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Network Rankings: Viewers Voted for CNN in Primetime

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Network Performance in Primetime: 12/14/15 - 12/20/15

As has become custom over the 2015-2016 season to-date, NBC was the highest-rated network of the week in primetime, and CBS took the #1 spot in overall viewers.

  • NBC averaged a 2 in the adults 18-49 category, down less than a tenth from the previous week.
  • CBS took second place in 18-49 with a 1.6 average, up one tenth from the previous week.
  • Both ABC and Fox fell from the previous week in adults 18-49, though the drop experienced by Fox was a bit sharper due to an overwhelming abundance of repeats in primetime.
  • ESPN (0.8) defeated ABC Family (0.7) by a tenth of a point to finish the week as cable's #1 network in 18-49. Both networks were down two tenths of a point from the previous week in adults 18-49.
  • Univision, TBS, NFL Network and CNN round out the week's top 10 in adults 18-49.
  • CBS was the #1 network of this past week in total viewers (8.1 million), holding steady with the total viewer average from the week ending December 13.
  • NBC fell from 8.3 million total viewers (week ending 12/13) to 7.5 million this past week.
  • ABC and Fox followed in that order. ABC held steady week-to-week, and Fox lost total viewers week-to-week.
  • Anchored by the GOP debate (the most-watched primetime program of the week), no cable network hauled in more viewers during primetime last week than CNN (2.7 million)
  • CNN was the fifth-most-watched network of the week during primetime (broadcast & cable).
  • ESPN was the second-most-watched primetime cable network of the week (2.4 million), followed by Hallmark Channel (2.1 million), ABC Family (2 million) and NFL Network (1.9 million), among others.

All Nielsen-Measured Networks

Sorted by Adults 18-49, Live+SD Data:

<p>Dates</p><p>Viewing Source</p><p>P18-49 Rtg%</p><p>P18-49 Proj (000 s)</p><p>P25-54 Rtg%</p><p>P25-54 Proj (000 s)</p><p>P2+ Proj (000 s)</p><p></p>

Week of 12/14/2015

NBC

1.97

2499

2.52

2990

7539

Week of 12/14/2015

CBS

1.57

1995

2.23

2646

8115

Week of 12/14/2015

ABC

0.99

1260

1.33

1576

4565

Week of 12/14/2015

FOX

0.82

1042

1.06

1260

3109

Week of 12/14/2015

ESPN

0.81

1025

0.89

1060

2414

Week of 12/14/2015

ABC FAMILY

0.72

908

0.72

851

1979

Week of 12/14/2015

UNIVISION

0.61

768

0.67

791

1693

Week of 12/14/2015

TBS NETWORK

0.60

763

0.68

814

1526

Week of 12/14/2015

NFL NETWORK

0.60

760

0.71

838

1864

Week of 12/14/2015

CNN

0.57

724

0.71

840

2740

Week of 12/14/2015

TELEMUNDO

0.54

688

0.61

725

1490

Week of 12/14/2015

FX

0.47

593

0.54

636

1241

Week of 12/14/2015

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

0.43

545

0.54

642

1437

Week of 12/14/2015

USA NETWORK

0.41

526

0.51

611

1716

Week of 12/14/2015

TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION

0.41

525

0.49

580

1405

Week of 12/14/2015

ADULT SWIM

0.39

493

0.31

365

927

Week of 12/14/2015

HALLMARK CHANNEL

0.35

443

0.48

574

2098

Week of 12/14/2015

HBO - THE WORKS

0.35

443

0.39

465

883

Week of 12/14/2015

CW

0.33

414

0.41

490

1161

Week of 12/14/2015

ION

0.32

401

0.40

470

1346

Week of 12/14/2015

SYFY

0.31

396

0.38

456

1081

Week of 12/14/2015

HOME AND GARDEN TV

0.30

385

0.39

466

1243

Week of 12/14/2015

UNIMAS

0.30

376

0.32

383

744

Week of 12/14/2015

HISTORY

0.29

369

0.37

435

1230

Week of 12/14/2015

FOOD NETWORK

0.29

367

0.34

400

931

Week of 12/14/2015

SPIKE TV

0.28

350

0.31

367

710

Week of 12/14/2015

BRAVO

0.27

348

0.32

385

638

Week of 12/14/2015

VH1

0.27

336

0.25

293

510

Week of 12/14/2015

A&E NETWORK

0.25

314

0.28

329

768

Week of 12/14/2015

TLC

0.24

305

0.27

326

736

Week of 12/14/2015

COMEDY CENTRAL

0.24

302

0.20

232

480

Week of 12/14/2015

INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY

0.24

299

0.33

392

846

Week of 12/14/2015

NICKELODEON

0.23

290

0.21

250

1253

Week of 12/14/2015

DISNEY CHANNEL

0.22

273

0.21

244

1332

Week of 12/14/2015

AMC

0.21

271

0.28

332

831

Week of 12/14/2015

E!

0.21

268

0.21

247

472

Week of 12/14/2015

BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV

0.21

264

0.19

228

554

Week of 12/14/2015

NICK-AT-NITE

0.20

257

0.19

221

716

Week of 12/14/2015

ENCORE

0.18

233

0.22

259

799

Week of 12/14/2015

ALL PBS STATIONS

0.17

221

0.28

327

1702

Week of 12/14/2015

FXX

0.17

220

0.17

206

377

Week of 12/14/2015

LIFETIME TELEVISION

0.16

209

0.22

258

802

Week of 12/14/2015

MTV

0.16

203

0.13

160

319

Week of 12/14/2015

FOX NEWS

0.16

198

0.25

301

1734

Week of 12/14/2015

BOUNCE TV

0.15

195

0.18

209

417

Week of 12/14/2015

ANIMAL PLANET

0.15

187

0.18

220

550

Week of 12/14/2015

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHNL

0.14

176

0.17

207

490

Week of 12/14/2015

SHOWTIME

0.13

171

0.17

206

453

Week of 12/14/2015

DISNEY JUNIOR

0.13

167

0.13

155

554

Week of 12/14/2015

TRUTV

0.13

165

0.12

145

306

Week of 12/14/2015

ESPN2

0.13

161

0.13

160

411

Week of 12/14/2015

WETV

0.13

160

0.15

181

494

Week of 12/14/2015

PBS PRIMARY NTWK AFFIL

0.13

159

0.21

248

1415

Week of 12/14/2015

STARZ

0.12

148

0.14

162

362

Week of 12/14/2015

TV LAND

0.11

144

0.16

196

466

Week of 12/14/2015

HBO PRIME

0.11

144

0.14

162

306

Week of 12/14/2015

TRAVEL CHANNEL

0.11

139

0.14

170

385

Week of 12/14/2015

CNBC

0.11

135

0.11

128

345

Week of 12/14/2015

NICK JR

0.10

133

0.11

134

551

Week of 12/14/2015

SCIENCE

0.10

132

0.12

141

299

Week of 12/14/2015

MULTIMAX

0.10

130

0.12

144

257

Week of 12/14/2015

LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK

0.10

127

0.14

162

454

Week of 12/14/2015

MTV2

0.08

97

0.06

70

187

Week of 12/14/2015

GSN

0.07

95

0.09

110

349

Week of 12/14/2015

CMT

0.07

94

0.09

111

222

Week of 12/14/2015

FOX SPORTS 1

0.07

94

0.08

100

222

Week of 12/14/2015

H2

0.07

94

0.10

124

324

Week of 12/14/2015

OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK

0.07

92

0.08

101

279

Week of 12/14/2015

MSNBC

0.07

91

0.11

134

568

Week of 12/14/2015

HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES

0.07

89

0.10

122

460

Week of 12/14/2015

HLN

0.07

87

0.09

110

312

Week of 12/14/2015

OXYGEN MEDIA

0.07

85

0.08

97

193

Week of 12/14/2015

SHOWTIME PRIME

0.07

85

0.09

103

228

Week of 12/14/2015

IFC TV

0.07

84

0.07

89

179

Week of 12/14/2015

ME TV

0.07

83

0.13

151

567

Week of 12/14/2015

BBC-AMERICA

0.06

78

0.08

93

211

Week of 12/14/2015

ESTRELLA TV AFFILIATES

0.06

76

0.08

95

192

Week of 12/14/2015

ENCORE PRIMARY

0.06

76

0.07

82

193

Week of 12/14/2015

GALAVISION

0.06

73

0.06

74

146

Week of 12/14/2015

VELOCITY

0.06

72

0.08

92

226

Week of 12/14/2015

DISCOVERY EN ESPANOL

0.06

71

0.06

74

122

Week of 12/14/2015

NBA-TV

0.06

71

0.06

66

143

Week of 12/14/2015

TV ONE

0.06

71

0.06

73

152

Week of 12/14/2015

NBC SPORTS NETWORK

0.05

70

0.06

71

177

Week of 12/14/2015

FYI

0.05

69

0.06

75

160

Week of 12/14/2015

DISNEY XD

0.05

64

0.05

62

300

Week of 12/14/2015

WGN AMERICA

0.05

64

0.07

83

271

Week of 12/14/2015

AZTECA AMERICA

0.05

63

0.06

71

136

Week of 12/14/2015

NICKTOONS

0.05

60

0.04

50

250

Week of 12/14/2015

MAXPRIME

0.05

60

0.06

69

123

Week of 12/14/2015

DESTINATION AMERICA

0.05

58

0.06

69

174

Week of 12/14/2015

DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL

0.05

58

0.05

57

161

Week of 12/14/2015

SUNDANCE TV

0.05

58

0.07

82

218

Week of 12/14/2015

STARZ PRIMARY

0.04

56

0.05

64

130

Week of 12/14/2015

NAT GEO WILD

0.04

54

0.05

57

198

Week of 12/14/2015

BOOMERANG

0.04

53

0.04

49

191

Week of 12/14/2015

INSP

0.04

50

0.05

56

353

Week of 12/14/2015

POP

0.04

49

0.06

67

167

Week of 12/14/2015

COOKING CHANNEL

0.04

46

0.05

54

126

Week of 12/14/2015

FX MOVIE CHANNEL

0.04

46

0.04

45

109

Week of 12/14/2015

ESQUIRE NETWORK

0.04

45

0.04

46

103

Week of 12/14/2015

AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL

0.03

39

0.04

45

142

Week of 12/14/2015

DIY NETWORK

0.03

39

0.05

55

164

Week of 12/14/2015

SPROUT

0.03

39

0.03

37

142

Week of 12/14/2015

MUNDOMAX

0.03

38

0.04

47

141

Week of 12/14/2015

ESPNEWS

0.03

37

0.03

35

69

Week of 12/14/2015

ESPNU

0.03

37

0.04

48

140

Week of 12/14/2015

REELZCHANNEL

0.03

37

0.04

48

137

Week of 12/14/2015

THE WEATHER CHANNEL

0.03

37

0.04

50

185

Week of 12/14/2015

FUSE

0.03

35

0.03

35

66

Week of 12/14/2015

TEENNICK

0.03

34

0.02

26

168

Week of 12/14/2015

UP

0.03

33

0.04

47

200

Week of 12/14/2015

FOX DEPORTES

0.02

31

0.03

33

55

Week of 12/14/2015

MLB NETWORK

0.02

31

0.02

28

65

Week of 12/14/2015

UNIVISION DEPORTES

0.02

30

0.03

30

57

Week of 12/14/2015

DISCOVERY FAMILIA

0.02

26

0.02

24

44

Week of 12/14/2015

CHILLER

0.02

25

0.02

29

69

Week of 12/14/2015

COZI TV

0.02

24

0.03

32

131

Week of 12/14/2015

DISCOVERY LIFE CHANNEL

0.02

23

0.02

27

90

Week of 12/14/2015

NBC UNIVERSO

0.02

23

0.02

23

54

Week of 12/14/2015

OVATION

0.02

23

0.03

33

77

Week of 12/14/2015

CENTRIC

0.02

20

0.02

20

52

Week of 12/14/2015

BABY FIRST TV

0.01

19

0.01

17

44

Week of 12/14/2015

LOGO

0.02

19

0.02

23

40

Week of 12/14/2015

SMITHSONIAN

0.02

19

0.02

26

85

Week of 12/14/2015

EL REY

0.01

14

0.01

14

49

Week of 12/14/2015

VH1 CLASSIC

0.01

14

0.02

18

29

Week of 12/14/2015

GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY

0.01

13

0.01

16

61

Week of 12/14/2015

GOLF CHANNEL

0.01

11

0.01

17

59

Week of 12/14/2015

CLOO

0.01

8

0.01

10

43

Week of 12/14/2015

FOX BUSINESS NETWORK

0.01

8

0.01

10

72

Week of 12/14/2015

FOX SPORTS 2

0.01

7

0.01

8

23

Week of 12/14/2015

BEIN SPORT

0.00

5

0.01

8

13

Week of 12/14/2015

RFD-TV

0.00

5

0.00

5

131

Week of 12/14/2015

AL JAZEERA AMERICA

0.00

2

0.00

3

21

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