Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ended its season (and almost certainly, series) on a flat note with 3.6 million viewers and a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Dollhouse was down a tenth versus last week with a 1.4.  But last week Dollhouse had a 1.4 in the overnights that went up to a 1.5 in the finals.

Another tenth of an 18-49 point won’t likely save Dollhouse and it’s too bad because last night’s episode was actually pretty good ( I liked it at least as much as the vaunted sixth episode, perhaps more).

Ghost Whisperer had 10.23 million viewers and a 2.5 rating in its first new episode in a while and as usual, led all Friday viewing.  Flashpoint was flat from last week with 9.7 million viewers and a 1.9. Numb3rs pulled a 2.2 in the demo.  I’m not sure if Numb3rs having identical viewing numbers to Flashpoint is mere coincidence or Berman typo, but I’m pretty sure the 18-49 numbers are right either way.  Note, an earlier version of the data table below listed Numb3rs as a repeat, but it was a new episode. I make plenty of typos myself!

Friday Night Lights season three finale drew a 4.4 and a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49.   Why does one show with a 1.3 rating survive while another won’t?  The DirecTV checkbook!

ABC came in second for the night both in the demo and overall viewers with its unscripted Friday night lineup.

You can compare with previous Friday overnight reports.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 2.5/9 10.23
ABC Wife Swap (R) 1.4/5 4.64
FOX Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1.3/5 3.56
NBC Howie Do It 1.1/4 3.86
CW Everybody Hates Chris (R) 0.6/2 1.47
8:30 CW The Game (R) 0.6/2 1.38
9:00 CBS Flashpoint 1.9/6 9.72
ABC Supernanny 1.8/6 5.36
FOX Dollhouse 1.4/4 3.56
NBC Friday Night Lights 1.3/4 4.36
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.6/2 1.23
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 2.2/7 9.72
ABC 20/20 1.9/6 5.89
NBC Dateline 1.1/4 4.76

Shows are sorted by 18-49 rating 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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