The British singer’s new 25 album has sold more than 5.1 million copies since its release on November 20 and it looks like all those fans and many more showed up for Adele Live In New York City (3.0/10) last night. With 11.2 million viewers tuning in, the 10 PM Lorne Michaels EP’d concert was NBC’s most watched concert special since the 16.56 million who watched Cher Farewell Tour on April 8, 2003. Not including awards show and the like, last night’s Adele show was the most watched Big 4 music special since CBS’ The Beatles: The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute on February 9, 2014, which drew 14.045 million.
Coming off a rising Night 1 of the Season 9 finale of The Voice (3.2/10), Adele proved to be the highest rated primetime music special that any of the Big 4 have had since NBC aired The Eagles Farewell Tour on June 1, 2005. That special of the SoCal band a decade ago pulled in a 3.1 rating, just beating Adele – which could just be for now if we see adjustments in the final numbers.
As for The Voice itself, the music competition show was up 14.2% over its Season 7 Night 1 finale of December 15, 2014 and over last week’s 2-hour offering. Coming towards the end of a season of some lows, The Voice hit a high last night with 13.907 million tuning – that’s the show’s most watched Monday finale ever. With all that, NBC won the night among the broadcast nets with a 3.1/10 rating and 13.02 million viewers.
A win was not what Monday Night Football had last night – even with the New York Giants’ 31-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Maybe families were splitting the difference in their viewing chooses or maybe the match-up just didn’t catch fire for them. Regardless, with a 8.7 metered market rating, the ESPN NFL show took a 13% tackle from last week’s season high Dallas Cowboys’ 19-16 win over the Washington Redskins. Still, even with Adele numbers, ESPN will likely take the night in the demo and viewership as usual.
Over on CBS, Supergirl (1.5/5) and NCIS: Los Angles (1.4/5) were even with their December 7 shows. At 9 PM, Scorpion (1.9/6) saw a 12% rise among adults 18-49 from last week. There may be some adjustments in CBS’ numbers as the network played the NFL game on its Miami affiliate.
With ABC showing the Giants and Dolphins game on it NYC affiliate, the net’s numbers are likely a bit of muddle. As it stands right now, ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.3/4) was steady with last week’s debut while The Great Holiday Baking Show (1.1/4) was up 22%.
The only original on the CW last night was the winter finale of Season 2 of Jane The Virgin (0.4/1). The drama packed show was even with its last airing of November 23 and down 20% from its Season 1 winter finale of December 15 last year.
Fox was all encores last night.