Keeping in mind that the numbers are preliminary and not time zone adjusted, Fox averaged 21.10 million and an 8.0/22 (rating/share) among 18-49 year olds. This is a couple of million less than the overnight numbers for last week’s Indianapolis Colts vs. San Diego Chargers (with the same preliminary, prime-time non time zone adjusted caveats) game on NBC. But that was an exciting game that ended in sudden-death overtime. The Cardinals seemingly — and surprisingly to just about everyone — had last night’s game well in hand before halftime.

Another surprise, Game Show in My Head might be showing a pulse after last week’s silent debut. Last night it averaged 6.33 million from 8p-9p, last week it only averaged 3.38 million in the overnights.

Note: we got these numbers from Marc Berman’s site and I couldn’t make the numbers for the ABC shows work out to be the averages he listed that appear in the table above. He had a repeat of The Bachelor at a 2.3/4, which I’m sure is just a typo (we do it all the time, not casting stones!) but even in changing it to a 1.3, the averages for the ABC shows still don’t add up to the total above. Sorry!

Last Saturday’s overnight report.

Full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers (8p-11p) 21.10 8.0/22
CBS Game Show in My Head (2 episodes) 6.33 2.2/6
ABC The Bachelor (R) (8p-10p) 3.26 1.3/4
NBC Crusoe 2.82 0.6/2
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds (R) 6.63 1.6/4
NBC Law & Order (R) 3.36 0.8/2
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 7.05 1.8/5
NBC Law & Order : SVU (R) 6.19 1.5/4
ABC True Beauty (R) 3.62 1.4/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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.

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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 which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. 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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