All ratings discussed below are for the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 unless otherwise specified.

Happy 2011!   ABC easily dominated the final night of the year both with adults 18-49 and total viewers.  From 8p-10p a repeat of the movie “Wild Hogs” raced ahead of the field with adults 18-49.   But from 10p-11pm ABC ran circles around the competition with a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49, and over 9 million viewers for Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday,  December 31, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh
Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Movie: Wild Hogs (R) 1.3/5 5.10
NBC Minute to Win It (R) 1.0/4 3.76
CBS NCIS (R) 0.9/3 6.60
FOX Movie: Rocky Balboa 0.6/2 1.84
CW Smallville (R) 0.4/1 1.19
9:00 ABC Movie: Wild Hogs (R) 1.5/6 5.98
CBS CSI: NY (R) 0.9/3 6.14
NBC Minute to Win It (R) 0.9/4 3.86
FOX Movie: Rocky Balboa 0.7/3 2.22
CW Supernatural (R) 0.3/1 1.06
10:00 ABC Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2.7/11 9.14
NBC New Year’s Eve w/Carson Daly 1.2/5 3.87
CBS Blue Bloods (R) 0.9/3 6.07

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

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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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

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