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TV Ratings Sunday: In the Land of Repeats, Big Brother Is King; Defying Gravity's Ratings Weightless

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September 7th, 2009

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Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 1.2/3 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.7/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share          
Total Viewers (million) 5.19 3.46 2.37 3.36 1.09

On a repeat filled holiday weekend Sunday, a new episode of CBS' Big Brother was the top rated show in the adults 18-49 demo and helped put CBS on top for the night with just a 1.2 demo rating average overall as broadcast ratings fell sharply from last week.

While it towered over the weak competition, Big Brother 11 was down sharply from the 2.5 demo ratings it scored the previous two Sundays.

Those of you who thought ABC's Defying Gravity's ratings couldn't go any lower should look away from the list below. They hit a nearly weightless 0.6 demo rating.

There Goes the Neighborhood and Shark Tank were also down sharply from last week and their recent performances.

We may or may not get our regular ratings data. If we do, I may or may not update the post with it later. ;)

Here are the half hourly results from Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

7:00 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
Viewers: 4.23 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0 rating/4 share (#1)

CBS – 60 Minutes 
Viewers: 6.56 million (#1), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Dateline (R)
Viewers: 4.05 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3)

Fox – ‘Til Death (R)
Viewers: 1.19 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

CW – Reaper (R)
Viewers: 671,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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7:30 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
Viewers: 4.56 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1)

CBS – 60 Minutes 
Viewers: 6.94 million (#1), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Dateline (R)
Viewers: 3.97 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

Fox – Movie: Spider-Man 2 (R)
Viewers: 1.43 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CW – Movie: Windtalker
Viewers: 728,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R)
Viewers: 3.55 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Big Brother 
Viewers: 6.00 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Dateline (R)
Viewers: 5.33 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

Fox – Movie: Spider-Man 2 (R)
Viewers: 2.25 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CW – Movie: Windtalker
Viewers: 1.13 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R)
Viewers: 3.88 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Big Brother 
Viewers: 5.93 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Movie: Friday Night Lights 
Viewers: 2.55 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

Fox – Movie: Spider-Man 2 (R)
Viewers: 2.58 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)

CW – Movie: Windtalker
Viewers: 1.27 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Shark Tank
Viewers: 3.48 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)

CBS – There Goes the Neighborhood 
Viewers: 3.38 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Movie: Friday Night Lights 
Viewers: 2.89 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

Fox – Movie: Spider-Man 2 (R)
Viewers: 3.28 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1)

CW – Movie: Windtalker
Viewers: 1.25 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Shark Tank
Viewers: 3.63 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

CBS – There Goes the Neighborhood 
Viewers: 3.40 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Movie: Friday Night Lights 
Viewers: 2.71 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

Fox – Movie: Spider-Man 2 (R)
Viewers: 3.50 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#1)

CW – Movie: Windtalker
Viewers: 1.52 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Defying Gravity
Viewers: 2.18 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Cold Case (R)
Viewers: 4.37 million (#1), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#1)

NBC – Movie: Friday Night Lights 
Viewers: 2.71 million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#2)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Defying Gravity
Viewers: 2.13 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Cold Case (R)
Viewers: 4.94 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#1)

NBC – Movie: Friday Night Lights 
Viewers: 2.71 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#2)

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

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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