Embarrassing Thursday Night for Broadcast Nets, as a Sitcom Rerun Trounces the Singing Competitions, the Year in Review, a Season Finale, a Holiday Special and Everything Else

Dec 20, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Nothing the broadcast networks came up with Thursday night — with the exception of a sitcom rerun — seemed to generate much ratings traction, as memories of the days of "Must-See" Thursday nights grow ever more distant.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that Fox won the night with its two-hour season finale of "The X Factor," based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo. But the show’s soft 1.7 average was well off the pace of the 3.1 generated by the finale a year ago. The program did rise from the 1.2 the show delivered last week.

The top show on broadcast prime, by a lot, was CBS’s repeat of "The Big Bang Theory," which pulled in a 2.8 average in the 18-49 demo along with 11.13 million total viewers — head and shoulders above all other prime-time programs on the broadcast nets in both metrics.

Three of the big four networks fell in behind Fox’s 1.7 in 18-49 with matching 1.5 averages. CBS’s was built on an all-repeat lineup, while NBC and ABC mixed repeats and specials.

ABC’s chestnut "A Charlie Brown Christmas" delivered a 1.7 average in viewers 18-49, outperforming the network’s two-hour ABC News year-in-review special "The Year," which managed only a 1.4.

NBC also saw better numbers for recycled programming, as its two-hour special prime-time "Saturday Night Live" rebroadcast pulled a 1.7 in 18-49, well above the 1.2 delivered by a fresh installment of "The Sing-Off" (down one-tenth from a week ago).

The overall prime-time numbers show Fox with a slight edge in adults 18-49 with its 1.7 average, ahead of CBS, ABC and NBC (all with 1.5 averages) and Univision (1.1). CBS moves ahead in total viewers, averaging 6.9 million to top Fox (6.2 million), ABC (5.9 million), NBC (4.4 million) and Univision (2.8 million).

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