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CBS Wins First Monday in January; Promising Time Period Debut for ‘Superstore’ on NBC

ABC's 'The Bachelor' Rules Over 'The Biggest Loser' on NBC

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Monday, January 4 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 10.26 million, ABC: 6.42, NBC: 4.32, Fox: 3.55, CW: 1.44

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.9 rating/6 share, ABC: 1.8/ 6, NBC: 1.3/ 4, Fox: 1.2/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1

———-

8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Bachelor (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.71 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Supergirl
Viewers: 8.71 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Superstore (time period premiere)
Viewers: 6.03 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#3)

Fox – Superhuman
Viewers: 3.43 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

CW: Whose Line is it Anyway? (R)
Viewers: 1.62 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

———-

8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Bachelor (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.60 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Supergirl
Viewers: 8.85 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Telenovela (time period premiere)
Viewers: 4.54 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Superhuman
Viewers: 3.57 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW: Whose Line is it Anyway? (R)
Viewers: 1.50 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

———-

9:00 p.m.

ABC – The Bachelor (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.56 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Scorpion
Viewers: 11.17 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Biggest Loser (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.92 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

Fox – Superhuman
Viewers: 3.61 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R)
Viewers: 1.32 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

———-

9:30 p.m.

ABC – The Bachelor (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.24 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

CBS – Scorpion
Viewers: 11.40 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#2)

NBC – The Biggest Loser (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.78 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3t)

Fox – Superhuman
Viewers: 3.59 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3t)

CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R)
Viewers: 1.31 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

———-

10:00 p.m.

ABC – Bachelor Live
Viewers: 4.64 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2t)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 10.64 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#1)

NBC – The Biggest Loser (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.80 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2t)

———

10:30 p.m.

ABC – Bachelor Live
Viewers: 3.79 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 10.29 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#1)

NBC – The Biggest Loser (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.88 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM NBC

    “SUPERSTORE” JUMPS +113% VS. LAST WEEK’S 9 P.M.
    ORIGINAL

    “TELENOVELA” DEBUTS IN ITS REGULAR SLOT UP +117% VS. LAST
    WEEK’S 9:30 FIRST-RUN

    “SUPERSTORE” RETAINS 85% OF ITS PREVIEW, WHICH
    BENEFITED FROM A HIGH-RATED “VOICE” LEAD-IN; “TELENOVELA” RETAINS 93%

    “BIGGEST LOSER” RETAINS 100% OF THE SHOW’S JANUARY
    2015 AVERAGE; VERSUS “BACHELOR” COMPETITION LAST NIGHT, PULLS AHEAD OF “THE
    BACHELOR LIVE” IN THE 10-11 P.M. HOUR

    Monday Primetime Results:

    “Superstore” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall
    from 8-8:30 p.m. ET):

    ·
    Jumped +113% versus last week’s original telecast at 9 p.m. in
    18-49 (1.7 vs. 0.8) and +130% or 3.4 million persons in total
    viewers (6.028 million vs. 2.622 million).

    ·
    Retains 85% of its Nov. 30 preview in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 2.0),
    which benefited from a high-rated “Voice” lead-in (2.9 from 9:30-10 p.m.).

    ·
    Is close to rounding to a 1.8 (currently reporting a 1.74 in
    these prelim fast-affiliate ratings).

    ·
    Will increase with time-shifting: To date, “Superstore” has grown by
    +22% in L+7 vs. L+SD in 18-49 rating (from a 1.99 to a 2.43) and 1.2
    million viewers overall (7.2 million to 8.4 million).

    “Telenovela” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall
    from 8:30-9 p.m. ET):

    ·
    Jumps +117% versus last week’s original telecast at 9:30 in
    18-49 (1.3 vs. 0.6) and +103% or 2.3 million persons in total
    viewers (4.540 million vs. 2.234 million).

    ·
    Retains 93% of its Dec. 7 preview in 18-49 (1.3 vs.
    2.4), which benefited from a high-rated “Voice” lead-in (2.9 from 9:30-10
    p.m.).

    ·
    Will grow with time-shifting: “Telenovela” has increased by +21%
    this season in 18-49 rating (from a 1.40 to a 1.69) and 987,000 viewers
    overall (5.3 million to 6.3 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    ·
    Upscale: Has generated a solid upscale audience, indexing at a
    121 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes

    The premiere of “The Biggest Loser 17” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.8
    million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET):

    ·
    Matches its average for the month of January one year ago in
    18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.2).

    ·
    Facing competition from the season premiere of “The Bachelor,” pulls
    ahead of “The Bachelor Live” in the 10-11 p.m.. hour in 18-49 (1.2 vs.
    1.1).

    ·
    Tops “The Bachelor Live” by +33% in the 10:30 half-hour in 18-49
    (1.2 vs. 0.9).

    ·
    Maintains its 1.2 rating in 18-49 through all hour half-hours.

    ·
    Finishes within 14% of where the series concluded with its year-ago
    finale in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.4 from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015).

    ·
    Retains 75% of its prior premiere in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.6 from 8-9 p.m. on
    Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014).

    ·
    Retains 92% of last night’s 18-49 lead-in from “Superstore.”

    In Late-Night Metered Markets
    Monday Night:

    · In
    Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show
    Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.5/6; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.2/6;
    and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.0/5.

    · In
    the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight
    Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/5; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel
    Live,” 0.6/3.

    ·
    From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.3/4 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, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.3/4
    in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show”
    (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late
    Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2).

    ·
    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.

    In L+7 Ratings for Thursday,
    Dec. 10, 2015:

    “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” (2.45 rating in 18-49,
    15.900 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET in “live plus seven day”
    results):

    ·
    Grew by +0.61 versus its L+SD 18-49 rating (1.84 to 2.45) and +2.872
    million viewers overall (13.028 million to 15.900 million), generating the
    largest L+7 time-shifted increase ever for a movie on the broadcast
    networks in primetime, excluding live musicals, in both 18-49 and total
    viewers.

    ·
    Earlier “Coat” had also delivered the largest L+3 time-shifted
    total-viewer increase ever for a movie on the broadcast networks (+2.548 million
    in L+3 vs. L+SD.

    ·
    Remains the most-watched film on the broadcast networks in L+3 data
    in more than six years, since March 1, 2009 (16.018 million for “Jesse
    Stone: Thin Ice”), a span covering 275 movies (theatrical, made-for-TV
    and direct-to-video films and mini-series aired in primetime on the Big 4
    networks, excluding live musicals).

    ·
    Excluding sports and live musicals, delivered NBC’s top total-viewer
    result in the time period in six years, since the “ER” finale on April 2, 2009
    (17.4 million).

    ·
    Is NBC’s most-watched scripted telecast since the “SNL 40” special Feb.
    15 (26.5 million).

    ·
    In adults 18-49, delivered NBC’s best movie result, excluding live
    musicals, in nearly seven years, since part one of “The Last Templar” on
    Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 (2.6).

    NOTE: Monday primetime results
    are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All
    ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  2. FROM ABC

    ABC
    Monday Prime (8-11pm
    – 6.4 million and 1.8/6 in AD18-49): With the Season 20 opener of The
    Bachelor and The Bachelor Live premiere, ABC ran in a virtual tie for #1 on
    Monday with CBS’ all-original schedule (1.8/6 vs. 1.9/6 for
    Supergirl/Scorpion/NCIS: LA), while leading by double digits over
    premiere/debut competition on NBC (+38% – 1.3/4 for
    Superstore/Telenovela/The Biggest Loser) and Fox (+50% – 1.2/4 for
    Superhuman). ABC’s The Bachelor was Monday’s #1 TV show in with
    Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and across all key Women. The Net won
    the night by 70% in Adults 18-34 over its closest competition (1.7/6 vs.
    1.0/4 – CBS).

    The
    Bachelor (8-10pm
    – 7.5 million and 2.2/7 in AD18-49): Ranking #1 in each half-hour from
    8-10pm, the season opener of The Bachelor won its slot by 10% over its
    closest competition in Adults 18-49 (2.2/7 vs. 2.0/7 – CBS’
    Supergirl/Scorpion) with a season high for ABC in the 2-hour time
    period.

    ·
    The Bachelor held even with its year-ago opener (on 1/5/15) in
    Adults 18-49 (2.2/7), while growing with Adults 18-34 (+5%) and
    Women 18-34 (+7%).

    The
    Bachelor Live (10-11pm
    – 4.2 million and 1.1/3 in AD18-49): At 10pm, ABC’s premiere of The Bachelor
    Live outdrew the final hour of NBC’s The Biggest Loser premiere in Total
    Viewers (4.2 million vs. 3.8 million) and nearly tied it among Adults 18-49
    (1.1/3 vs. 1.2/4). The Bachelor Live ranked #1 in the hour with
    Adults 18-34 (tie) and Women 18-34, scoring season highs
    for ABC in the slot on both counts.

  3. FROM ABC

    ABC Monday Prime (8-11pm – 6.4 million and 1.8/6 in AD18-49): With the Season 20 opener of The Bachelor and The Bachelor Live premiere, ABC ran in a virtual tie for #1 on Monday with CBS’ all-original schedule (1.8/6 vs. 1.9/6 for Supergirl/Scorpion/NCIS: LA), while leading by double digits over premiere/debut competition on NBC (+38% – 1.3/4 for Superstore/Telenovela/The Biggest Loser) and Fox (+50% – 1.2/4 for Superhuman). ABC’s The Bachelor was Monday’s #1 TV show in with Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and across all key Women. The Net won the night by 70% in Adults 18-34 over its closest competition (1.7/6 vs. 1.0/4 – CBS).

    TheBachelor (8-10pm – 7.5 million and 2.2/7 in AD18-49): Ranking #1 in each half-hour from
    8-10pm, the season opener of The Bachelor won its slot by 10% over its closest competition in Adults 18-49 (2.2/7 vs. 2.0/7 – CBS’ Supergirl/Scorpion) with a season high for ABC in the 2-hour time period.

    The Bachelor held even with its year-ago opener (on 1/5/15) in Adults 18-49 (2.2/7), while growing with Adults 18-34 (+5%) and Women 18-34 (+7%).

    The Bachelor Live (10-11pm – 4.2 million and 1.1/3 in AD18-49): At 10pm, ABC’s premiere of The Bachelor Live outdrew the final hour of NBC’s The Biggest Loser premiere in Total Viewers (4.2 million vs. 3.8 million) and nearly tied it among Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 vs. 1.2/4). The Bachelor Live ranked #1 in the hour with Adults 18-34 (tie) and Women 18-34, scoring season highs
    for ABC in the slot on both counts.

  4. Well, at least The Biggest Loser was steady. Does anybody know what NBC’s midseason schedule is going to be? Heroes Reborn ends in a few weeks so Thursdays at 8 will open up. Superstore and Telenovela will be done in March when the Voice returns. I figure Biggest Loser will slide into the Thursdays at 8 slot for an hour in March, but I haven’t seen any confirmation of that.

    • You, Me and The Apocalypse is airing on Thursdays at 8PM starting in late January.

      My impression was that Biggest Loser is doing a shorter season and would conclude when The Voice returns, but you bring up an interesting point. Perhaps when The Voice returns, BL will continue in a different slot. If that’s the case, I’d assume it would slide over to Sundays.

      • Thanks, I just checked Wikipedia and it’s only on for eight weeks. However, for five of those weeks, they’re having two one hour episodes instead of one two hour episode with the live finale on February 28th. So it will be 13 episodes in total which is about normal for that show. About four or five years ago, The Biggest Loser would have two hour episodes from September to December and another cycle from January to May so NBC dedicated 60 hours to it in a single season which is almost as long as three hour dramas would have.

    • Hi Jellicle…here are some highlights from NBC

      JIMMY FALLON WINS THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2015 VS. COLBERT AND KIMMEL IN EVERY KEY MEASURE

      SETH MEYERS INCREASES HIS MARGIN OVER “LATE LATE SHOW” TO +50%

      MEYERS & CARSON DALY INCREASE THEIR AUDIENCES VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2014

      Late-Night Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2015 and Week 14:

      “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has delivered a dominant ratings win for
      the fourth quarter of 2015, outdelivering CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen
      Colbert” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in every key measure – adults, men
      and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

      In 2014 and 2015, Fallon has delivered “Tonight’s” two highest-rated fourth
      quarters in adults 18-49 since 2008. His 1.10 rating this year and 1.17
      rating during the year-ago quarter are “Tonight’s” two best in a fourth quarter
      since 2008 (1.34, “most current”).

      At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” also dominated the quarter, stretching
      his margin over CBS’s “Late Late Show” to +50% in adults 18-49 (with a 0.51
      rating versus a 0.34), up from last year’s +46% (0.51 vs. 0.35). Meyers also increased
      his advantage over ABC’s “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour from
      12:30-1 a.m. ET to +47% (0.56 vs. 0.38 for that half-hour), up from the
      year-ago +39% (0.57 vs. 0.41).

      Meyers retained 100% of his year-ago 18-49 rating for the fourth quarter (0.51 vs. 0.51) and grew +4% in total viewers (1.658 million vs. 1.588 million), +3% in adults 25-54 (0.65 vs. 0.63) and +11% in men 25-54 (0.61 vs. 0.55).

      At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” generated a +4% increase in total viewers versus the fourth quarter of 2015 (921,000 vs. 888,000) and was also up +3% in adults 25-54 (0.39 vs. 0.38) and +9% in men 25-54 (0.36 vs. 0.33).

      Meyers concluded the fourth quarter with a 0.45 rating for encore telecasts during the
      holiday week of Dec. 21-25 (all Thursday and Friday telecasts were preempted or
      excluded), to tie that week’s rebroadcasts of “Colbert” (0.45) and finish
      within 0.04 of a point of the week’s “Kimmel” encores (0.49), despite Meyers’ start time one hour later.

      WEEK 14

      Show…18-49 …total viewers

      11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

      Tonight (R)*…0.85/4…3.085
      million

      Late Sh (R)*…0.45/2…2.065
      million

      Kimmel (R)*…0.49/2…2.211 million

      12:35-1:05 a.m.

      Nightline*…0.37/2…1.564 million

      12:35-1:35 a.m.

      Seth Meyers
      (R)*…0.45/3…1.438 million

      Late Late Show
      (R)*…0.31/2…1.016 million

      1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.

      Carson Daly (R)*…0.23/2…0.729
      million

      * Thursday and Friday telecasts
      were preempted or excluded due to the Christmas holiday.

      FOURTH QUARTER 2015 / SEASON
      AVERAGES

      11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

      Tonight…1.10/5…3.923 million

      Late Sh…0.74/4…3.038 million

      Kimmel…0.59/3…2.494 million

      12:35-1:05 a.m.

      Nightline…0.38/2…1.593 million

      12:35-1:35 a.m.

      Seth Meyers…0.51/3…1.658
      million

      Late Late Show…0.34/2…1.256
      million

      1:35 a.m.-2:05 a.m.

      Carson Daly…0.30/3…0.921
      million

      Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media
      Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of
      “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are
      “live plus same day.”

    • Gotta disagree with that one. Supergirl is the Little Show that Couldn’t for CBS’ Monday and weighs down the night even as NCIS LA enjoyed a rare double-digit score thanks in part to incredibly low ratings for NBC and ABC at 10pm.

      • Of course you disagree no surprise there. You have a weird sense for ratings. Even Marc just wrote above a renewal for Supergirl any day now. Bottomline its doing great

        • It’s not “weird” to think that a show that is doing worse that its network (not too impressive) average is not doing well…

          As far as being renewed, Flop Girl on FOX is in season 6 and was a flop starting with episode 2, so the idea that only shows that “do well” get renewed is locked in the distant (and much better TV-wise) past.

          Supergirl keeps losing audience, al things being equal, and is the lowest-rated show of the evening for CBS, even behind the not-so-hot NCIS LA. If it weren’t a Greg Berlanti show CBS wouldn’t have thought of renewing it (and it’s a bad sign that the Tassler way is still being enforced at CBS – Les really needs to take over and right the ship).

          • What the hell are you babbling about. It rose in both viewers and demo and its demo is way better than NCIS LA on that night has been all season now. All you said was a blatant lie and i just proved it.

            • It had a bump when the competition got thinner (that’s what “all things being equal” means 🙂 ) and will continue to get lower and lower, which is what it’s done the whole season.

              Demos are only useful to spin low-rated shows made by favored producers like Greg Berlanti. Case in point.

                • I will pretend you didn’t just insult me and respond, in case you are actually baffled by the idea that pairs of eyes is what the networks sell and that they, somehow, don’t give out free viewers as a bonus for their demo numbers.

                  If you think about it for a couple minutes, you’ll realize that not all product are made for 18-49 viewers and thus not all advertisers will want to pay a premium for 18-49 viewers.

                  As a whole ad income tracks overall audience a lot closer that demo numbers, which is why CBS is always doing better than the other networks

  5. Super girl bumped up a bit I think, but not as much as I thought it would considering the lighter competition.

    Also, I thought it was a good idea for The Bachelor to do a live “after show” at 10PM — kind of like The Walking Dead post show, etc. However there wasn’t a lot of interest in it and NCIS and Biggest Loser managed to pull ahead of it in that hour.

        • Exactly. To me it’s raising the white flag of surrender, just like it was when FOX stopped programming scripted shows on Saturdays to make space for Cops.

          It was the start if a dismal trend for the industry.

      • Why do you see this as a smart idea? Is it because it’s cheap and the current crop of execs are dancing when they premiere a show with 6 million viewers (also known as Flopville)?

        It sounds to me like more slots taken by pointless programming.

        Every time I see Talking Dead coming ahead of the current dismal crop of cable scripted originals, I get a little more down on our once mighty TV industry.

  6. Positive starts to 2016 for ABC, CBS and NBC.
    Momentum is key for CBS, to try and keep the numbers up when DWTS and THE VOICE return to the night.

  7. With no Dancing with the Stars or the Voice, it seems CBS really benefited the most. Supergirl up, Scorpion way up. Super Store did surprisingly well for NBC.

    Biggest Loser is well past its prime. This show use to put up really good numbers 2 Demos and 3-4 Demos for the finale. Not anymore. Just a bad place holder now.

  8. Even better for 3 shows – Finals are in up adjustments for Supergirl 1.9 – Scorpion 2.2 and Superstore 1.8. Worse for Biggest Loser with down adjustment to 1.0. Yep a renewal for Supergirl and i guess Superstore is a shoo-in

    • Looking at demo PR spin obscures the reality that both those are low-rated shows that failed in the marketplace and should not be renewed.

      Scorpion remains borderline but at least is not headed steadily down like Supergirl.

      Superstore started very poorly but may improve. You never know. 🙂

        • I am awed by the depth of your argument and the details with which you argued you clearly well-thought-out point…

          None of those shows can match an NCIS re-run… How does that make them successes?

          By the way you win the prize for the first lame attempt at bullying on Marc’s new board… 🙁