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TV Ratings: NBC Wins with Tiger Woods, Ugly Betty up again; Dollhouse up a tiny bit

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December 12th, 2009

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Scoreboard NBC ABC CBS FOX CW
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.7/6 1.5/5 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.96 5.57 4.79 2.41 1.36

With CBS mostly in repeats, NBC ruled the night for a change with Dateline (focusing on Tiger Woods) the night's most-watched program on the broadcast networks.  Law & Order was also strong and  The Jay Leno Show's ratings were up versus a typical Friday, it was still not enough to lead it past ABC's 20/20.

Ahead of the move to Wednesdays at 10pm, Ugly Betty rose again with adults 18-49, from last week's 1.2 to a 1.4 rating and 4.8 million viewers overall, it's best on Friday since the season premiere.

Dollhouse was up a bit over last week, particularly in the 8pm hour where it pulled a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 (versus last week's .8 rating for the 8pm episode).  But how you gonna  Lie To Me and be all up in my face about a treatment, I don't have time for no nerd convention.  Did I fall asleep?    Or something like that.  Anyway, for the 9pm hour it was back down to a .8 rating with adults 18-49, but for the two hour block it averaged over 2.4 million viewers and a .9 with adults 18-49.  Last week for the two hour block it averaged 2.05 million viewers and a .8 with adults 18-49.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 NBC Law & Order 1.7/6 8.77
CBS Yes, Virginia 1.3/5 5.27
ABC Supernanny 1.3/5 4.63
FOX Dollhouse 1.0/3 2.72
CW Smallville 8p-10p (R) 0.5/1 1.36
8:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (Repeat) 1.4/5 4.55
9:00 NBC Dateline NBC 2.0/6 9.27
ABC Ugly Betty 1.4/4 4.8
CBS Medium (Repeat) 1.1/3 4.08
FOX Dollhouse 0.8/2 2.09
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.7/5 7.26
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.5/5 5.84
CBS Numb3rs (Repeat) 1.2/4 5.38

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