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Updated: Friday Ratings: Dollhouse sinks to series lows, Ghost Whisperer wins again

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April 25th, 2009

GHOST WHISPERER

Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.8/6 1.7/6 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.6/
Total Viewers (million) 8.72 5.65 4.30 3.33 1.43

Ok, as of 10:15A PDT, I haven't seen anything with demo data yet.  Ghost Whisperer seems to have done well as usual. Dollhouse averaged a series low 2.99 million viewers, but I'm not sure yet how it performed in the demo.  We do know however that FOX averaged a 1.1 among 18-49s between 8pm-10pm so its fair to guess that neither Prison Break or Dollhouse did better than a 1.2.  What does this mean?  Well, Prison Break was already definitely not coming back.  Dollhouse looked like it was certainly not coming back either but maybe, possibly, if the ratings went up, even a little...But they did not.

Update: James Hibberd reports Dollhouse scored a series low 1.2 rating with adults 18-49 while Prison Break did a 1.0.  Ghost Whisperer scored a 2.1, though even that was down 16% from its last original airing.

You can compare with previous Friday overnight reports.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 2.1/8 9.15
ABC Wife Swap 1.3/5 3.95
NBC Howie Do It 1.0/4 3.29
FOX Prison Break 1.0/4 3.05
CW Everybody Hates Chris 0.6/3 1.79
8:30 CW The Game 0.9/3 1.89
9:00 CBS Flashpoint 1.6/5 8.18
ABC 20/20 1.5/5 5.26
NBC Dateline 1.3/5 4.61
FOX Dollhouse 1.2/4 2.99
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 0.5/2 1.28
10:00 ABC 20/20 2.2/7 7.73
CBS Numb3rs 1.8/6 8.84
NBC Dateline 1.4/4 5.00

Shows are sorted by 18-49 rating 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.

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