Scoreboard ABC NBC FOX CBS CW x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/11 1.2/5 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.3/1 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share x x x x x x
Total Viewers (millions) 9.624 4.916 2.214 4.656 1.027 x

ABC was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, New Year’s Rockin Eve earned a 2.2 from 8-10PM and a 3.8 from 10-11PM. Its final hour is even with last year’s 3.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, A Toast to 2014 earned a 1.0, down from the 1.6 last year’s special earned. New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down from the 1.8 last year’s special earned.

On FOX, Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution earned a 0.7 from 8-10PM

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 31, 2014: (Live + Same Day):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2015 (8-10PM) 2.2 9 8.06
NBC A Toast to 2014 (8-10PM) 1.0 3 4.68
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.7 3 5.40
FOX Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, Part 1 (8-10PM) 0.7 3 2.20
CW iHeartRadio Music Festival -R (8-10PM) 0.3 1 1.03
9:00PM CBS Criminal Minds -R 0.7 3 4.63
10:00PM ABC Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2015 3.8 14 12.80
NBC New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly 1.5 6 5.40
CBS Stalker -R 0.6 2 3.94

via NBC press note:


  • From 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (4.9 rating, 11 share in households in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research; 3.1/11 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters) equaled the show’s highest 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters in five years.  Last night’s 3.1 in 18-49 matches the year-ago result, the highest for “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” since Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 (3.4).


  • Versus two years ago, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” is up +11% in 18-49 in the Local People Meters (3.1/11 vs. 2.8/10 on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012) and versus three years ago, last night’s telecast is up +19% (3.1/11 vs. 2.6/9 on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011).


  • In metered-market households, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” retained 94% of last year’s 5.2/11, which matched the show’s all-time high in its 10 years airing at 11:30 on NBC (every year since New Year’s Eve 2005). 


  • Other late-night averages last night in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen included: Fox’s “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution,” 2.6/6 in metered-market households from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 2.2/8 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters; and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014” on ABC, 10.7/25 from 11:30 p.m.-1:15 a.m., 7.3/29 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • National results for the December 31 late-night programs, including viewer numbers, are due from Nielsen Media Research on Thursday, Jan. 8.


  • An encore telecast of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” airing at 12:30 a.m. ET, averaged a 2.3/6 in households in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets and a 1.4/6 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters.  The 1.4 in the Local People Meters is a nine-month Wednesday high for “Tonight,” best since Fallon scored a 1.4/6 on March 12.  The last time a Wednesday “Tonight” beat last night’s 1.4 was Feb. 26 (1.7/8)


  • At 1:30 a.m. ET, a rebroadcast of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.7/4 in the Local People Meters, matching the highest Wednesday “Late Night” score in the LPMs in 10 months, since Feb. 26 (0.9/6, during Meyer’s first week hosting “Late Night”).


  • At 2:30 a.m., an encore “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.  The 0.4 in the LPMs is “Last Call’s” Wednesday high since Nov. 26 (0.4/3).




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 101and Numbers 102.

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