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Thursday Final Nationals: CBS Comedies All Rise Opposite Light Competition

CBS — the lone broadcast network to air all original programming in prime time — was, by far, the top network on television among total viewers (9.28 million), adults 18-49 (2.0 rating/7 share) and adults 25-54 (3.0/9). Its four comedies each rose to their best numbers in several weeks:

The highly-promoted Sheldon-Amy hookup episode of “Big Bang Theory(Women 18-34: 2.9/13; Men 18-34: 2.0/10; Women 18-49: 4.6/17; Men 18-49: 3.7/15) was its most-watched since the season premiere (Sep. 21, 2015).

Life in Pieces(Women 18-34: 1.5/7; Men 18-34: 1.1/5; Women 18-49: 2.6/9; Men 18-49: 1.9/7) – its largest total audience, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 performances since its series premiere (Sep. 21, 2015).

Mom(Women 18-34: 1.3/5; Men 18-34: 0.8/4; Women 18-49: 2.2/7; Men 18-49 1.4/5) – its largest total audience, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 performances of the season.

2 Broke Girls(Women 18-34: 1.0/4; Men 18-34: 0.7/3; Women 18-49: 1.8/6; Men 18-49 1.4/5) – its most-watched episode of the season.

NFL Network bested all among adults 18-34 with Tampa Bay-St. Louis on “Thursday Night Football(Women 18-34: 0.95; Men 18-34: 2.18; Women 18-49: 1.09; Men 18-49: 2.92).

The night’s other offerings were, as follows:

ABC’s “Prep and Landing(Women 18-34: 0.5/2; Men 18-34: 0.3/2; Women 18-49: 1.0/4; Men 18-49: 0.6/3)

ABC’s “Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice(Women 18-34: 0.6/2; Men 18-34: 0.4/2; Women 18-49: 1.1/4; Men 18-49: 0.7/3)

ABC’s “Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015(Women 18-34: 0.7/3; Men 18-34: 0.3/2; Women 18-49: 1.4/5; Men 18-49: 0.6/2)

CBS’s “Elementary(Women 18-34: 0.6/3; Men 18-34: 0.4/2; Women 18-49: 1.1/4; Men 18-49: 0.9/4)

NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (Obama) (Women 18-34: 0.5/2; Men 18-34: 0.4/2; Women 18-49: 1.0/3; Men 18-49: 0.8/3)

Fox’s “American Country Countdown Awards(Women 18-34: 0.4/2; Men 18-34: 0.3/2; Women 18-49: 0.6/2; Men 18-49: 0.4/2)

Fox’s “World’s Funniest(Women 18-34: 0.4/2; Men 18-34: 0.3/2; Women 18-49: 0.6/2; Men 18-49: 0.4/2)

CW’s “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball(Women 18-34: 0.4/2; Men 18-34: 0.3/1; Women 18-49: 0.5/2; Men 18-49: 0.3/1)

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.2/6 4758 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.3/4
8:00 Prep & Landing (r) 2.1/4 3388 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
8:30 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (r) 1.8/3 3220 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.1/3
9:00 Modern Family (r) 2.1/4 3220 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.2/3
9:30 Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015 (s) 4.4/8 6240 0.5/2 1.0/4 1.6/5
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.7/10 9282 1.1/5 2.0/7 3.0/9
8:00 Big Bang Theory 10.4/18 17225 2.4/12 4.1/16 6.0/19
8:32 Life in Pieces 6.2/11 10260 1.3/6 2.2/8 3.4/10
9:01 Mom 5.5/9 8952 1.0/4 1.8/6 2.9/8
9:30 2 Broke Girls 4.4/8 6917 0.9/4 1.6/6 2.4/7
10:00 Elementary 3.8/7 5915 0.5/2 1.0/4 1.6/5
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.0/3 3093 0.4/2 0.7/2 0.9/3
8:00 How Murray Saved Christmas (r) 1.4/2 2205 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.7/2
9:00 Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale (r) 2.2/4 3525 0.3/1 0.6/2 0.9/3
10:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls (s) 2.2/4 3548 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.2/4
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.4/2 2230 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
8:00 American Country Countdown Awards: Top 10 (s) 1.7/3 2685 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
9:00 World’s Funniest 1.1/2 1775 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
CW PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.7/1 1105 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
8:00 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball (s) 0.7/1 1194 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.5/2
9:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (r) 0.5/1 837 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2286 0.9/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.0/2 1777 0.6/2
8:03 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.1/2 2204 0.8/3
9:03 Pasion y Poder 1.2/2 2379 0.9/3
10:05 Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.2/2 2203 0.8/3

Cable Rankings – Thursday 12/17/15

What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows on cable in prime time for Thursday, December 17:


  1. “NFLN Thursday Night Football: Tampa Bay @ St. Louis” (NFL Network, 8:27-11:41 p.m., 3.82 household rating): 5.995 million

  2. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 3.071

  3. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 2.629

  4. “NFLN Thursday Night Pre-Kick” (NFL Network, 8:00-8:27 p.m., 1.71 household rating): 2.572

  5. “NBA Basketball: Oklahoma City @ Cleveland” (TNT, 8:14-10:47 p.m., 1.57 household rating): 2.416

  6. “WWE Smackdown” (Syfy, 8 p.m., 1.45 household rating): 2.332

  7. “Pawn Stars” (History, 9 p.m.): 1.952

  8. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10 p.m.): 1.913

  9. “NCIS” (USA, 9 p.m.): 1.912

  10. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10 p.m.): 1.892

  11. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.839

  12. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 1.824

  13. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 1.815

  14. “NCIS” (USA, 8 p.m.): 1.799

  15. Movie: “On the 12th Day of Christmas” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): 1.778

  16. “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 1.729

  17. “NCIS” (USA, 10 p.m.): 1.676

  18. Movie: “Charming Christmas” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.): 1.607

  19. “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 9:30 p.m.): 1.591

  20. “Pawn Stars: Best Of” (History, 9:31 p.m.): 1.561


  • “NBA Basketball: Houston @ L.A. Lakers” (TNT, 10:47 p.m.-1:23 a.m., 1.04 household rating): 1.533

  • “Project Runway Junior” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): 1.254

  • “Women’s College Volleyball Tournament: Kansas vs. Nebraska” (ESPN2, 9:54 p.m.-12:05 a.m., 0.32 household rating): 0.568

  • “PBA Bowling: PBA World Championship” (ESPN, 7-9 p.m., 0.35 household rating): 0.529

  • “Women’s College Volleyball Tournament: Texas vs. Minnesota” (ESPN2, 7:00-9:25 p.m., 0.26 household rating): 0.408


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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