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TV Ratings: Big Bang Theory tops night; The Sing Off Ho Hums, Leno better than Castle Rerun

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December 15th, 2009

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Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC Uni ABC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.4/11 2.2/6 2.0/5 1.5/4 1.2/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.4/10 2.0/6 1.8/5 1.5/4 0.8/2 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.26 6.64 6.20 3.86 5.10 1.52

CBS won the night easily with an all-original lineup.  As has been the case lately, The Big Bang Theory topped all Monday shows on broadcast with adults 18-49, though as is usually the case Two and a Half Men had more total viewers.

Pending adjustments (see note below about the football game airing locally in San Francisco) in the finals, CBS had its best Monday in some time with How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men hitting season highs with adults 18-49, and Accidentally on Purpose and The Big Bang Theory matching season highs.

But aside from the potential for adjustment, for now it was CBS's best Monday delivery in households, viewers and adults 25-54 since February 2, 2009, in adult 18-49 since January 12, 2009 and in adults 18-34 since February 12, 2007.

But my guess is HIMYM and AOP will likely be adjusted down in the finals.  We'll know around 4:30pm ET.

NBC's The Sing Off got off to a mediocre start, with fewer watching in the second hour than in the first.  But at least the folks at NBC who claimed The Jay Leno Show would fare better versus reruns can do a little fist-pump. At 10pm, Leno easily bested a repeat of Castle, though was far, far in the rear view mirror of a new episode of CSI: Miami.

I'm not finding fault with Castle though.  A new Christmas special and a new airing of Find My Family were hardly watched leading into Castle.

On FOX a new airing of Lie To Me also was lackluster coming out of a rerun of House.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:

  • Conan O'Brien (0.9/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS's Late Show (1.0/4) in Nielsen's 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.6/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) topped CBS's LATE Late Show (0.5/3).

Note on Monday Night Football:  The game aired locally on the San Francisco market on CBS (it aired on an independent station in Arizona) and essentially the last hour or so of the game ran between 8pm-9pm in the San Francisco market, and given the way the fast affiliate results are calculated (see definition below) those 8p-9pm numbers may have boosted the results for How I Met Your Mother and Accidentally on Purpose.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.9/11 10.22
NBC The Sing Off (premiere) 2.4/6 7.43
FOX House (R) 2.1/6 6.70
ABC Jennifer Hudson: I'll Be Home For Christmas 1.2/3 5.56
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.7/2 1.62
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose 3.3/9 9.33
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 5.2/13 16.33
FOX Lie To Me 2.2/6 6.59
ABC Find My Family 1.4/3 5.44
NBC The Sing Off (premiere) 2.2/6 6.39
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.6/2 1.418
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.6/14 15.56
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 4.1/11 14.06
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.5/4 4.77
ABC Castle (R) 1.1/3 4.30

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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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