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Thursday Overnights: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Young Sheldon’ Lead CBS to Victory

Football Below Average on NBC

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14,

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.8/10, NBC: 5.6/10, Fox: 2.4/ 4, ABC: 2.3/ 4, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from Opening Thursday in 2016 – 9/21/16:

Fox: +71, ABC: +15, CW: +14, CBS: +7, NBC: -24

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS moved back into the Thursday overnight winner’s circle thanks to the one-two punch of comedies “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the night: 9.0 rating/15 share) and prequel “Young Sheldon” (#1: 7.3/12) from 8-9 p.m. When the Golden Globe Award nominations were announced, there was one key omission: Iain Armitage as young Sheldon Cooper.

Next on the Eye net was “Mom” at a second-place 5.9/ 9 in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which is enjoying growth this season thanks to the stronger lead-in support from “Young Sheldon.” “Life at Pieces” (#2: 4.4/ 7) and freshman crime solver “S.W.A.T.” (#2: 4.3/ 8) were at typical overnight levels from 9:30-11 p.m.

The 25 to 13 victory for the Denver Broncos over the Indianapolis Colts on NBC’s “Thursday Night Football” was below average at an estimated 5.9/10 from 8:30-11:15 p.m. Combined with coverage on the NFLN, and that household rating rose to a 7.4. The rating in adults 18-49 was a 3.2.

In the specials department was ABC’s animated “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” (#2: 3.4/ 5) and an encore telecast of “Disney’s Prep & Landing” (#3t: 2.5/ 4) from 8-9 p.m. And that led into a repeat of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” at a 2.0/ 4 in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m., which was a last minute replacement for canceled “The Great American Baking Show.”

Over at Fox was the combination of variety hour “Showtime at the Apollo” (#3: 2.4/ 4) into annual holiday special “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays” (#3: 2.4/ 4). And The CW featured 90-minute special ‘iHeart Radio Jingle Ball” (#5: 0.9/ 1 from 8-9:30 p.m.) and an encore of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: 0.5/ 1 at 9:30 p.m.).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, December 14:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”: 3.4/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 9.0/15 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in Indianapolis: 3.3/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “iHeart Radio Jingle Ball”: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Disney’s Prep & Landing” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#3t)
CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 7.3/12 (#1)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts): 5.4/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “iHeart Radio Jingle Ball”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Light Fight” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.7/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts): 6.1/10 (#1)
Fox – “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CW – “iHeart Radio Jingle Ball”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Light Fight” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts): 6.5/11 (#1)
Fox – “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Light Fight” (R): 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 4.3/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts): 6.1/10 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Light Fight” (R): 1.87 3 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 4.2/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts): 6.1/ 9 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

8:00 p.m. “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” (R)
8:30 p.m. “Disney’s Prep & Landing” (R)
9:00 p.m. “Great American Baking Show” (two hours)

CBS
8:00 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory”
8:30 p.m. “Young Sheldon”
9:00 p.m. “Mom”
9:30 p.m. “Life in Pieces”
10:00 p.m. “S.W.A.T.”

NBC
8:00 p.m. “Football Night in Atlanta”
8:30 p.m. “Thursday Night Football”: Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts

Fox
8:00 p.m. “Showtime at the Apollo”
9:30 p.m. “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (R)

CW
8:00 p.m. “iHeartradio Jingle Ball”
9:00 p.m. “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”

Written by 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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  1. Just my opinion of course, but Big Bang was pretty awful last night. The cast didn’t seem comfortable and the script wasn’t up to par.