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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 2.3/8 8.21
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.0/4 5.94
A Toast to 2015 (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.0/4 4.76
Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.9/3 2.60
iHeartRadio Music Festival (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.2/1 0.85
 
8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 0.7/2 3.85
 
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.30
 
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.85
 
10 p.m. Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC) – S 3.9/14 13.07
New Year’s Eve Game Night with Andy Cohen (NBC) – S 1.0/4 3.75
Elementary (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.84

 

The College Football Playoff didn’t do any damage to the New Year’s Eve institution that is “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC. The primetime portion of the celebration averaged a 2.2 in adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. and a 3.9 from 10-11, both up a tenth from last year’s fast nationals (which adjusted up in the finals).

NBC’s year-end programming — “A Toast to 2015” and “New Year’s Eve Game Night with Andy Cohen” — took second in primetime, while the early portion of “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution” (0.9) was up over last year’s 0.7 for FOX.

Network averages:

ABC  NBC  FOX  CBS  CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.8/11 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.83 4.43 2.60 3.60  0.85

 

Late-night metered market results to follow.

Definitions:
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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