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TV Ratings: Idol, Glee Win Again, Lost Up, V Finale Down

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May 19th, 2010


ABC's Lost was scheduled to run from 9:00-10:02pm Eastern, and V from 10:02-11:00pm. There is a greater than usual likelihood that Lost (up) and V (down) will have their ratings adjusted in the final ratings available later today.

Scoreboard FOX ABC NBC CBS Uni CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 5.7/15 3.0/8 3.0/8 2.9/8 1.7/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.9/14 2.4/7 2.2/7 2.1/6 1.9/6 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 14.948 9.773 7.595 14.321 3.767 1.282


With ratings little changed from last Tuesday overall, American Idol and Glee again easily won the primetime ratings competition.

Fox's American Idol saw a tenth of a point decrease to a 6.6 adults 18-49 rating, and Glee was even vs. last week with a 4.8 rating.

On the season, American Idol is down 8% in adults 18-49 ratings, a bit less than it declined last season.

NBC's Biggest Loser fell 9% to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, while Parenthood was even with a 2.6 rating.

CBS slipped the most overall on the night. NCIS tumbled nearly 16% to a 3.2 rating vs. last week. NCIS: LA fell 6% to a 3.1 rating, and The Good Wife fell 8% to a 2.3 rating.

ABC's Dancing with the Stars results show was even vs. last week with a 2.5 rating, while Lost was up a tenth to a 4.1 rating. The season finale of V finished down 4% vs. last week with a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

The season finale of 90210 jumped 0.3 points vs. last week in the CW target women 18-34 demo with a 1.5 rating.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (3.0/7 in metered-market households) out-rated CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" (2.6/6) and ABC's combination of "Nightline (2.7/6) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (1.4/4 with an encore telecast) in Nielsen's 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.9/3; "Nightline," 0.9/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore telecast.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX American Idol 6.6 18 18.309
CBS NCIS 3.2 9 15.569
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.7 8 7.145
ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 2.5 7 13.058
CW 90210 (finale) 0.8 2 1.604
9:00 FOX Glee 4.8 12 11.588
ABC Lost 4.1 10 10.393
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.5 9 9.403
CBS NCIS:LA 3.1 8 15.230
CW Life Unexpected (repeat) 0.4 1 0.960
10:00 NBC Parenthood 2.6 7 6.238
CBS The Good Wife 2.3 6 12.165
ABC V (finale) 2.3 6 5.867


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Definitions:

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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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