TV Ratings Wednesday: CMA Awards All Time Low, But Pushes Competition To Series Lows Too

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November 11th, 2010

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS Uni NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.7/13 2.7/7 2.7/7 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.8/12 2.3/7 1.8/6 1.6/5 1.2/4 1.3/4
Total Viewers (million) 16.452 5.713 10.676 3.965 6.356 2.309

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Although its adults 18-49 ratings fell 11% vs. last year to their lowest ever, the 44th Annual CMA Awards easily topped the night for ABC on Wednesday averaging a 4.7 adults 18-49 rating. Here are the historical  numbers for the CMA Awards for reference.

Of course ABC topped the adults 18-49 ratings and the press release friendly average viewership, but note that Univision tied NBC for fourth in adults 18-49 ratings on the night.

CBS got hit hard as every show hit series low ratings. Survivor: Nicaragua fell 14% vs. last week to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds 3.0 rating was down 23%. The Defenders slipped 22% to just a 1.8 rating. That Defenders rating was the lowest for CBS for an original episode in that time slot in nearly seven years (since 12/10/03)

Same story at NBC, series lows all around. Undercovers 1.2 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth of a point from last week. NBC may be pining for Mercy which had done 21% better than Undercovers through eight weeks last season. Law & Order:SVU fell another 9% to a 2.0 rating. Law & Order: LA's 1.7 rating slipped 11% vs. last week.

At Fox, after a three week layoff, Hell's Kitchen's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating was down 13% vs. 10/13.

Only the CW bucked the downward trend, as America's Next Top Model rose a tenth in the CW target women 18-34 demo to a 2.2 rating, while Hellcats was up 20% in women 18-34 to a 1.7 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 10, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 ABC THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARD 4.4 13 16.425
FOX HELL'S KITCHEN 2.4 7 5.432
NBC Undercovers 1.2 4 5.085
CW AMERICA'S Next Top Model 1.1 3 2.565
8:30 ABC THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARD 4.5 13 16.386
FOX HELL'S KITCHEN 2.6 7 5.595
NBC Undercovers 1.3 4 5.166
CW AMERICA'S Next Top Model 1.2 3 2.780
9:00 ABC THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARD 4.8 13 17.338
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 8 12.459
FOX HELL'S KITCHEN 2.8 8 5.786
CW HELLCATS 0.9 3 1.972
9:30 ABC THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARD 5.1 13 16.908
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 8 12.423
FOX HELL'S KITCHEN 2.9 8 6.040
CW HELLCATS 0.9 2 1.919
10:00 ABC THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARD 4.7 13 15.942
CBS The Defenders 1.9 5 8.736
10:30 ABC THE 44TH ANNUAL CMA AWARD 4.7 14 15.710
CBS The Defenders 1.7 5 7.932

Via NBC press note:
In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.7/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.3/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

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" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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