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TV Ratings: CBS Wins Night as The Big Bang Theory Tops All; The Bacherlor Hits Highs; Chuck Steady-ish

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February 2nd, 2010

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.1/10 3.9/10 3.5/9 1.9/5 1.5/4 1.0/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.8/8 3.6/10 3.2/9 1.6/4 1.8/5 1.2/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.74 11.55 10.43 5.01 4.07 2.11

CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total audience with solid performances out of its two hour comedy block and CSI: Miami.   In a pattern that has been typical for most of the season, The Big Bang Theory led CBS with adults 18-49, while Two and a Half Men was the most-watched program with the broader audience.

FOX topped the night with adults 18-34, with House down around 8% versus last week with adults 18-49 but having its best night with adults 18-34 (where it was the night's top show) since November.  24 dropped another couple of ticks down to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.

The Bachelor continues to grow, and its 4.1 adults 18-49 rating was up about 5 percent versus the previous week and a season high.  From 9p-10p The Bachelor > Jack Bauer.    Castle fans will delight in pretty robust performance for a repeat - the show's best-ever numbers for a repeat.

Over on NBC, Chuck was down another tenth to a 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 and Heroes managed to climb a tenth, back to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.   In its next-to-last Monday airing in prime-time , The Jay Leno Show was hardly on the map with a 1.1 adult 18-49 rating -- its worst Monday night performance ever -- and less than 4 million viewers..

Life Unexpected held steady in its third week, with the same 1.0 adults 18-49 rating it had last week.   But with CW's target demographic of women 18-34, it was down another two-tenths to a 1.7 rating in that demographic.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:

  • Conan O'Brien (0.6/3 in 18-49 in local people meters with an encore telecast) trailed CBS's first-run Late Show (1.0/4) in Nielsen's 25 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.4/2 in 18-49 in local people meters ) trailed CBS's LATE Late Show (0.6/4 with an encore telecast).

Here's a bit more late night info including ABC's Nightline:

Total Viewers    A25-54 Rtg          A18-49 Rtg

Nightline              4,199,000             1.52                        1.19

Leno                      3,909,000             1.40                        1.10

A25-54 Rtg          A18-49 Rtg

Nightline              1.52                        1.19

Letterman           1.4                          1.14

Tonight Show    .83                           .68

Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX House 4.8/13 13.35
ABC The Bachelor: On The Wings of Love 3.8/10 11.08
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.7/10 9.37
NBC Chuck 2.4/6 6.72
CW One Tree Hill 1.0/3 2.15
8:30 CBS Accidentally on Purpose 3.1/8 8.53
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 5.1/12 16.50
ABC The Bachelor: On The Wings of Love 4.4/11 12.24
FOX 24 3.1/7 9.76
NBC Heroes 2.0/5 4.40
CW Life Unexpected 1.0/2 2.07
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory 5.4/13 15.44
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 3.6/10 13.303
ABC Castle (R) 2.2/6 7.96
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.1/3 3.91

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

All numbers are Live+SD.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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 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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