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[12/28/19 - 08:33 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "WWE SmackDown" Tops Demo Charts for FOX
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 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/27/19):

FOX (2.438 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) continued its Friday reign thanks to "WWE SmackDown" (2.438 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

CBS (4.675 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was the most-watched broadcaster with repeats from "Hawaii Five-0" (4.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Magnum P.I." (4.432 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (4.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.429 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with its duo of "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (3.694 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (2.898 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.138 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up second runs of "American Housewife" (2.341 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.726 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "20/20" (2.190 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.452 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its specials "America Salutes You Presents 'Guitar Legends 3'" (0.594 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Popstar's Best of 2019" (0.310 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - WWE SmackDown
-20.00% - Dateline NBC

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - WWE SmackDown (vs. Various (Repeats))
0.00% - Popstar's Best of 2019
-33.33% - Dateline NBC
-50.00% - America Salutes You Presents 'Guitar Legends 3' (vs. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat))


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/28/18):

CBS (4.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on a modest Friday with repeats of "Garth Brooks: Live at Notre Dame!" (3.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (4.522 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

NBC (3.278 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) then was a close second with the finale to "Midnight, Texas" (2.418 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.709 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

Next up was FOX (2.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (3.221 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1), "The Cool Kids" (2.591 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Hell's Kitchen" (1.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.503 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Speechless" (1.779 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and a two-hour "20/20" (2.473 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.195 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and the special "Popstar's Best of 2018" (0.556 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.876 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Midnight, Texas

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-20.00% - Midnight, Texas (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
-33.33% - Dateline NBC
-50.00% - Popstar's Best of 2018 (vs. iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 2 (Repeat))

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," 1.7/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.7/4 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.2/1 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.9/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.1/1 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.1/1 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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