Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

The numbers for Tuesday are light on original programming, as is typical of a post-Christmas week:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NCIS (CBS) – R 1.1/4 9.58
The Wall (NBC) – R 1.1/4 4.79
The Middle (ABC) – R 0.9/3 4.57
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.55
The Flash (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.91
8:30 p.m. American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.9/3 3.73
New Girl (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.12
9 p.m. 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) – S 1.0/4 8.60
This Is Us (NBC) – R 0.8/3 3.59
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.02
Bones (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.73
No Tomorrow (The CW) 0.2/1 0.60
9:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.43
10 p.m. 20/20 (ABC) 0.9/3 3.29
Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.6/2 2.86


There were only three original shows on the broadcast networks Tuesday, none of which made much noise in the ratings.

CBS’ annual broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors posted a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49, which was up 0.1 from last year. (Last year tied an all-time low for the special.) Its 8.6 million viewers were also up from last year’s 7.49 million.

A “20/20” special about singer George Michael drew a 0.9 for ABC. The CW also aired a new episode of “No Tomorrow.” It earned a 0.2, tying its season low, and managed only 600,000 viewers, well below its average. Reruns of “NCIS” on CBS and “The Wall” on NBC led the night at 1.1.

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” – R: 0.6/3, 2.0/5

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/3, 1.6/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.4/2, 2.0/5

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.1/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 0.9/3

: 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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