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Ratings: ‘Better Late Than Never’ Premiere Wins at 10pm

It didn’t hurt that William Shatner series followed “The Voice”

Last Updated: December 12, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

Last night, NBC’s “Better Late Than Never” and ABC’s “Great Christmas Light Fight” duked it out in different time slots for the (very unofficial) title of top Monday premiere. A “Bachelor” special leading up to the dating competition’s new season didn’t stake much of a claim in the mini-battle.

Thanks mostly to “The Voice,” NBC won primetime outright. ABC finished runner-up in the key 18-49 demographic, though CBS was No. 2 among total viewers.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.9/7 and 10.4 million viewers. At 10, the return of “Better Late Than Never” landed a 1.1/4 and 5.6 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.1/4 and third in viewers with 4.6 million. The two-hour “Great Christmas Light Fight” premiere at 8 posted a 1.2/4 and 5.2 million viewers. At 10, the “Bachelor” special managed a 0.8/3 and 3.4 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and second in viewers with 5.6 million. “Kevin Can Wait” at 8 had a 1.1/4 and 6.3 million viewers. At 8:30, “Man With a Plan” got a 1.0/3 and 5.7 million viewers. “Superior Donuts” at 9 received a 0.9/3 and 5.2 million viewers. At 9:30, “9JKL” managed a 0.7/3 and 4.3 million viewers. “Scorpion” at 10 closed out prime to a 0.9/3 and 5.9 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 3.1 million. “Lucifer” at 8 had a 0.8/3 and 3.4 million viewers. “The Gifted” at 9 got a 0.8/3 and 2.8 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 915,000. Following a rerun, “Valor” at 9 settled for a 0.2/1 and 770,000 viewers.