TV Ratings Friday: 'Grimm,' 'Chuck' Edge Down But NBC Still Wins the Night (in a Tie with Univision)

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December 17th, 2011

Scoreboard NBC Uni ABC FOX CBS CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.2/4 1.2/4 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.814 3.296 4.549 3.191 6.074 1.255

NBC won out among the English language networks with the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 (though its 1.2 average rating for the night was tied with Univision) and even in repeats CBS still easily won with the press release friendly total viewers.

Chuck & Grimm each edged down a tenth versus last week to 0.9 and 1.5 adults 18-49 ratings respectively. Dateline was down big versus last week shedding four tenths of an adults 18-49 rating point for a 1.3 rating.

The announcement that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition would soon be ending as a regular series didn't really prop up the ratings much. The 8pm hour was up two tenths versus last week for a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, but the 9pm hour was down a tenth to a 1.3 rating.  The special 20/20 with Diane Sawyer was down four tenths from last week's normal version to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 16, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition 1.2/4 4.76
NBC Chuck 0.9/3 3.22
FOX Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (R) 0.9/3 3.02
CBS A Gifted Man (R) 0.8/3 5.17
CW Nikita (R) 0.4/2 1.35
9:00 NBC Grimm 1.5/5 5.16
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition 1.3/4 5.17
FOX Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas (R) 1.2/4 3.77
CBS CSI: NY (R) 0.9/3 6.40
CW Supernatural (R) 0.4/1 1.16
9:30 FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.0/3 2.95
10:00 NBC Dateline 1.3/4 6.06
CBS Blue Bloods (R) 1.0/3 6.66
ABC 20/20 Special w/Diane Sawyer 0.9/3 3.71


via NBC press notes:

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," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "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 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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