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TV Ratings: Dollhouse rises; Ghost Whisperer leads CBS to win

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October 10th, 2009

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Scoreboard CBS NBC ABC FOX CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.9/6 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.01 6.54 4.01 2.30 1.73

Dollhouse rose to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating and 2.25 million viewers.  That's up from last week's .8 (which rose to .9 in the final numbers) by 25%.  Now we wait to see what happens on 10/23 since next Friday, 10/16 is the first round of the ALCS (baseball conference championships) on FOX.  Ok, perhaps rising from a series low that was very low isn't anything to brag about.  But,  it's at least better than setting another series low!

CBS's Ghost Whisperer easily one the 8pm hour with a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating vs. Law & Order's 1.5.   Ghost Whisperer was the only show on Friday night (at least on broadcast networks) to crack a 2.0.

At 9pm  Medium's 1.9 led Dateline's 1.5.   For those playing along in the "Guess Medium Ratings and win a DVD" contest, you'll need to wait for the final numbers which we won't see until Monday or Tuesday.

CBS' Numb3rs took the 10pm hour, but things were fairly bunched up for the hour.

CW came in third with adults 18-49 at 8pm with Smallville edging out a FlashForward encore and FOX's comedies.

Here's Dollhouse's half hourly breakdown (A18-49) (A18-34)(P2+)

9p: (1.0/4) (1.0/4) (2.295M)

9:30p (1.0/3) (1.1/4) (2.198M)

Smallville fans,  Here’s Smallville’s half hourly breakdown (A18-49) (A18-34)(P2+)

(0.9/3) (1.0/4) (2.309m)
(1.0/3) (1/1/4) (2.291m)

full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 2.1/7 8.60
NBC Law & Order 1.5/6 7.23
CW Smallville 1.0/3 2.30
ABC FlashForward (R) 0.8/3 3.11
FOX Brothers 0.8/3 2.35
8:30 FOX Til Death 0.8/3 2.36
9:00 CBS Medium 1.9/6 8.30
NBC Dateline NBC 1.5/5 7.05
FOX Dollhouse 1.0/3 2.25
ABC Modern Family (R) 0.9/3 2.95
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 0.5/2 1.16
9:30 ABC The Middle (R) 0.9/3 2.76
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 1.6/5 7.13
ABC 20/20 1.5/5 6.07
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.4/5 5.33

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

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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 and Numbers 102.

Versus premiere night last year, Smallville outperformed our comedies by +25% in adults 18-49 and +25% in total viewers.

 
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