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Friday Ratings: Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 Lifts NBC To Victory

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June 13th, 2009

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Scoreboard NBC CBS FOX ABC CW
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.0/11 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.51 5.27 3.21 3.57 0.95

Please note, these numbers are preliminary and that due to the nature of how live events are measured, the numbers for last night’s NHL Stanley Cup Final game are even more subject to change than normal.  Also note that these numbers measure the prime-time portion of the game only and do not include viewership past 11pm and even the preliminary numbers have not been time-zone adjusted for the game.

NBC skated to an easy win Friday as the decisive Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7 averaged a 3.0 18-49 demo rating from 8-11pm and 7.51 million viewers.

The other new shows on broadcast television included an episode of Don't Forget the Lyrics which doubled (and tripled) the 18-49 demo rating of Surviving Suburbia and The Goode Family respectively at 8pm and 20/20 at 10pm which, with a 1.6 demo rating, was the most 18-49 demo watched show that didn't feature the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

You can see TV ratings from past Friday overnight reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millons)
8:00 NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7 (8-11p) 3.0 11 7.51
FOX Don't Forget the Lyrics 1.2 5 3.81
CBS Ghost Whisperer (repeat) 1.1 4 5.19
ABC Surviving Suburbia 0.6 3 2.87
CW Priviledged (repeat) 0.3 1 0.94
8:30 ABC The Goode Family 0.5 2 1.82
9:00 CBS Flashpoint (repeat) 1.0 4 5.46
FOX Mental (repeat) 0.8 3 2.60
ABC Samantha Who? X2 (repeat) 0.7 3 2.38
CW Everybody Hates Chris (repeat) 0.3 1 0.94
9:30 CW The Game (repeat) 0.4 1 0.99
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.6 5 5.98
CBS Numb3rs (repeat) 1.0 3 5.48
8:00 NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7 2.2 9 5.78
8:30 NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7 2.5 10 6.37
9:00 NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7 2.9 11 7.27
9:30 NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7 3.1 10 7.55
10:00 NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7 3.7 12 9.01
10:30 NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7 3.7 12 9.07

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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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