Top Shows of the Week: Politics, Football Earn High Marks

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Top Programs of the Week (12/14/2015 - 12/20/2015)

  • CNN's presentation of the latest GOP debate was the most-watched primetime program of the week across both broadcast and cable (18.2 million viewers). The event, which was held on a Tuesday, easily bested the Democratic debate on ABC (8 million viewers). That event aired on a Saturday night, and didn't feature Donald Trump. Needless to say, the difference in average total audience was expected.
  • Sunday Night Football was the highest-rated primetime program of the week across the landscape, winning in adults 18-49 and 25-54. The latest matchup, featuring the Cardinals and Eagles, fell nine tenths of a point from the 12/13 game between the Patriots and Texans (6.1 vs 7.0 in adults 18-49 The telecast was down week to week in total viewers: 18.1 million vs. 22 million viewers.
  • The Big Bang Theory was TV's highest-rated entertainment program in adults 18-49, improving by three tenths of a point from the previous week-to-week (4.1 versus 3.8 in adults 18-49).
  • The Voice averaged a 3.2 in the final episode of its fall cycle, a four tenths of a point improvement from the previous Monday.
  • NBC's live special Adele: Live in New York was the third highest-rated entertainment program of the week, and most-watched concert special in 10 years.
  • While most of the broadcast networks aired repeats or specials, CBS aired original episodes of their primetime series, including The Big Bang Theory60 Minutes, Life in Pieces, Survivor and NCIS.

CABLE

The GOP debate on CNN dominated the cable landscape this past week, with ESPN's Monday Night Football taking the #2 spot (despite being down a full point in the demo from the previous week). Let's check out the week's top ten primetime cable series:

Top Ten Primetime Cable Series of the Week ( A18-49 rtg%):

  1. ESPN - Monday Night Football (3.8)
  2. NFL Network - Thursday Night Football (2.0)
  3. CNN - Anderson Cooper 360 (1.7)
  4. VH1 - Love & Hip Hop 6 (1.5)
  5. USA - WWE Raw, 10 p.m. (1.4)
  6. Bravo - The Real Housewives of Atlanta (1.4)
  7. USA - WWE Raw, 8 p.m. (1.3)
  8. USA - WWE Raw, 9 p.m. (1.3)
  9. Discovery - Gold Rush (1.2)
  10. Discovery - Alaskan Bush People (1.1)

The Top 100 (Overnights)

<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>

NBC

NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (AZ vs. PHI)

12/20/2015

8:31 PM

SUNDAY

6.14

7789

7.04

8360

18113

NBC

SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK

12/20/2015

8:22 PM

SUNDAY

4.57

5789

5.18

6155

13438

CBS

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/17/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

4.14

5252

5.96

7083

17226

CNN

NEVADA GOP DEBATE FINAL

12/15/2015

9:00 PM

TUESDAY

(P)(P-O)

3.84

4876

4.76

5650

18165

ESPN

NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

12/14/2015

8:15 PM

MONDAY

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

3.84

4865

4.33

5141

11547

NBC

VOICE

12/14/2015

8:00 PM

MONDAY

3.23

4100

4.40

5233

14033

NBC

FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3

12/20/2015

7:57 PM

SUNDAY

3.17

4022

3.65

4342

9645

CNN

NEVADA GOP DEBATE FIN-INT

12/15/2015

8:40 PM

TUESDAY

(P)(P-O)

3.08

3909

3.77

4477

15375

NBC

ADELE LIVE IN NEW YORK

12/14/2015

10:00 PM

MONDAY

(S)

3.00

3804

3.97

4713

11274

NBC

VOICE-TUE

12/15/2015

9:00 PM

TUESDAY

2.91

3690

4.06

4828

12690

CBS

60 MINUTES

12/20/2015

8:02 PM

SUNDAY

2.72

3453

3.59

4264

12697

NFL NETWORK

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

12/19/2015

8:26 PM

SATURDAY

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

2.42

3075

2.80

3326

7410

CBS

LIFE IN PIECES

12/17/2015

8:32 PM

THURSDAY

2.24

2846

3.39

4031

10268

CBS

SURVIVOR

12/16/2015

8:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

2.20

2794

3.11

3698

9456

CBS

NCIS

12/15/2015

8:00 PM

TUESDAY

2.10

2666

3.23

3840

15532

NFL NETWORK

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

12/17/2015

8:27 PM

THURSDAY

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

2.00

2536

2.38

2825

5995

CBS

SCORPION

12/14/2015

9:00 PM

MONDAY

1.84

2333

2.69

3190

9276

CBS

MOM

12/17/2015

9:01 PM

THURSDAY

1.82

2304

2.88

3418

8953

NBC

VOICE 12/15

12/15/2015

8:00 PM

TUESDAY

(S)(R)

1.81

2292

2.47

2933

8473

CNN

ANDERSON COOPER 360

12/15/2015

8:13 PM

TUESDAY

(P-O)

1.72

2178

2.07

2464

9102

CBS

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

12/15/2015

9:00 PM

TUESDAY

1.66

2109

2.55

3024

12092

CBS

SURVIVOR REUNION

12/16/2015

10:12 PM

WEDNESDAY

(S)

1.65

2094

2.20

2616

6492

CBS

2 BROKE GIRLS

12/17/2015

9:30 PM

THURSDAY

1.61

2048

2.43

2889

6918

CBS

UNDERCOVER BOSS 12/20-SP

12/20/2015

9:02 PM

SUNDAY

(S)

1.60

2032

2.10

2496

7511

FOX

MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT

12/20/2015

7:00 PM

SUNDAY

(S)

1.59

2019

1.86

2207

5620

CBS

SUPERGIRL

12/14/2015

8:00 PM

MONDAY

1.52

1922

2.10

2497

7276

VH1

LOVE AND HIP HOP 6

12/14/2015

8:00 PM

MONDAY

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

1.49

1885

1.38

1641

2665

CBS

NCIS: LOS ANGELES

12/14/2015

9:59 PM

MONDAY

1.41

1782

2.13

2533

9217

USA NETWORK

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

12/14/2015

10:00 PM

MONDAY

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

1.40

1779

1.53

1816

3825

ABC

MODERN FAMILY

12/16/2015

9:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

(R)

1.40

1774

1.85

2202

4824

BRAVO

REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

12/20/2015

8:00 PM

SUNDAY

(E-O)(P-O)

1.36

1724

1.51

1792

2863

USA NETWORK

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

12/14/2015

8:00 PM

MONDAY

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

1.32

1674

1.50

1782

4043

USA NETWORK

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

12/14/2015

9:00 PM

MONDAY

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

1.29

1637

1.41

1670

3786

ABC

NH: DEMOCRATS DEBATE-ABC

12/19/2015

8:00 PM

SATURDAY

(S)

1.29

1635

1.66

1969

8030

ABC

MIDDLE, THE

12/16/2015

8:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

(R)

1.27

1610

1.81

2146

5467

CBS

LIMITLESS

12/15/2015

10:00 PM

TUESDAY

1.26

1596

1.69

2009

6627

ABC

GOLDBERGS, THE

12/16/2015

8:30 PM

WEDNESDAY

(R)

1.25

1591

1.67

1979

4578

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/16/2015

10:30 PM

WEDNESDAY

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

1.17

1479

1.28

1527

2848

ABC

BLACK-ISH

12/16/2015

9:31 PM

WEDNESDAY

(R)

1.16

1466

1.59

1886

3986

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

GOLD RUSH

12/18/2015

9:00 PM

FRIDAY

(P-O)

1.16

1466

1.49

1776

3775

NBC

DATELINE FRI

12/18/2015

9:00 PM

FRIDAY

1.10

1394

1.59

1886

5675

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/16/2015

10:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

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

1.09

1382

1.25

1491

2802

ABC

GREAT XMAS LIGHT FIGHT-2

12/14/2015

8:00 PM

MONDAY

(S)

1.09

1381

1.41

1679

4388

FOX

UFC FIGHT NIGHT

12/19/2015

8:00 PM

SATURDAY

(P)

1.09

1381

1.23

1466

2781

CBS

CSI: CYBER

12/20/2015

10:02 PM

SUNDAY

1.08

1372

1.41

1678

6176

ABC

TOY STORY TIME FORGOT-2

12/15/2015

8:00 PM

TUESDAY

(S)(R)

1.08

1368

1.33

1585

3640

TEL

SENORA ACERO II - W

12/16/2015

10:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

1.08

1368

1.10

1304

2210

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE

12/16/2015

9:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

(P-O)

1.08

1366

1.35

1605

3416

FOX

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

12/18/2015

8:00 PM

FRIDAY

1.08

1365

1.39

1651

3973

CBS

ELEMENTARY

12/17/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

1.03

1307

1.57

1859

5915

ABC

SHREK THE HALLS-2

12/15/2015

8:30 PM

TUESDAY

(S)(R)

1.01

1280

1.21

1434

3318

ABC

BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS

12/17/2015

9:30 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

1.00

1273

1.57

1869

6240

CBS

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN-12/18

12/18/2015

8:00 PM

FRIDAY

(S)(R)

1.00

1264

1.45

1721

4623

TEL

SENORA ACERO II - R

12/17/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

0.99

1258

1.03

1220

2093

ABC

I WANT A DOG-CHRISTMAS

12/15/2015

9:00 PM

TUESDAY

(S)(R)

0.99

1252

1.22

1455

3286

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/16/2015

9:30 PM

WEDNESDAY

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

0.98

1239

1.10

1302

2549

ABC

SOUND-MUSIC: SING-ALONG

12/20/2015

7:00 PM

SUNDAY

(S)(R)

0.97

1235

1.28

1525

4758

ABC FAMILY

SUNDAY MOVIE

12/20/2015

9:15 PM

SUNDAY

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

0.97

1231

0.93

1108

2522

ESPN

NBA REGULAR SEASON L

12/16/2015

10:37 PM

WEDNESDAY

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

0.95

1202

0.84

997

1969

NBC

CHICAGO PD

12/16/2015

10:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

(R)

0.94

1196

1.26

1500

4598

FX

AMERICAN HORROR STORY

12/16/2015

10:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

(E-O)(P-O)

0.94

1193

0.87

1028

1846

ABC FAMILY

SATURDAY MOVIE

12/19/2015

9:45 PM

SATURDAY

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

0.94

1188

1.01

1195

2415

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/16/2015

9:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

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

0.93

1176

1.07

1275

2510

NBC

RUNNING WILD:GRYLLS 12/17

12/17/2015

10:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)

0.92

1162

1.22

1446

3548

TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION

NBA BASKETBALL

12/17/2015

8:14 PM

THURSDAY

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

0.91

1158

0.92

1091

2416

ABC

GREAT HOLIDAY BAKING SHOW

12/14/2015

10:00 PM

MONDAY

0.90

1147

1.17

1393

3328

NFL NETWORK

TNF PRE-KICK

12/19/2015

8:00 PM

SATURDAY

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

0.90

1138

1.03

1222

3047

VH1

BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO

12/14/2015

9:00 PM

MONDAY

(E-O)(P-O)

0.90

1137

0.81

966

1713

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/15/2015

10:30 PM

TUESDAY

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

0.89

1134

1.01

1198

2067

UNI

PASION Y PODER THU

12/17/2015

9:03 PM

THURSDAY

0.89

1134

0.92

1098

2379

CBS

FROSTY RETURNS - 12/18

12/18/2015

8:31 PM

FRIDAY

(S)(R)

0.89

1126

1.25

1489

4065

ADULT SWIM

AMERICAN DAD

12/17/2015

10:30 PM

THURSDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.88

1117

0.67

793

1839

E!

KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS

12/20/2015

9:00 PM

SUNDAY

(E-O)(P-O)

0.88

1116

0.89

1063

1893

TEL

SENORA ACERO II - F

12/18/2015

10:00 PM

FRIDAY

0.88

1114

0.92

1088

1907

UNI

YO NO CREO EN HOMBRES MON

12/14/2015

10:04 PM

MONDAY

0.88

1112

0.95

1126

2403

ABC

DISNEY PREP & LANDING 2

12/17/2015

8:30 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.87

1108

1.10

1304

3220

ABC

MODERN FAMILY SP-12/17

12/17/2015

9:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.87

1101

1.16

1383

3220

TEL

SENORA ACERO II - M

12/14/2015

10:00 PM

MONDAY

0.86

1089

0.90

1070

1973

UNI

YO NO CREO EN HOMBRES THU

12/17/2015

10:05 PM

THURSDAY

0.85

1074

0.90

1074

2283

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/15/2015

10:00 PM

TUESDAY

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

0.84

1072

0.97

1149

1994

ADULT SWIM

FAMILY GUY

12/20/2015

10:30 PM

SUNDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.84

1071

0.64

764

1799

UNI

PASION Y PODER MON

12/14/2015

9:00 PM

MONDAY

0.84

1071

0.90

1075

2369

UNI

PASION Y PODER WED

12/16/2015

9:02 PM

WEDNESDAY

0.84

1067

0.92

1092

2282

AMC

INTO THE BADLANDS

12/20/2015

10:00 PM

SUNDAY

(E-O)(P-O)

0.83

1055

0.99

1180

2159

UNI

ANTES MUERTA LICHITA THU

12/17/2015

8:03 PM

THURSDAY

0.82

1044

0.82

974

2204

ABC

DISNEY PREP & LANDING

12/17/2015

8:00 PM

THURSDAY

(S)(R)

0.82

1040

1.04

1238

3388

UNI

ANTES MUERTA LICHITA WED

12/16/2015

8:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

0.82

1038

0.85

1015

2217

TEL

SENORA ACERO II - T

12/15/2015

10:00 PM

TUESDAY

0.82

1034

0.88

1040

1809

UNI

YO NO CREO EN HOMBRES TUE

12/15/2015

10:04 PM

TUESDAY

0.81

1032

0.92

1092

2319

ABC FAMILY

BIG SCREEN MOVIE

12/15/2015

8:15 PM

TUESDAY

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

0.81

1026

0.76

897

2017

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/20/2015

10:00 PM

SUNDAY

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

0.81

1023

0.92

1094

2140

UNI

PASION Y PODER TUE

12/15/2015

9:03 PM

TUESDAY

0.81

1022

0.89

1055

2226

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/15/2015

8:30 PM

TUESDAY

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

0.80

1013

0.90

1070

1994

ADULT SWIM

AMERICAN DAD

12/14/2015

10:30 PM

MONDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.79

1006

0.55

654

1559

UNI

YO NO CREO EN HOMBRES FRI

12/18/2015

10:06 PM

FRIDAY

0.79

1003

0.84

1003

2199

TBS NETWORK

BIG BANG THEORY, THE

12/15/2015

9:30 PM

TUESDAY

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

0.78

995

0.90

1065

1794

HISTORY

CURSE OF OAK ISLAND

12/15/2015

9:00 PM

TUESDAY

(E-O)(P-O)

0.78

988

0.97

1151

2471

NBC

ELF:BUDDY'S MUSICAL XMAS

12/16/2015

8:00 PM

WEDNESDAY

(S)(R)

0.78

984

1.02

1214

3016

ADULT SWIM

AMERICAN DAD

12/16/2015

10:30 PM

WEDNESDAY

(R)(P-A)

0.77

983

0.62

734

1757

UNI

YO NO CREO EN HOMBRES WED

12/16/2015

10:04 PM

WEDNESDAY

0.77

978

0.90

1069

2147

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