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NBC WINS THE WEEK OF NOV. 17-23 IN 18-49, WITH 'SNF' #1 AMONG PRIME BIG 4 TELECASTS IN ALL KEY MEASURES

NBC Also Takes the Week Among Those Nets in Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54 and All Key Adult-Male Demos Joining 'SNF' Among the Top 30 Primetime Shows on the Big 4 Are Monday and Tuesday's 'Voice,' 'State of Affairs,' 'Chicago Fire' and 'SVU' Through Nine Weeks, NBC Ranks #1 for the Season in Adults 18-49 With Victories During Seven of Nine Weeks NBC Sweeps Six of Six Monday Half-Hours Among the Big 4 in 18-49 With 'The Voice' and 'State of Affairs' Tuesday's 'Marry Me' Returns Up +15%, 'About a Boy' Jumps +44% and 'Chicago Fire' Heats Up by 24% vs. its Prior Non-Crossover Telecast; 'Voice' is #1 for the Night Wednesday's 'Mysteries of Laura' Grows for a Second Straight Telecast; 'SVU' and 'Chicago P.D.' Match Their Highs Since Premiere Week, Excluding the Prior Week's Crossover On Thursday, 'Parenthood' Ranks #2 at 10 p.m. Among ABC, CBS & NBC in 18-49, Up +30% Week to Week to Match its High Since Premiere Week Friday's 'Constantine' Jumps +38% Week to Week to Hit Its High Since Debuting Oct. 24; 'Grimm' Captures a Season High in Total Viewers; 'Dateline' Matches a Four-Year Non-Sports Slot High Cowboys-Giants 'Sunday Night Football' Leads NBC to Nightlong Wins in All Key Measures; Is the #2 Most-Watched Week 12 Matchup in 'SNF's' Nine Seasons

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - November 25, 2014 - NBC has won the primetime ratings week of Nov. 17-23 in adults 18-49, marking the network's seventh weeklong win in nine weeks so far this fall. According to "live plus same day" viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, NBC averaged a 2.4 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers overall for the week.

NBC will also win the November 2014 sweep in adults 18-49, its third consecutive November victory (see separate release).

For the week, NBC ranked #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus all key adult-male demos.

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" ranked #1 among Big 4 primetime programs for the week in every key measure - adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Joining "Sunday Night Football" among the week's top 30 primetime shows on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in 18-49 were Monday's "The Voice" (tied for #6), Tuesday's "Voice" (#9), Monday's "State of Affairs" (tied for #20), Tuesday's "Chicago Fire" (tied for #23) and Wednesday's "Law & Order: SVU" (tied for #27). Rankings exclude sports pre- and post-game shows.

For the season, NBC ranks #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and is also #1 or tied for #1 among those networks in adults 18-34, adults 25-54, men 18-34 and men 18-49.

In total viewers, NBC is #2 for the season, and up 0.3% versus its year-ago average (9.763 million vs. 9.730 million), for NBC's top total-viewer average at this point in the season in eight years (since 2006, 10.3 million). This season and last mark the first two times NBC has ranked as high as #2 in total viewers at this point in the season since 2004.

Primetime averages for the week of Nov. 17-23 in adults 18-49 are: NBC, 2.4/7; ABC, 2.2/7; CBS, 2.0/6; Fox, 1.1/3; and CW, 0.7/2. In overall total viewers, the weekly averages were: CBS, 10.6 million; NBC, 8.5 million; ABC, 8.2 million; Fox, 3.2 million; and CW, 1.9 million.

"Most current" averages for the season to date are: NBC, 2.9/9; CBS, 2.6/8; ABC, 2.5/8; Fox, 2.1/7; and CW, 0.8/3. In overall total viewers, the season averages are: CBS, 12.2 million; NBC, 9.8 million; ABC, 9.1 million; Fox, 6.5 million; and CW, 2.1 million.

NBC highlights for the week of Nov. 17-23:

Monday

NBC ranked #1 for the night among the Big 4 in adults 18-49, taking six of six half-hours among those nets with "The Voice" and the "State of Affairs" debut.

"The Voice" (3.1/8 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 in adults 18-49, as well as adults 18-34 and adults 25-54. In the time period, "The Voice" ranked #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in every key demographic. "The Voice" grew +3% versus its comparable telecast from the spring cycle in adult 18-49 rating (3.1 vs. 3.0 on April 28).

"Live Plus Three Day" Ratings: "The Voice" grew by +17% in 18-49 (from a 3.07 rating to a 3.60) and 1.5 million viewers overall (from 11.1 million to 12.6 million) going from "live plus same day" rating to L+3. "Live Plus Seven Day" Ratings: Through season's first seven weeks, first-run editions of Monday's "Voice" have grown in L+7 vs. L+SD by +26% in 18-49 rating (from a 3.78 to a 4.76) and more than 2.4 million viewers overall (12.6 million to 15.1 million).

The debut of "State of Affairs" (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) won the hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, retaining 88% of the prior four-week average in the time period for NBC's "The Blacklist" in 18-49 (2.2 vs. 2.5) and 92% in total viewers (8.7 million vs. 9.5 million). In the time period, "State of Affairs" ranked #1 or tied for #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key demographic. This is NBC's second-highest-rated drama debut in 18-49 in more than two years (excluding special previews), since "Revolution" on Sept. 17, 2012, trailing over that span only the Sept. 23, 2013 premiere of "The Blacklist." "State of Affairs" retained 73% of its lead-in from the 9:30 half-hour of "Voice" (3.0), up from 69% during the 4Q of 2013 for the first season of "The Blacklist."

L+3: "State of Affairs" grew by   +29% in 18-49 (from a 2.20 rating to a 2.84) and more than 2.6 million viewers overall (from 8.7 million to 11.3 million) going from L+SD to L+3.

Tuesday

"The Voice" (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall from 8-9:01 p.m. ET) ranked as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 in adults 18-49, as well as  adults, men and women 18-34, women 18-49 and women 25-54. "The Voice" equaled the 18-49 rating of the comparable telecast in the spring (2.7 on April 29).

L+3: "The Voice" grew by +13% in 18-49 (from a 2.72 to a 3.06) and 921,000 viewers overall (10.8 million to 11.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: Tuesday's "Voice" is growing by an average +26% in 18-49 rating (from a 3.73 to a 4.69) and 2.4 million viewers overall (12.8 million to 15.2 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

"Marry Me" (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall from 9:01-9:30 p.m. ET) grew +15% versus its prior telecast in 18-49 rating (1.5 vs. 1.3 on Nov. 4) and was up +10% in total viewers (5.0 million vs. 4.5 million) to match the show's top 18-49 rating since Oct. 21 (1.8).

L+3: "Marry Me" grew by +15% in 18-49 (from a 1.53 to a 1.76) and 515,000 viewers overall (5.0 million to 5.5 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: "Marry Me" is increasing by an average +24% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.72 to a 2.13) and 891,000 viewers overall (5.7 million to 6.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

Upscale: "Marry Me'" is a top-10 primetime Big 4 series in its concentration of upscale viewers, indexing at a 140 for adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (100 represents an average concentration of those homes, "most current").

"About a Boy" (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) grew +44% versus its prior telecast in 18-49 rating (1.3 vs. 0.9 on Nov. 4) and was up +19% in total viewers (4.2 million vs. 3.5 million).  "About a Boy" earned its highest results in both categories since Oct. 21 (1.4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall). In 18-49, "About a Boy" retained a season-high 87% of its lead-in from "Marry Me," up from a 69% retention with its prior telecast on Nov. 4 (0.9 vs. 1.3).

L+3: "About a Boy" grew by +24% in 18-49 (from a 1.26 to a 1.55) and 981,000 viewers overall (4.2 million to 5.2 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: "About a Boy" originals are increasing by an average +33% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.29 to a 1.71) and 1.2 million viewers overall (4.5 million to 5.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

"Chicago Fire" (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) scored its top 18-49 and total-viewer results for a non-crossover episode since Oct. 7 (2.1 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall). This week's "Chicago Fire" grew +24% versus the show's prior non-crossover episode in 18-49 (2.1 vs. 1.7 on Oct. 28). This week's "Chicago Fire" won the 10 p.m. hour in 18-49 among ABC, CBS and NBC by a margin of +31% (2.1 vs. 1.6 for CBS's second-place "Persons of Interest").  All eight telecasts of "Chicago Fire" this season have finished #1 or tied for #1 in 18-49 among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas in the time period.

L+3: "Chicago Fire" grew by +35% in 18-49 (from a 2.07 to a 2.78) and 2.4 million viewers overall (7.8 million to 10.2 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: "Chicago Fire" first-runs have increased by an average +52% in 18-49 rating (from a 2.10 to a 3.19) and 3.5 million viewers overall (8.0 million vs. 11.5 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

Wednesday

"The Mysteries of Laura" (1.4/4 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) captured its highest 18-49 and total-viewer results since Oct. 15 (1.4 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) and is within a tenth of a point of the show's 18-49 high for regular-slot episodes (1.5 on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8). "Laura" grew for a second straight telecast in 18-49 and total viewers, increasing +8% versus its prior episode in 18-49 (1.3 on Nov. 5) and up +17% versus the telecast before that (1.2 on Oct. 29).

L+7: "The Mysteries of Laura" originals are growing by +30% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.44 to a 1.87) and 1.8 million viewers overall (8.8 million to 10.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

"Law & Order: SVU" (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) hit its highest rating, excluding the previous week's crossover, since Oct. 1 (1.8) and matched its high for a non-crossover episode since the show's season premiere on Sept. 24 (2.2).  In total viewers, it was the most-watched "SVU," excluding last week's crossover, since the season premiere (10.128 million on Sept. 24). This week's "SVU" grew +13% versus its prior non-crossover episode in both 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.6 on Nov. 5) and total viewers (7.9 million vs. 7.0 million).

L+7: Through the season's first seven weeks, "SVU" originals were increasing by an average of +66% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.76 a 2.93) and 2.9 million viewers overall (7.8 million to 10.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

"Chicago P.D." (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) tied for #1 in the time period among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 (1.6 rating each for "Chicago P.D." and CBS's "Stalker").  "Chicago P.D." locked up its best rating, excluding the previous week's crossover, since Oct. 15 (1.6) and equaled its non-crossover high since the show's season premiere on Sept. 24 (1.9).  In total viewers, it was the most-watched "Chicago P.D.," excluding the prior week's crossover, since the season premiere (8.6 million on Sept. 24).  This week's "Chicago P.D." retained 89% of its lead-in from "SVU" in 18-49, versus a 70% retention in the slot for CBS's "Stalker" and 58% for ABC's "Nashville."

L+7: "Chicago P.D." originals are growing by an average +67% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.57 to a 2.62) and 3.2 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 10.2 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

Thursday

"The Biggest Loser" (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall from 8:17-9 p.m. ET) retained 92% of the prior week's results in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.2) and 99% in total viewers (4.458 million vs. 4.522 million) despite this week's preemptions on stations in the Eastern U.S. through the show's first 17 minutes for coverage of a Presidential address.

L+3: The prior week's "Biggest Loser" on Nov. 13 grew by +31% in 18-49 (from a 1.16 to a four-week high 1.52) and 878,000 viewers overall (from 4.5 million to 5.4 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: "The Biggest Loser" first-runs are increasing by an average +36% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.32 to a 1.79) and 1.1 million viewers overall (4.7 million to 5.8 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

"Bad Judge" (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. ET) matched its 18-49 rating of the prior three weeks.

L+3: The previous week's "Bad Judge" on Nov. 13 grew by +37% in 18-49 (from a 0.89 to a 1.22) and 888,000 viewers overall (from 3.7 million to 4.6 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: "Bad Judge" originals are growing by an average +43% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.09 to a 1.56) and 1.3 million viewers overall (4.6 million to 5.9 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

"A-to-Z" (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall from 9:30-10 p.m. ET) grew week to week by +17% in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.6) and +4% in total viewers (2.439 million vs. 2.350 million).

L+3: The prior week's "A-to-Z" on Nov. 13 increased by +34% in 18-49 (from a 0.61 to a 0.82 and 515,000 viewers overall (from 2.4 million to 2.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: "A-to-Z" first-runs are increasing by an average +36% in 18-49 rating (from a 0.94 to a 1.28) and 735,000 viewers overall (3.4 million to 4.1 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

"Parenthood" (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) grew week to week by +30% in 18-49 rating (1.3 vs. 1.0) and +11% in total viewers (4.0 million vs. 3.6 million) to match its highest 18-49 rating since premiere week (a 1.4 on Sept. 25) and generated its biggest overall audience since Oct. 16 (4.2 million). "Parenthood" finished #2 in the slot among ABC, CBS and NBC ahead of CBS'S "Elementary" in adults 18-49 and 25-54 and most other key demos.

L+3: The previous week's "Parenthood" on Nov. 13 grew by +78% in 18-49 (from a 1.04 to a 1.85) and 2.1 million viewers overall (from 3.6 million to 5.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: "Parenthood" originals are growing by an average +82% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.26 to a 2.30) and 2.5 million viewers overall (4.1 million to 6.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

Upscale: "Parenthood" is the #1 most upscale primetime series on the Big 4 networks in, indexing at a 166 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes ("most current" L+3 results through the opening six weeks of the season, 100 represents an average concentration of those homes).

Friday

"Dateline NBC" (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) equaled NBC's highest 18-49 rating in the time period, excluding Olympics, in four years (since Oct. 8, 2010, 1.6, "Dateline NBC").  In total viewers, "Dateline" retained 97% of the prior week's 8.0 million, which was NBC's biggest non-sports / non-Olympic overall audience in the time period in nearly five years (since Dec. 11, 2009, 8.8 million, "Law & Order"). "Dateline NBC" won the hour among the Big 4 in adults 18-49 for a fourth week in a row.

L+3: The prior week's "Dateline" on Nov. 14 grew by +13% in 18-49 (from a 1.47 to a 1.66) and 668,000 viewers overall (8.0 million to 8.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3, for the biggest Friday "Dateline" total-viewer result since Feb. 4, 2011. L+7: Friday's "Dateline" is increasing by an average of +22% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.23 to a 1.50) and 872,000 viewers overall (6.2 million to 7.1 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

"Grimm" (1.3/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET) grew week to week by +8% in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.2) and +8% in total viewers (5.4 million vs. 5.0 million). "Grimm" matched its highest 18-49 rating since a 1.4 for its series debut Oct. 24. In total viewers, "Grimm" grew for a third week in a row to hit a season high, with its biggest overall audience since March 21 (5.7 million).

L+3: The prior week's "Grimm" on Nov. 14 increased by +70% in 18-49 (from a 1.16 to a 1.97) and 2.2 million viewers overall (5.0 million to 7.2 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: "Grimm" first-runs are growing by an average of +78% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.30 to a 2.32) and 2.7 million viewers overall (4.9 million to 7.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

"Constantine" (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) jumped +38% week to week in adults 18-49 (to a 1.1 rating from a 0.8), to its highest rating since its series debut on Oct. 24 (1.4). "Constantine" retained 85% of its 18-49 lead-in from "Grimm" (1.3), up from the prior week's 67% (0.8 vs. 1.2) and its top retention since holding 100% with its series premiere Oct. 28. In total viewers, "Constantine" grew for a third week in a row to its biggest overall audience since debuting with 4.3 million viewers on Oct. 24.

L+3: The previous week's "Constantine" on Nov. 14 grew by +81% in 18-49 (from a 0.84 to a 1.52) and more than 1.4 million viewers overall (3.5 million vs. 4.9 million) going from L+SD to L+3. L+7: "Constantine" originals are increasing by an average of +70% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.10 to a 1.87) and 2.0 million viewers overall (3.5 million to 5.5 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

Saturday

“Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) captured NBC's top 18-49 rating in the time period, excluding sports, in four months (since "Dateline Mystery" scored a 0.8 in the hour on July 12) and equaled the non-sports high since Feb. 11, 2012 (1.0 that hour for a "Voice" encore). In total viewers, it was the biggest overall audience in the time period, excluding sports, since July 5 ("Dateline Mystery," 4.5 million that hour).

A rebroadcast of “State of Affairs" averaged a 0.5/2 in 18-49 and 3.2 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET and "SNL Vintage" delivered a 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 3.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET with an encore of a Nov. 20, 1976 telecast hosted by Paul Simon with musical guest George Harrison.

Sunday:

NBC Sports' "Sunday Night Football" (8.1/22 in 18-49, 22.4 million viewers overall from 8:31-11:48 p.m. ET), featuring the Dallas Cowboys at the New York Giants, led NBC to nightlong wins among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in every key measure - adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

"Sunday Night Football" scored its highest 18-49 and total-viewer results since Oct. 19, when Denver's Peyton Manning set a new NFL record for career touchdown passes during that week's 49ers-Broncos game (8.2 in 18-49, 23.8 million viewers overall).

The 22.4 million viewers makes it the second most watched week 12 matchup in the nine seasons NBC has carried "Sunday Night Football."

For the night, NBC led among the Big 4 by a +100% margin over #2 CBS in adults 18-49 (with a 6.6 rating from 7:30-11 p.m. for NBC vs. a 3.3 from 7-11 for CBS).

WEEKLY AVERAGES
Average rating, share and audience in each category

ADULTS 18-49

NBC 2.4/7, 3.0 million

ABC 2.2/7, 2.8 million

CBS 2.0/6, 2.5 million

Fox 1.1/3, 1.4 million

CW 0.7/2, 0.9 million

Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

ADULTS 25-54

NBC 2.9/8, 3.5 million

CBS 2.8/7, 3.3 million

ABC 2.7/7, 3.2 million

Fox 13/3, 1.6 million

CW 0.8/2, 1.0 million

Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

CBS 3.6/9, 10.6 million

NBC 2.9/8, 8.5 million

ABC 2.8/7, 8.2 million

Fox 1.1/3, 3.2 million

CW 0.6/2, 1.9 million

Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers

SEASON TO DATE
Average rating, share and audience in each category

ADULTS 18-49

NBC 2.9/9, 3.7 million

CBS 2.6/8, 3.3 million

ABC 2.5/8, 3.2 million

Fox 2.1/7, 2.7 million

CW 0.8/3, 1.1 million

Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

ADULTS 25-54

CBS 3.6/10, 4.3 million

NBC 3.6/10, 4.3 million

ABC 3.1/8, 3.7 million

Fox 2.5/7, 3.0 million

CW 0.9/2, 1.1 million

Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers

TOTAL VIEWERS

CBS 4.1/11, 12.2 million

NBC 3.3/9, 9.8 million

ABC 3.1/8, 9.1 million

Fox 2.2/6, 6.5 million

CW 0.7/2, 2.1 million

Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers

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