Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Dec. 15, 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) 3.3/13 15.77
Football Night in Seattle (NBC) 2.2/8 9.03
Disney Prep & Landing (ABC) – S 0.8/3 3.79
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) – R 0.6/2 2.11
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016 (The CW) (8-9:30 p.m.) – S 0.4/1 1.15
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 2.7/10 10.04
The Great Indoors (CBS) 1.7/6 8.33
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (ABC) – S 0.8/3 3.26
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.5/5 8.18
The Great American Baking Show (ABC) 0.8/3 3.64
Rosewood (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.75
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.3/5 6.89
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.97
10 p.m. Pure Genius (CBS) 0.9/3 5.51
What Would You Do? (ABC) 0.7/3 2.97


The birth of Howard and Bernadette’s baby on “The Big Bang Theory” helped give the show a ratings boost Thursday night. Its 3.3 rating in adults 18-49 was the show’s best since Nov. 7, and it had its biggest total audience (15.77 million) since the season premiere.

Two other CBS comedies, “The Great Indoors” (1.7, +0.2) and “Mom” (1.5, +0.1) improved on their ratings from last week, while “Life in Pieces” (1.3) is up from its week-ago fast national rating and even with its final number. “Pure Genius” slipped a tenth of a point to 0.9.

“Thursday Night Football” took a hit with a noncompetitive game involving two West Coast teams. Seattle’s 24-3 win over L.A. earned a preliminary 2.7, down a point from last week’s early rating and tying NBC’s weakest “TNF” broadcast so far. “The Great American Baking Show” on ABC drew a 0.8, down a tenth from last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.6/8 1.6/6 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.87 8.37 3.38 1.93 1.10


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (delayed by NFL overrun): 0.9, 2.2

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.9/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.3/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” (delayed): 0.5, 1.3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

: 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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