Updated Tuesday Night: The Mentalist soars to new highs, Fox takes demos

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December 3rd, 2008

Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC ABC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 16.50 10.53 9.21 6.58 4.42 1.03
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.3/9 4.3/11 3.4/9 2.2/6 1.6/4 0.4/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.0/6 3.9/11 2.9/9 1.4/4 1.7/5 0.5/1

Updated December 3, 11:30PST with 18-34 show data below.

Dancing With the Stars absence was a friend to CBS, sending even more of the 50+ crowd CBS' way, but some 18-49 year olds as well. CBS was the night's leader in total viewers though Fox won both the 18-49 and 18-34 demos (and by fairly wide margins at that, see above). NCIS was slightly up vs. last week, but The Mentalist, which last week had to battle with the DWTS finale was up almost three million viewers to a series high 18.77 million viewers.

That's the good news, the bad news -- if any part of having a hit show can really be "bad" news was that with less than half as many viewers both the second hour of The Biggest Loser and Fringe trailed The Mentalist by only .1 among 18-49 year olds.

Fringe had less than 9 million viewers (8.69 million) and it lost ~600,000 viewers from the first half hour to the second (8.994 million to 8.380 million) but those who departed House for The Mentalist must have mostly been older because Fringe only dropped .1 in among 18-49 year olds from a 3.7 to a 3.6. The bigger competition in the demos during the 9:30pm half hour was The Biggest Loser which scored a 4.0/10 among 18-49 year olds and a 3.4/9 among 18-34 year olds (winning both demos for that half hour).

According to Jim was back and promptly lost almost three million viewers out of the Christmas classic Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. And if one half hour of According to Jim wasn't enough, another 600,000 or so bolted during the second half hour. Sadly for our friends at Eli Stone, it lost still another half million plus and averaged under five million viewers and only a 1.6/4 in the demo. At least ATJ did a 2.0 or a better in both its half hours.

Last Tuesday's overnight report is available to compare, though since there was no Dancing With the Stars finale this week, obviously things look a bit different. I'll add in the 18-34 data later if I can.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS NCIS 18.54 3.7/10 2.0/6
FOX House 12.37 5.0/14 4.5/14
ABC Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (R) 8.98 3.1/8 1.9/6
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 8.05 3.1/8 2.6/8
CW 90210 (R) 1.20 0.5/1 0.6/2
9:00 CBS The Mentalist 18.77 3.8/9 2.5/7
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 9.27 3.7/9 3.2/9
FOX Fringe 8.69 3.7/9 3.2/9
ABC According to Jim 6.15 2.2/6 1.4/4
CW Privileged (R) 0.86 0.3/1
9:30 ABC According to Jim 5.51 2.0/5 1.2/3
10:00 CBS Without a Trace 12.20 2.5/7 1.7/5
NBC Law & Order: SVU 10.31 3.6/10 2.9/9
ABC Eli Stone 4.93 1.6/4 1.0/3

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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