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Tuesday Final Nationals: ‘The Year: 2015’ on ABC Tops Original Programming in Prime Time

CBS was Tuesday’s top network in total viewers (7.82 million) and all key demos even though its prime time lineup was all repeats — “NCIS”, “NCIS: New Orleans”, and “Limitless.”

The top original program on the night was ABC’s 2-hour year-end retrospective “The Year: 2015” hosted by Robin Roberts. It won its 2-hour time slot with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. In addition, the special also ranked #1 in its time period across all key female demographics (women 18-34/women 18-49/women 25-54).

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.4/4 3700 0.9/3 1.2/4
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat (r) 2.2/4 3367 0.4 0.8/3 1.1/3
8:30 The Muppets (r) 1.4/2 2255 0.3 0.6/2 0.8/2
9:00 The Year: 2015 (s) 2.7/5 4148 0.5 1.0/4 1.4/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.9/9 7820 1.0/4 1.4/4
8:00 NCIS (r) 6.6/12 10801 0.6 1.2/4 1.8/6
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (r) 5.1/9 8199 0.5 1.1/4 1.5/4
10:00 Limitless (r) 2.9/6 4450 0.3 0.7/2 0.9/3
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.2/4 3530 0.7/3 0.9/3
8:00 Hollywood Game Night (r) 2.2/4 3496 0.5 0.8/3 1.0/3
10:00 Chicago Med (r) 2.1/4 3489 0.4 0.7/2 0.9/3
10:00 Chicago Fire (r) 2.3/4 3606 0.4 0.6/2 0.8/3
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.1/2 1840 0.6/2 0.7/2
8:00 The Simpsons (r) 1.3/2 2081 0.7 0.7/3 0.9/3
8:30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (r) 1.1/2 2059 0.7 0.7/3 0.8/3
9:00 Taraji & Terrence’s White Hot Holidays (r) 1.1/2 1609 0.4 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 1110 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 The Flash (r) 0.8/1 1378 0.3 0.4/1 0.4/1
9:00 iZombie (r) 0.5/1 836 0.2 0.2/1 0.3/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 2039 0.8/3
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 1.0/2 1829 0.6/2
8:03 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 1.0/2 1932 0.7/3
9:03 Pasion y Poder 1.2/2 2044 0.8/3
10:05 Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.3/2 2153 0.8/3

Cable Rankings – Tuesday 12/22/15
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Tuesday, December 22:


  1. “Curse of Oak Island” (History, 9 p.m.): 3.404 million

  2. “Fixer Upper” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 3.173

  3. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.856

  4. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 2.644

  5. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 2.491
  6. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 2.478

  7. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): 2.391

  8. Movie: “Christmas Land” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): 2.339

  9. “WWE SmackDown” (USA, 8 p.m.): 2.264

  10. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.153
  11. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8 p.m.): 2.063

  12. “Hunting Hitler” (History, 10 p.m.): 2.022

  13. Movie: “Crown for Christmas” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.): 2.011

  14. Movie: “Home Alone: Holiday Heist” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.009

  15. “Moonshiners Special” (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 1.983
  16. Movie: “The Santa Clause” (1994) (ABC Family, 6:30 p.m.) and “College Football: Marmot Boca Raton Bowl: Toledo vs. No. 24 Temple” (ESPN, 7:02-10:30 p.m.): 1.962 each


  1. Movie: “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006) (ABC Family, 8:45 p.m.): 1.936

  2. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9 p.m.): 1.857

  3. “Chrisley Knows Best” (USA, 10 p.m.): 1.842

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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