Update: We used Marc Berman’s numbers (he was first) but other sites, including James Hibberd are reporting different numbers than what Berman provided.  From James Hibberd:

“Wasn’t planning to post yet another story on Fox’s “Terminator” and “Dollhouse” ratings, but I figure an item is only fair given what happened last night. For the first time, both shows went up.

“Terminator” (3.5 million, 1.2/4) went up 20% for last night’s “Today is the Day Part 1? (which at these viewing levels translates to a couple tenths). “Dollhouse” (4.3 million, 1.6/5) went up one tenth – 7%. “

I have changed the numbers in the table to reflect Hibberd’s accounting for Dollhouse and TSCC.

As usual CBS won Friday night led by Ghost Whisperer, but Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles bounced higher from last week and  Dollhouse was up in total viewers versus last week though flat in terms and up 1/10th of a point in 18-49 viewers.  What’s any of that mean?  Probably not much really, but it should keep the internets buzzing for at least another week.

Flashpoint failed to deliver a 2.0 at 9pm, and Numb3rs just made the 2.0 threshold.   Even though Numb3rs had almost identical total viewing last week it was down ~13% among 18-49 year olds.

The news magazines 20/20 and Dateline must not have been that interesting last night.

Previous Friday overnight reports are available for comparison

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 11.1 2.6/9
ABC Wife Swap 4.5 1.4/5
NBC Howie Do It 4.3 1.3/5
FOX Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 3.5 1.2/4
CW Everybody Hates Chris 1.8 0.7/2
8:30 CW The Game 2.07 0.8/3
9:00 CBS Flashpoint 9.4 1.9/6
ABC Supernanny 5.6 1.7/5
NBC Friday Night Lights 4.4 1.5/5
FOX Dollhouse 4.3 1.6/5
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 1.9 0.7/2
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 10.1 2.0/6
ABC 20/20 5.2 1.6/5
NBC Dateline 4.7 1.5/5

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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


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