"Top 100 Shows" - Thursday, December 31 2015

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Overnights

Year one of ESPN's New Years Eve College Football Playoff experiment didn't work, as numbers for the CFP semifinal games were significantly down year-over-year. The fact that both games were blowouts probably didn't help either.

  • Michigan State and Alabama (CFP semifinal #2 - Cotton Bowl) faced off in primetime, with Alabama earning a 38-0 victory. The night's #1 program hauled in a 5.5 rating in 18-49 and almost 18.6 million viewers overall.
  • The previous primetime CFP semifinal game (Ohio State over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl) averaged an 8.9 in adults 18-49 and 28.3 million viewers overall. That's a 38% decline in adults 18-49, and -34% in total viewers.
  • The second-most-watched and second-highest-rated New Year's Eve telecast (not including the studio shows) was CFP semifinal #1: Clemson over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.
  • This late-afternoon game on ESPN averaged a 4.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.6 million viewers overall.
  • The above figures are down from the previous CFP semifinal game, which featured an Oregon win over Florida State in the Rose Bowl game. That late-afternoon telecast scored an 8.3 in adults 18-49 and 28.2 million viewers overall. That's a 43% decline in adults 18-49 and a 45% decline in total viewers.

Will this year's CFP Championship game match last year's record-setting ratings performance? We will find out for sure next week. The game airs January 11th on ESPN and in primetime.

Entertainment

Not all was lost for Disney on New Year's Eve. The numbers for New Year's Rockin Eve were steady year-over-year: 2.3 in adults 18-49 / 8.1 million total viewers from 8 - 10 p.m. / 3.9 in adults 18-49 and 13 million viewers overall from 10 p.m. - midnight.

NBC's New Year's Eve-themed programming didn't perform quite as well. Numbers for New Year's Eve Game Night with Andy Cohen were poor, down from the comparable program in 2014 (hosted by Carson Daly).

  • The Andy Cohen-hosted program hauled a 1.0 in adults 18-49 and 3.7 million total viewers at 10 p.m ET.
  • The Carson Daly-hosted program averaged a 1.5 in 18-49 and 5.4 million total viewers at 10 p.m. ET.

Interestingly, the network's 8 p.m. NYE program (Toast to 2014) held steady year-over-year: 1.0 in adults 18-49 / 4.8 million viewers overall.

Though numbers for the Pitbull-hosted New Year's Eve festivities on Fox were low compared to those for ABC and NBC, they were actually up year-over-year.

Univision's New Year's Eve program (Feliz 2016) was down year-over-year, though decline wasn't alarmingly steep.

Syfy's WWE Smackdown was the top cable entertainment original of the night. The program averaged a 0.5 in the demo and almost 1.7 million total viewers.

(Sorted by Adults 18-49, Live + Same Day Data)

<p>Originator</p><p>Program</p><p>Telecast Date</p><p>Telecast Time</p><p>Common Day of Week</p><p>Indicators</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>

ESPN

CFP SEMIFINAL L (MSU vs. ALA)

12/31/2015

8:20 PM

THURSDAY

(L)(E-O)(P-O)

5.5

6989

6.5

7673

18552

ESPN

COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L

12/31/2015

8:08 PM

THURSDAY

(L)(E-O)(P-O)

5.4

6911

6.3

7494

18090

ESPN

COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L

12/31/2015

8:01 PM

THURSDAY

(L)(E-O)(P-O)

5.1

6432

5.9

7005

16764

ESPN

CFP SEMIFINAL L (OKLA vs. CLEM)

12/31/2015

4:10 PM

THURSDAY

(L)(E-O)(P-O)

4.7

5954

5.5

6482

15640

ABC

PRIMETIME NYRE '16 PT 2

12/31/2015

9:59 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

3.9

4963

4.5

5369

13015

ABC

PRIMETIME NYRE '16 PT 1

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

2.3

2897

2.8

3267

8132

CBS

BIG BANG THEORY,THE-12/31

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

1.0

1328

1.7

1999

6016

NBC

TOAST TO 2015

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

1.0

1298

1.4

1649

4777

NBC

NYE GAME NIGHT-ANDY COHEN

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

1.0

1276

1.3

1559

3718

ABC

ABC W NEWS TONIGHT-12/31

12/31/2015

6:30 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

1.0

1221

1.4

1649

7399

FOX

PITBULL'S NYE REV LIVE-P1

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.9

1116

1.1

1302

2629

CBS

CBS EVENING NEWS SP-12/31

12/31/2015

6:30 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.9

1081

1.3

1505

5948

NBC

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS 12/31

12/31/2015

6:30 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.8

1067

1.3

1545

7021

UNI

FELIZ 2016 2 12/31

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.8

952

0.8

934

2065

CBS

LIFE IN PIECES - 12/31-SP

12/31/2015

8:31 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.7

834

1.0

1241

3785

UNI

FELIZ 2016 1 12/31

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.5

673

0.6

696

1536

CBS

2 BROKE GIRLS-SP 12/31

12/31/2015

9:30 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.5

671

0.8

952

2845

ADULT SWIM

AMERICAN DAD

12/31/2015

10:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.5

646

0.5

569

1298

CBS

MOM SPECIAL - 12/31

12/31/2015

9:01 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.5

640

0.8

1006

3267

SYFY

WWE SMACKDOWN

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(E-O)(P-O)

0.5

584

0.5

621

1658

CBS

ELEMENTARY SPECIAL-12/31

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.5

580

0.6

749

2815

ADULT SWIM

AMERICAN DAD

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.5

579

0.4

488

1193

CNN

NEW YEARS EVE LIVE W/ AC

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(P-O)

0.4

565

0.5

621

1623

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/31/2015

9:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.4

553

0.6

655

1389

TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION

NEW YEARS EVE MOVIE

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(M)(E-A)(P-A)

0.4

525

0.5

593

1177

ADULT SWIM

BOBS BURGERS

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.4

508

0.3

387

988

ADULT SWIM

CLEVELAND SHOW, THE

12/31/2015

9:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.4

492

0.3

381

982

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.4

469

0.4

529

1187

UNI

PREMIO LO NUESTRO15 12/31

12/31/2015

7:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.3

438

0.4

468

1097

TBS NETWORK

2 BROKE GIRLS

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.3

437

0.4

512

971

TBS NETWORK

2 BROKE GIRLS

12/31/2015

10:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.3

422

0.4

445

910

ADULT SWIM

BOBS BURGERS

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.3

408

0.3

365

848

TEL

FESTIVAL FIN DE ANO III

12/31/2015

7:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.3

402

0.3

375

997

AMC

WALKING DEAD MARATHON

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.3

397

0.3

405

900

ABC FAMILY

BIG SCREEN MOVIE

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(M)(E-A)(P-V)

0.3

385

0.3

335

898

ABC FAMILY

BIG SCREEN MOVIE

12/31/2015

6:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(M)(E-A)(P-V)

0.3

379

0.3

312

689

BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV

BET AWARDS SHOW

12/31/2015

5:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.3

352

0.3

301

730

USA NETWORK

MODERN FAMILY

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.3

351

0.3

365

748

FX

FX MOVIE PRIME

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.3

340

0.3

308

586

A&E NETWORK

THE FIRST 48

12/31/2015

10:01 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.3

337

0.3

342

717

TEL

FESTIVAL FIN DE ANO IV

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.3

336

0.3

321

767

USA NETWORK

MODERN FAMILY

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.3

336

0.3

338

705

A&E NETWORK

THE FIRST 48

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.3

334

0.3

325

747

FX

FX MOVIE PRIME

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.3

333

0.3

301

645

UniMas

CINEPLEX 12/31/15-05

12/31/2015

6:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.3

330

0.3

333

633

NICK-AT-NITE

NICK AT NITE MOVIE

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(M)(E-A)(P-A)

0.3

329

0.3

326

904

AMC

WALKING DEAD MARATHON

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.3

321

0.3

336

761

TBS NETWORK

2 BROKE GIRLS

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.3

320

0.3

337

687

USA NETWORK

MODERN FAMILY

12/31/2015

9:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

314

0.3

330

695

CW

IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FEST-1

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.2

310

0.3

355

838

AMC

WALKING DEAD MARATHON

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

309

0.3

326

733

ADULT SWIM

KING OF THE HILL

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.2

308

0.2

271

701

MTV

RIDICULOUSNESS SSN2

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

307

0.2

247

499

USA NETWORK

MODERN FAMILY

12/31/2015

10:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

300

0.3

317

643

LIFETIME TELEVISION

MOVIE- THEATRICAL RPT

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(M)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

297

0.3

352

796

TEL

NOTICIERO TELEMUN 12/31

12/31/2015

6:30 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.2

292

0.2

292

880

HOME AND GARDEN TV

CARIBBEAN LIFE

12/31/2015

9:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

290

0.3

368

1055

BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV

BET 20 OF 2015

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)(P-O)

0.2

283

0.2

243

551

HOME AND GARDEN TV

CARIBBEAN LIFE

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

281

0.3

371

1120

SYFY

TWILIGHT ZONE

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.2

278

0.3

326

923

A&E NETWORK

THE FIRST 48

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

276

0.2

287

679

UniMas

CINEPLEX 12/31/15-06

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.2

276

0.2

269

559

HISTORY

AMERICAN PICKERS

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

275

0.3

368

1153

USA NETWORK

MODERN FAMILY

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

275

0.2

287

652

LIFETIME TELEVISION

MOVIE- THEATRICAL RPT

12/31/2015

10:02 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(M)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

274

0.3

298

695

HOME AND GARDEN TV

CARIBBEAN LIFE

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

272

0.3

333

850

MTV

RIDICULOUSNESS SSN6

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

272

0.2

225

475

USA NETWORK

MODERN FAMILY

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

271

0.2

282

763

SPIKE TV

COPS

12/31/2015

8:31 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

268

0.2

261

721

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

FAST N LOUD

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-O)

0.2

264

0.2

269

656

DISNEY CHANNEL

LIV AND MADDIE

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

263

0.2

234

1256

HOME AND GARDEN TV

CARIBBEAN LIFE

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

262

0.3

317

979

HOME AND GARDEN TV

CARIBBEAN LIFE

12/31/2015

10:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

261

0.3

348

1075

TBS NETWORK

2 BROKE GIRLS

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

258

0.2

266

529

HISTORY

AMERICAN PICKERS

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

255

0.3

338

1124

COMEDY CENTRAL

DRUNK HISTORY

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

254

0.1

157

337

DISNEY CHANNEL

JESSIE

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

254

0.2

233

1244

SPIKE TV

COPS

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

253

0.2

279

696

SYFY

TWILIGHT ZONE

12/31/2015

10:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.2

251

0.2

289

809

COMEDY CENTRAL

DRUNK HISTORY

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

249

0.2

234

371

HISTORY

AMERICAN PICKERS

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

249

0.3

354

1140

MTV

RIDICULOUSNESS SSN3B

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

241

0.2

186

422

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

FAST N LOUD

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-O)

0.2

236

0.2

251

544

SPIKE TV

COPS

12/31/2015

8:01 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

236

0.2

230

670

FOOD NETWORK

CHOPPED ALL-STARS

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

235

0.2

293

764

HOME AND GARDEN TV

CARIBBEAN LIFE

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

233

0.2

284

875

SPIKE TV

COPS

12/31/2015

9:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

233

0.2

273

639

SPIKE TV

COPS

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

232

0.2

263

634

COMEDY CENTRAL

DRUNK HISTORY

12/31/2015

9:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

231

0.2

189

365

TRUTV

IMPRACTICAL JOKERS

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

228

0.2

194

421

COMEDY CENTRAL

DRUNK HISTORY

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

226

0.2

183

345

COMEDY CENTRAL

DRUNK HISTORY

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

225

0.2

201

340

FOOD NETWORK

CHOPPED ALL-STARS

12/31/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

225

0.2

285

742

FOOD NETWORK

CHOPPED ALL-STARS

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

225

0.2

268

771

DISNEY JUNIOR

MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

224

0.2

213

721

DISNEY JUNIOR

PJ MASKS

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-A)(P-A)

0.2

224

0.2

224

794

TRUTV

IMPRACTICAL JOKERS

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

224

0.2

193

413

TRUTV

IMPRACTICAL JOKERS

12/31/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

224

0.2

185

408

NICK-AT-NITE

TNNK TOP 10

12/31/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(E-O)(P-O)

0.2

219

0.2

206

809

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

FAST N LOUD

12/31/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-O)

0.2

216

0.2

242

526

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