In the early metered market numbers, it looked like a fairly standard Tuesday. NCIS will win the most viewers at 8pm, but House will lead in the demo, and whatever novelty there was for the CW's 90210 seems to have worn off quickly.
House and Fringe were down a little from previous airings. Last night House had a 7.3/11 (household rating/share) in the early slice, and Fringe a 5.6/9. But there hadn't been a new airing of Fringe since October 21 when it had a 5.9/9.
Since the only show on last night that anyone is probably concerned about is Eli Stone, first, the good news: it seems to have stopped the bleeding. Last night's Eli Stone pulled a 5.1/9, identical to the early metered market numbers for October 28, but down from October 21 when it had a 6.3/10. And of course the fast affiliate numbers will be a bit different and the final numbers different still because whatever Dancing With the Stars Overrun that was included in the 10pm half hour will be removed. Our Renew/Cancel index pegs Eli Stone for early termination (along with Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money), but the rumor mill tells a different tale. In some circles, the rumor mill has Dirty Sexy Money being kept, while Eli Stone is cancelled, and some have Dirty Sexy Money cancelled, while Eli Stone is kept.
This will be a lesson for us in how good the rumor mill is. If I have to pick a rumor I'll pick the one where Eli Stone is kept vs. DSM because that rumor is based on schedules sent to advertisers. I don't think we'll have to wait long to find out, as I'd expect an official word from ABC on the winter schedule by the end of the week. We'll see. One thing you won't have to wait to know is this: at 10pm last night Eli Stone will finish last in total viewers and last in the 18-49 demographic in the war between ABC, CBS and NBC.
We'll post the night's full details once we've seen the fast affiliate numbers, but you can check out last night's full metered market report on Marc Berman's site.
Metered Market Overnight Ratings: This is normally the first available ratings information, and is based on the electronic measurement service that Nielsen provides in 56 of the nation's largest markets. In each market a sample of homes is selected to represent that individual market. Often, networks or syndicators provide metered market information as an early indicator of a program's performance. In aggregate, the 56 metered markets represent 79,890,610 homes, or 70% of all U.S. TV households. Preliminary metered market data are available as early as 8:00AM (ET). Final metered market information, reflecting line-up changes, pre-emptions and runovers, are normally available by 3:30PM