Sunday, January 17, 2016


Select Ratings from Original Cable telecasts on Thursday December 31, 2015:

Because of the lack of meaningful program that aired on New Years Eve, there are quite a number of ratings in this list that normally would never make the cut for inclusion. THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS, on ESPN, led the day with 18.55 million tuning in for the MICHIGAN STATE/ALABAMA game, 15.64m for the OKLAHOMA/CLEMSON game, and 5.6m for the PEACH BOWL (up from 5.01m last year). Elsewhere, CNN, Fox News, BET, and Fuse all aired New Years Eve specials. On CNN, NEW YEARS EVE LIVE averaged 1.62 million viewers for the entire 4.5 hours it aired (up from 1.597m last year), and rose to 1.75m at around 12:30am on New Years Day (up from 1.44m). On Fox News, ALL AMERICAN NEW YEARS was at 1.78m and 2.09m at 11pm and 12am respectively (vs. 1.56m/1.68m last year), and RED EYE: NEW YEARS SPECIAL rose to 892,000 viewers this year (from 695K). On BET, 106 & PARTY dropped to 561,000 viewers this year (from 928K), and on Fuse, NYE OPEN BAR PARTY began at 9pm with 67,000 viewers, then dropped to 58,000 and 51,000 at 10pm and 11pm. Finally, on CMT, I LOVE KELLIE PICKLER returned from a 2 week hiatus, to 290,000 (from 261K), and BRINGING UP BATES, on UP TV, aired a New Years Special which was at 154,000.

Table is organized based on the show's 18-49 rating (which I do not list).
Program TitleChannelViewers 2+
Michigan State/AlabamaESPN18.552
Peach Bowl: Houston/Florida StateESPN5.604
New Year's Eve Live (12:38am)CNN1.753
WWE SmackdownSyfy1.658
New Year's Eve Live (8pm)CNN1.623
All American New Years (12am)Fox News2.089
106 & PartyBET0.561
All American New Years (11pm)Fox News1.778
Mythbusters HolidayScience0.376
Red Eye: New Years SpecialFox News0.892
Countdown to 2016Fox News1.248
I Love Kellie PicklerCMT0.290
Billy on the Street (10:30pm)TruTV0.242
Billy on the Street (11pm)TruTV0.186
Going Clear: ScientologyHBO0.148
Home & FamilyHallmark0.256
Bringing Up BatesUP0.154
How to Win (11pm)H20.131
How to Win (7pm)H20.110
How to Win (8pm)H20.110
How to Win (6pm)H20.096
How to Win (10pm)H20.096
NYE Open Bar Party (10pm)Fuse0.058
Teennick Top 10TeenNick0.124
A Perfect MurderCinemax0.089
How to Win (9pm)H20.098
NYE Open Bar Party (9pm)Fuse0.067
NFL Fantasy LiveNFL Network0.064
Smokin' AcesCinemax0.060
Around the NFLNFL Network0.099
TMZ SportsFS10.059
NYE Open Bar Party (11pm)Fuse0.051
Source: Nielsen Media Research & ShowBuzzDaily

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