I wasn't one who'd have predicted there's be much of a bump for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles due to there being no Dancing With the Stars (and a Monday Night Football contest featuring two sub .500 teams), but in the early metered market ratings, TSCC did increase by a little over 9% from a week ago, jumping to a 3.6/5 (household rating/share) from a 3.3/5 a week ago.
Chuck was up even a little more at 10% jumping from a 4.0/6 to a 4.4/7. And Heroes was up 11% jumping from a 4.5/6 a week ago to a 5.0/8 last night. I wish Marc Berman would actually look at his own reports from the previous week. But this is probably the same fantastical sort of wishing that leads people to hope Lipstick Jungle will be renewed!
While Heroes is definitely still "fading" (as Berman described it) from its former glory, being up 11% from the previous week isn't fading. Now whether that actually translates into anything for any of these shows in terms of the fast national numbers, we shall soon see, but I'm guessing they are all up at least a little. I'll kick Heroes when its down as much as the next guy, but it definitely seems to have stabilized in the ratings for the time being.
Though all of the above shows gained over the previous week in the early metered market Nielsen numbers, Shrek the Halls (6.7/10) must've spelled worse news for the CBS 8pm comedy block than Dancing With the Stars. The Big Bang Theory dropped from a 6.0/9 last week to a 5.5/8, and How I Met Your Mother dropped from a 5.9/9 to a 5.6/8. Two and Half Men had identical numbers both last week and last night - 8.9/13. The CBS comedies were apparently all repeats -- if that's the case, the numbers are fantastic.
And for all those who whine that we never write anything about Prison Break - it too increased, albeit a tiny bit, from a 3.6/6 last week to a 3.7/6 last night.
We'll have the viewer and demographic data for all shows up later in the morning, so check back. You can see the full metered market report for last night 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