I'll focus only on a few shows here, but post all the shows once we see the fast national data with viewer numbers and age demographics.
It was a lot like last Tuesday, in general. last Tuesday NCIS had a 10.8/17 (household ratings/share) and wound up setting series records for viewing. Last night it had 10.6/16. The Mentalist was down a smidge too, from 10.2/15 to a 9.9/15, and Without a Trace dipped from a an 8.4/13 to a 8.3/12.
House had the same 7.3/11 both this week and last, and Fringe was off one tick dropping from last week's 5.6/9 to a 5.5/8.
Remember these numbers are so preliminary that it's easily possible that a show appearing down a tenth or two week over week actually winds up with a higher household rating than the prior week in the final analysis.
Meanwhile over at the CW, 90210 and Privileged were both down very slightly. 90210 drew a 2.1/3 last week and a 2.0/3, last night. Privileged dropped from a 1.4/2 to a 1.3/2. Apparently that did worse than a repeat of Reaper a year ago. That's just sad. CW plans to air Privileged after Gossip Girl on Mondays the first couple of Mondays in December.
Law & Order: SVU picked up some steam, rising from last week's 6.5/11 to a 7.2/12.
Dancing With the Stars results show gained strength. Last week's show drew a 10.9/16, this week's an 11.6/17. Did Eli Stone benefit from the uptick? Yes. It grew from a 5.1/9 last week to a 5.2/9 this week. Will that save the show? Something might save it, but it won't be that one-tenth. More important is how it rated among 18-49 year olds. Last week it drew a 2.0 rating in the overnights among 18-49 year olds, but was dropped to a 1.8 rating once the minute or two of Dancing With the Stars overrun was pulled out. Did t draw a 2.0 or better among 18-49 year olds in this week's overnights? Check back later for our full overnight report.
In the meanwhile you can check out the full early 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