Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Dec. 8, 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. Football Night in Kansas City (NBC) 2.9/11 10.35
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.7/6 9.68
Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (FOX) – S 0.9/3 3.46
Toy Story That Time Forgot (ABC) – S 0.8/3 3.77
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) 0.7/3 1.97
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 3.7/13 12.15
The Great Indoors (CBS) 1.5/5 7.33
Shrek the Halls (ABC) – S 0.9/3 3.77
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) 1.4/5 7.47
The Great American Baking Show (ABC) 0.9/3 4.22
Pitch (FOX) – F 0.8/3 2.88
Supernatural (The CW) 0.6/2 1.74
9:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.2/4 6.37
10 p.m. Pure Genius (CBS) 1.0/3 5.64
Notorious (ABC) – F 0.5/2 2.59


FOX’s “Pitch” ended its season on a slight up note Thursday, improving a little on last week’s ratings with a 0.8 in adults 18-49 (vs. 0.7 a week ago). A somewhat better lead-in, the special “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays” (0.9), may have helped.

The night’s other finale, “Notorious,” went the other way: Without “Grey’s Anatomy” as a lead-in and airing an hour later than usual, the show slumped to a season-low 0.5.

“The Great Indoors” scored a 1.5 for CBS, up 0.1 from last week despite not having a new “Big Bang Theory” as a lead-in. “Mom” (1.4) and “Pure Genius” (1.0) were also up week to week, and “Life in Pieces” held steady at 1.2.

“Legends of Tomorrow” came back down to its usual 0.7 after last week’s CW crossover. “Supernatural” was even at 0.6. “Thursday Night Football” posted a 3.7 for NBC, pending updates, off a point from last week’s early number.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.5/13 1.3/5 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 11.85 7.02 3.17 3.52 1.85


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, 2.3

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.7/4, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.5/3, 2.2/6

12:35 a.m.

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

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

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