Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 2.2/7 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.8/2 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/8 1.3/5 0.7/3 1.0/4 0.5/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.129 9.531 4.802 2.947 3.151 1.371

NBC was number one among adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers. 

Note:  In both Dallas and Chicago, NFL Network’s coverage of the Dallas Cowboys at the Chicago Bears aired on the CBS affiliate.  CBS ratings are tentative and will change. 

On NBC, the special Peter Pan Live! earned a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating down substantially from last year’s The Sound of Music Live, which earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On CBS, Mom notched a 2.5, up from last week’s 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Two and a Half Men scored a 2.5, up from last week’s 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. The McCarthys earned a 2.0, up from last week’s 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Elementary garnered a 1.8, up from last week’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Bones earned a 1.5, up two tenths from its last original’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Gracepoint earned a 0.9, up two tenths from its last original’s 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the two-hour third season premiere of The Taste scored a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down from the 1.2 adults 18-49 rating the second season premiere earned.

On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 0.7, down a tenth from its last original’s 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Reign earned a 0.5, up two tenths from its last original’s 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 4, 2014 (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.3 8 10.74
NBC Peter Pan Live! (8-11PM) 2.3 7 9.13
FOX Bones 1.5 5 5.97
ABC The Taste (8-10PM) 0.9 3 3.30
CW The Vampire Diaries 0.7 2 1.50
8:30PM CBS Mom 2.5 8 10.57
9:00PM CBS Two and a Half Men 2.5 7 10.38
FOX Gracepoint 0.9 3 3.64
CW Reign 0.5 1 1.25
9:30PM CBS The McCarthys 2.0 6 8.26
10:00 PM CBS Elementary  1.8 6 8.62
ABC How to Get Away With Murder -R 0.6 2 2.84

via NBC press note:-

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.6/7 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.9/5. 


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.7/3 with an encore; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3. 


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).



  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. 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. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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.

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. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)
Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

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