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TV Ratings: Big Bang Theory rerun tops night; Leno still can't beat CSI: Miami reruns

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December 22nd, 2009


Scoreboard CBS NBC Uni FOX ABC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.4/7 2.1/6 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.9/6 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.18 6.78 3.66 4.49 5.03 .80

With an all-rerun lineup, CBS won the night both with adults 18-49 and with overall viewers, and even in repeats The Big Bang Theory was CBS' best show with adults 18-49, while Two and a Half Men reeled in the most viewers.

NBC's The Sing Off did about as well as it did in last Monday's premiere averaging a 2.3 rating with adults 18-49 and fueled NBC to a victory for the night on the broadcast networks with adults 18-34.  Notably, that 2.3 rating between 8pm-10pm was the best 18-49 ratings for the slot since September 28, and the biggest overall audience between 8pm-10pm since September 14.   That doesn't reflect very well on Trauma or Heroes.  Will things be any better with Chuck?

As ever, The Jay Leno Show couldn't beat a repeat of CSI: Miami, though it easily bested  repeat of Castle.  But Castle's lead-in Find My Family hit another series low with adults 18-49 and has sustained consecutive ratings losses every week since its premiere.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:

  • Conan O'Brien (1.1/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) topped CBS's Late Show (0.9/4) 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) defeated CBS's LATE Late Show (0.4/2).

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 1.8/5 5.71
NBC The Sing Off 2.2/7 7.12
ABC I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown (R) 1.8/5 5.85
FOX House (R) 1.6/5 4.91
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.3/1 0.91
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose (R) 1.7/5 5.43
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men  (R) 3.1/8 10.74
NBC The Sing Off 2.3/6 7.38
FOX Lie To Me (R) 1.3/3 4.06
ABC Find My Family 1.2/3 4.83
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.3/1 0.68
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 3.3/9 9.95
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami  (R) 2.4/7 8.62
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.6/4 5.84
ABC Castle (R) 1.0/3 4.40

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*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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