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A very tight night with CBS winning with adults 18-49 over FOX and ABC by a very narrow margin.  FOX ruled the night with adults 18-34, and CBS had the most viewers overall.

It was a good night for the comedies with  Old Christine, The Middle, Gary Unmarried and Modern Family all improved versus their season averages.  Only Cougar Town, with a 2.8 rating with adults 18-49 was down from its prior average.  Criminal Minds and CSI: NY were also up a bit from season averages on CBS.

Glee’s fall finale tied with last week’s season high with a 3.6/9 rating/share with adults 18-49 and was Glee’s highest-rated episode ever with teens.  Though So You Think You Can Dance’s numbers weren’t as good as Glee’s, SYTYCD’s performance with Women 18-34 (3.4/10) was second on the night only to Glee’s 5.4.  A distant second to be sure, but ahead of everything else on the night in that demo.

At 10pm CSI: NY edged out the Barbara Walters Special on the “100 Most Fascinating People of 2009”.  The special was down 26 percent with adults 18-49 from last year’s airing on 12/4/08.

Though we’re no longer posting the individual show data for Univision, the blurb this morning from Univision PR was headlined “Univision has Mercy on NBC,”   En Nombre del Amor beat both of CBS’ comedies and Mercy with adults 18-34 in the 8pm hour, and Sortilegio bested Law & Order: SVU with adults 18-34.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Wednesday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (1.0/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) topped CBS’s LATE SHOW (0.9/4) 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) tied CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.5/3).

Full Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 2.2/7 7.71
ABC Shrek The Halls (R) 2.6/8 8.53
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.3/7 6.66
NBC Mercy 1.8/5 7.14
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.3/1 0.91
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.5/7 7.67
CBS Gary Unmarried 2.4/7 7.16
9:00 FOX Glee 3.6/9 8.10
CBS Criminal Minds 3.8/10 14.31
ABC Modern Family 3.8/10 9.62
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.3/6 7.97
CW Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (R) 0.7/2 1.68
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 2.8/7 6.92
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 3.2/9 13.00
ABC Barbara Walters Special 3.1/9 10.47
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.3/4 4.53


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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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