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Tuesday Ratings - NCIS and The Mentalist impressive in reruns, House takes demos

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December 10th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC ABC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 12.10 10.49 9.76 5.79 4.57 1.14
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.5/6 4.2/11 3.6/10 1.7/5 1.8/5 0.5/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 1.6/5 3.9/11 3.4/9 1.1/3 2.0/5 0.6/2

CBS took the most viewers for the night though Fox won the 18-49 demographic and CBS finished third among 18-49 year olds, also trailing NBC. The feat is still impressive though as the CBS shows were all reruns. For a rerun of NCIS to average over 14 million and a rerun of The Mentalist nearly 14 million -- the Tiffany network must be happy.

As is typical Fox had the highest demo numbers for Tuesday night on the strength of House. Fringe was a repeat, and though its numbers will likely be adjusted down a bit in the finals, it had about the same demo numbers as the NCIS and The Mentalist reruns on many fewer viewers. So despite the numbers, relatively speaking Fringe repeats well. As ever Fringe lost viewers from one half hour to the next even in reruns. It averaged 7.652 million with a 3.0/8 among 18-49 year olds between 9pm-9:30p, and 6.506 million and a 2.5/6 between 9:30p-10p. Still not awful numbers for a rerun.

Over on NBC, it had solid performance in the demo with two hours of The Biggest Loser: Families and a new Law & Order: SVU easily took the 10pm hour.

ABC's night wasn't pretty. It couldn't even crack a 2.0 rating among 18-49 year olds for the night. The CW ran reruns of 90210 and Privileged and the numbers were unremarkable.

Last Tuesday's overnight report.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS NCIS (R) 14.11 2.7/7 1.7/5
FOX House 13.91 5.6/15 5.4/15
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 8.28 3.2/8 3.0/8
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 7.28 2.0/5 1.2/3
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 5.18 2.0/5 2.2/6
CW 90210 (R) 1.22 0.6/1 0.6/2
9:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 13.65 2.8/7 2.0/5
NBC Biggest Loser: Families 10.08 4.0/10 3.8/10
FOX Fringe (R) 7.08 2.8/7 2.4/6
ABC According to Jim 5.05 1.6/4 0.9/3
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.89 2.0/5 2.2/6
CW Privileged (R) 1.06 0.4/1 0.5/1
9:30 ABC According to Jim 5.34 1.7/4 1.0/3
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU 10.93 3.7/10 3.4/10
CBS Without a Trace (R) 8.54 1.9/5 1.2/3
ABC Eli Stone 4.89 1.4/4 1.1/3
UNI Aqui y Ahora 3.62 1.4/4 1.5/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

Definitions:

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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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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