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Minimal Sampling for New Fox Sunday Comedies; ‘Galavant’ on ABC Dead on Return

Sunday Night Football Leads NBC to a Solid Victory

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Sunday, January 3 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 17.68 million, CBS: 11.19, Fox: 4.81, ABC: 3.25

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 5.7 rating/17 share, CBS: 2.5/ 7, Fox: 2.2/ 6, ABC: 0.7/ 2

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7:00 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.77 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

CBS – NFL Overrun
Viewers: 20.89 million (#1), A18-49: 5.3/17 (#1)

NBC – Football Night in America
Viewers: 7.21 million (#3), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#3)

Fox – Football
Viewers: 9.99 million (#2), A18-49: 3.3/10 (#2)

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7:30 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 6.08 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#4)

CBS – NFL Overrun
Viewers: 22.15 million (#1), A18-49: 5.5.16 (#1)

NBC – Football Night in America
Viewers: 9.33 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#2t)

Fox – Football
Viewers: 6.22 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#2t)

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Galavant (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.49 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 15.27 million (#2), A18-49: 2.9/ 8 (#2)

NBC – Football Night in America
Viewers: 17.47 million (#1), A18-49: 5.6/16 (#1)

Fox – The Simpsons
Viewers: 4.43 million (#3), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#3)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Galavant (season premiere)
Viewers: 2.96 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#4)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.59 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Sunday Night Football: Minnesota at Green Bay
Viewers: 17.47 million (#1), A18-49: 7.2/20 (#1)

Fox – Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (series premiere)
Viewers: 2.63 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Quantico (R)
Viewers: 1.93 million (#4), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#4)

CBS – Undercover Boss
Viewers: 6.88 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Sunday Night Football: Minnesota at Green Bay
Viewers: 22.42 million (#1), A18-49: 7.1/20 (#1)

Fox – Family Guy
Viewers: 3.25 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#2)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Quantico (R)
Viewers: 1.80 million (#4), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#4)

CBS – Undercover Boss
Viewers: 6.41 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Sunday Night Football: Minnesota at Green Bay
Viewers: 21.81 million (#1), A18-49: 7.1/20 (#1)

Fox – Bordertown (series premiere)
Viewers: 2.36 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#2)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Quantico (R)
Viewers: 1.94 million (#3), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#3)

CBS – Limitless (R)
Viewers: 3.32 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#2)

NBC – Sunday Night Football: Minnesota at Green Bay
Viewers: 20.74 million (#1), A18-49: 7.1/21 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Quantico (R)
Viewers: 2.07 million (#3), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#3)

CBS – Limitless (R)
Viewers: 3.02 million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#2)

NBC – Sunday Night Football: Minnesota at Green Bay
Viewers: 19.96 million (#1), A18-49: 6.8/21 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. Well, Galavant doesn’t look like it will get a third season. I do wonder how these super late overruns affect the ratings for CBS affiliates’ late local news in the Eastern and Central time zones. The Broncos-Chargers game didn’t end until 7:45 Eastern so local news didn’t start until 11:45 and that’s with a crappy Limitless repeat lead in. CBS should have done football postgame until 8, 60 minutes from 8-9, Undercover Boss 9-10 and then one Limitless repeat 10-11.

    • I don’t get why CBS just doesn’t put NFL postgame show on until 8. And as you say start 60 Minutes at 8:00PM on Double Header days when they have the NFL been saying that for years about CBS.

      • I can think of about 11.59 million reasons. The ones who stick around after Sunday Night Football starts.

      • Not sure why you think CBS is making a mistake. Its Sunday scripted shows are not big performers and 60 Minutes is an institution and something of an obligation to get politicians to renew those licenses.

  2. Galavant did horribly, although I’m not too surprised given that it didn’t do well last year. Is it an international co-production? Otherwise, I can’t see why ABC would have brought it back.

      • That’s a show that needs to end. I’d bet it’s ratings dip this season is much more due to creative issues with the show (seriously what was the point of the fall season?) than the changing TV landscape. I actually outright gave up on Castle this fall due to lack of time. May go back but I don’t really miss that one either after last season’s dumb story lines.

          • I agree with this analysis, but I hope it’s just a fall edition and then done for OUAT and they try something new in the spring after the awards and sports season in January/February end.

            • Agreed again! 😀

              What is very detrimental to the industry and to viewers is the habit of renewing shows that don’t deliver because they’re not very good.

        • We agree!!! 😀

          It’s the creativity (or lack thereof) of the shows, not the “changing TV landscape”. You got it exactly right.

          • I don’t believe that’s the case for every show, but I do believe that’s the case for OUAT. The Fox Sunday block for example, still does very well when you factor in DVR, On Demand, and online viewings through the Fox Now app and Hulu. And for the most part, those shows are still firing on the creative cylinders, especially Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and Last Man on Earth.

            • OUAT is a great example of how the creative output directly affects viewership. 🙂

              On the other show I do disagree that they are creatively successful and I’d argue that is why they have very low ratings.

              On the Hulu and online viewings, those are unaudited so I have trouble believing any of what the networks say about that (it’s like the Star Wars 7 Box-Office – completely unbelievable!)

              They’d have us believe every flop has a huge online audience that strangely refuses to watch the show on a bigger screen…

              • Well you’re failing to see the fact that these shows all have something in common…they are watched by a lot of younger viewers. It is younger viewers who are watching more shows online as opposed to live. That is why shows that are younger skewed are not getting as many live ratings but are getting higher numbers on the online platforms.

                • I do see very well that it is the flops that the networks always claim have huge reserves of uncounted viewers who magically materialize, uncounted but by them, in places where no auditing is possible…

                  Also given that advertisers don’t pay more for younger viewers, who cares about the age of the audience?!

    • Good question. Regardless of who was paying for it, ABC committed itself to ratings disaster when it renewed it. It’s just suicidal (as was renewing OUAT after last year’s dismal ratings).

    • My guess is Cooper Barrett since Bordertown is produced by Seth McFarlane and animation has a longer lead time usually so an entire season is probably already finished.

    • Given how it was actually 2.3 million for Cooper Barret and not 4 million, I’d say it’s not going to be long and we’ll have Last Man on Earth back (not a bad thing). Haven’t seen the show yet, but plan to sample later today or this evening. Fox last night was down more than 50% from the year ago. The Simpsons a year ago (with a much bigger lead in) had 10 million viewers. Even Family Guy had 5 million a year ago. Times are changing for sure! I wonder how poorly their Tuesday shows will do this week?

        • I just watched the first episode. It was actually pretty good. Not sure why Fox marketed it like they did. It wasn’t much like the promos presented it in my opinion.

      • FOX had a football game with 40 million viewers last season, which is what made the difference.

        • They’ve had these types of drops for the Sunday lineup all season. It’s not just limited to this week where the football was lower leading in.

          • I must say I haven’t checked the average drop compared to last year.

            If you’d care to calculate it, I’d be curious.

            It’s just that the example you mentioned made it look like The Simpsons had 50% fewer viewers than last year independent of lead-in, which I’m sure is not the case since the lead-in was also about double what it did this year.

            I’d bet there’s an erosion and that you are very correct on the direction.

  3. FYI…FROM NBC

    ‘THE TONIGHT SHOW’ AND ‘LATE NIGHT’ DOMINATE TIMESLOT COMPETITION IN FOURTH QUARTER

    Fallon Wins in All Key Measures While Meyers Stretches Lead in 18-49 Over Corden

    NEW YORK — Jan. 4, 2016 — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has delivered a dominant ratings win for the fourth quarter of 2015, outscoring CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in every key measure — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

    In 2014 and 2015, Fallon has delivered “Tonight’s” two highest-rated fourth quarters in adults 18-49 since 2008. His 1.10 rating this year and 1.17 rating during the year-ago quarter are “Tonight’s” two best in a fourth quarter since 2008 (1.34).

    At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” also dominated the quarter, stretching his margin over CBS’s “Late Late Show with James Corden” to +50% in adults 18-49 (with a 0.51 rating versus a 0.34), up from last year’s +46% (0.51 vs. 0.35). Meyers also increased his advantage over ABC’s “Nightline” in their head-to-head half-hour from 12:30-1 a.m. ET to +47% (0.56 vs. 0.38 for that half-hour), up from the year-ago +39% (0.57 vs. 0.41).

    Meyers retained 100% of his year-ago 18-49 rating for the fourth quarter (0.51 vs. 0.51) and grew +4% in total viewers (1.658 million vs. 1.588 million), +3% in adults 25-54 (0.65 vs. 0.63) and +11% in men 25-54 (0.61 vs. 0.55).

    At 1:35 a.m. ET, “Last Call with Carson Daly” generated a +4% increase in total viewers versus the fourth quarter of 2015 (921,000 vs. 888,000) and was also up +3% in adults 25-54 (0.39 vs. 0.38) and +9% in men 25-54 (0.36 vs. 0.33).

    Meyers concluded the fourth quarter with a 0.45 rating for encore telecasts during the holiday week of Dec. 21-25 (all Thursday and Friday telecasts were preempted or excluded), to tie that week’s rebroadcasts of “Colbert” (0.45) and finish within 0.04 of a point of the week’s “Kimmel” encores (0.49), despite Meyers’ start time one hour later.

    WEEKLY AVERAGES
    (According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 21-25. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Fourth quarter / season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”)

    ADULTS 18-49

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight” 0.85 rating, 4 share (R)*
    CBS “Late Show,” 0.45/2 (R)*
    ABC “Kimmel,” 0.49/2 (R)*

    12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Nightline,” 0.37/2 *

    12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 0.45/3 (R)*
    CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.31/2 (R)*

    1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
    NBC “Last Call,” 0.23/2 (R)*

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 3.085 million viewers (R)*
    CBS “Late Show,” 2.065 million viewers (R)*
    ABC “Kimmel,” 2.211 million viewers (R)*

    12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Nightline,” 1.564 million viewers *

    12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 1.438 million viewers (R)*
    CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.016 million viewers (R)*

    1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
    NBC “Last Call,” 0.729 million viewers (R)*

    * Thursday and Friday telecasts were pre-empted or excluded due to the Christmas holiday.

    FOURTH QUARTER 2015 / SEASON AVERAGES

    ADULTS 18-49

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 1.10 rating, 5 share
    CBS “Late Show,” 0.74/4
    ABC “Kimmel,” 0.59/3

    12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Nightline,” 0.38/2

    12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 0.51/3
    CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.34/2

    1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
    NBC “Last Call,” 0.30/3

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Tonight,” 3.923 million viewers
    CBS “Late Show,” 3.038 million viewers
    ABC “Kimmel,” 2.494 million viewers

    12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
    ABC “Nightline,” 1.593 million viewers

    12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
    NBC “Late Night,” 1.658 million viewers
    CBS “Late Late Show,” 1.256 million viewers

    1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
    NBC “Last Call,” 0.921 million viewers

    SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF DEC. 21-25

    NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING

    Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” pre-empted
    Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Nightly Show,” pre-empted

    TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.34 (R)

    Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.67
    Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.48

    Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.27 million viewers.

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” pre-empted
    Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Nightly Show,” pre-empted

    TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.723 million (R)

    Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.494 million viewers
    Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 1.040 million viewers

    • Colbert better hope he can come up with something to revive his show fast because what he is doing now isn’t cutting it. The Tonight Show continues to dominate.

      Trevor Noah better hope this crazy election generates him some buzz too. Larry Wilmore’s show is DOA

  4. Yikes at Galavant! Well it looks like ABC won’t be competitive for a while! And Once Upon a Time isn’t exactly knocking it out of the park itself anymore. What is slated for 9PM with Blood and Oil gone?

  5. Suggestion for the site: It’d be great to be able to access directly the ratings articles. 🙂

  6. Disaster for all the new shows. It almost makes me want to agree with NBC that 6 million viewers is promising, except it’s not. Its just that out beloved executive cadres have managed to develop an almost unerring radar zeroing in on show almost nobody wants to even try!

    As for Galavant, it was a ratings disaster last year and ABC is getting exactly what it paid for… What a waste! 🙁

    • THAT is the $30 million question.

      Why would they choose to make more after the first season? My guess, as always, is that someone with big political pull got richly rewarded by their buddy at the network, something a lot easier to do today as hits are… what’s the opposite of plentiful? 😉