The Osama Bin Laden news and late Presidential address disrupted primetime broadcast schedules in different time zones to various degrees, and therefore all the primetime fast affiliate ratings below are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.
With all the broadcast ratings at least somewhat scrambled by the Bin Laden news, particularly the 8pm hour in the Pacific timezone, it’s useless to make any historical comparisons, those can wait for the final ratings available Tuesday. Plus take all of these ratings with a huge helping of salt, they’re likely to change, some by a lot.
ABC topped the nights adults 18-49 ratings as America’s Funniest Home Videos led off the night scoring a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Extreme Makeover Home Edition’s drew a 2.7 rating. Desperate Housewives had a 3.0 rating, while Brothers & Sisters drew a 2.1 rating.
NBC’s Dateline drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. America’s Next Great Restaurant had a 2.0 rating. Celebrity Apprentice scored a 3.2 rating rose 7% from last week.
CBS’s 60 Minutes drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race had a 2.5 rating. Undercover Boss’ season finale drew a 2.2 rating. CSI Miami (which was pre-empted entirely in the Pacific timezone) scored a 2.1 rating.
Update: Ignore the half hour fluctuations, they are meaningless! I considered not posting the table altogether, but that would have raised even more questions.
Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 1, 2011:
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating||18-49 Share||Viewers Live+SD (million)|
|7:00||ABC||AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME V||2.0||7||7.201|
|FOX||FAMILY GUY – R||1.3||4||3.139|
|7:30||ABC||AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME V||2.1||7||8.090|
|FOX||FAMILY GUY – R||1.6||5||3.776|
|8:00||ABC||EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME E||2.5||7||9.009|
|CBS||THE AMAZING RACE XVIII –||2.4||7||9.652|
|NBC||AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT REST||1.8||5||5.467|
|8:30||ABC||EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME E||2.9||8||10.147|
|CBS||THE AMAZING RACE XVIII –||2.6||7||9.793|
|NBC||AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT REST||2.2||6||6.606|
|FOX||THE CLEVELAND SHOW – R||2.2||6||4.852|
|FOX||FAMILY GUY – R||2.5||6||5.339|
|FOX||AMERICAN DAD – R||2.1||5||4.507|
|ABC||BROTHERS & SISTERS||2.1||5||7.468|
|ABC||BROTHERS & SISTERS||2.0||5||7.253|
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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 baseball 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. 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.