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TV Ratings Monday: 'Sing Off' Sings Louder Than Mariah; 'How I Met Your Mother', Entire CBS Lineup Rises

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December 14th, 2010

Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX Uni ABC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 3.5/9 2.6/7 2.1 /5 1.7/4 1.0/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/6 2.6/8 1.7/5 1.7/5 0.7/2 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.552 7.811 6.672 4.214 4.619 1.319

The weather delayed New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings game originally schedule for Sunday afternoon  was moved to Detroit and played Monday night.  Fox broadcast the game, which began at 7:20p ET in the local markets of the team playing.  Repeats of House and Lie To Me ran everywhere else. Expect revisions downward for those repeats, perhaps significantly, in the final national ratings.

The ESPN Monday Night Football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans aired locally on the CBS affiliate in Baltimore and on the CW affiliate in Houston.  Adjustment for both networks are possible in the finals, though not likely significant.

CBS won the night with its entire lineup up vs. last week.  How much of that was due to the CBS affiliate in Baltimore carrying the Monday Night Football game?  I'd guess not much, but we'll know around 4:30p PT.  Every show in CBS's lineup was up vs. last week, with Mike & Molly seeing the biggest gains, up 0.3 to a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Against a repeat of Castle, Hawaii Five-0 didn't gain much ground, but it was up 0.1.

NBC's The Sing Off continued to sing loudly, averaging a series high 3.3 rating with adults 18-49 from 8p-10p, up 18%  from last week's premiere.  That was up vs. last year's second Monday (which was the finale) by 43%.   The Sing Off led-in to a repeat of Chase which fared as well as many of its regular episodes with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  That was only down 0.2 from last week's original episode.

Skating With The Stars continued its woeful ratings with another 0.8 adults 18-49 rating (same as last Monday).  Unsurprisingly, that didn't prove a very merry lead-in for Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas to You which averaged but a 1.1 rating with adults 18-49.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, December 13, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.7/10 10.10
NBC The Sing Off 3.2/8 9.66
FOX See Notes at Top of post 2.4/6 7.36
ABC Skating With The Stars 0.8/2 3.77
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.5/1 1.41
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 3.3/9 10.08
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.4/11 14.39
NBC The Sing Off 3.4/8 9.20
FOX See Notes at Top of post 1.9/5 5.99
ABC Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You 1.1/3 4.89
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.5/1 1.23
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.7/9 12.49
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.9/8 11.13
NBC Chase (R) 1.3/3 4.57
ABC Castle (R) 1.2/3 5.20

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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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 1.0/4; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2.

• At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

• 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.

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