Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.

Note: CBS’ live NFL telecast will result in greater than usual adjustments for the network in the final nationals.

Updated with “fast official” numbers for “The Wiz Live’s” 8-10:45 p.m. running time, which caused a small uptick when the switch to local affiliates was factored out.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
8 p.m. The Wiz Live (NBC) (8-10:45 p.m.) – S 3.4/11 11.50
Thursday Night Football Pregame (CBS) 2.4/8 10.30
Toy Story That Time Forgot (ABC) – S 0.9/3 4.03
Bones (FOX) – R 0.5/2 3.45
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) 0.5/2 1.32
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (CBS) (8:30-11 p.m.) 3.5/11 12.93
Shrek the Halls (ABC) – S 1.0/3 4.18
9 p.m. CMA Country Christmas (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.0/3 5.75
Bones (FOX) – R 0.6/2 2.96
The Originals (The CW) 0.5/2 1.18


NBC’s third live musical in the last three years fell right between the first two in terms of ratings. “The Wiz Live” averaged a 3.3, better than last year’s “Peter Pan Live” (2.4) but short of “The Sound of Music Live” (4.6) in 2013. Its ratings may tick up slightly as the show ended at 10:45; quarter-hour ratings aren’t available in the fast nationals.

CBS aired an NFL game which scored a 3.5 in the fast nationals. It will adjust up in the finals, but that’s on the low end of the Thursday games it aired earlier in the fall.

Also Thursday, “The Originals” (0.5) was up and “The Vampire Diaries” (0.5) flat vs. their last original episodes. ABC’s “CMA Country Christmas” special drew a 1.0.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.3/11 3.4/11 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (000s) 12.49 11.50 5.20 3.21  1.25


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

Note: CBS’ late-night shows were delayed by an NFL overrun.

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 1.4/7, 3.4/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.5/2, 2.0/5

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.5/3, 1.7/6

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.7/5, 1.6/6

“Nightline”: 0.4/2, 1.4/4

“Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

: 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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