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Tuesday Final Nationals: GOP Debate on CNN Outdraws ‘NCIS’ and Season Finale of ‘The Voice’

Among the Big 4 networks, CBS was tops in total viewers (11.42 million) while NBC won among adults 18-49 (2.5 rating/8 share), adults 18-34 (1.6/7) and adults 25-54 (3.5/10).

However, all networks took a backseat to CNN which was best on TV overall with the help of the fifth Republican Presidential Debate (Women 18-34: 2.55; Men 18-34: 3.39; Women 18-49: 3.10; Men 18-49: 4.60). It’s CNN’s second most-watched night in its history, only behind Sep. 16, 2015 – the night of the second Republican Presidential Debate.

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

ABC’s “Toy Story That Time Forgot(Women 18-34: 0.9/4; Men 18-34: 0.5/2; Women 18-49: 1.2/4; Men 18-49: 0.9/3)

ABC’s “Shrek the Halls(Women 18-34: 0.9/4; Men 18-34: 0.4/2; Women 18-49: 1.2/4; Men 18-49: 0.8/3)

ABC’s “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown(Women 18-34: 0.8/3; Men 18-34: 0.5/2; Women 18-49: 1.2/4; Men 18-49: 0.8/3)

CBS’s “NCIS(Women 18-34: 1.2/5; Men 18-34: 0.8/4; Women 18-49: 2.4/8; Men 18-49: 1.8/7)

CBS’s “NCIS: New Orleans(Women 18-34: 0.9/4; Men 18-34: 0.8/3; Women 18-49: 1.9/6; Men 18-49: 1.4/5)

CBS’s “Limitless(Women 18-34: 0.6/3; Men 18-34: 0.9/4; Women 18-49: 1.3/4; Men 18-49: 1.2/4)

NBC’s “The Voice” (season finale) (Women 18-34: 2.5/10; Men 18-34: 1.2/5; Women 18-49: 3.7/11; Men 18-49: 2.1/7)

Syfy’s “Childhood’s End” (part two) (Women 18-34: 0.20; Men 18-34: 0.18; Women 18-49: 0.33; Men 18-49: 0.29)

BET’s “Being Mary Jane(Women 18-34: 0.93; Men 18-34: 0.39; Women 18-49: 1.03; Men 18-49: 0.32)

USA’s “Chrisley Knows Best(Women 18-34: 0.55; Men 18-34: 0.31; Women 18-49: 0.66; Men 18-49: 0.33)

Bravo’s “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce(Women 18-34: 0.35; Men 18-34: 0.05; Women 18-49: 0.45; Men 18-49: 0.06)

CNBC’s “The Profit(Women 18-34: 0.07; Men 18-34: 0.11; Women 18-49: 0.11; Men 18-49: 0.22)

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.8/3 3080 0.6/2 0.9/3 1.1/3
8:00 Toy Story That Time Forgot (r) 2.1/4 3640 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.3/4
8:30 Shrek the Halls (r) 1.8/3 3318 0.7/3 1.0/3 1.2/3
9:00 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (r) 1.9/3 3286 0.6/3 1.0/3 1.2/3
10:00 Shark Tank (r) 1.6/3 2475 0.4/2 0.8/3 0.9/3
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 7.1/12 11416 0.9/4 1.7/6 2.5/7
8:00 NCIS 9.6/16 15531 1.0/4 2.1/7 3.2/9
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans 7.6/12 12091 0.9/3 1.7/5 2.5/7
10:00 Limitless 4.2/7 6626 0.8/3 1.3/4 1.7/5
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 7.0/12 11284 1.6/7 2.5/8 3.5/10
8:00 The Voice (r) 5.4/9 8473 1.1/5 1.8/6 2.5/7
9:00 The Voice (f) 7.8/13 12690 1.9/8 2.9/9 4.1/11
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.0/2 1500 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:00 Grandfathered (r) 1.3/2 1991 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.1/3
8:30 The Grinder (r) 1.0/2 1533 0.4/1 0.6/2 0.7/2
9:00 Grandfathered (r) 0.9/1 1356 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.6/2
9:30 The Grinder (r) 0.7/1 1152 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
CW PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.6/1 838 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
8:00 The Flash (r) 0.8/1 1120 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
9:00 iZombie (r) 0.4/1 557 0.1/0 0.2/1 0.2/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2173 0.8/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.0/2 1902 0.7/3
8:01 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.0/2 1989 0.8/3
9:03 Pasion y Poder 1.2/2 2226 0.8/3
10:04 Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.3/2 2319 0.8/3

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


  1. “Nevada GOP Debate” (CNN, 9-11:06 p.m., 10.62 household rating): 18.165 million

  2. “Nevada GOP Debate-Intro” (CNN, 8:40-9:00 p.m., 9.05 household rating): 15.375

  3. “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN, 8:13 p.m.): 9.102

  4. “Nevada GOP First Debate” (CNN, 6:43-8:13 p.m.): 5.896

  5. “Curse of Oak Island” (History, 9 p.m.): 2.471

  6. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 2.067

  7. Movie: “Elf” (2003) (ABC Family, 8:15 p.m.): 2.017

  8. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30 & 10 p.m.): 1.994 each


  1. “Fixer Upper” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 1.915

  2. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8 p.m.): 1.893

  3. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 1.794

  4. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 1.734

  5. “Being Mary Jane” (BET, 10 p.m.): 1.663

  6. “Moonshiners” (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 1.573

  7. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.552

  8. “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (Bravo, 9 p.m.): 1.529

  9. Movie: “Enchanted” (2007) (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 1.497

  10. “Hunting Hitler” (History, 10 p.m.): 1.487

  11. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.399

  12. “Homicide Hunter Lt. Joe Kenda” (ID, 9 p.m.): 1.375

  13. “Chrisley Knows Best” (USA, 10 p.m.): 1.328


  • Miniseries: “Childhood’s End” (Part 2) (Syfy, 8 p.m.): 1.242

  • “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” (Bravo, 10 p.m.): 0.596

  • “NBA Basketball: Cleveland @ Boston” (NBA TV, 7:30-9:46 p.m., 0.37 household rating): 0.541

  • “College Basketball: Jimmy V Classic: Georgia Southern vs. Duke” (ESPN, 7:00-8:53 p.m., 0.30 household rating): 0.478

  • “NBA Basketball: Houston @ Sacramento” (NBA TV, 10:00 p.m.-12:51 a.m., 0.31 household rating): 0.433

  • “The Profit” (CNBC, 10 p.m.): 0.356

  • “Donny!” (USA, 10:31 p.m.): 0.310


Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research





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