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.

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  • Charmed

    @RJ Would you rather have a homophobic bully as a president?

  • hammard

    Thanks for that! You’ve got me to double figures on my bingo-card already and am very close to a line :D

  • Warren

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

    @rob60990 lol this cracked me up.

  • knowitall


    are you aware of the fact that 90210 and GG have both been on the air for over 5 years? and i also recall during 90210’s 1st season most of its repeats were 0.6 or better so you have no case.

  • TVDude

    NBC really pushed 1600 Penn last night too. Hopefully it’ll pay off for them. Why they put it on Thursdays, I will probably never know. The way they scheduled things is strange too.

    If they really wanted to keep The Office on Thursday, I would have done this, in an effort to build a block for next season:
    8pm Community
    8:30pm The Office
    9pm 1600 Penn
    9:30pm Parks and Recreation

    I know that’s off topic, but the schedule is just not good. I’m not sure how much the promotion will pay off for a 9:30pm show.

  • Rebecca

    We watched NBC here. Kept it on until we were a little stressed and then watched an “Alias” episode on Netflix before going back to NBC. Then channel flipped for a while, gave up just before 11 pm MDT.

    I hear ya.

  • Charmed

    @hammard Your welcome lol

  • s0303

    hopefully a lot of the emily owens audience were new and the show will do better next week…it’s by far my favorite new show this season.

  • Michael

    The encore presentations of Arrow and Emily MD were only shown in certain areas in the US? They didn’t air it where I live. They were showing the election coverage throughout.

  • Mark C

    A lot of people that watched the fox coverage watched it on Fox news. Keep that in mind.

  • Totally Clueless

    Can people stop saying the word homophobic? Nobody is scared, we’re just disgusted.

  • Mark C

    @charmed Id rather have a business man in charge that knows a thing or two about creating jobs and will work on the debt instead of handing out more entitlements.

    Whats done is done lets all hope the economy gets back on track and many many jobs are created and they begin tackling the debt.


    @ Charmed

    I can’t speak for RJ but I think his point is MAYBE a Republican president would break the stopgap in the House (where Republicans have a stronghold) & the Senate.

    I’m hoping Obama will accomplish this.

  • don

    fox news will beat all others. 1 reason is that they called EVERY race before the other networks

  • Melissa


    Would you rather have a homophobic bully as a president?

    Romney’s not a bully, he just doesn’t believe in homosexual marriage. Neither do I.


    @ Rebecca

    I made it to midnight here in Pgh & saw this morning that all the “fun” started after 1:00 AM (when I was sawing logs!)

  • Charmed
  • Charmed

    @Melissa Is that Melissa Joan Hart I see?


    @ don

    CNN called it @ 11:18 ET, flipped to Fox around 11:30 & they were debating that OH was called too soon & may still be deemed a “red” state

  • KS

    Is CW preempted any where?

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