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TV Ratings Monday: Terra Nova Ties Lows; Scary Good Ratings In 'Fear Factor' Debut; CBS Wins Night, But Its Shows Go Lower

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December 13th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX Uni ABC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.6/9 2.6/7 1.8/4 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/6 1.1/6 1.1/3 1.5/4 0.8/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.019 7.083 5.706 3.348 4.286 1.362

Paced by an almost all-new lineup of its comedies and Hawaii Five-0, CBS easily won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers, but with How I Met Your Mother on the bench for the week and NBC much stronger from 8-10p, all other shows posted declines versus last week.  2 Broke Girls led at 8pm with a 4.1 rating -- its season/series low and down 9% from last week's How I Met Your Mother.  With a repeat of 2 Broke Girls at 8:30p as its lead-in Two and a Half Men was down 10% at 9pm to a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, a season low.  Both Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0 were down 7% versus last week.

After a five year hiatus, NBC's Fear Factor returned with a very nice debut with a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10pm, its best Monday 8-10p performance with regular programming in a while. The 8-9p hour was its best since last December 13 ('The Sing Off') and 9pm was the best since September 20, 2010 (the premiere of 'The Event').  Rock Center with Brian Williams rose to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 22% from last week.

Fox's Terra Nova dropped a tenth of a point with adults 18-49 to a 2.1 rating, matching its season/series low. A House repeat drew a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC's You Deserve It fell another 10% to a series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

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Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, December 12, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS 2 Broke Girls 4.1/11 12.46
NBC Fear Factor 3.2/8 8.69
FOX Terra Nova 2.1/6 6.99
ABC I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (R) 1.4/4 5.29
CW Hart Of Dixie (R) 0.4/1 1.42
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls (R) 3.3/8 10.25
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 4.6/11 14.71
NBC Fear Factor 3.5/8 8.52
FOX House (R) 1.4/3 4.42
ABC You Deserve It 0.9/2 3.40
CW Hart Of Dixie (R) 0.5/1 1.31
9:30 CBS Mike & Molly 3.9/9 13.83
10:00 CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.8/7 10.93
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 1.1/3 4.04
ABC Castle (R) 1.0/2 4.16

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via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.8/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "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 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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 national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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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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