Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Note: The CBS affilliate in San Diego aired the “Thursday Night Football” telecast. Adjustments for the network may be minor, however, as the game aired mostly outside of primetime on the West Coast.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/5 5.91
A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC) – R 1.0/4 4.15
Movie – It’s a Wonderful Life (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.81
TV’s Funniest Animated Stars (FOX) (8-10 p.m. ) – R 0.4/2 1.28
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (The CW) – S 0.2/1 0.90
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.28
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.8/3 3.88
It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC) – R 0.6/2 2.68
Whose Line Is it Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.76
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) – R 0.7/3 3.15
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.85
10 p.m. Elementary (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.68
The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.29


“The Big Bang Theory” (1.1, pending updates) led a Christmas Eve full of repeats. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on ABC was the only other show to hit the 1.0 mark. NBC ended up leading the network race thanks to “It’s a Wonderful Life” (0.8).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 3.81 3.76 3.07 1.28  0.85


Late-night metered market results to follow.

: 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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