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Friday Ratings: even with reruns, CBS still wins

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January 31st, 2009

Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 8.04 5.91 5.13 3.98 1.46
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.8/6 1.8/6 1.6/5 1.3/4 0.6/2

CBS ran all reruns, but still had the most viewers of the night and tied for first with ABC among 18-49 year olds. Words that should send shivers down the spine of every Friday Night Lights fan: Howie Do It had better numbers.

It wasn't all that long ago that a House repeat could pull a 2.8 rating among 18-49 year olds, so you can't blame them for trying. Next Friday FOX tries COPS and America's Most Wanted.

The week after that is Friday the 13th, literally, and perhaps figuratively for fans of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer (R) 8.22 1.9/6
NBC Howie Do It 5.24 1.5/5
ABC Wife Swap 5.05 1.7/5
FOX House (R) 4.28 1.4/4
CW Everybody Hates Chris 1.90 0.8/3
8:30 CW The Game 1.91 0.8/3
9:00 CBS Flashpoint (R) 8.44 1.9/6
ABC 20/20 6.06 1.7/5
NBC Friday Night Lights 4.00 1.4/4
FOX Lie To Me (R) 3.69 1.3/4
CW 13: Fear is Real 1.01 0.5/1
10:00 CBS Numb3rs (R) 7.44 1.7/5
ABC 20/20 6.63 1.8/6
NBC Dateline 6.16 1.8/6

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

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.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101.

 
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