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Monday Final Nationals: Fall Finale Lifts ‘Major Crimes’ on TNT to Tie Its Best Viewership Since Summer Finale

Repeat programming encompasses the majority of the TV schedule during holiday time and this Monday before Christmas was no different.

Two Disney networks — ESPN and ABC — were among the few outlets to feature all-original programs in prime time and they benefited in the ratings. ESPN was the No. 1 network on TV overall among total viewers and all key demos with “Monday Night Football” (Detroit-New Orleans) (Women 18-34: 1.61; Men 18-34: 3.84; Women 18-49: 2.08; Men 18-49: 4.83).

ABC tied with CBS for No. 1 among the Big 4 in adults 18-49 and tied with NBC for No. 1 among the Big 4 in adults 18-34 with the season finale combo of Monday fillers during the month, “Great Christmas Light Fight(Women 18-34: 0.9/3; Men 18-34: 0.5/2; Women 18-49: 1.4/5; Men 18-49: 1.0/3) and “Great Holiday Baking Show(Women 18-34: 0.7/3; Men 18-34: 0.5/2; Women 18-49: 1.4/5; Men 18-49: 0.7/3).

The fall finale of TNT’s hit crime solver “Major Crimes(Women 18-34: 0.19; Men 18-34: 0.21; Women 18-49: 0.65; Men 18-49: 0.32) lifted the series to tie its best live+same-day viewership since its summer finale (Aug. 10, 2015); it matched the total viewership of the Nov. 30, 2015 episode, although it drew a bit less among adults 18-49 (0.48 rating vs. 0.51).

The night’s original offerings on the broadcast (and select cable) networks were, as follows:

TNT’s “Legends(Women 18-34: 0.07; Men 18-34: 0.15; Women 18-49: 0.17; Men 18-49: 0.19)

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Monday, December 21, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.1/5 5245 0.7/3 1.2/4 1.5/4
8:00 Great Christmas Light Fight (f) 3.3/6 5636 0.7/3 1.2/4 1.6/5
10:00 Great Holiday Baking Show (f) 2.8/5 4462 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.3/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.8/7 5994 0.6/3 1.2/4 1.7/5
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 5.3/9 8422 1.0/4 1.7/6 2.4/7
8:30 Big Bang Theory (r) 5.2/9 8514 1.0/4 1.8/6 2.6/7
9:00 Supergirl (r) 2.8/5 4550 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.4/4
10:00 Scorpion (r) 3.3/6 4962 0.3/1 0.8/3 1.2/4
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.4/4 3791 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
8:00 Superstore (r) 2.3/4 3631 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
8:30 Telenovela (r) 1.6/3 2406 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.8/2
9:00 Saturday Night Live Christmas (r) 2.6/5 4177 0.8/3 1.3/4 1.7/5
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.1/2 1750 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:00 Gotham (r) 1.0/2 1594 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.6/2
9:01 Bones (r) 1.2/2 1911 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.6/2
CW PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.9/2 1594 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (r) 1.0/2 1631 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
9:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (r) 0.9/2 1557 0.3/1 0.5/1 0.5/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2169 0.8/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 0.9/2 1723 0.6/2
8:00 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.0/2 2126 0.7/3
9:02 Pasion y Poder 1.1/2 2180 0.8/2
10:04 Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.2/2 2206 0.8/3

Cable Rankings – Monday 12/21/15
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Monday, December 21:


  1. “Monday Night Football: Detroit @ New Orleans” (ESPN, 8:15-11:48 p.m.; 6.71 household rating; 3.45 adults 18-49): 10.901 million

  2. “Major Crimes” (TNT, 9 p.m. – season finale): 3.689

  3. “WWE Raw” (USA, 8-9 p.m.; 2.10 household rating): 3.443

  4. “WWE Raw” (USA, 9-10 p.m.; 2.05 household rating): 3.374

  5. “WWE Raw” (USA, 10-11:13 p.m.; 1.95 household rating): 3.316
  6. “Monday Night Countdown” (ESPN, 6:38 p.m.; 1.58 household rating): 2.405

  7. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.367

  8. “Love & Hip Hop 6” (VH1, 7:59 p.m.): 2.285

  9. “Year Without Santa Claus” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.208

  10. Movie: “Elf” (2003) (ABC Family, 6:30 p.m.): 2.204
  11. Movie: “The Santa Clause” (1994) (ABC Family, 8:45 p.m.): 2.087

  12. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.030

  13. Movie: “12 Gifts of Christmas” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): 1.853

  14. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.783

  15. “Black Ink Crew Chicago” (VH1, 9 p.m.): 1.652
  16. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10 p.m.): 1.602

  17. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.580

  18. “Major Crimes” (TNT, 8 p.m.): 1.573

  19. “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (Disney Channel, 8:55 p.m.): 1.523

  20. Movie: “A Very Merry Mix-Up” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.): 1.485


  • “Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals” (ID, 9 p.m.): 1.114

  • “Legends” (TNT, 10 p.m.): 0.824


Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research




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Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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