Updated: Pretty much as expected, though the 18-49 was much closer once the fast nationals came in with CBS barely edging out FOX.  FOX animation reruns dominated the night with adults 18-34.


7p-8p (0.8/3, 3.06M)
8p-9p ( 1.0/3, 3.95M)

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1.5/5, 7.02M)
Shark Tank (1.8/5, 5.72M)
Defying Gravity (0.8/2, 2.59M)

NOTE: CBS results highly subjected to change in final numbers due to golf overrun:

PGA Championship 7p-7:30p (2.8/10, 12.59M) (PGA overrun ran until 7:19pm on the east coast)

60 Minutes ( 2.7/9, 10.97M)
Big Brother: (2.3/7, 6.85M)
There Goes The Neighborhood (1.2/3, 4.59)

if you want the full half hourly details on the night, you can check them out on Marc Berman’s site.

I have not yet seen the fast national numbers, but based on the early metered market numbers, CBS dominated with a half hour or so of PGA Championship overrun.  Tiger lost out to Y.E. Yang, the first time ever that Tiger had lost a major tournament when he went into the last round with the lead.   Congrats to Y.E. Yang!  To say Tiger lost is probably unfair,  Y.E. Yang won.  Unless you want to blame  Tiger for Y.E. Yang chipping in from around 80 feet for eagle on 14.

Anyway…because of the half hour overrun and the PGA Championship being a live event, the preliminary numbers for CBS will be fairly worthless.  I know Big Brother fans want to see how the show did on the heels of  Chima Simone getting bounced (it looks like that episode will actually be Tuesday), and I’ll post the fast nationals for Big Brother when I see them, though again, due to the overrun they will be highly subject to change.

Otherwise not much went on last night. I had a dream that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire snagged 13.8 million and in the dream I was thinking “Ah, the old gal still has some life in her.”  But alas, a.) I probably need some more time off if I am dreaming about the ratings for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and b.) based on the early metered markets (4.4/8 household rating/share)  there’s no way it got 10 million viewers, let alone almost 14 million.

Defying Gravity continues on its flight  to ratings irrelevancy with a 1.7/3 (household rating/share).  Hard to say that “Shark Tanked”  based on the metered market numbers (3.4/6), but Shark Tank doesn’t seemed poised to do very much in the demo.  We’ll see when we see the fast nationals.

I didn’t see how two hours of Merlin did in the metered markets, but I will post the numbers once I see the fast nationals.

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


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