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Thursday Final Nationals: NFL Network Dominates Christmas Eve with Chargers-Raiders

The final Thursday edition of “Thursday Night Football” led NFL Network to dominate Christmas Eve on television. The cable outlet — which featured an Oakland Raiders team prevailing 23-20 over the San Diego Chargers in an overtime contest — averaged over 6.4 million total viewers and almost a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 in prime time (8-11 p.m.). Compared to its closest TV competitor (NBC, with its rebroadcast of the 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”), NFL Network nearly doubled it in total viewers and almost tripled it in adults 18-49.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.8/4 3060 0.7/3 0.9/3
8:00 A Charlie Brown Christmas (r) 2.3/5 4109 0.7 1.01/5 1.3/5
9:00 It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown! (r) 1.7/4 2784 0.4 0.57/2 0.8/3
10:00 Great Christmas Light Fight (r) 1.4/3 2288 0.3 0.50/2 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.2/5 3550 0.7/3 1.0/4
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 3.4/8 5359 0.7 1.00/5 1.4/6
8:31 Life in Pieces (r) 2.3/5 3670 0.5 0.70/3 1.0/4
9:01 Mom (r) 3.1/6 3642 0.6 0.74/3 1.1/4
9:30 2 Broke Girls (r) 1.9/4 3096 0.6 0.68/3 1.0/3
10:00 Elementary (r) 1.7/4 2747 0.4 0.53/2 0.7/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.1/5 3805 0.5 0.8/3 1.1/4
8:00 Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 2.7/5 3805 0.5 0.79/3 1.1/4
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.8/2 1288 0.3 0.4/2 0.5/2
8:00 TV’s Funniest Animated Stars (r) 0.8/2 1288 0.3 0.42/2 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.5/1 840 0.2/1 0.3/1
8:00 Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (r) 0.5/1 905 0.2 0.24/1 0.3/1
9:00 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (r) 0.4/1 735 0.1 0.20/1 0.3/1
9:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (r) 0.5/1 832 0.1 0.22/1 0.3/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.5/1 1147 0.4/2
7:00 Cine Especial: Jesus, El Niño Dios (1970) 0.6/1 1252 0.4/2
9:00 Navidad en Familia (2008) 0.5/1 1064 0.4/2

Cable Rankings – Thursday 12/24/15
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Thursday, December 24:


  1. “Thursday Night Football: San Diego @ Oakland” (NFL Network, 8:27 p.m.-12:18 a.m.): 7.075 million

  2. Movie: “Elf” (2003) (ABC Family, 8:45 p.m.): 3.152

  3. “Thursday Night Football Pre-Kick” (NFL Network, 8:00-8:27 p.m.): 2.728

  4. Movie: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) (ABC Family, 6:30 p.m.): 2.424

  5. Movie: “A Christmas Story” (1983) (TNT, 7 p.m.): 2.104
  6. Movie: “A Christmas Story” (1983) (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.088

  7. “NCIS” (USA, 10 p.m.): 2.010

  8. “NCIS” (USA, 9 p.m.): 1.945

  9. Movie: “A Christmas Story” (1983) (TNT, 9 p.m.): 1.912

  10. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.820
  11. Movie: “A Christmas Story” (1983) (TBS, 8 p.m.): 1.785

  12. Movie: “Christmas Under Wraps” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.): 1.659

  13. “College Football: Hawai’i Bowl: San Diego State vs. Cincinnati” (ESPN, 8:00-11:08 p.m.): 1.636

  14. “NCIS” (USA, 8 p.m.): 1.608

  15. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.593
  16. Movie: “Matchmaker Santa” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): 1.556

  17. “Fixer Upper” (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.431

  18. Movie: “Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas!” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 1.394

  19. “Austin & Jessie & Ally in New York” (Disney Channel, 9:30 p.m.): 1.372

  20. “Jeff Dunham: Unhinged” (Comedy Central, 8 p.m.): 1.263

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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