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TV Ratings: Charlie Sheen still loved; Two and a Half Men tops broadcast viewing

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December 29th, 2009


Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX Uni NBC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.2/6 2.1/6 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.0/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.6/5 1.3/4 1.4/5 0.8/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.61 6.25 4.48 3.53 2.69 .92

Note: Monday Night Football aired on the local ABC affiliates in Chicago and Minnesota, so the ABC numbers will be adjusted in the final numbers more than usual as the viewing for the football game in those local markets will be factored out.

A night of CBS repeats led it to victory on the broadcast networks in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, edging out ABC which aired Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Just like last week, a repeat of  Two and a Half Men was the most-watched program on the broadcast networks, and a repeat of The Big Bang Theory was tops with adults 18-49.

A marathon of Community repeats between 8p-10p hardly registered for NBC, and didn't provide much of a lead-in for a repeat of the The Jay Leno Show, which sunk below a 1.0 rating and NBC was behind Univision for the night.

FOX came in third place with repeats of House and Lie To Me

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Shr Viewers (Millons)
8:00 ABC Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 1.8/5 6.05
CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 1.8/5 6.05
NBC Community (R) 1.1/3 3.28
FOX House (R) 1.6/4 4.83
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.4/1 1.15
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose (R) 1.6/4 5.78
NBC Community (R) 1.0/3 2.43
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men  (R) 2.7/7 11.05
ABC Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2.1/6 6.44
FOX Lie To Me (R) 1.4/4 4.53
NBC Community (R) 0.9/2 2.08
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.3/1 0.68
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 3.0/8 9.96
NBC Community (R) 0.9/2 1.97
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami  (R) 2.2/6 9.42
ABC Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2.2/6 6.25
NBC The Jay Leno Show (R) 0.9/3 3.21

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

All numbers are Live+SD.

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Definitions:

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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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