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Dallas Cowboys Victory Lifts NBC to Thursday Overnight Victory

'The Big Bang Theory' on CBS Tops all Entertainment Programming

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 10.0/16, CBS: 4.9/ 8, ABC: 3.3/ 5, Fox: 2.1/ 3, CW: 1.9/ 3

-Percent Change From the Comparable Year-Ago Evening:
Note: CBS aired “Thursday Night Football” and NBC “The Wiz Live!” on the year-ago evening
CW: +111, NBC: +27, Fox: +11, ABC: – 3, CBS: -40

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-Winners:
NFL Football (NBC), “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

-Losers:
“The Great Indoors” (CBS), “Rosewood” (Fox), “The Great American Baking Show” (ABC), “Pitch” (Fox), “Pure Genius” (CBS)

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Ratings Breakdown:
It was a touchdown in the household overnights for NBC, with the Dallas Cowboys victory over the Minnesota Vikings at an estimated 11.0 rating/18 share from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET. Comparatively, this was an improvement (in household rating) of 62 percent from the Saints-Panthers match-up on Nov. 17 (6.8).

“The Big Bang Theory” on CBS, of course, stood well above any other entertainment-themed series for the night with a 9.5/15 at 8 p.m. But freshman lead-out “The Great Indoors” slipped to a 4.5/ 7, which is loss of a severe 53 percent. Once again, CBS has not put this protected time period to the appropriate use. “Mom” at 9 p.m. held the lead-in support, also with a 4.5/ 7 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, followed by “Life in Pieces” at a compatible 3.1/ 5 at 9:30 p.m. But recent medical drama entry “Pure Genius” earned its cancellation stripes at a 3.0/ 5 (#3) at 10 p.m.

In season-premiere news, ABC competition “The Great American Baking Show” scored a modest 3.1/ 5 from 9-11 p.m. out of a 3.9/ 6 for annual animated special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Consider this nothing more than temporary time period filler.
On The CW, the four night superhero-themed drama crossover also benefitted “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” with an above-average 2.4/ 4 at 8 p.m. Effective on Tuesday, Jan. 24, “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” moves into the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour out of “The Flash.” Next was veteran “Supernatural” at a 1.3/ 2 at 9 p.m., which slipped by 46 percent.

Fox, meanwhile, remained out of the competitive loop care of dramas “Rosewood” (#4: 2.4/ 4 at 8 p.m.), which moves to Friday at 8 p.m. on Jan. 6 into the return of “Sleepy Hollow,” and recent entry “Pitch” (#4: 1.9/ 3).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, Nov. 17:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (R): 3.9/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 9.5/15 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in Minnesota: 5.7/10 (#2)
Fox – “Rosewood”: 2.4/ 4 (#t)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 2.4/ 4 (#4t)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (R): 3.9/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “The Great Indoors”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings): 9.6/16 (#1)
Fox – “Rosewood”: 2.4/ 4 (#t)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 2.4/ 4 (#4t)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great American Baking Show” (season premiere): 3.2/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Mom”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings): 11.2/18 (#1)
Fox – “Pitch”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great American Baking Show” (season premiere): 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings): 10.8/17 (#1)
Fox – “Pitch”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great American Baking Show” (season premiere): 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Pure Genius”: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings): 11.2/18 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great American Baking Show” (season premiere): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Pure Genius”: 3.1/ 6 (#2)
NBC – NFL Football (Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings): 11.7/20 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “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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