TV Ratings Friday: 'Chuck' Rises, Still Crushed By Frosty; 'Grimm,' 'Extreme Makeover' Steady

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December 10th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS NBC ABC Uni FOX CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.415 4.936 4.971 3.405 2.168 1.153

The holiday season is upon us, but NBC was the only broadcast network that ran its regular line up last night. After two weeks off, Chuck rose from its series low, up a tenth of a point to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. After a special Thursday airing, but two weeks off of Fridays, Grimm returned even with both Thursday's airing and its last Friday airing at a series low 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Dateline NBC had a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 60% from last week. Let me guess, some crazy tabloid topic was on tap? Edit: Apparently not.

CBS' ran with holiday specials from 8-10pm, and their two Frostys in the 8pm hour topped the rest of the broadcast competition easily, while the two 9pm specials were a respectable second.

CBS and NBC tied for the nights adults 18-49 ratings crown, while CBS topped the press release writer favorite total viewership.

ABC was new as well from 8-10pm, as two Extreme Makeover: Home Edition drew a 1.1 and 1.3 adults 18-49 ratings, identical to last week. At 10pm, 20/20 was even with last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

The CW and Fox were in all repeats.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 9, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Frosty the Snowman (special) 1.9 7 7,304
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition 1.1 4 4,774
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 1.0 3 2,777
NBC Chuck 1.0 3 3,660
CW Nikita -R 0.3 1 1,319
8:30PM CBS Frosty Returns (special) 1.7 5 6,454
9:00PM NBC Grimm 1.6 5 5,415
CBS Yes, Virginia (special) 1.4 4 5,506
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition 1.3 4 4,749
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 987
FOX Fringe -R 0.4 1 1,560
9:30PM CBS The Elf On The Shelf (special) 1.4 4 5,365
10:00PM NBC Dateline 1.6 5 5,734
ABC 20/20 1.3 4 4,749
CBS Blue Bloods -R 1.1 3 6,853


Bonus Late Night Results via NBC press note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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


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