Top 100 Shows: December 28, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Top Programs of the Week (12/28/2015 - 1/3/2016)

NBC Sunday Night Football ended its season with a bang, as the Vikings victory over the Packers in the de-facto NFC North Championship Game hauled in an impressive 7.9 rating in adults 18-49 and over 24.3 million viewers.

  • The 24.3 million total viewers figure is up +17% from the 2014 finale.
  • NBC Sunday Night Football has posted its most-watched and highest-rated season of all time.

The College Football Playoff semifinal, which featured a blowout win for Alabama over Michigan State, was the #1 cable original of the week. Televised by ESPN, the New Year's Eve primetime matchup averaged a 5.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.6 million total viewers. These figures are significantly down from the comparable CFP semifinal earlier in 2015 (Ohio State vs. Alabama - Sugar Bowl).

Monday Night Football also had a big night. The season finale (Dec. 28) scored numbers that were significantly up from the previous week, thus giving ESPN a dominant victory over the cable landscape last week.

ABC Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest was the #2 broadcast program of the week, hauling in numbers that were consistently with the 2014 edition of the long-running program.

A handful of original series on broadcast returned after this past week after taking Christmas week off.

CBS' 60 Minutes was by far the highest-rated entertainment series of the week, grabbing a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and over 15.3 million viewers in total.

The Simpsons finished #2 in adults 18-49, followed by Family Guy.

NFL overrun always plays a significant role in ratings for the 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday night series, and that was most definitely the case this past week.

Top 10 Cable Series of the Week (Adults 18-49%):

  1. VH1 - Love & Hip Hop, season 6 (1.5)
  2. Bravo - The Real Housewives of Atlanta (1.4)
  3. Discovery - Gold Rush (1.3)
  4. USA - WWE Raw, 8 p.m. (1.2)
  5. E! - Keeping up with the Kardashians (1.2)
  6. USA - WWE Raw, 9 p.m. (1.2)
  7. USA - WWE Raw, 10 p.m. (1.2)
  8. Discovery - Alaskan Bush People (1.1)
  9. VH1 - Black Ink Crew Chicago (1.1)
  10. History - Curse of Oak Island (0.95)

Gold Rush was the most-watched cable entertainment series of the week, averaging 4.2 million total viewers.

OriginatorProgramTelecast DateTelecast TimeCommon Day of WeekIndicatorsP18-49 Rtg%P18-49 Proj (000 s)P25-54 Rtg%P25-54 Proj (000 s)P2+ Proj (000 s)
NBCNBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (MIN vs. GB)01/03/20168:31 PMSUNDAY7.91100339.631143724286
NBCSUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK01/03/20168:22 PMSUNDAY5.6571656.88817117750
ESPNCFP SEMIFINAL L (MSU vs. ALA)12/31/20158:20 PMTHURSDAY(L)(E-O)(P-O)5.5169896.46767318552
ESPNCOLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L12/31/20158:08 PMTHURSDAY(L)(E-O)(P-O)5.4569116.31749418090
CBSCBS NFL REG POST GUN01/03/20167:51 PMSUNDAY(D)(C)5.2166056.66790819390
ESPNCOLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L12/31/20158:01 PMTHURSDAY(L)(E-O)(P-O)5.0764325.90700516764
ESPNNFL REGULAR SEASON L (CIN vs. DEN)12/28/20158:15 PMMONDAY(T)(L)(E-O)(P-O)4.8160955.81689715806
NBCFOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 301/03/20167:57 PMSUNDAY4.1953185.10606012809
ABCPRIMETIME NYRE '16 PT 212/31/20159:59 PMTHURSDAY(S)3.9149634.52536913015
FOXFOX NFL SUNDAY-PST GN-NAT01/03/20167:31 PMSUNDAY(D)(C)2.9837783.4841368845
CBS60 MINUTES01/03/20167:55 PMSUNDAY2.7735173.98472415357
FOXOT, THE01/03/20167:35 PMSUNDAY2.6433483.1337207748
ESPNSUGAR BOWL L (OK ST vs. OLE MISS)01/01/20168:39 PMFRIDAY(T)(L)(E-O)(P-O)2.5532393.0335998940
ABCPRIMETIME NYRE '16 PT 112/31/20158:00 PMTHURSDAY(S)2.2828972.7532678132
FOXSIMPSONS01/03/20168:00 PMSUNDAY1.9624812.1325364405
FOXFAMILY GUY01/03/20169:00 PMSUNDAY1.6821371.7821143264
ESPNCOLL FTBL BOWL GAME L12/29/20159:24 PMTUESDAY(T)(L)(E-O)(P-O)1.5719911.8021364958
CBSUNDERCOVER BOSS 1/3-SP01/03/20168:55 PMSUNDAY(S)1.5519672.1725797987
VH1LOVE AND HIP HOP 612/28/20158:00 PMMONDAY(E-O)(P-O)1.5019071.3916522812
BRAVOREAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA01/03/20168:00 PMSUNDAY(E-O)(P-O)1.3817511.5718703041
DISCOVERY CHANNELGOLD RUSH01/01/20169:00 PMFRIDAY(P-O)1.3416931.7520774247
USA NETWORKWWE ENTERTAINMENT12/28/20158:00 PMMONDAY(L)(E-O)(P-O)1.2315561.3315813695
CBSNCIS-ENC12/29/20158:00 PMTUESDAY(R)1.2315561.91227410370
E!KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS01/03/20169:00 PMSUNDAY(E-O)(P-O)1.2315561.1213322542
USA NETWORKWWE ENTERTAINMENT12/28/20159:00 PMMONDAY(L)(E-O)(P-O)1.2115361.3015393488
FOXCOOPER BARRETT'S GUIDE01/03/20168:30 PMSUNDAY(P)1.1915141.3215722621
USA NETWORKWWE ENTERTAINMENT12/28/201510:00 PMMONDAY(L)(E-O)(P-O)1.1815001.2815193425
NBCFOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 201/03/20167:30 PMSUNDAY1.1714821.4417073898
ABCMODERN FAMILY12/30/20159:00 PMWEDNESDAY(R)1.1414501.5918874543
DISCOVERY CHANNELALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE12/30/20159:00 PMWEDNESDAY(P-O)1.1314341.4216933931
ABCAMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS01/03/20167:00 PMSUNDAY1.1314341.5017825941
FOXBORDERTOWN01/03/20169:30 PMSUNDAY(P)1.1314301.2314572340
ABCABC W NEWS TONIGHT-1/101/01/20166:30 PMFRIDAY(S)1.1114101.5918918565
ABCHAPPY NEW YEAR, C. BROWN12/28/20158:00 PMMONDAY(S)(R)1.0813731.4417054851
ABC20/20-FRI SP-1/101/01/201610:01 PMFRIDAY(S)1.0713581.4917735373
VH1BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO12/28/20159:00 PMMONDAY(E-O)(P-O)1.0613450.9411151960
TELSENORA ACERO II - W12/30/201510:00 PMWEDNESDAY1.0613441.1113192409
TELSENORA ACERO II - T12/29/201510:00 PMTUESDAY1.0613401.0812792476
ABCMIDDLE, THE12/30/20158:00 PMWEDNESDAY(R)1.0513291.4417055068
CBSBIG BANG THEORY,THE-12/3112/31/20158:00 PMTHURSDAY(S)(R)1.0513281.6819996016
CBSI GET THAT A LOT12/30/20158:00 PMWEDNESDAY(S)1.0313121.3916524998
TELSENORA ACERO II - M12/28/201510:00 PMMONDAY1.0313111.0612632287
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE12/30/201510:00 PMWEDNESDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)1.0313031.2414782757
NBCTOAST TO 201512/31/20158:00 PMTHURSDAY(S)1.0212981.3916494777
NBCDATELINE CLASSIC-FRI01/01/20169:00 PMFRIDAY(R)1.0212891.4317044787
NBCNYE GAME NIGHT-ANDY COHEN12/31/201510:00 PMTHURSDAY(S)1.0112761.3115593718
NBCNBC NIGHTLY NEWS 1/101/01/20166:30 PMFRIDAY(S)1.0012741.4016667889
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE01/03/201610:00 PMSUNDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)1.0012711.0512522390
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE12/30/201510:30 PMWEDNESDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9912501.1713902659
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE01/03/20169:30 PMSUNDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9712351.0812862401
CBSSCORPION12/28/20159:00 PMMONDAY(R)0.9712271.5017766448
VH1BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO12/28/201510:00 PMMONDAY(E-O)(P-O)0.9612220.8710371788
ABCABC W NEWS TONIGHT-12/3112/31/20156:30 PMTHURSDAY(S)0.9612211.3916497399
HISTORYCURSE OF OAK ISLAND12/29/20159:00 PMTUESDAY(E-O)(P-O)0.9512111.2414773300
ADULT SWIMFAMILY GUY01/03/201610:30 PMSUNDAY(R)(P-A)0.9512070.698201942
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE01/03/20169:00 PMSUNDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9512001.0912962426
ABCGOLDBERGS, THE12/30/20158:30 PMWEDNESDAY(R)0.9411951.3015454126
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE01/03/20168:30 PMSUNDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9411951.1413532579
ABCBLACK-ISH12/30/20159:31 PMWEDNESDAY(R)0.9411941.3015403724
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE01/03/201610:30 PMSUNDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9411871.0312202257
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE12/30/20159:30 PMWEDNESDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9311841.1313412648
CBSNCIS: LOS ANGELES12/28/20159:59 PMMONDAY(R)0.9311801.3516076004
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE12/30/20159:00 PMWEDNESDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9211721.1213282678
NBCLAW AND ORDER:SVU12/30/20159:00 PMWEDNESDAY(R)0.9211681.3716285108
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE12/29/201510:30 PMTUESDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9211641.0812852536
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE12/29/201510:00 PMTUESDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9111521.0712732614
CBSCRIMINAL MINDS 10PM-SP12/30/201510:00 PMWEDNESDAY(S)(R)0.9111511.2915324978
UNIPASION Y PODER MON12/28/20159:00 PMMONDAY0.9111500.9911722342
UNIYO NO CREO EN HOMBRES MON12/28/201510:03 PMMONDAY0.9011410.9811672294
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE12/29/20159:30 PMTUESDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.9011361.0913002624
CBSKENNEDY CENTER HONORS12/29/20159:00 PMTUESDAY(S)0.8811211.3516067550
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE12/29/20159:00 PMTUESDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.8811181.1113202608
FOXPITBULL'S NYE REV LIVE-P112/31/20158:00 PMTHURSDAY(S)0.8811161.1013022629
NBCDATELINE MYSTERY01/02/20168:00 PMSATURDAY0.8811141.2715104901
UNIYO NO CREO EN HOMBRES TUE12/29/201510:03 PMTUESDAY0.8711090.9811612291
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE01/02/201610:00 PMSATURDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.8711071.1213332583
CBSSUPERGIRL12/28/20158:00 PMMONDAY(R)0.8610941.3015505198
TELSENORA ACERO II 01/0101/01/201610:00 PMFRIDAY(S)0.8610940.9010691959
ABCLAST MAN STANDING SP-1/101/01/20168:00 PMFRIDAY(S)(R)0.8610921.2114404392
ABCSHARK TANK SP-1/101/01/20169:00 PMFRIDAY(S)(R)0.8610861.1113233860
ABCGALAVANT01/03/20168:00 PMSUNDAY0.8610861.0011913197
NBCSUPERSTORE ENCORE12/28/20158:00 PMMONDAY(R)0.8510811.2214463395
CBSCBS EVENING NEWS SP-12/3112/31/20156:30 PMTHURSDAY(S)0.8510811.2715055949
NBCNBC NIGHTLY NEWS 12/3112/31/20156:30 PMTHURSDAY(S)0.8410671.3015457021
ABCFRESH OFF BOAT12/29/20158:00 PMTUESDAY(R)(P)0.8410651.1613813739
CBSCBS EVENING NEWS SP-1/101/01/20166:30 PMFRIDAY(S)0.8310581.2615006432
ADULT SWIMAMERICAN DAD01/03/201610:00 PMSUNDAY(R)(P-A)0.8310520.627361747
ADULT SWIMFAMILY GUY01/01/201610:30 PMFRIDAY(R)(P-A)0.8310480.698201950
UNIYO NO CREO EN HOMBRES WED12/30/201510:03 PMWEDNESDAY0.8310470.9210962143
UNIPASION Y PODER TUE12/29/20159:00 PMTUESDAY0.8210440.9110782247
NBCHOLLYWOOD GAME NT 12/2912/29/20158:00 PMTUESDAY(S)(R)0.8210431.1313373469
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE12/30/20158:30 PMWEDNESDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.8210431.0312212571
ABCDR. KEN SP-1/101/01/20168:31 PMFRIDAY(S)(R)0.8110331.1113213443
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE01/02/20169:30 PMSATURDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.8110281.0312182349
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE01/03/20168:00 PMSUNDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.8110221.0112002280
CBSNCIS SPECIAL-1/101/01/20168:00 PMFRIDAY(S)(R)0.8010151.2414716949
NBCCHICAGO MED12/29/20159:00 PMTUESDAY(R)0.8010101.1914184586
NBCCAUGHT ON CAMERA 1/101/01/20168:00 PMFRIDAY(S)(R)0.7910001.1313383847
UNIANTES MUERTA LICHITA MON12/28/20158:00 PMMONDAY0.799980.8610222128
TBS NETWORKBIG BANG THEORY, THE01/02/201610:30 PMSATURDAY(R)(E-A)(P-A)0.799981.0612542529