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TV Ratings Tuesday: Univision & CBS Win; 'NCIS' Repeat Tops Night; 'The Middle' Repeats Better Than 'New Girl' + 'Kennedy Center Honors' Match Low

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December 28th, 2011

Scoreboard Uni CBS ABC FOX NBC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.8/2 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.4/1 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 3.380 9.746 5.139 2.458 2.660 .945

On another night of mostly repeats and specials on broadcast, CBS edged out ABC paced by NCIS which was the night's highest-rated and most-watched program.  From 9-11pm the Kennedy Center Honors averaged a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating and 8.35 million viewers. That ties with its lowest rating ever (2002) and was down 27% from last year's 1.5 rating with adults 18-49.

CBS's average 1.4 adults 18-49 rating for the night tied with Spanish-language network Univision.

In an absolutely meaningless battle of reruns (but hey, it's slow), ABC's The Middle bettered New Girl at 9pm by 40% with adults 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.0) and over 70% with total viewers. Two repeats of Last Man Standing fared even better with each drawing a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, December 27, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS  (R) 2.1/6 12.53
ABC Last Man Standing (R) 1.5/4 6.11
NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now (R) 0.9/3 3.13
FOX Glee (R) 0.7/2 2.18
CW Movie: Keith 0.3/1 1.02
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing (R) 1.5/4 5.67
9:00 ABC The Middle (R) 1.4/4 4.75
CBS Kennedy Center Honors 1.1/3 8.51
FOX New Girl (R) 1.0/3 2.78
NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now (R) 0.9/3 2.82
CW Movie: Keith 0.3/1 0.87
9:30 ABC Suburgatory (R) 1.2/3 4.06
FOX Raising Hope (R) 0.9/2 2.69
10:00 ABC Body Of Proof (R) 1.1/3 5.13
CBS Kennedy Center Honors 1.0/3 8.19
NBC Parenthood (R) 0.7/2 2.03

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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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