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CBS won the night both with adults 18-49 and overall viewers on the backs of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.

FOX edged out ABC for second with adults 18-49 and FOX won the night outright with adults 18-34 by a wide margin with its lineup of So You Think You Can Dance and GleeGlee was the night’s highest-rated program of the night with adults 18-34 and teens.

Modern Family and Cougar Town were both up from the ratings-notched November 4th when Cougar Town hit a series low with adults 18-49  (CMA Awards aired last week) and were the night’s most-watched comedies.

Both The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried were up about 5% from last week, and Criminal Minds was up almost 10% with adults 18-49, though CSI: NY was down 16% with adults 18-49 from last week’s CSI crossover.

It was the most viewers for The New Adventures of Old Christine since March 11, 2009, and the best adults 18-49 delivery since the season premiere on Sept. 23, 2009.  It was Gary Unmarried’s best with adults 18-49 since November 19, 2008.

The America’s Next Top Model finale reached season highs in women 18-34 and women 18-49, and matched season highs in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49.   This was down more than 25% with adults 18-49 from last year’s fall finale on 11/19/08.

The In The Spotlight With Robin Roberts: Janet Jackson special didn’t have out of the park ratings (at least from an “all things Jackson” perspective, but it did outperform the last new airing of Eastwick by more than 25% with adults 18-49.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Wednesday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (1.0/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE SHOW (1.1/5) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.7/4).

Full Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 2.2/7 7.45
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.1/6 5.68
NBC Mercy 2.0/6 7.79
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.9/6 6.16
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.7/5 3.66
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried 2.5/7 7.17
ABC The Middle 2.4/7 7.10
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 3.7/9 13.47
ABC Modern Family 3.7/10 9.16
FOX Glee 3.2/8 7.29
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.6/7 8.43
CW America’s Next Top Model (Clip Show) 0.8/2 1.81
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 3.2/8 7.90
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 3.2/9 13.68
ABC Robin Roberts: Janet Jackson 2.3/7 6.64
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.4/4 4.83


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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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