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TV Ratings Thursday: 'X Factor' Inches Down; 'Prime Suspect' Sinks; 'Rules' Down, But 'Person of Interest,' 'The Mentalist' Steady; Charlie Brown > Katie

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December 16th, 2011

 

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC Uni NBC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.8/8 2.2/6 1.6/4 1.4/4 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.7/6 1.1/3 1.6/5 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.897 7.537 5.814 3.459 2.634 .945

CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers, but without the benefit of a new The Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement slipped 10% from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Despite 'Rules' going lower, Person Of Interest and The Mentalist were steady versus last week with 2.8 and 2.7 adults 18-49 ratings respectively. Person Of Interest's 12.78 million viewers were the most since its premiere.

Headed towards the finish line (two-night finale is next week) The X Factor slipped a tenth to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, good enough to tie for the night's lead in that demo. Many seem to think The X Factor is a flop because it's no American Idol and take any opportunity to say so.  Regardless, it has outperformed what it replaced on last fall's schedule and is a net win from that perspective. Regardless part 2: it's been renewed and is coming back next year.

A Charlie Brown Christmas was down 5% versus the same night telecast last year,  to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. The This Year with Katie Couric special drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating between 9-11p.

Without the cover of any other originals on the night, the already cancelled Prime Suspect tumbled 38% from its last original to a series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

The National NFL Network game was syndicated locally on the MyNet affiliate in Atlanta and an independent station in Jacksonville and shouldn't have any impact on last night's broadcast ratings.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, December 15, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor 2.8/8 9.65
CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 2.8/9 10.15
ABC Charlie Brown Christmas (R) 1.8/5 6.41
NBC Community (R) 0.8/2 2.32
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.3/1 1.02
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement 2.7/8 9.71
NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 0.7/2 1.79
9:00 CBS Person Of Interest 2.8/8 12.78
ABC The Year with Katie Couric (9-11p) 1.5/4 5.52
FOX Bones (R) 1.5/4 5.42
NBC The Office (R) 1.1/3 2.39
CW The Secret Circle (R) 0.3/1 0.87
9:30 NBC Whitney  (R) 0.8/2 2.07
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.7/7 12.98
NBC Prime Suspect 0.8/2 3.62

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.0/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; 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; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2.
  • 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 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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