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TV Ratings Sunday: Bin Laden News Scrambles Ratings, But ABC Likely Tops The Night

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May 2nd, 2011


Scoreboard ABC NBC FOX CBS Uni
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.5/7 2.4/7 2.1/6 2.1/6 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.6/5 2.4/8 1.3/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 8.676 7.424 4.621 9.541 2.944

The Osama Bin Laden news and late Presidential address disrupted primetime broadcast schedules in different time zones to various degrees, and therefore all the primetime fast affiliate ratings below are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

With all the broadcast ratings at least somewhat scrambled by the Bin Laden news, particularly the 8pm hour in the Pacific timezone, it's useless to make any historical comparisons, those can wait for the final ratings available Tuesday. Plus take all of these ratings with a huge helping of salt, they're likely to change, some by a lot.

ABC topped the nights adults 18-49 ratings as America's Funniest Home Videos led off the night scoring a  2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Extreme Makeover Home Edition's drew a 2.7 rating. Desperate Housewives had a 3.0 rating, while Brothers & Sisters drew a  2.1 rating.

NBC's Dateline drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. America's Next Great Restaurant had a 2.0 rating. Celebrity Apprentice scored a 3.2 rating rose 7% from last week.

CBS's 60 Minutes drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race had a 2.5 rating. Undercover Boss' season finale drew a 2.2 rating. CSI Miami (which was pre-empted entirely in the Pacific timezone) scored a 2.1 rating.

After pulling the hurricane themed episodes of The Cleveland Show, Family Guy and American Dad, The Simpsons was the only new episode on Fox last night and had a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Update: Ignore the half hour fluctuations, they are meaningless! I considered not posting the table altogether, but that would have raised even more questions.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 1, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 ABC AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME V 2.0 7 7.201
CBS 60 Minutes 1.4 5 10.150
FOX Family Guy - R 1.3 4 3.139
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.1 4 5.283
7:30 ABC AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME V 2.1 7 8.090
CBS 60 Minutes 1.6 5 11.131
NBC Dateline:  NBC 1.5 5 5.645
FOX Family Guy - R 1.6 5 3.776
8:00 ABC Extreme Makeover:  HOME E 2.5 7 9.009
FOX THE Simpsons 2.9 8 6.109
CBS THE Amazing Race XVIII  - 2.4 7 9.652
NBC AMERICA'S NEXT GREAT REST 1.8 5 5.467
8:30 ABC Extreme Makeover:  HOME E 2.9 8 10.147
CBS THE Amazing Race XVIII  - 2.6 7 9.793
NBC AMERICA'S NEXT GREAT REST 2.2 6 6.606
FOX The Cleveland Show - R 2.2 6 4.852
9:00 ABC Desperate Housewives 3.1 8 10.364
NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 2.9 7 8.354
FOX Family Guy - R 2.5 6 5.339
CBS Undercover Boss 2.1 5 8.533
9:30 NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 3.0 7 8.554
ABC Desperate Housewives 2.9 7 9.875
CBS Undercover Boss 2.2 5 9.056
FOX American Dad - R 2.1 5 4.507
10:00 NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 3.3 8 9.297
CBS CSI:  MIAMI 2.1 5 8.842
ABC BROTHERS & SISTERS 2.1 5 7.468
10:30 NBC CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 3.6 9 10.183
CBS CSI:  MIAMI 2.2 6 9.168
ABC BROTHERS & SISTERS 2.0 5 7.253

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program 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. 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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
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