TV Ratings: CBS Repeats Lead Another Monday; Dating in the Dark Sees Lows

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September 7th, 2010

Scoreboard ABC CBS Uni NBC FOX CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.7/5 1.6/4 1.3/3 1.0/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.2/3 1.8/5 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.791 6.127 3.940 4.998 3.290 .709

ABC & CBS dueled with adults 18-49, and CBS captured the most viewers on a slow holiday broadcast Monday where Boise St. vs. Virginia Tech on ESPN almost certainly rated much better than anything on broadcast (we won't see those numbers for at least a few hours).

Though repeats of the CBS comedies were noticeably down, The Big Bang Theory was still the night's top program on the broadcast nets with adults 18-49 and Two and a Half Men was tops with total viewers.

Flat vs. last week, Bachelor Pad was none the worse for wear on the holiday, but Dating in the Dark was down around 20% from last week to its worst-rated episode ever with adults 18-49.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, September 6, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Bachelor Pad 2.0/6 5.81
CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 1.4/4 4.50
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 1.2/3 4.67
FOX House (R) 1.0/3 3.22
CW 90210 (R) 0.3/1 0.79
8:30 CBS CBS Fall Preview Show 1.4/4 5.03
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 2.1/5 7.85
ABC Bachelor Pad 2.0/5 5.45
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 1.2/3 4.84
FOX Lie To Me (R) 1.0/2 3.36
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.3/1 0.62
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 2.2/6 7.55
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 1.5/4 5.92
NBC Dateline NBC 1.5/4 5.48
ABC Dating in the Dark 1.2/3 3.11


In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (2.5/6 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) out-delivered CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" (1.8/5 with an encore) and ABC's combination of "Nightline (2.5/6) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (1.1/3 with an encore) 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,” 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) out-rated CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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