CBS Hour of Comedy Power

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October 27th, 2009

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via CBS press release:

CBS's HOUR OF COMEDY POWER

"Two and a Half Men" Is Television's Number One Comedy in Viewers;

"The Big Bang Theory" Is Number One in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

"The Big Bang Theory" Hits Series Highs in Viewers, Adults 18-34 and

Adults 25-54

CBS Extends Its Season Long Winning Streak to Five Weeks

The combination of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory has made CBS's Monday (9:00-10:00 PM) block network television's hour of comedy power.

Two and a Half Men remains television's Number One comedy in viewers while the relocated The Big Bang Theory has catapulted into the Number One spot among comedies in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

Last week, The Big Bang Theory delivered series highs in viewers (13.47m), adults 25-54 (6.3/14) and adults 18-34 (4.0/11) and matches best adults 18-49 delivery (5.3/13).

Compared to last season when it aired at 8:00 PM, THE Big Bang Theory is up +48% in viewers (14.16m from 9.56m), +49% in adults 18-49 (5.5 from 3.7) and +50% in adults 25-54 (6.6 from 4.4), according to most current ratings.

This season, THE Big Bang Theory has built on its Two and a Half Men lead-in by +10% in adults 18-49, +21% in adults 18-34 and +5% in adults 25-54.

TWO AND A HALF remains television's top comedy in viewers, averaging 14.16 million, 5.0 in adults 18-49 (No. 2 only behind THE Big Bang Theory) and 6.3 in adults 25-54 (also No. 2).

Meanwhile, CBS extended its season-long winning streak in viewers to five weeks, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 25, week five of the 2009-2010 television season.

NCIS and NCIS:  LOS ANGELES were the number one show and number one new show for the fifth consecutive week marking the first time the same network has had the same #1 show and #1 new show for the first five weeks of the season since fall 1994 (ABC's "Home Improvement" and "Ellen").

For the week in viewers:  CBS (10.74m), FOX (10.28m), ABC (9.06m) and NBC (7.24m).  Season-to-date, CBS is first in viewers (12.30m), ahead of ABC (9.96m), FOX (8.70m) and NBC (7.82m).

For the week in demographics, CBS was second in both adults 25-54 (3.6/09) and adults 18-49 (2.7/08).  Season-to-date, CBS is first in adults 25-54 (4.3/11) and a close second in adults 18-49 (3.3/09).

For the week in households:  CBS (6.8/11), FOX (6.3/10), ABC (5.9/10) and  NBC (4.6/08).  In households, season-to-date, CBS is first (7.7/13), +20% ahead of ABC (6.4/10), +48% ahead of FOX (5.2/08), +57% ahead of NBC (4.9/08) and +381% ahead of CW (1.6/03).

CBS's Weekly Highlights:

-- Tuesday, CBS was first in households (10.7/17), viewers (17.00m), adults 25-54 (5.3/13) for the fifth consecutive Tuesday and won adults 18-49 (3.8/10) for the fourth time in five weeks.  CBS won every half-hour in viewers and adults 25-54 also for the fifth consecutive week.

? NCIS won its time slot in households (13.0/21), viewers (21.25m), adults 25-54 (6.5/17) and adults 18-49 (4.7/13) for the fifth consecutive week.  This was NCIS's best household delivery ever, matches best adults 25-54 delivery and for the third consecutive week this was NCIS's second largest audience ever.  Compared to last week, NCIS was up +1% in households (from 12.9/20), +2% in adults 25-54 (from 6.4/16), +4% in adults 18-49 (from 4.5/13) and added +210,000 viewers (from 21.04m, +1%).  Every episode of

? NCIS: LOS ANGELES was first in households (10.2/16), viewers (16.48m) and adults 25-54 (5.5/13) – all for the fifth consecutive week – and second in adults 18-49 (3.9/10).  NCIS: LOS ANGELES was up +5% in households (from 9.7/15), +15% in adults 25-54 (from 4.8/11), +11% in adults 18-49 (from 3.5/09) and added +1.10m viewers (from 15.38m, +7%) compared to last week.

? THE Good Wife was first in households (8.8/15) and viewers (13.26m), for the fifth consecutive week, second behind FOX's baseball coverage in both adults 25-54 (4.0/10) and adults 18-49 (2.8/08).  Compared to last week, THE Good Wife was up +1% in households (from 8.7/15), +5% in adults 25-54 (from 3.8/10), even in adults 18-49 and added +280,000 viewers (from 12.98m, +2%).

? Criminal Minds was first in households (9.0/14), viewers (14.27m), adults 25-54 (5.0/12) and adults 18-49 (3.8/10) for the fifth consecutive week.  Compared to last week, Criminal Minds was up +6% in households (from 8.5/13), +4% in adults 25-54 (from 4.2/11), even in adults 18-49 and added +350,000 viewers (from 13.92m, +3%).  Criminal Minds was the night's #1 program in viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 for the fifth straight week.

? CSI: NY was first in households (8.4/14), viewers (13.01m), adults 25-54 (4.1/11) and adults 18-49 (3.0/08) for the fifth consecutive week.

? SURVIVOR: SAMOA was first in households (7.6/12), viewers (12.90m), adults 25-54 (5.0/13) and adults 18-49 (4.0/12).  This was SURVIVOR's best deliveries in households and viewers since February 19, 2009 and its best adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 performances since March 12, 2009.  Compared to last week, SURVIVOR: SAMOA was up +9% in households (from 7.0/11), +11% in adults 25-54 (from 4.5/12), +14% in adults 18-49 (from 3.5/10) and added +1.12m viewers (from 11.78m, +10%).

? THE Amazing Race 15 (6.4/10, 11.22m) posted its best delivery in both viewers and adults 25-54 (4.3/10) since March 29, 2009, best adults 18-49 performance (3.4/09) since September 27, 2009 (the season 15 premiere).

CBS top programs of the week:  #1 NCIS (an average of 21.25m viewers), #3 NCIS: LOS ANGELES (16.48m), #9 Criminal Minds (14.27m), #11 Two and a Half Men (14.07m), #13 THE Big Bang Theory (13.47m), #14 THE Good Wife (13.26m), #15 CSI: MIAMI (13.16m), #16 CSI: NY (13.01m), #17 SURVIVOR: SAMOA (12.90m), #18 60 Minutes (12.47m), #20 THE Mentalist (R) (11.79m), #22 THE Amazing Race 15 (11.22m) and #26 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (R) (10.14m).

Prime averages are based on the following hours of rated broadcasts in Week #5:

CBS – 22 hours

NBC – 21.5 hours

ABC – 22 hours

FOX – 19 hours

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY - PRIMETIME

Week #5 of 2009-10 Season (ending: 10/25/09)

2009-10                       2008-09

HOUSEHOLDS

Rtg      Sh                    Rtg      Sh                    Chg

CBS                6.8       11                    7.2       12                    -6%

NBC                4.6       8                      3.9       6                      +18%

ABC                5.9       10                    6.5       11                    -9%

FOX                6.3       10                    6.7       11                    -6%

VIEWERS

(000)                            (000)                            Chg

CBS                10,741                         11,333                         -5%

NBC                7,244                           6,118                           +18%

ABC                9,063                           9,985                           -9%

FOX                10,284                         10,884                         -6%

A25-54

Rtg      Sh                    Rtg      Sh                    Chg

CBS                3.6       9                      3.9       10                    -8%

NBC                2.8       7                      2.5       6                      +12%

ABC                3.2       8                      3.6       9                      -11%

FOX                3.9       10                    4.2       11                    -7%

A18-49

Rtg      Sh                    Rtg      Sh                    Chg

CBS                2.7       8                      3.0       8                      -10%

NBC                2.5       7                      2.2       6                      +14%

ABC                2.6       7                      3.0       8                      -13%

FOX                3.5       10                    3.6       10                    -3%

A18-34

Rtg      Sh                    Rtg      Sh                    Chg

CBS                1.8       6                      1.9       6                      -5%

NBC                2.1       7                      2.0       6                      +5%

ABC                2.1       7                      2.4       7                      -13%

FOX                3.1       10                    3.1       10                    n.c.

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY - PRIMETIME

SEASON-TO-DATE RATINGS REPORT (09/21/09-10/25/09)

2009-10                       2008-09

HOUSEHOLDS

Rtg      Sh                    Rtg      Sh                    Chg

CBS                7.7       13                    7.5       12                    +3%

NBC                4.9       8                      4.9       8                      n.c.

ABC                6.4       10                    6.9       11                    -7%

FOX                5.2       8                      5.2       8                      n.c.

VIEWERS

(000)                            (000)                            Chg

CBS                12,297                         11,959                         +3%

NBC                7,824                           7,810                           n.c.

ABC                9,958                           10,642                         -6%

FOX                8,700                           8,439                           +3%

A25-54

Rtg      Sh                    Rtg      Sh                    Chg

CBS                4.3       11                    4.4       11                    -2%

NBC                3.1       8                      3.4       8                      -9%

ABC                3.6       9                      4.0       10                    -10%

FOX                3.6       9                      3.4       8                      +6%

A18-49

Rtg      Sh                    Rtg      Sh                    Chg

CBS                3.3       9                      3.4       9                      -3%

NBC                2.7       8                      3.0       8                      -10%

ABC                3.0       8                      3.3       9                      -9%

FOX                3.4       9                      3.1       8                      +10%

A18-34

Rtg      Sh                    Rtg      Sh                    Chg

CBS                2.2       7                      2.2       7                      n.c.

NBC                2.4       7                      2.7       8                      -11%

ABC                2.4       7                      2.7       8                      -11%

FOX                3.3       10                    2.8       8                      +18%

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: PER2+    for    10/19/2009  -  10/25/2009

Persons 2+ (000)

1.         NCIS                                                                                       CBS    21253

2.         Dancing with the Stars                                                          ABC    16824

3.         NCIS: LOS ANGELES                                                         CBS    16481

4.         FOX MLB ALCS Game 6       Angels vs Yankees    (S)       FOX    15481

5.         The OT                                                                                    FOX    15066

6.         Grey's Anatomy-Thursday 9PM                                             ABC    15062

7.         NBC Sunday Night Football   Cardinals vs Giants               NBC    14975

8.         Dancing with the Stars Results                                             ABC    14918

9.         CRIMINAL MINDS                                                             CBS    14268

10.       Desperate Housewives                                                            ABC    14183

11.       TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                   CBS    14072

12.       FOX MLB ALCS Game 6-Pre  Angels vs Yankees  (S)       FOX    13709

13.       THE BIG BANG THEORY                                                  CBS    13472

14.       THE Good Wife                                                                CBS    13258

15.       CSI: MIAMI                                                                           CBS    13163

16.       CSI: NY                                                                                  CBS    13008

17.       SURVIVOR: SAMOA                                                          CBS    12899

18.       60 Minutes                                                                         CBS    12473

19.       FOX MLB ALCS Game 5        Angels vs Yankees   (S)       FOX    11851

20.       THE Mentalist                                                     (R)       CBS    11788

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A25-54    for    10/19/2009  -  10/25/2009

Adults 25-54 Rating

1.         NCIS                                                                                       CBS    6.5

1.         NBC Sunday Night Football     Cardinals vs Giants             NBC    6.5

3.         THE BIG BANG THEORY                                                  CBS    6.3

4.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                   CBS    6.0

5.         The OT                                                                                    FOX    5.9

5.         Grey's Anatomy-Thursday 9PM                                             ABC    5.9

7.         Desperate Housewives                                                            ABC    5.6

7.         FOX MLB ALCS Game 6         Angels vs Yankees  (S)       FOX    5.6

9.         NCIS: LOS ANGELES                                                         CBS    5.5

10.       FOX MLB ALCS Game 6-Pre   Angels vs Yankees (S)       FOX    5.1

11.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                             CBS    5.0

11.       SURVIVOR: SAMOA                                                          CBS    5.0

13.       CSI: MIAMI                                                                           CBS    4.9

13.       House                                                                                      FOX    4.9

15.       Dancing with the Stars                                                          ABC    4.8

16.       Biggest Loser 8                                                                       NBC    4.4

16.       Dancing with the Stars Results                                             ABC    4.4

18.       Amazing Race 15                                                                        CBS    4.3

18.       Office                                                                                      NBC    4.3

20.       Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick                                                  NBC    4.2

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A18-49    for    10/19/2009  -  10/25/2009

Adults 18-49 Rating

1.         NBC Sunday Night Football     Cardinals vs Giants             NBC    5.9

2.         The OT                                                                                    FOX    5.7

3.         Grey's Anatomy-Thursday 9PM                                             ABC    5.3

3.         THE BIG BANG THEORY                                                  CBS    5.3

5.         FOX MLB ALCS Game 6         Angels vs Yankees  (S)       FOX    5.2

6.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                   CBS    4.8

7.         NCIS                                                                                       CBS    4.7

7.         Desperate Housewives                                                            ABC    4.7

7.         FOX MLB ALCS Game 6-Pre  Angels vs Yankees  (S)       FOX    4.7

10.       House                                                                                      FOX    4.5

11.       OFFICE                                                                                  NBC    4.4

12.       SURVIVOR: SAMOA                                                          CBS    4.0

13.       Biggest Loser 8                                                                       NBC    3.9

13.       NCIS: LOS ANGELES                                                         CBS    3.9

13.       CSI: MIAMI                                                                           CBS    3.9

16.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                             CBS    3.8

17.       Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick                                                  NBC    3.7

17.       FOX MLB ALCS Game 5        Angels vs Yankees   (S)       FOX    3.7

17.       Private Practice                                                                       ABC    3.7

20.       Dancing with the Stars                                                          ABC    3.6

 
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