Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday include a soft finale on FOX and mostly modest ratings for a handful of specials:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS) – R 1.0/4 9.79
Michael Buble Sings and Swings (NBC) – S 0.8/3 5.30
Toy Story That Time Forgot (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.37
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (FOX) – R 0.8/3 2.62
Terry Crews Saves Christmas (The CW) – P 0.3/1 0.95
8:30 p.m. Shrek the Halls (ABC) – R 1.0/4 3.65
New Girl (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.47
9 p.m. The Year: 2016 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.0/4 3.84
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.8/3 6.65
Bull (CBS) – R 0.8/3 6.97
Scream Queens (FOX) – F 0.5/2 1.38
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2016 (The CW) – S 0.3/1 0.89
10 p.m. Bull (CBS) – R 0.7/3 5.35


The finale of “Scream Queens” on FOX wasn’t much of a draw Tuesday night. The show managed just a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49, on par with its past four episodes. Its total viewer count rose slightly from week to week (1.38 million vs. 1.18  million last week).

The night’s other original programming was all specials. ABC’s “The Year” scored the best 18-49 rating of the bunch with a 1.1. NBC’s “Michael Buble Sings and Swings” and “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” each posted a 0.8, and the debut of “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” on The CW earned a 0.3.

Note: An earlier version of this post had “The Year” on ABC at a 1.1 in adults 18-49. It earned a 1.0.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 3.73 7.37 6.20 1.71 0.92


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

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.9/7

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/3, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 2.0/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 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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