CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers, while FOX won with adults 18-34 as So You Think You Can Dance ended its season.

CBS and FOX had all new lineups, with ABC in reruns with its comedies between 8p-10p and a new episode of the canceled Eastwick at 10pm.  Criminal Minds was the night’s most watched-show with adults 18-49 (3.7 rating) and overall viewers (14.6 million)

The Sing-Off was again ho-hum, ratings-wise, especially given the ABC repeats, but it is outperforming Mercy at 8pm and though it didn’t outperform Law & Order: SVU in the 9pm hour, it does seem to be providing, at least relatively speaking, a decent lead-in for The Jay Leno Show which matched a nine-week high with adults 18-49.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Wednesday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (1.0/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS’s LATE SHOW (1.0/4) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters) trailed CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.6/4).

Here are the Nielsen Fast National results for  December 16, 2009…

Full Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.5/7 6.72
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 2.4/7 7.82
NBC The Sing-Off 2.1/6 6.87
ABC Disney Prep & Landing (R) 2.0/6 6.79
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.5/2 1.34
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried 2.5/7 7.92
ABC The Middle (R) 1.7/5 5.51
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 3.7/10 14.60
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.7/5 7.34
NBC The Sing-Off 2.2/6 6.36
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.9/5 5.22
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.6/2 1.38
9:30 ABC Cougar Town (R) 1.8/5 4.62
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 3.1/9 13.50
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.6/4 5.46
ABC Eastwick 1.3/4 3.69

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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 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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