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TV Ratings: ABC's 20/20 tops night; Ugly Betty ratings not pretty

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November 28th, 2009

Ugly Betty

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.79 5.31 4.37 3.74 1.21

On a night filled with repeats and old movies, ABC ran an all original lineup and still could manage no better than a tie for third place with adults 18-49.  20/20 was the night's top program in viewers (6.2 million)  and adults 18-49 (1.6/5).

FOX actually won the night with adults 18-49 with the movie Ice Age Two: Meltdown, which won the 9pm hour outright.    While it was a new episode of Ugly Betty last night, it still came in fourth place at 9pm.  Sure, it did about as well as Supernanny, but it did worse than a repeat of The Jay Leno Show.

Even with a lineup of all repeats CBS had the most viewers for the night, and came in second with adults 18-49.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer (R) 1.3/4 5.63
FOX Movie: Ice Age Two: The Meltdown 1.3/4 4.39
NBC Movie: The 40 Year Old Virgin (R) 1.2/4 3.90
ABC Supernanny 0.9/3 3.48
CW Smallville (R) 0.6/2 1.58
9:00 FOX Movie: Ice Age Two: The Meltdown 1.5/5 5.19
NBC Movie: The 40 Year Old Virgin (R) 1.3/4 3.86
CBS Medium (R) 1.2/4 5.11
ABC Ugly Betty 0.9/3 3.39
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 0.4/1 0.84
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.6/5 6.25
CBS Numb3rs (R) 1.1/3 5.19
NBC The Jay Leno Show (R) 1.0/3 3.48

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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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