FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen easily dominated the 8pm hour in the demo with a 3.4/12, the best 18-49  performance of the night, but with 7.34M viewers trailed an NCIS rerun in viewers (9.513M, 1.8/6)

Big Brother hit season (and perhaps multiple season) highs with adults 18-49 in last night’s episode that explained why Chima Simone was bounced.  The show scored a 2.9/6 (rating/share) with adults 18-49, and was neck and neck with America’s Got Talent from 9p-10p and bested Talent in adults 18-34 in the 9pm hour.  For the hour Big Brother averaged 8.085 million, while Talent averaged 11.699 million (from 9pm-11pm Talent averaged 11.59 million.

Shaquille O’Neal’s, Shaq Vs. didn’t exactly hit the ground runnin, but it could’ve been worse!  The show came in tied for third with FOX’s More to Love for the hour with adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5, though Shaq Vs. had slightly more viewers than More to Love (4.337M vs 4.032M).  Shaq Vs. premiered a bit better than The Superstars did in June (1.5/5).

Earlier in the night Who Wants to Be a Millionaire averaged a 1.4/5 with adults 18-49 and 6.25 million.   Primetime: The Outsiders scored a 1.3/4 with adults 18-49 and 3.54 million viewers.  Indeed, Shaq had the best ratings on ABC last night.

Medium fans: the rerun at 10pm on CBS averaged a 1.1/3 with adults 18-49 and 4.11 million viewers.

Note: I know that some of you are unhappy with the lack of tables in these posts, and I am too.  Beyond that, some of you are unhappy with the format I have chosen to post the information.   It’s summer, and I’m really not too worried about it for the remainder of August.  If the night’s average for the CW isn’t enough for you in the table above and you want to know how a 90210 repeat did specifically and I didn’t break it out, please visit Marc Berman’s site.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. 


*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 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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