On the eve of the Holiday week , there was a mix bundle under the primetime tree. Something new, something ending and a lot of repeats and news magazine shows. The something new was Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon (0.9/4). Fronting yet another show, one of the busiest men on TV last night premiered the first of this two part pretty self explanatory special series. With second place among adults 18-49 in the time slot and less viewers (4.66 million) than ABC’s Last Man Standing encore (4.94 million), it wasn’t exactly the kind of response Cannon is used to from America’s Got Talent. Maybe the December 26 broadcast will catch a few more eyeballs.
The only net to have all original programming last night, including a new Dateline (1.3/5) that was even with last week, NBC won the night in both the demo and overall viewership. The Peacock had a 1.2/4 demo result and 6.04 million watching.
Over on CBS, there were a lot of people watching – 6.50 million approximately – as the 25th cycle of The Amazing Race (1.3/5) reached the finish line last night. There were of course winners, including to some extent CBS who saw the vet competition series rise 8% from last week. In fact, last night’s TAR was the second best the show has down all season in overall viewers and a tie for its second best result of the cycle among the 18-49s.
However, compared to recent past seasons, it was a much hard road for TAR – in no small part to the Friday night spot and new time slot the network gave it this season. Last night’s finale was down 27% from the Season 24 ender of May 18, 2014 among the key demo. That Sunday night airing show also drew 8.22 million total viewers. Compared to the 2-hour Season 23 finale of December 8, 2013, also a Sunday, last night’s TAR stumbled a hard 38% among the 18-49s and was down 2.71 million in total viewership. Both those Season 24 and Season 23 finales were on much more competitive nights it should be noted. CBS’s annual A Home For The Holidays (0.5/2) was also a newbie on a Friday. Which in part may have been why the special was down 28% from its December 18 broadcast last year – a Wednesday.
Fox and ABC were all encores except for a new 20/20 (1.1/4) which was down 21% from last week. Happy Holidays!