Tuesday Ratings: NCIS Most Watched, But House and Fringe Dominate Demos

Categories: '

Written By

October 22nd, 2008

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 14.65 11.29 11.00 7.98 4.06 1.41
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.2/9 2.7/7 4.8/13 3.1/8 1.6/4 0.7/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 1.8/5 1.9/5 4.5/13 2.6/8 1.9/5 0.8/3

Another Tuesday night of mixed leadership, with CBS winning the most total viewers. ABC was second in total viewers, with the Dancing With the Stars recap show at 8pm doing much better than the cancelled Opportunity Knocks. But while Fox was third place in terms of total viewers it dominated the field in both the 18-49 and 18-34 demos on the strength of House and Fringe. Fringe had the second best 18-49 and 18-34 results for the night trailing only House.

Fringe's benefit from the House lead-in is apparent in the half hourly data though. Fringe had 9.532 million in the first half hour, but dropped to 8.694 million in the second half hour where it tied in the 18-49 demo with the DWTS results show -- both had 3.8/9 ratings for the second half hour. Fringe still won the 18-34 demo outright in the second half hour though, so while House definitely helps, Fringe is still strong in the demos the second half hour.

Things don't look so bright for Privileged, though it's the female 18-34 viewers who count. Eli Stone's numbers are actually worse than they look in the table below, because it benefited greatly from DWTS overrun which will be stripped out of the final numbers. In Eli's first half hour it shows 9.654 million viewers and a 2.5/7 among 18-49 year olds. The second half hour, it dropped to 7.373 million and a 1.9/6. Ouch.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS NCIS 17.06 3.6/10 2.1/6
FOX House 12.88 5.6/15 5.5/17
ABC Dancing With the Stars (Recap) 9.35 2.1/6 1.5/4
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 6.98 2.6/7 2.1/6
UNI Cuidada con el Angel 4.52 1.8/5 2.2/7
CW 90210 (R) 1.35 0.6/2 0.7/2
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars Results 16.02 3.8/9 2.5/7
CBS The Mentalist 15.29 3.5/9 2.0/6
FOX Fringe 9.11 4.0/10 3.6/10
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 7.70 3.2/8 2.7/7
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.67 1.9/5 2.1/5
CW Privileged 1.47 0.7/2 1.0/3
10:00 CBS Without a Trace 11.60 2.7/7 1.4/4
NBC Law & Order: SVU 9.35 3.5/10 3.1/9
ABC Eli Stone 8.51 2.2/6 1.7/5
UNI Aqui y Ahora 2.97 1.2/3 1.2/3

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures