TV Ratings Monday: ‘Chuck’, ‘Lie To Me’ At Highs; ‘Skating With The Stars’ Crashes & CBS Repeats Rule The Night

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While CBS repeats topped every hour, the reduced competition boosted NBC and Fox regular shows. But ABC was beaten by Univision in the adults 18-49 ratings.

Against reduced competition, Chuck tied a season high 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 18% vs. last week’s season low. The Event rose 12% vs. last week’s season low to a 1.9 rating, and even lowly Chase was up 14% to a 1.6 rating. Although none broke the 2.0 ratings barrier as our reader majority predicted.

With the reduced CBS competition at 9pm, Lie To Me hit a season high 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, up 29% vs. last week.

CW shows got boosts as well. 90210 rose 25% to a 2.0 rating in the CW target women 18-34 demo. Gossip Girl was up 14% to a 2.5 rating for women 18-34.

The reduced competition didn’t help ABC extraordinarily weak original line up though. Skating With The Stars 1.2 adults 18-49 rating was down 50% from last week’s premiere. And the CMA Country Christmas special drew only a 1.4 rating.

Note that the CBS affiliate in San Francisco carried the Monday Night Football game locally, so that increases the likelihood that these preliminary ratings for CBS will be adjusted lower, particularly in the 8pm hour.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, November 29, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER – R 2.7 8 8.499
NBC CHUCK 1.9 5 6.085
FOX HOUSE – R 1.6 4 5.042
CW 90210 1.0 3 2.059
8:30 CBS RULES OF ENGAGEMENT – R 2.4 6 7.816
NBC CHUCK 2.1 6 6.254
FOX HOUSE – R 1.7 4 5.115
CW 90210 1.0 3 1.978
9:00 CBS TWO AND A HALF MEN – R 3.0 8 11.249
FOX LIE TO ME 2.2 6 6.343
NBC THE EVENT 1.9 5 5.944
CW GOSSIP GIRL 1.0 3 2.028
9:30 CBS MIKE & MOLLY – R 2.3 6 8.902
FOX LIE TO ME 2.2 5 6.272
NBC THE EVENT 1.8 5 5.721
CW GOSSIP GIRL 1.0 2 1.928
10:00 CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 – R 2.0 5 8.076
NBC CHASE 1.6 4 5.975
10:30 CBS HAWAII FIVE-0 – R 1.8 5 7.353
NBC CHASE 1.6 4 6.093

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.3/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.4/6 with an encore ; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.1/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; “Late Show,” 0.7/3 with an encore ; “Nightline,” 0.9/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4.5 in metered-market households with an encore ) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore ) tied “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 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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