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TV Ratings: CBS Repeats Win Slow Tuesday; Scrubs, Ted Ratings Keep Falling

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December 23rd, 2009

Scoreboard CBS NBC Uni ABC FOX CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.4/7 1.5/4 1.2/4 1.2/3 1.1/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.3/4 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.236 4.589 3.444 4.057 4.081 0.856


On a slow Tuesday, it was the relatively strong CBS repeats that carried the night. Scrubs and Better Off Ted, the only new scripted shows on broadcast TV, were almost unwatched.

Scrubs' 1.3 adults 18-49 rating was down 28% from last week to its lowest original rating ever. Better Off Ted's 1.0 rating was down 23% from last week, also its lowest original non-summer airing ever.

The Jay Leno Show's 1.5 rating was down 17% from last week to its lowest Tuesday rating ever. Last night was probably its best chance yet to beat a CBS repeat of The Good Wife, but no dice. Maybe next week Jay!

In Late-Night Local People Meters Tuesday night:

  • Conan O'Brien (1.0 rating /4 share in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS's Late Show (1.0 rating /4 share) in Nielsen's 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS's original Late Late Show (0.6/3).
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS NCIS (repeat) 2.8 9 14.882
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (repeat) 1.4 4 5.526
NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? (repeat) 1.3 4 4.373
FOX Carrie Underwood: Holiday Special (repeat) 1.1 4 3.964
CW 90210 (repeat) 0.5 2 1.145
8:30 CBS NCIS (repeat) 3.0 9 15.875
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (repeat) 1.5 5 5.806
NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? (repeat) 1.4 4 3.959
FOX Carrie Underwood: Holiday Special (repeat) 1.1 3 3.654
CW 90210 (repeat) 0.4 1 0.977
9:00 CBS NCIS:Los Angeles (repeat) 2.5 7 12.520
NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? (repeat) 1.6 5 4.449
ABC Scrubs 1.3 4 3.548
FOX Carrie Underwood: Holiday Special (repeat) 1.2 3 4.343
CW Melrose Place (repeat) 0.3 1 0.710
9:30 CBS NCIS:Los Angeles (repeat) 2.4 7 12.139
NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? (repeat) 1.6 5 4.408
FOX Carrie Underwood: Holiday Special (repeat) 1.2 3 4.364
ABC Better Off Ted 1.0 3 2.876
CW Melrose Place (repeat) 0.3 1 0.594
10:00 CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.7 5 9.271
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.4 4 5.119
ABC Christimas At The White House: Oprah Special (repeat) 0.9 3 3.241
10:30 CBS The Good Wife (repeat) 1.7 5 8.727
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.5 5 5.227
ABC Christimas At The White House: Oprah Special (repeat) 0.9 3 3.348

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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 ViewingProgram 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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