Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NBC Ratings - December 2017

WITH SUN. & THURS. FOOTBALL, MON. & TUES. ‘VOICE’ & ‘WILL & GRACE’ CLAIMING 5 OF THE TOP 10 RANKINGS, NBC DOMINATES THE WEEK OF DEC. 4-10

Sunday & Thursday NFL Telecasts Are #1-2 Among Primetime Big 4 Shows in Both 18-49 and Total Viewers

NBC Tops the Big 4 Competition for the Week in Every Key Ratings Measure
Season to Date, NBC Leads by a +33% Margin in 18-49, Biggest Lead for Any Network 11 Weeks Into the Season in the 30-Year History of Nielsen’s Current People Meter Sample

In Total Viewers, NBC Is the Closest It’s Been to #1 CBS at This Point in the Season in 15 Years

Monday’s "Voice" Ranks as the #1 Show of the Night on the Big 4, Delivering Its Most-Watched Monday Since Oct. 23; "The Wall" Maintains 100% of Its Prior Telecast

"Will & Grace" & "The Voice" Tie as Tuesday’s #1 Show, "Will & Grace" Delivers Its Most-Watched Episode Since Premiere Week, “Superstore” Grows +24% in Viewers Vs. Its Prior Telecast

L+3: “Will & Grace” Delivers Tuesday’s Biggest L+3 Lift in 18-49 Rating & “Chicago Med” Generates the Top Increase in Total Viewers

Wednesday’s “SVU” & “Chicago P.D.” Captures Their Second-Most-Watched Episodes of the Season

Saints-Falcons “Thursday Night Football” Wins the Night in Every Key Measure

Friday’s “Blindspot” Equals Its Season High in 18-49 and Delivers Its Most-Watched Episode Since Nov. 3

Ravens-Steelers “Sunday Night Football” Scores a Nightlong Win in All Key Categories

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Dec. 12, 2017 — NBC has scored a dominant win in primetime ratings for the week of Dec. 4-10, prevailing among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key demographic, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.

NBC’s decisive victory was paced by NFL football, “The Voice” and a special “Will & Grace,” which combined to claim five of the week’s top 10 ratings among primetime shows on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49.

Sunday and Thursday football claimed the week’s top two rankings on that list, and Monday and Tuesday “Voice” telecasts tied for #6 with Tuesday’s special “Will & Grace” Christmas episode. Sunday and Thursday football also ranked #1-2 for the week in total viewers.
NBC is dominating the current primetime season in adults 18-49, with leads over #2 Fox and CBS of +0.6 of a rating point or +33% (2.4 vs. 1.8). The +33% advantage is the best for any #1 network at this point in the season in the 30-year history of Nielsen’s current people-meter sample.

In total viewers, NBC is running #2 season to date, within 632,000 of #1 CBS (9.822 million vs. 9.190 million). It’s NBC’s closest margin behind CBS at this point in the season in 15 years, since 2002-03, when CBS’ margin over NBC was 462,000.

Season to date, NBC is running #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and every other key demographic. Counting entertainment programming only, NBC leads the season in adults 18-49, and also ranks #1 among the Big 4 in adults 25-54, adults 18-34 and all key adult-female demos (including a tie in women 18-34).

Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

Week 11 Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Dec. 4-10
NBC…2.0
Fox…1.4
CBS…1.0
ABC…0.9
CW…0.4
Total Viewers
NBC…8.1 million
CBS…6.8 million
Fox…4.6 million
ABC…4.0 million
CW…1.3 million
Season-to-Date Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”
NBC…2.4
Fox…1.8
CBS…1.8
ABC…1.6
CW…0.6
Total Viewers
CBS…9.8 million
NBC…9.2 million
ABC…6.5 million
Fox…6.2 million
CW…1.9 million

NBC highlights for the week of Dec. 4-10:
Monday
NBC finished #1 for the night among the Big 4 networks in 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure.
“The Voice” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and total viewers, while growing +3% week to week in total viewers (9.9 million vs. 9.6 million) to its most-watched Monday telecast since Oct. 23 (10.1 million). “Voice” won the two-hour time period among the Big 4 networks in by an +80% margin of victory in the timeslot among the Big 4 over ABC’s “Great Christmas Light Fight” in adults 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.0).
“Live Plus Three Day” Ratings: “Voice” increased by +17% in 18-49 (from a 1.79 rating to a 2.09) and +1.1 million viewers overall (9.9 million to 11.0 million) going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to L+3.
“Live Plus Seven Day” Ratings: Monday’s “The Voice” is growing by +27% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 2.19 to a 2.78) and +2.1 million viewers overall (10.1 million to 12.2 million). When projected 35-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Voice” 18-49 rating increases to a 4.04.
A holiday edition of “The Wall” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) retained 100% of the show’s prior telecast, in 18-49 (0.9 vs 0.9 from 8-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22) and 98% in total viewers (4.4 million vs. 4.5 million). L+3: “The Wall” increased by +10% in 18-49 (0.91 to 1.00) and +565,000 viewers overall (4.4 million to 5.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: Last season, “The Wall” increased by +14% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (1.22 to a 1.35) and +619,000 viewers overall (5.4 million to 6.0 million). Upscale: “The Wall” delivers a solid upscale audience, last season indexing at a 109 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

Tuesday
NBC won the night in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure, including wins in six of six half-hours in adults 18-49.
“The Voice” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49 with NBC’s “Will & Grace” and was the #1 show of the night outright in total viewers. Week to week, “The Voice” maintained 100% in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.8). Versus the comparable episode from the prior cycle, “The Voice” increased by +6% in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.7 on May 9) and by +1.3 million persons or +15% in total viewers (10.0 million vs. 8.7 million). L+3: “Voice” grew by +12% in 18-49 (1.78 to 2.00) and +940,000 viewers overall (10.0 million to 10.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: Tuesday’s “Voice” has increased by +26% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 2.13 to a 2.68) and +2.0 million viewers overall (10.1 million to 12.1 million). With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the Tuesday “Voice” 18-49 figure grows to a 3.90.
A special Tuesday holiday edition of “Will & Grace” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night in 18-49 with NBC’s “The Voice,” while equaling the highest “Will & Grace” 18-49 rating since Week 2 of the season (2.0 on Oct. 5) and delivering the show’s most-watched episode since the show’s revival premiere on Sept. 28 (10.2 million). “Will & Grace” jumped +13% versus its prior original in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.6 on Nov. 2) and +25% or +1.5 million persons in total viewers (7.2 million vs. 5.7 million). L+3: “Will & Grace” increased by +47% in 18-49 (1.80 to 2.65) and +2.4 million viewers overall (7.2 million to 9.6 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. The +0.85 increase in 18-49 is the biggest L+3 lift of the night. L+7: This season, “Will & Grace” has grown by +82% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (1.97 to a 3.58) and +4.2 million viewers overall (7.2 million to 11.4 million). With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the “Will & Grace” 18-49 average increases to a 5.51. Upscale: “Will & Grace” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 136 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.
A special Tuesday holiday episode of “Superstore” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) grew +10% versus the show’s most recent original telecast in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.0 at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2) and jumped +24% versus that prior telecast (4.4 million vs. 3.5 million), while winning the timeslot among in adults 18-49. L+3: “Superstore” increased by +49% in 18-49 (1.06 to 1.58) and +1.1 million viewers overall (4.4 million to 5.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: This season, “Superstore” is increasing by +48% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.16 to a 1.72) and +1.2 million viewers overall (4.3 million to 5.5 million). When projected non-linear 35-day viewing is included, the “Superstore” 18-49 rating grows to a 2.86. Upscale: “Superstore” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.
“Chicago Med” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the slot among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure, finishing within 0.1 of a point in 18-49 of its episode from the prior week, which benefited from a “This Is Us” lead-in. Versus NBC’s timeslot average this season prior to “Med’s” debut, this week’s telecast is up +9% in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.1) and up +43% in total viewers (6.6 million vs. 4.6 million). L+3: “Med” grew by +53% in 18-49 (1.15 to 1.76) and +2.9 million viewers overall (6.6 million to 9.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggeset L+3 lift of the night in total viewers. L+7: Last season, “Med” increased by +67% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.24 to a 2.07) and more than +3.2 million viewers overall (6.7 million to 9.9 million).

Wednesday
An encore telecast of “A Very Pentatonix Christmas” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m.) was up +33% versus the rebroadcast of last year’s “Pentatonix” holiday special in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.6 from 8-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016) and more than +1.8 million persons or +62% in total viewers versus last year’s Saturday encore (4.8 million vs. 3.0 million). The special’s rebroadcast also retained 88% of the viewership for this year’s original run (4.8 million vs. 5.5 million at 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27).
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) delivered its second-most-watched episode of the season and second-most-watched since Feb. 8 (6.9 million), trailing over that span only the previous week’s 7.1 million. “SVU” ranked #2 in the competitive timeslot in adults 18-49 and total viewers and #1 in adults 18-34 (tie), women 18-49 and women 25-54. L+3: “SVU” grew +47% in 18-49 (1.33 to a season-high 1.95) and +2.0 million viewers overall (6.2 million to 8.2 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: “SVU” has grown by +77% this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.24 to a 2.19) and +2.9 million viewers overall (5.6 million to 8.5 million). When projected 35-day non-linear viewing is included, the “SVU” 18-49 rating increases to a 3.44.
“Chicago P.D.” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the time period among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, total viewers and every other key measure (including a tie in men 25-54) and has now won the slot or tied for #1 versus regular ABC and CBS competition with its last 25 straight original telecasts in adults 18-49 (L+SD), extending back to October 2016. In total viewers, it’s the second-most-watched “P.D.” of the season, behind only the prior week’s 7.0 million. L+3: “P.D.” grew by +69% in 18-49 (1.18 to 2.00) and +3.4 million viewers overall (6.5 million to 9.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: “Chicago P.D.” is increasing by +94% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.13 to a 2.19) and +4.1 million viewers overall (6.0 million to 10.1 million). With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the “P.D.” figure grows to a 2.99.

Thursday
“Thursday Night Football,” featuring the New Orleans Saints at the Atlanta Falcons (4.3/17 in 18-49, 14.6 million viewers overall from 8:27-11:27 p.m. ET on NBC and the NFL Network) won the night in every key ratings measure and topped the average of NBC’s three prior non-Thanksgiving “Thursday Night Football” games so far this season by +4% in total viewers (14.6 million vs. 14.1 million).

Friday
“Blindspot” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) delivered the show’s most-watched episode since Nov. 3 (3.501 million viewers). In 18-49, “Blindspot” equaled its season high and matched NBC’s best in-season rating in the timeslot since April 7 (0.8). The Dec. 8 episode maintained 100% versus the prior week in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.7) and grew +4% in total viewers (3.5 million vs. 3.4 million). L+3: The previous week’s “Blindspot” grew by +69% in 18-49 (0.70 to 1.18) and more than +1.6 million viewers overall (3.4 million to 5.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: “Blindspot” is increasing by +93% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 0.67 to a 1.29) and +2.2 million viewers overall (3.6 million to 5.8 million). Upscale: “Blindspot” is attracting a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 114 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.
“Dateline NBC” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 1.3 in adults 25-54, 5.0 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) maintained 100% week to week in adults 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.9) and adults 25-54 (1.3 vs. 1.3), while growing +1% in total viewers (5.0 million vs. 4.9 million). “Dateline” has now maintained a 0.9 rating in 18-49 for a fifth straight week while the 1.3 in 25-54 matches the show’s high since Nov. 3 (1.5) For its second hour from 10-11 p.m., “Dateline” ranked #1 in adults 18-49. L+3: The prior week’s “Dateline” increased by +29% in 18-49 (0.86 to 1.11) and +1.1 million viewers overall (4.9 million to 6.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. Upscale: Friday’s “Dateline” is delivering a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

Sunday
NBC Sports coverage of Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers “Sunday Night Football” (5.4/19 in 18-49, 17.2 million viewers overall from 8:31-11:32 p.m. ET) led NBC to the nightlong win among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key ratings measures.

‘TONIGHT SHOW’ GENERATES ITS 2ND BIGGEST 18-49 MARGIN OF VICTORY THIS SEASON, BEHIND ONLY THANKSGIVING WEEK, TO DOMINATE DEC. 4-8 RATINGS

The Last Three Weeks Have Been “Tonight’s” Three Most-Watched Weeks in Six Months & the Season’s Three Highest-Rated in 18-49
Seth Meyers Has Also Delivered His Top Three Weeks of the Season Over the Past Three Weeks, Carson Daly Has Generated His Three Best in Nearly a Year

NEW YORK — Dec. 12, 2017 — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has dominated the ratings week of Dec. 4-8 in the key late-night demographic of adults 18-49, scoring “Tonight’s” biggest margin over #2, excluding Thanksgiving week, so far this season, according to “live plus same day” results from Nielsen Media Research.
Over the last three weeks, “Tonight” has now delivered its three biggest 18-49 ratings of the season, its two most-watched weeks in the last six months and its three biggest 18-49 margins of victory so far this season.

For the week, “Tonight” generated a +43% margin of victory in adult 18-49 rating versus CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (with a 0.70 vs. a 0.49). Excluding “Tonight’s” dominant +48% win during Thanksgiving week, this is the biggest margin of victory in 18-49 this season versus “Colbert.” Besides Thanksgiving week, “Tonight” last delivered a bigger advantage with a +76% win the week of Sept. 4-8 (0.74 vs. 0.42).

Over the last three weeks, “Tonight” has delivered a 0.70 in 18-49 for the week of Dec. 4, a 0.71 for the week of Nov. 27 and a 0.77 for the week of Nov. 20. In total viewers, it’s been 2.689 million, 2.830 million and 2.996 million for those weeks respectively. These are the three best “Tonight” ratings since Sept. 4-8 (0.74) and three most-watched weeks since June 12-16 (2.709 million).

At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” has now scored, over the last three weeks, his three top 18-49 ratings and three biggest total-viewer results of the season. Over those weeks, “Late Night” matched or topped all of its 18-49 weekly averages since December 2018 (since the week of Dec. 19-23, 0.47). Meyers scored a 0.41 rating for the week of Dec. 4 and 0.42 ratings for both the week of Nov. 27 and Nov. 20.

In total viewers, the last three weeks have been Meyers’ three most-watched since the week of Feb. 27-March 3 (1.559 million). “Late Night” averaged 1.539 million for the week of Dec. 4,1.579 million for the week of Nov. 27 and 1.598 million for the week of Nov. 20.

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” has, over the last three weeks, generated its three strongest weeks in both 18-49 and total viewers in nearly a year. (since averaging a 2.7 rating in 18-49 and 896,000 viewers for Dec. 19-23, 2016). For the week of Dec. 4, Daly scored a 0.27 in 18-49 and 887,000 viewers overall, for the week of Nov. 27, “Last Call” earned a 0.28 and 934,000, and for the week of Nov. 20, it was a 0.27 and 934,000.

LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 4-8. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. 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” 0.70 rating, 4 share *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.49/3
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.44/3 *
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.30/2
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.41/3 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.30/3 *
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.27/3 *
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.689 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 3.329 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 1.986 million viewers *
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.291 million viewers
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.539 million viewers *
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.490 million viewers *
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.887 million viewers *
* Thursday’s NBC programs were delayed due to a primetime NFL overrun. Friday’s “Kimmel,” “Late Night,” “Late Late Show” and “Last Call” were encores.

SEASON AVERAGES
ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.68 rating, 4 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.60/4
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.49/3
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.31/2
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.40/3
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.30/3
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.24/2
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.737 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.703 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.359 million viewers
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.448 million viewers
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.550 million viewers
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.436 million viewers
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.832 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF DEC. 4-8
NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.24
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “The Opposition,” 0.14
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.16
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.53
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.44
Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.28 million viewers.
TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.803 million
Comedy Central, 11:30-midnight ET, “The Opposition,” 0.373 million
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.390 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.099 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.894 million

“NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT” IS #1 FOR 77 STRAIGHT WEEKS
#1 Most-Watched Among A25-54 and A18-49 Viewers for 122 of Last 123 Weeks
Holt Anchored Two Nights in Southern California, Reporting on the California Wildfires

DECEMBER 12, 2017 – “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” won the key demo for the week of December 4, marking its 77th straight week as the #1 most-watched evening broadcast, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

On Thursday and Friday, Holt anchored from the ground in southern California, as he reported on the state’s wildfires, running into firefighters from his hometown of Rancho Cordova while on the ground in Ojai.
The broadcast continues its winning streak in the key demo, averaging 2.1 million A25-54 viewers and beating “ABC World News Tonight” by +112,000 viewers (+6%) and “CBS Evening News” by +727,000 viewers (+53%).

For 122 of the past 123 weeks, “Nightly News” is the most-watched among A18-49 viewers, averaging 1.4 million and topping ABC by +102,000 viewers (+8%) and CBS by +463,000 viewers (+48%).
9 million total viewers tuned in to “Nightly News” for the week of December 4. “Nightly News” bested “CBS Evening News” by +1.8 million total viewers (+26%).

“Nightly News” continues as the #1 most-watched evening newscast season-to-date in the key demo, delivering its largest demo lead over CBS in four seasons.

The broadcast also continues to dominate the competition on social media with more followers on Facebook and a fourfold advantage in Twitter engagement compared to “CBS Evening News.”

For the week of December 4, “Nightly News” was rated for four nights (Dec. 4, Dec. 5, Dec. 6, Dec. 8) due to Thursday Night Football.

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Weekly Highlights:
  • Nightly News averaged 2.1 million A25-54 viewers, outperforming ABC by +112,000 viewers (+6%) and CBS by +727,000 (+53%).
  • Nightly News has ranked #1 in A25-54 for 77 consecutive weeks.
  • Nightly News averaged 1.4 million A18-49 viewers, topping ABC by +102,000 (+8%) and CBS by +463,000 (+48%).
  • Among A18-49 viewers, Nightly News has won 122 of the last 123 weeks.
  • Nightly News averaged 9 million total viewers, besting CBS by +1.8 million (+26%).
Season Highlights:
  • Nightly is the #1 evening newscast this season in A25-54 and A18-49
  • Nightly News holds its largest A25-54 demo advantage over CBS in four seasons.
Week of December 4 – December 8, 2017:
 Total Viewers A25-54 Rating A25-54 Viewers A18-49 Rating A18-49 Viewers
NBC 8.9171.752.1081.111.436
CBS 7.0681.141.3810.750.973
ABC 9.5281.651.9961.031.334
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‘TONIGHT SHOW’ DELIVER ITS 2ND BIGGEST 18-49 MARGIN THIS SEASON, BEHIND ONLY THANKSGIVING WEEK, TO DOMINATE THE NOV. 27-DEC. 1 WEEK

The Last Two Weeks Have been “Tonight’s” Most-Watched in Nearly Eight Months
Seth Meyers Matches His 18-49 High Since December 2016, Carson Daly Grabs His Top Rating in Nearly a Year

NEW YORK — Dec. 5, 2017 — “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has delivered a decisive victory for the ratings week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in the key late-night demographic of adults 18-49, scoring “Tonight’s” biggest margin over #2, excluding Thanksgiving week, so far this season, according to “live plus same day” results from Nielsen Media Research.
Over the last two weeks, “Tonight” has now delivered its two biggest 18-49 ratings of the season, its two most-watched weeks since April and its two biggest 18-49 margins of victory so far this season.

“Tonight’s” 0.71 rating for the week is the show’s best, excluding Thanksgiving week (which benefited from a particularly high-rated Thursday lead-in from primetime NFL football), since Sept. 4-8 (0.74). In total viewers, last week’s average 2.830 million makes it the show’s most-watched week, excluding Thanksgiving week, since April 3-7, 2.986 million).

For the week, “Tonight” generated a +42% margin of victory in adult 18-49 rating versus CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (with a 0.71 vs. a 0.50). Excluding “Tonight’s” dominant +48% win during Thanksgiving week, this is the biggest margin of victory in 18-49 this season versus “Colbert.” Besides Thanksgiving week, “Tonight” last delivered a bigger advantage with a +76% win the week of Sept. 4-8 (0.74 vs. 0.42).

Note that CBS excluded its Monday and Tuesday results last week.

At 12:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” equaled the show’s highest 18-49 rating (0.42, tying Thanksgiving week) in more than 11 months (since Dec. 19-23, 2016, 0.47) and generated the show’s most-watched week (1.579 million), excluding Thanksgiving week, over that same span (since Dec. 19-23, 2016, 1.712 million).

At 1:35 a.m., an encore week of “Last Call with Carson Daly” scored the show’s top 18-49 average (0.28) in nearly a year (since Dec. 12-16, 2016, 0.30) and tied the prior Thanksgiving week in total viewers (934,000) to match the most-watched “Last Call” week over that same period (since Dec. 12-16, 2016, 979,000).

The strong “Tonight Show” week was led by Thursday’s telecast, which was delayed by a “Thursday Night Football” overrun. With a 0.93 rating in 18-49, the Nov. 30 telecast equaled the top “Tonight” result, excluding Thanksgiving and the opening night of the NFL season, since Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 (1.19).

The top “Late Night” telecast of the week was the Thursday edition (delayed by an NFL overrun), which scored Meyers’ best Nielsens in 18-49 (0.56) and total viewers (1.870 million), excluding Thanksgiving and the opening night of the NFL season, since Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 (0.68 in 18-49, 1.991 million viewers overall).

LATE-NIGHT WEEKLY AVERAGES
(According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1. Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. 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” 0.71 rating, 4 share *
CBS “Late Show,” 0.50/3
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.44/3 *
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.29/2
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.42/4 *
CBS “Late Late Show,” 0.28/2 *
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.28/3(R) *
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.830 million viewers *
CBS “Late Show,” 3.348 million viewers *
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.075 million viewers *
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.392 million viewers
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.579 million viewers *
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.399 million viewers *
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.934 million viewers (R) *
* Monday and Tuesday editions of “Late Show” and “Late Late Show,” as well as Monday’s “Kimmel,” were encores and are excluded from these averages. Thursday’s NBC programs were delayed due to a primetime NFL overrun. Friday’s “Late Night” and “Late Late Show” were encores.

SEASON AVERAGES
ADULTS 18-49
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight” 0.68 rating, 4 share
CBS “Late Show,” 0.60/4
ABC “Kimmel,” 0.49/3
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 0.31/2
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 0.39/3
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 0.30/3
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.24/2
TOTAL VIEWERS
11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Tonight,” 2.715 million viewers
CBS “Late Show,” 3.692 million viewers
ABC “Kimmel,” 2.398 million viewers
12:35-1:05 a.m. ET
ABC “Nightline,” 1.462 million viewers
12:35-1:35 a.m. ET
NBC “Late Night,” 1.531 million viewers
CBS “The Late Late Show,” 1.425 million viewers
1:35-2:05 a.m. ET
NBC “Last Call,” 0.825 million viewers

SELECTED CABLE RESULTS, WEEK OF NOV. 27-DEC. 1
NATIONAL ADULT 18-49 RATING
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m. ET, “The Daily Show,” 0.26
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Opposition,” 0.13

TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.17
Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 0.53
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.38
Each adult 18-49 rating point equals 1.28 million viewers.
TOTAL VIEWERS
Comedy Central, 11-11:30 p.m., “The Daily Show,” 0.866 million
Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET, “The Opposition,” 0.381 million
TBS, 11 p.m.-midnight, “Conan,” 0.396 million

Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET, 1.092 million
Adult Swim, 12:30-1:30 a.m. ET, 0.814 million

NBC DOMINATES NOV. 27-DEC. 3 WITH THE TOP 18-49 AND TOTAL-VIEWER WEEKLY AVERAGES, EXCLUDING FOX’S WORLD SERIES WEEKS, SO FAR THIS SEASON

Sunday & Thursday Football Are #1-2 Among Primetime Big 4 Telecasts in Both 18-49 and Total Viewers

“This Is Us,” Both “Voice” Telecasts & “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” Earn Top-10 Ratings Among Entertainment Shows on Those Nets in 18-49; “This Is Us” Is the #1 Entertainment Telecast

NBC Ranks #1 Season to Date in Adults 18-49 by a +26% Margin Over Fox, Biggest Lead for Any Net at This Point in the Season in 20 Years
Monday’s "Voice" Is the #1 Show of the Night on the Big 4 in 18-49, Grows +12% Week to Week; "Pentatonix" Hits a Slot High for NBC Since Early October

Tuesday’s "This Is Us" Is the #1 Show of the Night With Its Highest Rating Since Oct. 24; In Total Viewers, "Voice" Beats "Rudolph" by +2.5 Million, "Chicago Med" Beats "Victoria’s Secret" by +2.8 Million

L+3: “This Is Us” Delivers Tuesday’s Top L+3 Lifts in 18-49 and Total Viewers
"Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Ranks #1 Wednesday Night in Total Viewers, Maintains 100% of Its 2016 Rating in 18-49; "SVU" Hits Season Highs & "Chicago P.D." Locks Up Its Top 18-49 Rating Since Premiere Week
A Redskins-Cowboys NFL Matchup Scores as the Most-Watched Non-Thanksgiving “Thursday Night Football” Game of the Season

NBC Ties for the Friday Win Among the Big 4 With "Dateline" Tying as the #1 Show of the Night on Those Nets in 18-49, "Blindspot" Equals Its Season High
Eagles-Seahawks “Sunday Night Football” Grows +11% Vs. the Year-Ago Game in Total Viewers, Marking the Third Straight Sunday of Year-to-Year “SNF” Growth

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Dec. 5, 2017 — NBC has dominated the primetime ratings week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3, prevailing among adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key demographic, as the network’s Sunday and Thursday NFL telecasts have ranked #1-2 among primetime programs on the Big 4 networks in both 18-49 and total viewers.
“This Is Us” is the week #1 entertainment telecast on the Big 4 in 18-49 and both the Monday and Tuesday editions of “The Voice” as well as Wednesday’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” finished in the top 10 on that list, according to “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

Excluding Fox’s World Series week, NBC’s 2.4 rating in 18-49 and 9.3 million viewers overall for the Nov. 27-Dec. 3week are the highest weeklong averages for any network so far this season.

NBC is dominating the current primetime season in adults 18-49, with leads over #2 Fox of +0.5 of a rating point or +26% (2.4 vs. 1.9). The +26% advantage is the best for any #1 network at this point in the season in 20 years, since 1997-98 when NBC led #2 ABC by +30%.

In total viewers, NBC is running #2 season to date, within 744,000 of #1 CBS (9.931 million vs. 9.187 million). It’s NBC’s closest margin behind CBS at this point in the season in 15 years, since 2002-03, when CBS’ margin over NBC was 596,000.

Season to date, NBC is running #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and every other key demographic. Counting entertainment programming only, NBC leads the season in adults 18-49, and also ranks #1 among the Big 4 in adults 25-54, adults 18-34 and all key adult-female demos (including a tie in women 18-34).

Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

Week 10 Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Nov. 27-Dec. 3
NBC…2.4
Fox…1.6
CBS…1.2
ABC…1.1
CW…0.6
Total Viewers
NBC…9.3 million
CBS…7.7 million
Fox…5.4 million
ABC…4.8 million
CW…1.8 million
Season-to-Date Averages
Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”
NBC…2.4
Fox…1.9
CBS…1.8
ABC…1.6
CW…0.6
Total Viewers
CBS…9.9 million
NBC…9.2 million
ABC…6.6 million
Fox…6.3 million
CW…1.9 million

NBC highlights for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3:
Monday
NBC ranked #1 for the night among the Big 4 networks in every key demographic.
“The Voice” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and total viewers ahead of ABC’s 10 p.m. drama “The Good Doctor.” “Voice” increased by +12% week to week in 18-49 (1.9 vs. 1.7) and +5% in total viewers (9.6 million vs. 9.1 million).
“Live Plus Three Day” Ratings: “Voice” increased by +19% in 18-49 (from a 1.87 rating to a 2.22) and +1.3 million viewers overall (9.6 million to 10.9 million) going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to L+3.
“Live Plus Seven Day” Ratings: Monday’s “The Voice” is growing by +27% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 2.25 to a 2.85) and more than +2.1 million viewers overall (10.2 million to 12.4 million). When projected 35-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Voice” 18-49 rating increases to a 4.12.
“A Very Pentatonix Christmas” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) generated NBC’s top 18-49 rating in this timeslot since Oct. 9 (1.1) and best total-viewer score since Sept. 25 (6.0 million viewers overall). Versus last season’s NBC time-period average, the special was up +11% in total viewers (5.5 million vs. 4.9 million). L+3: The special grew by +16% in 18-49 (1.09 to 1.26) and +896,000 viewers overall (5.5 million to 6.4 million) going from L+SD to L+3

Tuesday
NBC won the night among the Big 4 in adults 18-49 and total viewers.
“The Voice” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) grew +6% week to week in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.7) and +1.2 million persons or +13% in total viewers (10.6 million vs. 9.4 million) to deliver its most-watched telecast since Oct. 10 (11.1 million) and rank as the night’s #2 program in total viewers. “Voice” finished within 0.1 of the timeslot’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” special on CBS (1.8 vs. 1.9), narrowing a margin of 0.4 of a point for “Rudolph” on the year-ago night (2.3 vs. 1.9). In total viewers, “Voice” topped “Rudolph” by +2.5 million persons or +31% (10.6 million vs. 8.1 million). L+3: “Voice” grew by +14% in 18-49 (1.82 to 2.07) and +1.0 million viewers overall (10.6 million to 11.6 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: Tuesday’s “Voice” has increased by +26% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 2.19 to a 2.76) and +2.0 million viewers overall (10.2 million to 12.2 million). With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the Tuesday “Voice” 18-49 figure grows to a 4.01.
“This Is Us” (2.8/10 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers, delivering its highest 18-49 rating since Oct. 24 (2.8) and its most-watched episode since Oct. 10 (11.0 million). “Us” grew week to week by +12% week to week in 18-49 (2.8 vs. 2.5) and +17% or +1.6 million persons in total viewers (10.9 million vs. 9.3 million). Versus the same night last year, “Us” increased by +4%
in both 18-49 (2.8 vs. 2.7 on Nov. 29, 2016) and total viewers (10.9 million vs. 10.5 million). L+3: “This Is Us” increased by +55% in 18-49 (2.76 to 4.27) and +4.3 million viewers overall (10.9 million to 15.2 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest L+3 lifts of the night in 18-49 rating and total viewers. L+7: “This Is Us” is growing by +82% in 18-49 rating (from a 2.84 to a 5.16) and +6.3 million viewers overall (10.6 million to 16.9 million) going from L+SD to L+7. When projected 35-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Us” 18-49 rating increases to an 8.73. Upscale: “Us” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 146 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.
“Chicago Med” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) retained 100% of the prior week’s season premiere in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.3) and grew +1.7 million persons or +27% in total viewers (7.9 million vs. 6.2 million), to equal the show’s highest 18-49 rating since March 16 (1.4, Thursday at 9 p.m.), and deliver the show’s most-watched episode since March 2 (8.8 million). “Med” won the slot among ABC, CBS and NBC in total viewers, beating CBS’ “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” by more than +2.8 million viewers or +56% (7.9 million vs. 5.0 million). L+3: “Med” grew by +53% in 18-49 (1.31 to 2.00) and more than +3.0 million viewers overall (7.9 million to 10.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: Last season, “Med” increased by +67% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.24 to a 2.07) and more than +3.2 million viewers overall (6.7 million to 9.9 million).

Wednesday
NBC won Wednesday night in total viewers for the first time this season.
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m.) ranked as the #1 show of the night in total viewers, while maintaining 100% versus last year in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.7 on Nov. 30, 2016) to match the annual event’s top rating since 2014 (1.8). “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” equaled NBC’s highest in-season rating in the time period in nearly a year (since “Hairspray Live! on Dec. 7, 2016, 2.5) and generated the network’s best in-season total-viewer result in the hour since that same date (10.4 million). Versus NBC’s average for the timeslot last season, the special was up +55% (1.7 vs. 1.1, L+SD non-sports) and up +75% in total viewers (9.0 million vs. 5.2 million).
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) captured season highs in 18-49 and total viewers, soaring +42% or +2.1 million persons versus its prior telecast of three weeks ago in total viewers (7.1 million vs. 5.0 million on Nov. 8) to deliver the show’s most-watched episode since the fall 2016 season premiere (7.8 million on Sept. 21, 2016). In 18-49, “SVU” jumped +36% versus its previous episode (1.5 vs. 1.1), to score the show’s high rating since Feb. 8 (1.6). L+3: “SVU” grew +52% in 18-49 (1.47 to a season-high 2.23) and more than +2.4 million viewers overall (7.1 million to 9.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. The +0.76 increase is “SVU’s” biggest L+3 lift of the season. L+7: “SVU” has grown by +77% this season in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.24 to a 2.19) and +2.9 million viewers overall (5.6 million to 8.5 million). When projected 35-day non-linear viewing is included, the “SVU” 18-49 rating increases to a 3.46.
“Chicago P.D.” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) hit a season high in total viewers with the show’s most-watched episode since Jan. 18 (7.1 million), while capturing the show’s strongest 18-49 rating since its season premiere Sept. 27 (1.3) and equaling the show’s best regular-slot 18-49 rating since Jan. 18 (1.5). “P.D.” won the time period in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers and has now won the slot or tied for #1 versus regular ABC and CBS competition in 18-49 with its last 24 straight original telecasts (L+SD), extending back to October 2016. L+3: “P.D.” grew by +61% in 18-49 (1.27 to 2.04) and +3.3 million viewers overall (7.0 million to 10.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: “Chicago P.D.” is increasing by +94% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.13 to a 2.19) and +4.1 million viewers overall (6.0 million to 10.1 million). With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the “P.D.” figure grows to a 3.00.

Thursday
“Thursday Night Football,” featuring the Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys (4.7/18 in 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall from 8:27-11:08 p.m. ET on NBC and the NFL Network) won the night in every key ratings measure and scored as the most-watched non-Thanksgiving “Thursday Night Football” game of the season.

Friday
“Blindspot” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) grew +0.1 of a point or +17% versus its prior telecast in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.6 on Nov. 17), to equal the show’s season high in 18-49 and match NBC’s highest in-season rating in the timeslot since April 7 (0.8). L+3: The previous week’s “Blindspot” increased +95% in 18-49 (0.56 to 1.09) and +1.7 million viewers overall (3.4 million to 5.1 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. The +95% increase was the biggest of the Night on the Big 4 and the +0.53 rating point increase tied for the biggest. Upscale: “Blindspot” is attracting a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 113 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.
“Dateline NBC” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 1.3 in adults 25-54, 4.9 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49 on the Big 4 networks and also tied for #1 in the two-hour timeslot among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49. Versus its prior Friday original,
“Dateline” maintained 100% in adults 18-49 (0.9 vs. 0.9 on Nov. 17), grew +8% in adults 25-54 (1.3 vs. 1.2) and jumped +15% in total viewers (4.9 million vs. 4.3 million). L+3: The prior week’s “Dateline” increased by +24% in 18-49 (0.87 to 1.08) and +750,000 viewers overall (4.3 million to 5.1 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. Upscale: Friday’s “Dateline” is delivering a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 116 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

Sunday
NBC Sports coverage of Philadelphia Eagles-Seattle Seahawks “Sunday Night Football” (6.4/22 in 18-49, 19.7 million viewers overall from 8:31-11:27 p.m. ET) led NBC to the nightlong win among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key ratings measures. Versus the year-ago “SNF” telecast, the Eagles-Seahawks game was up +5% in 18-49 (6.4 vs. 6.1 for Panthers-Seahawks on Dec. 4, 2016) and +11% in total viewers (19.693 million vs. 17.752 million). It’s the third straight week “SNF” has topped the comparable year-ago game in total viewers.

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