TV Ratings Friday: Preliminary Ratings Scrambled by NFL Preemptions Again

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August 20th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.4/5 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.09 4.04 4.51 6.21 .989

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for FOX (NFL) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings. 

Other numbers are also very probably inflated due to local market preemptions for NFL preseason games.

Between, the NFL game on Fox and local market pre-emptions, there's probably not much point in analyzing these numbers much, since some are inflated.. But pending adjustments Flashpoint was up 27% versus last week's final, Karaoke Battle USA was up 22%, and Friends with Benefits was up 80% (though still didn't make it to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating).

Final numbers for Friday night will be available Monday afternoon.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, August 19, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX NFL Preseason: 8-10p 1.4/5 4.04
CBS Flashpoint 1.4/5 6.87
ABC Shark Tank (R) 1.3/5 4.85
NBC Friends with Benefits 8-9 0.9/4 3.09
CW Nikita (R) 0.4/1 1.03
9:00 NBC Dateline (9-11p) 1.6/5 6.09
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.1/4 6.00
ABC Karaoke Battle USA 1.1/4 3.82
CW Supernatural (R) 0.4/1 0.95
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.4/4 4.87
CBS Blue Bloods (R) 0.9/3 5.75


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

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