Bob Dylan was right — you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. And you probably didn’t need these numbers to know which way the Friday night ratings blew, but here they are anyway.

CBS wins again. Flashpoint was again solid in the middle of CBS’ lineup with 10.21 million viewers, but trailed both Ghost Whisperer, the night’s most watched program,with 11.27 million and a 2.8 rating among 18-49 year olds and Numb3rs with 10.86 million.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 11.27 2.8/9
FOX Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader 6.04 1.3/4
NBC Howie Do It 5.54 1.6/6
ABC Wife Swap (R) 3.89 1.4/4
CW Everybody Hates Chris 1.64 0.6/2
8:30 CW The Game 1.61 0.7/2
9:00 CBS Flashpoint 10.21 2.4/7
FOX Don’t Forget the Lyrics 5.99 1.7/5
ABC Supernanny 4.57 1.6/5
NBC Friday Night Lights 3.96 1.4/4
CW 13: Fear is Real 1.06 0.6/2
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 10.86 2.7/8
ABC 20/20 5.57 1.7/5
NBC Dateline 5.03 1.6/5

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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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