TV Ratings Friday: CBS Scripted & Fox Pac-12 Championship and Univision Vie For Lead; All CBS Shows Down, 'Nikita' Down, Too

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December 3rd, 2011

Scoreboard CBS FOX Uni ABC NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.4/4 TBD 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.568 TBD 3.434 4.669 2.817 1.771

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

In the fast national ratings CBS, Univision & FOX tied for the lead with adults 18-49, though given the disclaimer in red above, we'll have to wait for the final numbers on Monday. But all CBS shows were down versus their last originals two weeks ago. A Gifted Man was down a tenth to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. CSI: NY was off three-tenths to a series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and Blue Bloods was down four tenths to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

The 9pm Extreme Makeover on ABC was down two tenths versus two weeks ago to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, and the 8pm telecast was even with a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. CW's Nikita was down a tenth to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating (and a 0.5 for both half hours for those keeping score at home) and Supernatural was even vs. two weeks ago with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating (also with each half hour being a 0.7).

NBC's movie Game of Your Life scored a mere 0.5 with adults 18-49 between 8-10p.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 2, 2011:

Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
FOX Pac 12 Championship: UCLA vs. Oregon (8-11p) 1.4/4 3.96
CBS A Gifted Man 1.2/4 8.00
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition 1.1/4 4.62
NBC Movie: Game of Your Life (8-10p) 0.5/2 2.20
CW Nikita 0.5/2 1.69
CBS CSI: NY 1.4/4 9.73
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition 1.3/4 4.85
CW Supernatural 0.7/2 1.86
CBS Blue Bloods 1.6/5 10.97
ABC 20/20 1.3/4 4.54
NBC Dateline 1.0/3 4.06


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


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.  More information on ratings is available here.

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.)

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 football 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.

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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