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[01/01/20 - 02:01 PM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Charts on New Year's Eve
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 eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/31/19):

ABC (8.435 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) closed out 2019 in the top spot thanks to "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" (8.435 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

NBC (4.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with its duo of "A Toast to 2019!" (4.377 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "NBC New Year's Eve Special" (5.312 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Next up was FOX (2.801 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its special "FOX's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square" (2.801 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.330 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (5.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), "FBI" (4.165 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6) and another "FBI" (3.600 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2" (0.594 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.1, #8) on The CW (0.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - A Toast to 2019!
+7.69% - NBC New Year's Eve Special
-7.69% - Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
-11.11% - FOX's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/1/19):

FOX (2.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and NBC (2.917 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on the opening night of 2019 as the former served up new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (3.368 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "The Gifted" (1.740 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

The Peacock then opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.431 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "This Is Us" (2.278 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "New Amsterdam" (2.040 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

CBS (4.960 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) was the most-watched network with its second run lineup of "NCIS" (5.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (5.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.399 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Conners" (3.850 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "The Kids Are Alright" (2.489 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.192 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Splitting Up Together" (1.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Rookie" (2.080 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "The Flash" (0.666 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.898 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Lethal Weapon (vs. 12/4/18)
-28.57% - The Gifted (vs. 12/4/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-36.36% - Lethal Weapon
-47.37% - The Gifted (vs. LA to Vegas/The Mick)

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," 1.2/3 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.7/4 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/3 with an encore.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.3/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.3/1 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 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore telecast and a 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 0.7/3 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 0.4/2 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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