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TV Ratings Tuesday: CBS Gets A Rise Out of 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'; Parenthood & Biggest Loser Match Season Highs; 'Glee,' 'New Girl' Inch Up

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November 30th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC ABC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 3.8/10 3.1/8 2.3/6 1.7/4 1.5/4 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.2/9 3.2/9 1.6/4 1.1/3 1.6/4 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 12.107 7.154 6.629 7.492 3.513 1.570

CBS won the night with the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 as well as total viewers.  Having the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Victoria's Secret Fashion show on the same night with a repeat NCIS sandwiched in between seemed kind of wacky, but darn if it didn't work!  Rudolph was up over last year to a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show saw a record with adults 18-49 (4.6 rating) was up 35% versus last year and had its best total viewers since 2002 (10.3 mllion).

After a week off Glee returned up 0.2 with adults 18-49 to a 3.2 rating. New Girl was up a tenth versus its last original 2 weeks ago to a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC's The Biggest Loser matched its season high with a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and set a new season high with 7.1 million total viewers. Parenthood also matched its season high with adults 18-49 with a 2.2 rating and its 5.7 million viewers were the most since the season premiere on September 13.

Last Man Standing was down 11% to a series low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and Man Up was down 11% to a series low-tying 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Body Of Proof was down 10% from two weeks ago to a series low-tying 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

90210 was up across the board -- 23% in viewers, 43% with 18-34, 67% with women 18-34 and 33% with 18-49 (0.8). The news was not so good for Ringer though, it was down a tenth from its last original to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, November 29, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (R) 4.0/11 12.67
FOX Glee 3.2/8 7.84
ABC Last Man Standing 2.4/7 10.23
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.3/6 7.09
CW 90210 0.8/2 1.57
8:30 ABC Man Up! 1.7/4 6.59
9:00 FOX The New Girl 3.6/9 7.60
CBS NCIS (R) 2.9/7 13.35
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.5/6 7.06
ABC The Middle (R) 1.4/3 4.67
CW Ringer 0.6/1 1.57
9:30 FOX Raising Hope 2.4/6 5.33
10:00 CBS Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 4.6/11 10.30
NBC Parenthood 2.2/5 5.74
ABC Body Of Proof 1.8/5 9.40

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.6/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  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 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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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.

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