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Respectable Return for ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’ on ABC

Modest 'Showtime at the Apollo' on Fox

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.4/ 9, CBS: 4.3/ 7, ABC: 3.1/ 5, Fox: 2.9/ 5, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:

Fox: +164, CW: +43, ABC: + 3, NBC: -16, CBS: -26

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Ratings Breakdown:
Two-more hours of “The Voice” led NBC to Monday overnight victory, with a 6.3 rating/10 share in households from 8-10 p.m. But freshman lead-out drama “Timeless” did not benefit, dropping to a distant second-place 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m. One year earlier, two episodes of failed Eva Longoria sitcom “Telenovela” launched with an average 3.2/ 6 in the Monday 10 p.m. hour.

In season-premiere news, holiday-themed “The Great Light Fight” on ABC returned on a promising note with a 3.6/ 6 in the household overnights at 8-10 p.m. Comparably, this was 12 percent above the 3.2/ 5 for the year-ago season opener. And it led into a 2.2/ 4 for failed recent drama entry “Conviction,” which moves to Sundays at 10 p.m. ET to burn off its remaining episodes.

In the specials department was two-hour “Showtime at the Apollo,” hosted by Steve Harvey on Fox, which scored a modest 2.9/ 5 from 8-10 p.m. CBS, meanwhile, filled the Monday 10 p.m. hour with annual “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” which scored a dominant 4.7/ 8 in the overnights. Comparatively, that built from a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (#2: 4.2/ 7 at 9:30 p.m.) by 12 percent.

Elsewhere, freshman Monday 8-9 p.m. CBS comedies “Kevin Can Wait” (#2: 4.7/ 7) and “Man With a Plan” (#2: 4.1/ 6) are looking more positive for a second season each week. The compatibility is certainly positive. But “2 Broke Girls” at 9 p.m. (#3: 3.8/ 6) is just not strong enough to anchor the time period.

The CW capped off the night with two encore telecasts of “Supergirl” at an average 1.0/ 2 from 8-10 p.m.

Here is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, December 5:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (season premiere): 4.1/7 (#3)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait”: 4.7/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.6/10 (#1)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (season premiere): 3.9/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Man With a Plan”: 4.1/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.3/10 (#1)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.8/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (season premiere): 3.4/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “2 Broke Girls”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/10 (#1)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.9/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R)”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (season premiere): 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.2/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.1/10 (#1)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.9/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R)”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Conviction”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show”: 4.7/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Conviction”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Timeless”: 3.1/ 6 (#2)

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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