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Saturday Final Nationals: Slight Year-to-Year Decline for Heisman Trophy Presentation on ESPN

The 3-hour telecast of the 1964 family classic “Mary Poppins(Women 18-34: 0.7/3; Men 18-34: 0.4/2; Women 18-49: 1.1/4; Men 18-49: 0.7/3) made ABC the most-watched network on Saturday night.

While ESPN’s 2015 Heisman Trophy Presentation (Women 18-34: 0.42; Men 18-34: 1.10; Women 18-49: 0.53; Men 18-49: 1.27) did relatively well among all the cable telecasts on the night, it fell a slight 3 percent in total viewers (3.062 million vs. 3.151 million) and 8 percent among adults 18-49 (0.90 rating vs. 0.98 rating) from the year-ago Heisman Trophy event. It earned its lowest viewership since 2006 and is the third-lowest Heisman ever since 2001.

Leading out of the Heisman Trophy Presentation was the documentary “30 for 30: Four Falls of Buffalo(Women 18-34: 0.32; Men 18-34: 0.78; Women 18-49: 0.31; Men 18-49: 0.89) chronicling the Buffalo Bills’ four trips to the Super Bowl in the early 90’s without winning the prestigious Lombardi Trophy. Comparatively from the year-ago post-Heisman “30 for 30: The U, Part 2” doc, it was down 21 percent in total viewers (1.490 million vs. 1.877 million) and about a third among adults 18-49 (0.60 rating vs. 0.89 rating).

The night’s other original offerings were, as follows:

CBS’s “48 Hours(Women 18-34: 0.4/2; Men 18-34: 0.3/1; Women 18-49: 0.8/3; Men 18-49: 0.6/2).

NBC’s “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon(Women 18-34: 0.3/1; Men 18-34: 0.2/1; Women 18-49: 0.3/1; Men 18-49: 0.3/1)

NBC’s “Premier Boxing Champions(Women 18-34: 0.3/1; Men 18-34: 0.3/2; Women 18-49: 0.3/1; Men 18-49: 0.5/2)

Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead(Women 18-34: 0.06; Men 18-34: 0.10; Women 18-49: 0.14; Men 18-49: 0.21)

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.7/5 4669 0.5/3 0.9/4 1.2/4
8:00 Wonderful World of Disney: Mary Poppins (1964) (thru 11:00) 2.7/5 4669 0.5/3 0.9/4 1.2/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.4/5 3984 0.5/2 0.9/4 1.3/4
8:00 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (r) 2.5/5 4616 0.7/4 1.3/5 1.7/6
9:00 The Flight Before Christmas (r) 1.9/4 3295 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
10:00 48 Hours 2.7/5 4040 0.3/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 1803 0.3/1 0.4/2 0.5/2
8:00 Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (s) 1.1/2 1735 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:30 Premier Boxing Champions (s) 1.1/2 1817 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.5/2
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.7/1 1093 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
8:00 Gotham (r) 0.6/1 869 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
9:00 Rosewood (r) 0.9/2 1317 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.5/1 977 0.4/1
7:00 La Banda Resumen (thru 8:00) 0.5/1 727 0.2/1
9:00 Sabadazo (thru 11:00) 0.5/1 977 0.4/1

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


  1. Movie: “On the Twelfth Day of Christmas” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): 3.506 million

  2. “2015 Heisman Trophy Presentation” (ESPN, 8:00-9:31 p.m.; 1.90 household rating): 3.062

  3. Movie: “Elf” (2003) (ABC Family, 9 p.m.): 2.792

  4. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 2.217

  5. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.167

  6. “UFC 194 PPV Prelims” (FS1, 8:00-10:00 p.m.; 0.90 household rating): 1.931

  7. Movie: “A Christmas Detour” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.): 1.904

  8. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 1.835

  9. “Henry Danger” (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.): 1.626

  10. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8 p.m.): 1.576

  11. Movie: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013) (USA, 8:30 p.m.): 1.533

  12. “Game Shakers” (Nickelodeon, 8:30 p.m.): 1.498

  13. “30 for 30: Four Falls of Buffalo” (ESPN, 9:31-11:00 p.m.; 0.97 household rating): 1.490

  14. “Cops” (Spike, 8 p.m.): 1.489

  15. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.413

  16. Movie: “Grown Ups 2” (2013) (FX, 10 p.m.): 1.376

  17. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 1.358

  18. “House Hunters Renovation” (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.357

  19. Movie: “Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams” (2002) (Disney Channel, 8:35 p.m.): 1.344

  20. “Property Bros. at Home on the Ranch” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 1.298


  • “Sweetie Pies” (OWN, 9 p.m.): 0.773

  • “College Basketball: Oregon State @ Kansas” (ESPN2, 8:07-10:15 p.m.; 0.46 household rating): 0.766

  • “College Basketball: UCLA @ Gonzaga” (ESPN2, 10:15 p.m.-12:05 a.m.; 0.50 household rating): 0.733

  • “NBA Basketball: Golden State @ Milwaukee” (NBA TV, 8:30-10:52 p.m.; 0.45 household rating): 0.630

  • “Ash vs. Evil Dead” (Starz, 9:01 p.m.): 0.452


For the entire week of December 7-13, 2015 in Total Day (8 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Adult Swim is -1 percent in total viewership (1.008 million vs. 1.017 million) and -1 percent among Adults 18-49 (598,000 vs. 604,000) from one week earlier; the network is also -14 percent in total viewership (1.008 million vs. 1.167 million) and -8 percent among Adults 18-49 (598,000 vs. 650,000) from the same week one year ago (December 8-14, 2014). (tvmediainsights.com)









TIME PROGRAM HH VWRS
(000)
A1849
rtg
8:00 The Oblongs (r) 0.42 608 0.18
8:30 King of the Hill (r) 0.51 693 0.24
9:00 King of the Hill (r) 0.60 832 0.32
9:30 The Cleveland Show (r) 0.73 1054 0.42
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10:00 The Cleveland Show (r) 0.88 1242 0.50
10:30 American Dad (r) 1.00 1413 0.58
11:00 Family Guy (r) 1825 0.79
11:30 Family Guy (r) 1923 0.87

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TIME PROGRAM VWRS
(000)
A1849
rtg
A1849
(000)
12:00a Dragon Ball Z Kai 1515 0.67 848
12:30a Akame Ga Kill 1223 0.57 717
1:00a Parasyte 1056 0.49 616
1:30a Michiko & Hatchin 855 0.43 541
ProgrammingInsider.com
2:00a Naruto: Shippuden 774 0.37 464
2:30a One Piece 688 0.32 411
3:00a Kill La Kill (r) 633 0.29 368






TIME PROGRAM VWRS
(000)
A1849
rtg
3:30a The Cleveland Show (r) 668 0.32
4:00a The Cleveland Show (r) 674 0.33
ProgrammingInsider.com
4:30a American Dad (r) 707 0.36
5:00a King of the Hill (r) 709 0.34
5:30a King of the Hill (r) 645 0.32

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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