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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'CMA Awards' Pace ABC Win; 'X Factor,' CBS Fall; 'Harry's Law' Rises, 'SVU' Sees Lows

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November 10th, 2011

 

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS Uni NBC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 4.8/12 3.7/10 3.0/8 1.7/4 1.5/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.1/12 3.2/9 1.7/5 1.8/5 1.1/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 16.319 10.142 10.663 4.021 5.947 1.314

The 45th Annual CMA Awards paced ABC to a Wednesday win with adults 18-49 and total viewers and that was mostly bad news for the other networks.  The CMAs scored a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating and 16.32 million viewers. That's up a tenth with adults 18-49 versus last year and down slightly in total viewers (last year averaged 16.49 million viewers) but we'll see what happens in the final numbers..

Against the CMAs, The X Factor was down three tenths from last week to a 3.7 adults 19-49 rating. Note: it's typical for The X Factor to be adjusted up at least a tenth of a ratings point in the final national numbers.

Against the CMAs, CBS's entire lineup was down week over week. Survivor dropped 14% to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating -- a season low, and tying a series low with regular originals. Criminal Minds was off 8% to a season low 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. CSI was off 7% to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, its lowest-rated fall telecast ever.

NBC held up a bit better (perhaps a Dylan-esque case of 'when you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose'). Up All Night was steady week over week with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating and Harry's Law actually was up two tenths with adults 18-49 to a still pitiful 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU was down a tenth to a series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 9, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC 45th Annual CMA Awards 4.6/13 16.79
FOX The X Factor 3.5/10 9.85
CBS Survivor: South Pacific 3.1/9 10.60
NBC Up All Night 1.8/5 4.79
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 0.4/1 0.98
8:30 NBC Up All Night (R) 1.2/3 3.51
9:00 ABC 45th Annual CMA Awards 5.0/12 16.58
FOX The X Factor 3.9/10 10.43
CBS Criminal Minds 3.4/8 11.31
NBC Harry's Law 1.3/3 7.05
CW America's Next Top Model 0.7/2 1.65
10:00 ABC 45th Annual CMA Awards 4.7/12 15.59
CBS CSI 2.5/7 10.09
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.9/5 6.64

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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," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.8/9; 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,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat 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" (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/5 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated. Starting with data for Mon 3/28/11, all program ratings will now include multiple viewings of a telecast on a DVR. Previously only the first viewing was counted. HUT/PUT will now consist of Live TV viewing and DVR playback at time of play. Previously, HUT/PUT consisted of live viewing and DVR playback credited to time of live telecast.Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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