TV Ratings Friday: 'Chuck' Rises, As Univision Tops The English Nets Among Adults 18-49

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December 24th, 2011

Scoreboard Uni ABC CBS NBC FOX CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.3/4 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 3.370 4.168 6.710 3.153 1.913 1.438

NBC's Chuck was the only new episode on broadcast last night, and its 1.0 adults 18-49 rating was up a tenth of a point (11%) from last week.

I had conflicting information on whether both Dateline NBC and 20/20 were repeats. Judge them as you wish.

On a night otherwise filled with repeats, specials and repeat specials, it was Univision topping all the English networks among adults 18-49, while CBS topped the press release friendly total viewership.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 23, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Shrek the Halls -R (special) 1.4 5 5.092
NBC Chuck 1.0 4 3.415
CBS A Gifted Man -R 0.8 3 5.606
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 0.8 3 2.439
CW Olive, The Other Reindeer -R (special) 0.4 1 1.273
8:30PM ABC Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation -R (special) 1.1 4 3.705
9:00PM ABC Prep & Landing: Naughty v. Nice -R (special) 1.1 4 3.491
CBS CSI:NY -R 1.0 3 7.303
NBC Grimm -R 0.8 3 2.900
CW Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer -R (special) 0.5 2 1.603
FOX Fringe -R 0.5 2 1.386
9:30PM ABC Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special -R (special) 1.0 3 3.312
10:00PM CBS Blue Bloods -R 1.1 4 7.222
ABC 20/20 -R (?) 1.0 3 4.705
NBC Dateline NBC -R(?) 0.8 3 3.146


via NBC press notes:

Late night ratings coming ASAP.

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


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