TV Ratings Friday: '20/20' Leads 'Dateline' + Coverage of Aurora Shooting

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July 21st, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.37 3.67 4.70 2.00 0.989


ABC won the night in adults 18-49, but CBS led in total viewers.

Note: Sorry, we only have half hours ratings today. In the meantime, averaging these half hours into ratings for each show will often lead to errors.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, July 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS 48 Hours: Tragedy in Aurora 1.0 4 4.790
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 4 4.240
NBC Whitney -R 0.6 2 2.330
FOX House -R 0.5 2 2.330
CW Nikita -R 0.3 1 1.050
8:30 PM ABC Shark Tank -R 1.1 4 4.460
CBS 48 Hours: Tragedy in Aurora 0.9 4 4.510
FOX House -R 0.5 2 1.800
NBC Community -R 0.3 1 1.300
CW Nikita -R 0.3 1 0.944
9:00PM ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? -R 1.2 4 4.190
NBC Dateline 0.9 3 3.540
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.7 3 4.450
FOX Bones -R 0.6 2 2.180
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 1.000
9:30 PM ABC Primetime: What Would You Do?-R 1.2 4 4.030
NBC Dateline 1.2 4 4.840
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.7 2 4.640
FOX Bones -R 0.6 2 2.180
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.962
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 1.3 4 4.82
NBC Dateline 1.3 4 5.18
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.7 2 4.94
10:30 PM ABC 20/20 1.3 4 4.50
NBC Dateline 1.2 4 4.86
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.7 2 4.89

Friday's Ratings Via TV Media Insights


Via NBC Press Note:

In late-night metered-market households Friday 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," 1.9/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.6/4 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," 0.4/2;
"Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in
metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.0/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

*	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.

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


Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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


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.  More information on ratings is available here.

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.)

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.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • John A

    LMAO at Community. Time for NBC to pull the repeats.

  • FutureFamous

    Wow…Community repeat was weak!!! BTW I dont think 20/20 was on last night….and Whitney repeated in the same area as the last few episodes, hopefully Whitney’s audience is growing

  • Michael-60

    Primetime: What Would You Do? was not on. 20/20 was 2 hours.

  • Fleur

    Yeah, sad about Community — I loved that episode.

  • iggy.

    The Olympics open next Friday, so it doesn’t matter.

  • Mark

    Embarrassing for Community, its numbers make Whitney look too good. NBC better swap Community and Guys with Kids.

    Nikita goes hard on the repeats. Dudes just can’t get enough of Lyndsy Fonseca in the summertime. HUH?

  • Aces and Eights

    Can’t wait for next Friday as the Olympic games finally begin. Can’t wait to see if London does a good job or fails handling the event.

  • Sid

    Wow at Community! Matching CW repeats.

  • Charlie Sheen WINNING!

    The distance between Whitney and the rest of the NBC comedy repeats is alarming. If Whitney gets more established this season NBC could rely on Whitney in the coming years as a filler replayer for them like they do with AGT.

    Yeah I agree on the news coverage guys expected a bit more but this isn’t too bad. We got to remember that the cable news plays a major role as well.

    I can’t wait to see the Olympic numbers starting next Friday, does anybody have the numbers or overnights from August 8, 2008? I want to compare them next week.

  • Nick

    The Primetime: What Would You Do? repeat was last-minute filler. ABC took away a 2-hour 20/20 for a 1 hr special, so they had to put something there. Most schedules usually do not change with last-minute adjustments like that.

  • Lisa

    @Nick, what do you mean about What Would You Do? being last-minute filler? It wasn’t on (where I live, anyway). ABC indeed aired a two-hour 20/20 in my area. Though it doesn’t really matter much.

  • Zach

    Wow at the CW. They seem to be doing alright with repeats this summer.

  • a p garcia

    I would not be surprised if Bush is behind the shootings in Colo. and Brian Ross agrees!!!!!!

  • Colin

    Fox, just air New Girl now… Poor House and Bones repeat are terrible.

  • s0303

    dang…whitney doubled community repeat…pretty sad

  • Allen

    Did you guys forget that TDK was showing last night or….?

  • Austin Lauran

    This summer is the last time that people will be able to watch House reruns on Fox since it’s not coming back ever again. But USA Network has reruns.

  • John A

    @Colin like New Girl would do better?

  • david

    and Ion will start showing reruns of House in the fall too. So it will still be showen. Yah the CW shows seem to be pretty steady at a .3 lately.

  • Potato

    Wait, so, what’s the deal with Whitney? I mean, it’s kind of doing well… for reruns on NBC on Fridays. I thought everyone hated it!

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