TV Ratings Tuesday: NBC Wins Election Night

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November 7th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.6/10 3.8/8 2.7/6 2.0/4 1.4/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.0/10 3.8/8 2.4/6 2.0/5 1.3/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.56 11.15 8.42 4.95 3.525 1.547


 Due to the live nature of last night's election coverage and frequent local election news breaks Fast Affiliate Ratings for Tuesday are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustment in the finals

NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

FOX's election coverage was even with '08 (2.0), ABC's election coverage earned a 3.8 and was down from last election year's 4.5. CBS's election coverage earned a 2.7, which was up from last election year's 2.3 and NBC earned a 4.6, which was up from last election year's 4.5



Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, November 6, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC 2012 Election Night (8-11PM) 4.6 10 12.56
ABC ABC News Your Voice Your Vote 2012 (8-11PM) 3.8 8 11.15
CBS Campaign 2012: CBS News Coverage of Election Night (8-11PM) 2.7 6 8.42
FOX FOX News Election Special: You Decide 2012 (8-10PM) 2.0 4 4.95
CW Arrow -R 0.6 1 1.81
9:00PM  CW            Emily Owens MD -R 0.4 1 1.28


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

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

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Dillan

    That’s really good for an Arrow repeat. Even Emily Owens got a boost, despite it being a repeat too.

  • rob60990

    Lmao at Emily Owens rerun doing better than original last week. Only on CW.

    Congrats to President Obama. I watched ABCs coverage and Diane and George were totally drunk.

  • Bernard

    Did the Arrow repeat beat all of Monday on CW and what Heart of Dixie usually gets?

  • Charmed

    Lol Emily Owens better than an original.

  • Charmed

    @Bernard Hart Of Dixie usually gets 0.6 and 1.30ish viewers.

  • Lucas

    NBC 1st at Election Night. When the year is good for you, everythings helps.

  • Bernard

    So tied and yes? Wow

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    HAHAHA @ Fox News! Not even the LIVE meltdowns could save them!

  • Jess

    HOD usually pulls about a .6 but yes it beat all original programming on Monday.

  • Charmed

    Congratulations Obama!

  • RyanCanada

    Canada aired a new episode of Arrow last night lol… great episode btw…

  • Charmed

    @RyanCanada Guess the next episode will be down :(

  • Bernard

    Why would the next episode be down? How does Canada airing affect it?

  • r0ckmypants

    @HotLatino – The Fox listed above is not Fox News.

    ABC’s election coverage in Philly was almost unwatchable, and they were the last to project the winner. CNN will likely beat all of these numbers, it was the only bearable coverage on the air.

  • Max Vrany

    @HotLatino4GayMarriage, the FOX network and FOX News Channel are different. They didn’t even simulcast from the ~40 seconds I saw of the FOX network and the ~2 minutes of clips I saw from FOX News Channel. Sheperd Smith hosted the FOX network, while Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly hosted the FOX News Channel. The FOX network was also only on from 8-10 ET.

  • Charmed

    @Bernard It will leak online, and the obsessive fans will watch it instead of waiting 24 hours for it.

  • hubertwentland5

    i always think that NBC uses to win such nights because people feel sorry for tuning in so rarely ;) as the oldest network, it deserves that respect.

  • Baaa!

    I switched between CNN and FOX as I like getting both sides. Locally I was ABC.

  • andy

    It’s quite funny that the Fox News Channel will probably rate higher than the FOX channel itself.

  • POIFanatic

    Is that Emily Owens highest rating since the premiere and on a repeat no less?
    NBC is on fire lately.

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