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TV Ratings Sunday: Football Overrun Boosts Gigantic Simpsons; Chuck Premieres Up

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January 11th, 2010


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for Fox (NFL overrun) are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Scoreboard FOX ABC NBC CBS Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 8.0/20 3.3/8 2.2/5 1.6/4 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 7.4/21 2.4/7 1.8/5 1.0/3 0.9/2
Total Viewers (million) 20.041 10.534 6.887 9.135 2.238


The Packers/Cardinals overtime playoff game pushed into primetime and produced a gigantically rated episode of The Simpsons and a big night overall for Fox. The ratings for the two hour premiere of NBC's Chuck were up 7% from its Fall 2008 premiere.

Let me emphasize again that the Fox results are preliminary and subject to more than the typical revision. That being the case, the 450th episode of The Simpsons is projected to have its most highly rated episode (6.8 adults 18-49 rating) in 5 years (since 2/6/05 following the Super Bowl), and Fox's entire Sunday night will likely break records.

Last night, The Simpsons gain was next Sunday night's loss, as Fox had hoped to have the late NFL playoff game next Sunday to boost the premieres of 24 and Human Target, but the vagaries of NFL playoff scheduling prevented that.

The two hour Chuck premiere had the series highest adults 18-49 ratings (2.9) and average viewership (7.4 million) since the night after the Super Bowl episode on 2/2/09. Excluding that special 3D telecast that ran the night after the Super Bowl, last night's 2.9 rating is the best since 12/3/2007 (3.2 rating).

Against the Fox tsunami, America's Funniest Home Videos was down 30% to a 1.8 rating, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition fell 3% vs. last week to a 3.2 rating. Desperate Housewives was down 11% to a 4.7 rating. At 10pm, Brothers & Sisters was flat vs. last week with a 3.5 rating.

Sandwiched by repeats, a new episode of Cold Case was down 10% from last original episode on 12/13 to a 1.9 rating.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 FOX NFL overrun 11.2 30 31.335
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.6 4 6.296
CBS 60 Minutes 1.5 4 9.655
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0 3 4.856
7:30 FOX NFL overrun 12.3 31 34.722
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 2.0 5 7.556
CBS 60 Minutes 1.4 4 10.112
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0 3 4.755
8:00 FOX The Simpsons 8.8 22 21.007
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2.9 7 9.929
NBC Dateline NBC 1.8 4 7.610
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (repeat) 1.0 2 6.837
8:30 FOX The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special 6.3 15 13.462
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 3.5 9 11.290
NBC Dateline NBC 2.0 5 8.105
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (repeat) 1.1 3 7.149
9:00 FOX The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special 5.4 12 11.171
ABC Desperate Housewives 4.7 11 14.110
NBC Chuck (season premiere) 3.0 7 7.898
CBS Cold Case 1.8 4 10.143
9:30 ABC Desperate Housewives 4.6 11 13.904
FOX The Cleveland Show 4.2 10 8.549
NBC Chuck (season premiere) 3.0 7 7.491
CBS Cold Case 2.0 5 10.330
10:00 ABC Brothers & Sisters 3.8 9 11.052
NBC Chuck (season premiere) 2.9 7 7.266
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 2.0 5 9.277
10:30 ABC Brothers & Sisters 3.3 9 10.135
NBC Chuck (season premiere) 2.9 8 7.112
CBS Criminal Minds (repeat) 2.2 6 9.579

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