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Tuesday Nielsen Ratings; 'House' and 'Fringe' Power Fox to Demo Wins

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November 19th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 15.22 12.06 11.19 8.62 4.16 2.26
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.2/8 2.7/7 4.8/12 3.4/9 1.6/4 1.2/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.0/6 1.7/5 4.5/13 3.0/9 1.8/5 1.6/5

If it seems a lot like last week, that's because it was.  NCIS was down off last week's overnights (which turned into a record) but still very strong last night averaging 17.97.  Fox averaged 13.03 million.  As is typical, House trounced NCIS among 18-49 year olds (and 18-34 year olds) despite having less viewers.  House averaged a 5.5/15 among 18-49 year olds, while NCIS averaged a 3.2/9.

Fox's Fringe was up in viewers and in both demos versus last week's overnight number,  growing to 9.36 million from last week's 8.88 million.  It's 18-49 demo rating grew from a 4.0 to a 4.2.  There is usually a little spillover into the 9pm hour from House, and I'm not sure if that was greater than it was last week.

Looking at the half hourly data for Fringe, it continues to be the case that Fringe bleeds out a lot of viewers from the first half hour to the second.  Last night at 9pm it averaged 9.95 million, but at 9:30 only 8.76 million.   Still, even in the 9:30 half hour Fringe bested The Mentalist among 18-49 year olds and crushed it among 18-34 year olds.  I'm sure CBS is still pretty happy with The Mentalist's 15.83 million average viewers for the hour, and it's demo numbers are as good, or better, than NCIS. But NBC's Biggest Loser: Families bested The Mentalist in the demos, and though it still trails Fringe, it give Fringe a run for its money in the 9:30p half hour where Fringe is better than Biggest Loser among 18-49 year olds by only a tenth of a ratings point (3.9 to 3.8)

Things got worse (at least ratings-wise) for Eli Stone in the overnights it dropped from last week's 7.44 million to 6.87 million.  In last week's overnight, Eli Stone had a 2.0/5 among 18-49s, this week it had a 1.8/5.  Last week Eli's final numbers were, as typical, adjusted down because the Dancing with the Stars overrun.  In last week's final number, Eli's 18-49 demo was adjusted to a 1.8/5.   Bottom line: if there was Dancing with the Stars spillover into the 10pm hour last night like there usually is (I don't know) the numbers are down week over week, but if there was no Dancing with the Stars overrun, they're likely flat.  The DWTS results show improved from last week's numbers.

Law & Order: SVU was up a bit versus last week, and again easily won the 10pm hour int he demos though CBS' Without a Trace had more viewers.

Last week's overnight data is available for comparison.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS NCIS 17.98 3.5/9 2.1/6
FOX House 13.03 5.5/15 5.4/16
ABC Dancing With the Stars (Recap) 11.81 2.4/6 1.6/5
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 7.18 2.9/8 2.6/8
UNI Cuidada con el Angel 4.63 1.7/4 1.9/6
CW 90210 2.94 1.6/4 2.1/5
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 17.50 4.0/10 2.5/7
CBS The Mentalist 15.83 3.5/8 2.2/6
FOX Fringe 9.36 4.2/10 3.8/10
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 8.51 3.6/9 3.2/9
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.78 1.9/5 2.1/6
CW Privileged 1.58 0.8/2 1.2/3
10:00 CBS Without a Trace 11.86 2.6/7 1.8/5
NBC Law & Order: SVU 10.18 3.8/10 3.3/9
ABC Eli Stone 6.87 1.8/5 1.2/4
UNI Aqui y Ahora 3.08 1.3/4 1.4/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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Definitions:

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.

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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.

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