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January 4, 2021

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.31.2020

 

 

 

 

NETWORK FINALS:  ABC’s NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN EVE adjusted to 2.31/3.55, significantly above last year’s final 2.0/3.2.  NBC’s ESCAPE FROM 2020 adjusted up to 0.88.  In addition, the rerun of MOM moved up to the next tenth in final numbers.

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  

 

CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:  ESPN’s late-afternoon COLLEGE FOOTBALL bowl game led Thursday cable at 0.89, with an earlier game at 0.54, and with COLLEGE BASKETBALL at 0.43/0.22.  CNN’s annual NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE coverage was at 0.81, way up from last year’s 0.42.  On History, SWAMP PEOPLE specials were at 0.19/0.11.  A&E’s THE FIRST 48 was at 0.14.  On ID, FEAR THY ROOMMATE was at 0.13.

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts
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Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Thursday December 31, 2020 P18-49 P2+
Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s)
1 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN 4:00 PM 11 0.89 3,735
2 COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD    L ESPN 7:11 PM 49 0.82 2,663
3 NEW YEARS EVE LIVE W/ AC: N/A CNN 8:00 PM 270 0.81 3,364
4 NEW YEARS EVE LIVE CNN 12:30 AM 60 0.67 2,522
5 COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD    L ESPN 3:39 PM 21 0.65 2,643
6 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L: TULSA/MISSISSIPPI STATE ESPN 12:00 PM 219 0.54 2,246
7 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L: MICHIGAN/MARYLAND ESPN 8:00 PM 124 0.43 1,408
8 NEW YEARS EVE MOVIE TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 5:07 PM 30 0.24 728
9 SITUATION ROOM SPCL CNN 5:00 PM 60 0.23 1,995
10 ERIN BURNETT OUTFRNT SPCL CNN 7:00 PM 60 0.23 1,699
11 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L ESPN 10:04 PM 116 0.22 631
12 LEAD W/ JAKE TAPPER SPCL CNN 4:00 PM 60 0.21 1,920
13 SITUATION ROOM SPCL CNN 6:00 PM 60 0.21 1,686
14 CNN NEWSROOM SPCL CNN 2:00 PM 60 0.20 1,567
15 LEAD W/ JAKE TAPPER SPCL CNN 3:00 PM 60 0.20 1,711
16 CNN NEWSROOM SPCL CNN 1:00 PM 60 0.20 1,482
17 CNN NEWSROOM SPCL CNN 11:00 AM 60 0.19 1,426
18 SWAMP PEOPLE: SERPENT HISTORY 8:00 PM 60 0.19 892
19 CNN NEWSROOM SPCL CNN 12:00 PM 60 0.18 1,398
20 CNN NEWSROOM SPCL CNN 10:00 AM 60 0.17 1,394
21 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 12:00 AM 60 0.16 440
22 GREG GUTFELD SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 PM 60 0.15 1,916
23 NBA REGULAR SEASON   L: PHOENIX/UTAH NBA-TV 8:50 PM 162 0.15 442
24 FIRST TAKE   L: N/A ESPN 10:00 AM 120 0.15 475
25 NEW YEARS EVE MOVIE TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 3:10 PM 117 0.14 628
26 FIVE, THE SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 5:00 PM 60 0.14 2,284
27 THE FIRST 48 A&E NETWORK 9:00 PM 59 0.14 486
28 CNN NEWSROOM SPCL CNN 9:00 AM 60 0.14 1,344
29 FEAR THY ROOMMATE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 60 0.13 569
30 MSNBC LIVE MSNBC 1:00 PM 60 0.13 1,274
31 FOX AND FRIENDS SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.12 1,355
32 WHO CAN FORGET 2020 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.12 1,093
33 FIVE, THE SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.12 1,209
34 SWAMP PEOPLE: SERPENT HISTORY 10:05 PM 58 0.11 558
35 GREG GUTFELD SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 PM 60 0.11 864
36 WHO CAN FORGET 2020 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 PM 60 0.11 1,300
37 MSNBC LIVE MSNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.11 1,197
38 GET UP   L: N/A ESPN 8:00 AM 120 0.11 382
39 YOUR WORLD W/CAVUTO SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:00 PM 60 0.11 1,215
40 OUTNUMBERED OVERTIME SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 PM 60 0.11 1,404
41 NEW DAY SPECIAL CNN 8:00 AM 60 0.11 1,000
42 SPCL RPT W/BRET BAIER SPC FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 PM 60 0.11 1,713
43 OUTNUMBERED SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 PM 60 0.10 1,502
44 SPORTSCENTER 1AM        L ESPN 1:00 AM 60 0.10 344
45 MSNBC LIVE MSNBC 9:00 AM 60 0.10 1,123
46 MSNBC LIVE MSNBC 12:00 PM 60 0.10 1,280
47 MSNBC LIVE MSNBC 3:00 PM 60 0.10 1,118
48 MSNBC LIVE MSNBC 10:00 AM 60 0.10 1,340
49 SWAMP PEOPLE SPECIALS HISTORY 3:00 PM 60 0.10 462
50 AMERICAS NEWSROOM SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.09 1,387
51 THE FIRST 48 A&E NETWORK 1:03 AM 59 0.09 390
52 DAILY BRIEFING SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 PM 60 0.09 1,235
53 SWAMP PEOPLE SPECIALS HISTORY 2:00 PM 60 0.09 435
54 UNDISPUTED L: 1076 FOX SPORTS 1 9:30 AM 150 0.09 174
55 NEW YEARS EVE MOVIE: G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COB TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 1:00 PM 130 0.09 365
56 DATELINE: SECRETS UNCOVRD OXYGEN MEDIA 8:00 PM 60 0.09 374
57 AMERICAS NEWSROOM SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.09 1,466
58 MSNBC LIVE MSNBC 11:00 AM 60 0.09 1,236
59 FIVE, THE SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 AM 60 0.09 613
60 SWAMP PEOPLE: SERPENT HISTORY 12:03 AM 60 0.08 379
61 RHOD SNEAK PEEK BRAVO 8:00 PM 55 0.08 318
62 CRAIG OF THE CREEK THE CARTOON NETWORK 10:00 AM 15 0.08 328
63 AMERICAS NEWSROOM SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 AM 60 0.08 1,455
64 NBA REGULAR SEASON   L: PHILADELPHIA/ORLANDO NBA-TV 6:30 PM 140 0.08 285
65 FOX AND FRIENDS SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.07 1,043
66 HERD L: 1389 FOX SPORTS 1 12:00 PM 180 0.07 176
67 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 2:30 PM 30 0.07 297
68 NEW DAY SPECIAL CNN 7:00 AM 60 0.07 760
69 BILL HEMMER REPORTS SPCL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 3:00 PM 60 0.07 1,141
70 NEW DAY SPECIAL CNN 6:00 AM 60 0.06 613
71 LIFE BELOW ZERO FL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 10:00 PM 11 0.06 614
72 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN 7:00 AM 60 0.06 233
73 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 3:00 PM 30 0.06 300
74 WHO CAN FORGET 2020 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 AM 60 0.06 550
75 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 4:00 PM 30 0.06 276
76 COMO DICE DICHO EF 12/31 GALAVISION 6:00 PM 60 0.06 112
77 FOX AND FRIENDS SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 AM 60 0.06 828
78 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 2:00 PM 30 0.06 272
79 COLL BSKTBL: PAC 12 L: UTAH/UCLA FOX SPORTS 1 7:00 PM 123 0.05 247
80 SPORTSCENTER EARLY      L ESPN2 6:00 PM 60 0.05 160
81 MAR DE AMOR 2 12/31 GALAVISION 5:00 PM 60 0.05 121
82 DR POL COMPILATION NAT GEO WILD 8:00 PM 61 0.05 465
83 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 3:30 PM 30 0.05 251
84 GUHH ATL/BLAC CHYNA FL WETV 9:15 PM 25 0.05 223
85 SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 8:55 PM 61 0.05 223
86 MIRACULOUS WORLD: NEW YOR DISNEY CHANNEL 9:50 AM 70 0.05 277
87 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 4:30 PM 30 0.05 237
88 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN2 9:00 AM 60 0.05 128
89 GET UP ESPN2 10:00 AM 60 0.05 143
90 FULL GAME BROADCAST: 2020 WK 16 TEN VS. GB NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 150 0.05 320
91 NBA POSTGAME SHOW NBA-TV 11:32 PM 58 0.05 153
92 LIFE BELOW ZERO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 7:00 PM 60 0.05 270
93 LIFE BELOW ZERO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 6:00 PM 60 0.04 205
94 B1G MENS BASKETBALL L: MINNESOTA / WISCONSIN BIG TEN NETWORK 4:30 PM 120 0.04 313
95 DR POL COMPILATION NAT GEO WILD 9:01 PM 60 0.04 331
96 ATLAS OF CURSED SNAPS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 10:11 PM 60 0.04 290
97 NFL LIVE                L ESPN2 3:00 PM 60 0.04 138
98 MORNING JOE-SPC: N/A MSNBC 6:00 AM 180 0.04 816
99 NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 7:00 PM 60 0.04 131
100 LIFE BELOW ZERO SNAP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 9:00 PM 60 0.04 500
101 INCREDIBLE DR POL NAT GEO WILD 4:00 PM 60 0.04 277
102 GREG GUTFELD SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 AM 60 0.04 426
103 PARAMOUNT NETWORK MOVIE: DONNIE BRASCO PARAMOUNT 11:00 AM 120 0.04 196
104 NBA: THE JUMP L ESPN2 2:00 PM 60 0.04 95
105 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 12:00 PM 30 0.04 144
106 EXCHANGE, THE CNBC 1:00 PM 60 0.04 281
107 SPEAK FOR YOURSELF L: 1030 FOX SPORTS 1 3:00 PM 120 0.04 95
108 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN2 8:00 AM 60 0.04 84
109 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN2 11:00 PM 60 0.04 131
110 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 1:00 PM 30 0.04 203
111 PARAMOUNT NETWORK MOVIE: CARLITOS WAY PARAMOUNT 9:00 AM 120 0.04 120
112 POWER LUNCH CNBC 2:00 PM 60 0.04 295
113 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 11:30 AM 30 0.03 109
114 DR POL COMPILATION NAT GEO WILD 11:01 PM 61 0.03 209
115 FAST MONEY CNBC 5:00 PM 60 0.03 218
116 NFL NOW NFL NETWORK 2:00 PM 60 0.03 133
117 LIFE BELOW ZERO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 5:00 PM 60 0.03 176
118 CLOSING BELL: N/A CNBC 3:00 PM 120 0.03 285
119 AUSTIN & JESSIE & ALLY NY DISNEY CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.03 222
120 FAST MONEY CNBC 6:00 PM 60 0.03 162
121 CORNHOLE            L: 2020 ACL COLLEGE CORNHOLE CHAMP ESPN2 4:00 PM 120 0.03 116
122 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 1:30 PM 30 0.03 216
123 SPORTSCENTER AM      L ESPN2 1:00 PM 60 0.03 87
124 AFTER THE BELL SPECIAL FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 4:00 PM 60 0.03 170
125 NFL NOW NFL NETWORK 1:00 PM 60 0.03 144
126 AMORCITO CORAZON 1 12/31 GALAVISION 12:00 PM 60 0.03 59
127 SQUAWK ON THE STREET: N/A CNBC 9:00 AM 120 0.03 307
128 FAST MONEY HALFTIME RPRT CNBC 12:00 PM 60 0.03 263
129 COMO DICE DICHO DT 12/31 GALAVISION 11:00 AM 60 0.03 63
130 GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL: N/A NFL NETWORK 7:00 AM 180 0.03 85
131 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 12:30 PM 30 0.03 149
132 NEWS W SHEP SMITH HOLIDAY CNBC 7:00 PM 60 0.03 180
133 NBA PREGAME SHOW NBA-TV 6:00 PM 30 0.03 104
134 LO MEJOR DE LA SELECCION: N/A TUDN 10:00 PM 120 0.03 44
135 NBA GAMETIME NBA-TV 12:30 AM 30 0.03 64
136 NEW YEAR?S EVE WITH NEWSM: N/A NEWSMAX TV 10:00 PM 150 0.03 222
137 FIRST THINGS FIRST L: 837 FOX SPORTS 1 7:30 AM 120 0.03 59
138 JOHN BACHMAN NOW: N/A NEWSMAX TV 12:00 PM 120 0.03 217
139 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 10:30 AM 30 0.03 108
140 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 1:24 AM 31 0.03 158
141 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 11:00 AM 30 0.03 109
142 STINCHFIELD NEWSMAX TV 8:00 PM 60 0.03 265
143 NATIONAL REPORT: N/A NEWSMAX TV 9:00 AM 180 0.03 314
144 CAVUTO COAST TO COAST SPC FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 12:00 PM 60 0.02 225
145 DAILY WAGER   L ESPN2 11:00 AM 60 0.02 84
146 CAVUTO COAST TO COAST SPC FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 1:00 PM 60 0.02 188
147 FOOD FACTORY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 10:00 AM 30 0.02 102
148 CLAMAN COUNTDOWN SPECIAL FOX BUSINESS NETWORK 3:00 PM 60 0.02 167
149 CASO CERRADO UNIVERSO 11:00 PM 60 0.02 71
150 SQUAWK ALLEY CNBC 11:00 AM 60 0.02 291

 

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About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.




One Comment


  1. Amaury

    There’s something wrong with the very last item on the list. There’s a blank 150. The program is there, but the rest of the information is gone. Looks like there’s also some stray code at the end.



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