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Oprah Winfrey Sit-Down with First Lady Michelle Obama Ignites CBS

Modest Start for Game Show 'The Wall' on NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.4/ 9, NBC: 5.2/ 8, ABC: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 2, CW: 0.6/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +93, CBS: +42, Fox: -17, ABC: -26, CW: -40

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-Winners:
“First Lady Michelle Obama Says Goodbye to The White House – An Oprah Winfrey Special” (CBS), “America’s Got Talent” – Holiday Spectacular (NBC), “Scorpion” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“The Great American Light Fight” (ABC), “Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors” (CW)

Ratings Breakdown:
Oprah Winfrey’s sit-down with our departing First Lady, officially titled “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Goodbye to The White House – An Oprah Winfrey Special,” led this third Monday in December with a 7.1 rating/11 share in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. Comparatively, this was 61 percent, on average, above the week-ago sitcom combination of “Kevin Can Wait” (4.7/ 7 on Dec. 12) and “Man with a Plan” (4.1/ 6).

Next on CBS were the fall season-ending episodes of sitcoms “Man with a Plan” (#2: 4.3/ 7) and “The Odd Couple” (#2: 3.5/ 6), and drama “Scorpion” (#1: 5.1/ 8) from 9-11 p.m. Of positive note for “Scorpion” was the household overnight growth of 46 percent out of “The Odd Couple.” As previously reported, “The Odd Couple” will only produce 13 episodes in this third (and potentially final) season.

NBC featured a two-hour holiday edition of summer favorite “America’s Got Talent,” featuring various acts from the previous season, at a solid 5.8/ 9 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. And it led into the debut of game show “The Wall,” hosted by Chris Hardwick, at a second-place 3.9/ 7 at 10 p.m. Comparably, overnight retention for “The Wall” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “America’s Got Talent” (6.0/10) was adequate at 65 percent.

In season-finale news, “The Great American Light Fight” on ABC proved it is nothing more than time period filler at a 2.8/ 5 from 8-10 p.m. And it led into an encore telecast of “The Great American Baking Show” at a 1.9/ 3 (#3) at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox populated the night with repeats of “Gotham” (#4: 1.0/ 2) and “Lucifer” (#4: 1.1/ 2). And The CW aired an encore of “Supergirl” (#5: 0.8/ 1) into a mere 0.4/ 1 for 9 p.m. special, “Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors.”

Here is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, December 19:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (season finale): 3.2/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Goodbye to The White House – An Oprah Winfrey Special”: 7.0/11 (#1)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” – Holiday Spectacular: 5.6/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.9/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (season finale): 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Goodbye to The White House – An Oprah Winfrey Special”: 7.3/12 (#1)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” – Holiday Spectacular: 5.5/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham” (R): 0.9/ 1 (#4)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (season finale): 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Man with a Plan” (fall finale): 4.3/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” – Holiday Spectacular: 6.1/10 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (season finale): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Odd Couple” (fall finale): 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” – Holiday Spectacular: 6.0/10 (#1)
Fox – “Lucifer” (R): 1.1/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors”: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Great American Baking Show” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion” (fall finale): 5.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall” (series premiere): 4.0/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Great American Baking Show” (R): 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Scorpion” (fall finale): 5.0/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall” (series premiere): 3.7/ 7 (#2)

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “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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