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TV Ratings Monday: 'Terra Nova' Finale Inches Up; 'Fear Factor' Tumbles

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December 20th, 2011


Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC Uni ABC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.2/6 2.2/6 1.7/4 1.3/3 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.3/4 1.4/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.180 7.432 5.384 3.273 4.541 1.204

Fox's two hour Terra Nova season finale was up a tenth (5%) from last week's season/series low to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Join the discussion about whether the show will see a second season. Fox and CBS tied for the night among adults 18-49, but see note below about CBS preliminary ratings inflation.

The second episode of NBC's Fear Factor tumbled 35% from its premiere 9pm ratings last week to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Still excellent for woeful NBC, but far less fearsome. Earlier at 8pm, the season premiere of Who's Still Standing? drew just a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Rock Center with Brian Williams was up a tenth of a point (9%) from last week to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC's only new episode, You Deserve It was up two tenths from last week to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 19% from last year's telecast on NBC. A Chipmunk Christmas followed with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Note that the NFL game (go 'Niners!) was broadcast locally on the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, so their ratings are potentially inflated and downward adjustments to the ABC ratings are more likely than usual.

CBS and the CW were all repeats. Note that the NFL game (go 'Niners!) was broadcast locally on the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, so their ratings are potentially inflated and downward adjustments to the CBS ratings are more likely than usual.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime  ratings for Monday, December 19, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 2.3 7 6.806
FOX Terra Nova (finale, 8-10p) 2.2 6 7.180
NBC Who's Still Standing? (premiere) 1.5 4 5.556
ABC Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special 1.3 4 4.759
CW Hart Of Dixie -R 0.3 1 1.360
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8:30PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 2.7 7 7.741
ABC A Chipmunk Christmas (special) 1.4 4 4.997
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9:00PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.5 6 8.462
NBC Fear Factor 2.4 6 6.283
ABC You Deserve It 1.1 3 4.147
CW Hart Of Dixie -R 0.3 1 1.049
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9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly -R 2.2 5 7.794
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10:00PM CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 1.8 5 6.895
NBC Rock Center 1.2 3 4.312
ABC Castle -R 1.0 3 4.597

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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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/3 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/2; "Nightline," 0.9/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 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" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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Definitions:

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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.

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.)

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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