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[01/05/18 - 08:36 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Opens 2018 with a "Bang" in Viewers, Demos
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/4/18):

CBS (10.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was back on top last night thanks to the return of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Young Sheldon" (14.672 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Mom" (9.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Life in Pieces" (7.409 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "SWAT" (6.174 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

FOX (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with the premiere of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.654 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.812 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was NBC (4.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the 2018 premieres of "Superstore" (3.924 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Good Place" (3.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Will & Grace" (4.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Great News" (2.480 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.894 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.395 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.586 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "American Housewife" (2.771 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) alongside the special "Truth and Lies: Waco" (5.003 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (1.031 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Arrow" (0.699 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) on The CW (0.864 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+52.94% - Young Sheldon (vs. 12/21/17)
+50.00% - Great News
+21.43% - Mom (vs. 12/21/17)
+19.23% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 12/14/17)
+18.18% - Life in Pieces (vs. 12/21/17)
+10.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. 11/2/17)
+10.00% - Superstore (vs. 11/2/17)
0.00% - SWAT (vs. 12/21/17)
0.00% - The Good Place (vs. 11/2/17)
-6.67% - Will & Grace (vs. 11/2/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+37.50% - SWAT (vs. Pure Genius)
+36.84% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+16.67% - Will & Grace (vs. Chicago Med)
+10.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. The Blacklist)
+9.09% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 9:00 (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - The Good Place
-7.14% - Life in Pieces
-8.33% - Superstore
-8.33% - The Four: Battle for Stardom - 8:00 (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
-13.89% - The Big Bang Theory
-31.25% - Truth and Lies: Waco (vs. Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers)
-50.00% - Great News (vs. Chicago Med)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household averages were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.7/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.8/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 ratings were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.0/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/5/17):

CBS (8.689 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top draw on the first Thursday of 2017 with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1), "The Great Indoors" (9.674 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.459 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Life in Pieces" (6.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Pure Genius" (5.317 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

ABC (6.348 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with the penultimate week of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (5.015 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and the two-hour special "Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers" (7.015 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.572 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its relocated "Hell's Kitchen" (3.680 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by a second "Hell's Kitchen" (3.464 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the return of "Superstore" (4.455 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Place" (3.554 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Chicago Med" (6.219 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "The Blacklist" (5.183 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.027 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.802 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Hell's Kitchen - 8:00 (vs. 12/16/16)
+13.33% - Mom (vs. 12/15/16)
+11.76% - The Great Indoors (vs. 12/15/16)
+9.09% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 12/15/16)
+7.69% - Life in Pieces (vs. 12/15/16)
0.00% - The Great Holiday Baking Show (vs. 12/22/16)
-7.69% - Superstore (vs. 11/10/16)
-11.11% - Pure Genius (vs. 12/15/16)
-20.00% - Chicago Med (vs. 11/10/16)
-28.57% - The Blacklist (vs. 11/10/16)
-28.57% - The Good Place (vs. 11/3/16)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+128.57% - Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers (vs. My Diet Is Better Than Yours)
+20.00% - Superstore (vs. Heroes Reborn)
0.00% - The Great Holiday Baking Show (vs. Beyond the Tank)
0.00% - The Good Place (vs. Heroes Reborn)
-5.26% - The Big Bang Theory
-5.56% - Mom
-12.50% - Life in Pieces (vs. Angel from Hell)
-13.64% - The Great Indoors (vs. Life in Pieces)
-25.00% - Chicago Med (vs. The Blacklist)
-33.33% - Pure Genius (vs. Elementary)
-44.44% - The Blacklist (vs. Shades of Blue)
-50.00% - Hell's Kitchen - 8:00 (vs. American Idol)
-62.07% - Hell's Kitchen - 9:00 (vs. American Idol)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.1/5 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.3/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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