (CBS) 2.0/8 11.62
Disney Prep & Landing (ABC) – S 1.1/4 4.15
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.4/5 8.73
Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (FOX) – S 0.7/3 2.79
The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.7/3 2.96
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.1/4 6.63
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.75
10 p.m. SWAT (CBS) 1.0/4 6.39


When it played before Pixar’s movie “Coco,” the 22-minute “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” drew the ire of critics and audiences for being way too long.

On network TV, however, 22 minutes is what we’re all used to, and a decent number of people tuned in to the special on ABC Thursday. “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” scored a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, tying for third on the night among scripted shows. “Disney Prep & Landing” drew a 1.1.

CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” (2.6) and “Young Sheldon” (2.0) each slipped two tenths of a point vs. last week. “SWAT” improved, though, rising a tenth to 1.0. “Mom” and “Life in Pieces” were steady.

NBC’s “Thursday Night Football” turned in some of its lowest numbers of the season. Its metered market household rating of 7.4 is well below the average for Thursday primetime games on CBS and NBC this season.

FOX’s “Showtime at the Apollo” and “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays” specials each came in at 0.7.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.0/8 1.5/6 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.70 8.89 3.61 2.99 1.08


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.6/3, 2.8/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.9/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: n/a, delayed by NFL overrun

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.3/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.3/5

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: n/a, delayed


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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