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WITH SUN. & THURS. FOOTBALL, MON. & TUES. ‘VOICE’ EARNING 4 OF THE TOP 10 RANKINGS, NBC CLAIMS THE WEEK OF DEC. 11-17 IN 18-49

Sunday & Thursday NFL Games Are #1-2 Among Primetime Big 4 Telecasts in 18-49, NBC Tops Those Nets for the Week Across All Key Demographics

Season to Date, NBC Leads in 18-49 by a +33% Margin, Biggest Margin for Any Network 11 Weeks Into the Season in the 30-Year History of Nielsen’s Current People Meter Sample

The Most-Watched Monday "Voice" Since Early October Teams With “Better Late Than Never” To Sweep Monday Among the Big 4 in Every Key Measure

Tuesday’s "Voice" Is the #1 Show of the Night in Adults 18-49; Gwen Stefani Holiday Special Ties for #1 in Men & Women 18-49 at 9 p.m.; "Chicago Med" Sews Up a 10 p.m. Victory in 18-49

L+3: “Chicago Med” Delivers Tuesday’s Biggest L+3 Lift in 18-49

Wednesday’s “Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special” Wins Its 2nd Hour Among ABC-CBS-NBC in 18-49, 25-54 and Total Viewers

Broncos-Colts “Thursday Night Football” Takes the Night in 18-49, Total Viewers & Most Other Key Categories

Friday’s "Dateline" Ties As the Night’s #1 Big 4 Telecast in 18-49; "Blindspot" Equals Its Season High

Cowboys-Raiders “Sunday Night Football” Wins the Night in Every Key Measure

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Dec. 19, 2017 — NBC has dominated the primetime ratings for the week of Dec. 11-17 in the key adult 18-49 demographic, led by four of the week’s top-10 rankings among primetime shows on the Big 4 networks, according to “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research.

NBC also led the ABC, CBS and Fox competition for the week in every other key demographic – adults, men and women 18-34; men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54.

Sunday and Thursday football claimed the week’s top two rankings among Big 4 primetime programs in 18-49, while Monday’s “Voice” tied for #6 and Tuesday’s “Voice” tied for #9. Also generating top-30 rankings were the Tuesday special “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas” (tied for #20), Tuesday’s “Chicago Med” (tied for #22) and Monday’s preview of “Better Late Than Never” (tied for #27).

NBC is dominating the current primetime season in adults 18-49, with a lead over #2 Fox of +0.6 of a rating point or +33% (2.4 vs. 1.8). The +33% advantage is the best for any #1 network at this point in the season in the 30-year history of Nielsen’s current people-meter sample.

Season to date, NBC is running #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and every other key demographic. Counting entertainment programming only, NBC leads the season in adults 18-49, and also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 in adults 25-54, adults 18-34 and all key adult-female demos.

Weekly ratings are “live plus same day” figures from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date ratings are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

Week 12 Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “live plus same day,” Dec. 11-17

NBC…1.9

CBS…1.2

Fox…1.0

ABC…0.8

CW…0.3

Total Viewers

CBS…7.9 million

NBC…7.8 million

ABC…3.5 million

Fox…3.3 million

CW…1.1 million

Season-to-Date Averages

Adult 18-49 Rating, “Most Current”

NBC…2.4

Fox…1.8

CBS…1.7

ABC…1.5

CW…0.7

Total Viewers

CBS…9.8 million

NBC…9.2 million

ABC…6.3 million

Fox…6.0 million

CW…1.9 million

NBC highlights for the week of Dec. 11-17:

Monday

NBC ranked #1 Monday night among the Big 4 networks in 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure. Note: The ABC stations in Boston and Miami carried NFL football.

“The Voice” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET) grew in total viewers for a third straight week to generate the show’s most-watched Monday episode since Oct. 9 (10.9 million) during the second week of the season. “Voice” also equaled its top-rated Monday in 18-49 since Nov. 13 (2.0) and ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure. Versus the comparable episode of the prior cycle, “Voice” rose +6% in 18-49 (1.9 vs. 1.8 on May 15) and up +15% in total viewers (10.4 million vs. 9.1 million).

“Live Plus Three Day” Ratings: “Voice” increased by +16% in 18-49 (from a 1.91 rating to a 2.22) and more than +1.2 million viewers overall (10.4 million to 11.7 million) going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to L+3.

“Live Plus Seven Day” Ratings: Monday’s “The Voice” is growing by +27% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 2.16 to a 2.74) and +2.0 million viewers overall (10.1 million to 12.1 million).

A special preview of “Better Late Than Never” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET) won the slot among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key demographic -- adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. “Better Late Than Never” matched NBC’s season average in the timeslot in 18-49 (1.0 vs 1.0, L+SD) and topped that average by +6% in total viewers (5.5 million vs. 5.2 million). L+3: “Better Late Than Never” grew by +17% in 18-49 (1.05 to 1.23) and +990,000 viewers overall (5.5 million to 6.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: In its first season, “Better Late Than Never” grew by +23% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.60 to a 1.96) and +1.6 million viewers overall (7.4 million to 9.0 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

Tuesday

NBC won the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and most other key demographics.

“The Voice” (1.7/7 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night in adults 18-49, generating growth of +13% versus the comparable episode from the prior cycle in 18-49 (1.7 vs. 1.5 on May 16) and +1.2 million persons or +14% in total viewers (9.8 million vs. 8.6 million). “Voice” won the timeslot in 18-49 by +21% over “NCIS” (1.7 vs. 1.4). L+3: “Voice” grew by +12% in 18-49 (1.73 to 1.94) and more than +1.0 million viewers overall (9.8 million to 10.8 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: Tuesday’s “Voice” has increased by +25% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 2.10 to a 2.63) and +1.9 million viewers overall (10.2 million to 12.1 million).

The holiday special “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) tied for #1 in the timeslot among the Big 4 networks in men 18-49 and women 18-49 and finished #1 outright among those nets in adults 18-34 and men 18-34.

“Chicago Med” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the slot among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas in adults 18-49 and most other key demos. Versus NBC’s timeslot average this season prior to “Med’s” debut, this week’s telecast retained 100% in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.1) and increased by +1.6 million persons or +33% in total viewers (6.2 million vs. 4.6 million). L+3: “Med” grew by +66% in 18-49 (1.06 to 1.76) and +3.1 million viewers overall (6.2 million to 9.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens, for the biggest L+3 lift of the night in 18-49 rating and percentage. L+7: “Med” is increasing by +76% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.29 to a 2.27) and more than +4.1 million viewers overall (7.0 million to 11.2 million).

Wednesday

An encore telecast of “The Wall” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) finished within 0.1 of a point of its prior original telecast in this same time period in adults 18-49 (0.8 vs 0.9 on Nov. 22, 2017).

The “Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) ranked #2 in the two-hour time period among the Big 4 networks in total viewers and won its second hour from 10-11 p.m. among in adults 18-49, total viewers and adults, men and women 25-54.

Thursday

“Thursday Night Football,” featuring the Denver Broncos at the Indianapolis Colts (2.9/12 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall from 8:27-11:17 p.m. ET on NBC and the NFL Network) won the night in adults 18-49, total viewers, adults 25-54, adults 18-34, women 18-49, women 18-34 and all key adult-male demos.

Friday

“Blindspot” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) equaled the show’s high this season in 18-49 and matched NBC’s best in-season 18-49 rating in the timeslot since April 7 (0.8). L+3: The previous week’s “Blindspot” grew by +77% in 18-49 (0.66 to 1.17) and +1.7 million viewers overall (3.5 million to 5.2 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. L+7: “Blindspot” is increasing by +91% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 0.68 to a 1.30) and +2.2 million viewers overall (3.5 million to 5.7 million). Upscale: “Blindspot” is attracting a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 114 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes.

“Dateline NBC” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 1.3 in adults 25-54, 4.7 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m. ET) tied as the #1 show of the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49. “Dateline” tied for #1 in 18-49 for its two-hour timeslot and ranked #1 outright for its second hour from 10-11 p.m. among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. “Dateline” maintained a 0.9 rating in 18-49 for a sixth straight week and equaled its 25-54 high since Nov. 3 (1.5). L+3: The prior week’s “Dateline” increased by +33% in 18-49 (0.92 to 1.22) and +1.2 million viewers overall (5.0 million to 6.2 million) going from L+SD to L+3 Nielsens. Upscale: Friday’s “Dateline” is delivering a solid upscale audience, indexing at a 115 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

Sunday

NBC Sports coverage of Dallas Cowboys-Oakland Raiders “Sunday Night Football” (5.9/22 in 18-49, 19.2 million viewers overall from 8:31-11:48 p.m. ET) led NBC to the nightlong win among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and all other key ratings measures.

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