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“The Big Bang Theory” set season highs in Live +7 gains for the second week in a row with its last episode of 2015.

The show grew by 2.9 points in adults 18-49 with its Dec. 17 episode, beating the 2.5-point increase for the previous week. It also added more than 7 million viewers. Both gains are the biggest for any broadcast show this season, and the viewer gain is the largest one ever.

The fall finale of “Jane the Virgin” was the percentage leader, growing by 133 percent in adults 18-49 (0.3 to 0.7) and 64 percent in viewers (983,000 to 1.61 million). CBS was the only network running a (mostly) full slate of originals for the week, hence its domination of the rankings below.

As these rankings are only for original series, NBC’s movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” isn’t listed below. It grew by 0.6 in 18-49 (1.8 to 2.4) and 2.87 million viewers (13.03 million to 15.9 million).

The top shows in the Live +7 ratings for Dec. 14-20, 2015 are below. As it was a week light on originals, there are not a full 25 shows in either adults 18-49 or viewers. The rankings include first-run regular series only, not repeats or specials.

ADULTS 18-49 – TOTAL GAIN

Rank Show  Net L+SD L+7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 4.1 7.0 2.9 71%
2 LIMITLESS CBS 1.3 2.3 1.0 77%
2t SCORPION CBS 1.8 2.8 1.0 56%
2t NCIS CBS 2.1 3.1 1.0 48%
5 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 1.4 2.3 0.9 64%
6 ELEMENTARY NBC 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
6t SUPERGIRL CBS 1.5 2.3 0.8 53%
6t 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS 1.6 2.4 0.8 50%
6t NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
6t LIFE IN PIECES CBS 2.2 3.0 0.8 36%
11 SURVIVOR – F CBS 2.2 2.8 0.6 27%
11t MASTERCHEF JUNIOR FOX 1.1 1.7 0.6 55%
11t THE VOICE – TUESDAY – F NBC 2.9 3.5 0.6 21%
14 CSI: CYBER CBS 1.1 1.6 0.5 45%
14t MOM CBS 1.8 2.3 0.5 28%
14t THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 3.2 3.7 0.5 16%
17 JANE THE VIRGIN CW 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
18 DATELINE FRIDAY NBC 1.1 1.4 0.3 27%
19 THE GREAT HOLIDAY BAKING SHOW ABC 0.9 1.1 0.2 22%
20 20/20 – FRIDAY ABC 0.7 0.8 0.1 14%
20t 60 MINUTES CBS 2.7 2.8 0.1 4%
20t SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 6.1 6.2 0.1 2%


ADULTS 18-49 – PERCENTAGE GAIN

Rank Show  Net L+SD L+7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 JANE THE VIRGIN CW 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
2 ELEMENTARY CBS 1.0 1.8 0.8 80%
3 LIMITLESS CBS 1.3 2.3 1.0 77%
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 4.1 7.0 2.9 71%
5 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 1.4 2.3 0.9 64%
6 SCORPION CBS 1.8 2.8 1.0 56%
7 MASTERCHEF JUNIOR FOX 1.1 1.7 0.6 55%
8 SUPERGIRL CBS 1.5 2.3 0.8 53%
9 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS 1.6 2.4 0.8 50%
10 NCIS CBS 2.1 3.1 1.0 48%
11 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
12 CSI: CYBER CBS 1.1 1.6 0.5 45%
13 LIFE IN PIECES CBS 2.2 3.0 0.8 36%
14 MOM CBS 1.8 2.3 0.5 28%
15 SURVIVOR – F CBS 2.2 2.8 0.6 27%
15t DATELINE FRIDAY NBC 1.1 1.4 0.3 27%
17 THE GREAT HOLIDAY BAKING SHOW ABC 0.9 1.1 0.2 22%
18 THE VOICE – TUESDAY – F NBC 2.9 3.5 0.6 21%
19 THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 3.2 3.7 0.5 16%
20 20/20 – FRIDAY ABC 0.7 0.8 0.1 14%
21 60 MINUTES CBS 2.7 2.8 0.1 4%
22 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 6.1 6.2 0.1 2%

 

VIEWERS – TOTAL GAIN

Rank Show  Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 17251 24425 7174 42%
2 NCIS CBS 15531 19992 4461 29%
3 ELEMENTARY CBS 5930 9477 3547 60%
4 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 9216 12762 3546 38%
5 SCORPION CBS 9276 12720 3444 37%
6 LIMITLESS CBS 6626 10017 3391 51%
7 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 12091 15443 3352 28%
8 SUPERGIRL CBS 7275 9551 2276 31%
9 LIFE IN PIECES CBS 10282 12248 1966 19%
10 SURVIVOR – F CBS 9454 11387 1933 20%
11 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS 6967 8887 1920 28%
12 CSI: CYBER CBS 6176 8052 1876 30%
13 THE VOICE – TUESDAY – F NBC 12690 14542 1852 15%
14 MOM CBS 8990 10757 1767 20%
15 MASTERCHEF JUNIOR FOX 3973 5555 1582 40%
16 THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 14033 15607 1574 11%
17 DATELINE FRIDAY NBC 5675 6786 1111 20%
18 THE GREAT HOLIDAY BAKING SHOW ABC 3328 4253 925 28%
19 20/20 – FRIDAY ABC 3349 3996 647 19%
20 JANE THE VIRGIN CW 983 1611 628 64%
21 60 MINUTES CBS 12697 13228 531 4%
22 UFC FIGHT NIGHT FOX 2781 2925 144 5%
23 WORLD’S FUNNIEST FOX 1790 1924 134 7%
24 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 18113 18214 101 1%

 

VIEWERS – PERCENTAGE GAIN

Rank Show  Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 JANE THE VIRGIN CW 983 1611 628 64%
2 ELEMENTARY CBS 5930 9477 3547 60%
3 LIMITLESS CBS 6626 10017 3391 51%
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 17251 24425 7174 42%
5 MASTERCHEF JUNIOR FOX 3973 5555 1582 40%
6 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 9216 12762 3546 38%
7 SCORPION CBS 9276 12720 3444 37%
8 SUPERGIRL CBS 7275 9551 2276 31%
9 CSI: CYBER CBS 6176 8052 1876 30%
10 NCIS CBS 15531 19992 4461 29%
11 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 12091 15443 3352 28%
11t 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS 6967 8887 1920 28%
11t THE GREAT HOLIDAY BAKING SHOW ABC 3328 4253 925 28%
14 SURVIVOR – F CBS 9454 11387 1933 20%
14t MOM ABC 8990 10757 1767 20%
14t DATELINE FRIDAY NBC 5675 6786 1111 20%
17 LIFE IN PIECES CBS 10282 12248 1966 19%
17t 20/20 – FRIDAY ABC 3349 3996 647 19%
19 THE VOICE – TUESDAY – F NBC 12690 14542 1852 15%
20 THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 14033 15607 1574 11%
21 WORLD’S FUNNIEST FOX 1790 1924 134 7%
22 UFC FIGHT NIGHT FOX 2781 2925 144 5%
23 60 MINUTES CBS 12697 13228 531 4%
24 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 18113 18214 101 1%

 

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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