Ratings: ‘Great News’ – We’ve Got Some Terrible News

NBC’s “SNL” Christmas special dukes it out with CBS’ “Mom,” “Life in Pieces” and “S.W.A.T.”

NBC settled for a second-place tie with ABC among adults 18-49 on Thursday — but don’t blame the first network’s “SNL” Christmas Special. At 8 p.m., a new “Great News” episode managed just a 0.5 rating/2 share and 2.7 million total viewers. A second half-hour of the same show was even worse.

ABC’s Christmas specials last night handed the Disney broadcaster 1.4 million more audience members than NBC, though CBS easily topped Thursday thanks to “Young Sheldon.”

Running reruns, Fox slipped behind Univision and into a fifth-place tie with Telemundo.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a repeat, “Young Sheldon” at 8:30 landed a 1.7/8 and 11.2 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 had a 1.4/6 and 9 million viewers. “Life in Pieces” at 9:30 received a 1.1/4 and 6.7 million viewers. “S.W.A.T.” at 10 finished primetime to a 1.1/4 and 6.3 million viewers.

ABC and NBC tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.9/4. ABC was second in total viewers with 4.7 million, NBC was third with 3.3 million.

For ABC, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 8 had a 1.3/6 and 5.6 million viewers. ABC reran its two-hour “CMA Country Christmas” special after.

For NBC, readers already know what the 8 o’clock “Great News” got. The 8:30 episode settled for a 0.4/2 and 1.8 million viewers. From 9-11, the “Saturday Night Live” Christmas special averaged a 1.1/5 and 3.8 million viewers.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

Fox was fifth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 714,000, also airing just repeats.