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TV Ratings: Heroes up; Castle flat; Big Bang Theory soars higher

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October 20th, 2009

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Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.0/10 3.8/10 3.2/8 1.9/5 1.3/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.1/9 3.6/10 2.0/6 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.4/4
Total Viewers (million) 11.60 10.55 14.30 5.31 3.45 2.11

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for FOX's coverage of the MLB ALCS (Yankees vs. Angels)  are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings. Additionally, the ALCS went into extra innings and delayed the start of House by approximately 43 minutes in the Eastern and Central time zones.

It was a night of split leadership with CBS winning with adults 18-49, FOX winning with adults 18-34 and ABC winning with total viewers.

Aside from FOX's numbers being a particular mess due to overrun of game 3 of the ALCS between the Yankees and the Angels that went into extra innings,  this week looked a lot like last weekThe Big Bang Theory was up a few ticks from last week to a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating, though last week it went from a 4.8 in the preliminaries to a 5.0 in the finals, so we'll have to wait to see how much real change there was.  But either way, it was the night's top program with adults 18-49.

CBS newcomer Accidentally on Purpose was also up .4 versus last week to a 3.4 rating.  Please note;  ESPN's coverage of the Broncos @ Chargers game aired on the CBS affiliate in San Diego from 8:00-9:00 PM.  CBS ratings are tentative and subject to change.

Heroes was up a tick to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, but Trauma was still a 1.8.   Castle was flat versus last week and you can look for it to go down a tick or so in the finals due to Dancing with the Stars overrun.

Over on the CW, Gossip Girl dropped below 2 million average viewers and hit season lows with adults 18-49.

The Jay Leno Show's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating was its lowest rating for a Monday night show so far.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:

  • Conan O'Brien (0.8/3 in 18-49 in local people meters, encore) trailed CBS's Late Show (0.9/4, encore) in Nielsen's 24 local markets with People Meters.  Conan topped Late Show in adults 18-34 (0.7/3 vs. 0.4/2).
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters, encore) trailed CBS's LATE Late Show (0.6/4, encore).  Jimmy beat Ferguson in 18-34 (0.5/3 vs. 0.3/2).

Full details:All the detail below for FOX is half hourly...

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX ALCS Overrun 4.8/13 14.00
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.5/10 8.76
ABC Dancing with the Stars 3.3/9 15.98
NBC Heroes 2.5/7 5.67
CW One Tree Hill 1.1/3 2.29
8:30 FOX ALCS Overrun/House 4.2/11 11.24
CBS Accidentally on Purpose 3.4/9 8.62
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.7/12 13.83
FOX House 4.1/10 10.17
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.8/9 17.04
NBC Trauma 1.8/4 5.52
CW Gossip Girl 1.0/2 1.93
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.1/12 13.12
FOX House/Lie To Me 3.5/8 9.33
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 3.8/10 12.65
FOX Lie To Me 2.6/7 7.45
ABC Castle 2.4/6 9.88
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.4/4 4.74
10:30 FOX Lie To Me/Various 1.9/5 5.26

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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.

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