Tuesday Night Ratings: Fox's Power 'House' vs. CBS' 'NCIS'

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October 29th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 15.11 11.70 9.55 8.42 4.59 2.68
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.4/9 3.1/8 3.9/10 3.2/8 1.8/5 1.3/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.0/6 2.2/6 3.7/10 2.8/8 2.1/6 1.8/5

CBS won the night in total viewers, but Fox won the demos even though it came in third in terms of total viewers.

Yeah, yeah, I know, House no longer pulls a 7.x in the 18-49 demo. So what? What it does do is win the 18-49 and 18-34 demos hands down when it airs. Up against NCIS, which draws more viewers House has many more 18-49 year olds. Last week House was the number sixteen show in total viewers and number two among 18-49 year olds. Meanwhile, NCIS was the number three show overall but twenty-third among 18-49 year olds. Neither show is in any danger of being cancelled.

The only show airing last night that seems to be in any such danger was Eli Stone. Eli did nothing to help its chances last night. It was down about 800,000 viewers and ~10% among 18-49 year olds versus last week's overnight numbers. Privileged may be in some danger, but since our Renew or Cancel Index tracks relative 18-49 year old performance rather than 18-34 year old females (we don't get season-to-date data for that demographic, so it's not something we can regularly compute) even Privileged looks to be in better shape than Eli Stone.

A couple of notes to stir the pot:

The forty-somethingth annual airing of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown drew 10.43 million viewers and tied NCIS for second among 18-49 year olds. I grew up on that stuff so it makes me smile to see that it still has some legs.

Fringe provided solid numbers for a rerun, better than Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been doing in first-run airings on Monday.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS NCIS 17.08 3.4/9 1.9/5
FOX House 13.15 5.3/14 5.3/15
ABC It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (R) 10.43 3.4/9 2.6/7
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 7.53 2.7/7 2.3/7
CW 90210 3.20 1.6/4 2.3/6
9:00 ABC Dancing With the Stars Results 17.00 3.8/9 2.5/7
CBS The Mentalist 16.11 3.8/9 2.4/6
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 8.53 3.5/9 3.1/8
FOX Fringe (R) 5.95 2.5/6 2.2/6
CW Privileged 2.16 1.1/3 1.4/4
10:00 CBS Without a Trace 12.14 2.9/8 1.8/5
NBC Law & Order: SVU 9.20 3.4/9 3.1/9
ABC Eli Stone 7.67 2.0/5 1.4/4

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. 


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