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TV Ratings: NCIS Repeat and 20/20 Top Night; Better Off Ted Ties Lows

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December 30th, 2009

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC Uni NBC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 1.9/5 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.5/5 1.0/3 1.5/5 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.69 3.59 4.98 3.57 2.92 .93

On a slow Tuesday, CBS won the night led by a repeat of NCIS and the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. The NCIS repeat was the most-watched program on the broadcast networks both with overall viewers and adults 18-49.

An original Better Off Ted, the only original scripted content of the night performed worse than the repeat of ScrubsParks & Recreation that led into it, but did barely manage to beat the repeat of it went up against.  The 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 tied for its lowest ratings of the season.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS NCIS (R) 2.4/7 12.89
FOX Movie: The Benchwarmers 1.4/4 3.59
ABC Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (R) 1.3/4 4.20
NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 0.9/3 3.25
CW 90210 (R) 0.4/1 1.13
8:30 NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 0.9/2 2.81
9:00 CBS 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 1.7/5 9.98
FOX Movie: The Benchwarmers 1.5/4 3.60
ABC Scrubs (R) 1.0/3 2.89
NBC Parks & Recreation  (R) 0.9/3 2.89
CW Melrose Place (R) 0.3/1 0.72
9:30 ABC Better Off Ted 1.0/3 2.69
NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 0.9/3 2.61
10:00 ABC 20/20 2.2/6 7.94
CBS 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 1.5/4 9.21
NBC The Jay Leno Show (R) 0.9/3 2.97

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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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