‘Tis not the season to be airing originals.
NBC’s “State of Affairs” dropped 27 percent in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic on Monday, while a last-minute “Mike & Molly” Christmas episode dipped to tie a series low last night. To be fair, this holiday week is one with less-than-ideal viewing levels, which is why many shows and networks are going the route of the repeat.
NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/4 share in the key demo and third in viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. That said, with an NFL preemption in Cincinnati, NBC’s numbers are subject to change. With CBS nipping at NBC’s heels, it is possible that the night’s most-watched network could also tie or top NBC in the key demo when final numbers come out later today. Following an “SNL Christmas” rerun at 8 p.m., “State of Affairs” at 10 fell 27 percent from last week to a 1.1/4 and had 5 million viewers.
CBS was second in ratings with a 1.3/4 and first in viewers with 7.3 million. Sandwiched in between reruns, “Mike & Molly” at 8:30 dipped to a 1.7/5 — a high on the night — and had 8.5 million viewers. Its lead-in, a repeat “Big Bang Theory” at 8, edged the original for most viewers with 8.6 million.
ABC was third in ratings with a 1.1/4 and second in viewers with 5.4 million. “The Great Christmas Light Fight” at 8 had a 1.3/4 and 5.8 million viewers. A rerun followed.
Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in total viewers with 2.8 million.
Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and sixth in total viewers with 1.5 million.
The CW was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/1 and seventh in total viewers with 1.4 million, airing repeats.
Fox was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/1 and fifth in total viewers with 1.6 million, airing reruns.