As is typical for Fridays, CBS won the night both with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Dollhouse returned quietly.  Though its ratings no longer matter in terms of its future, it returned with about the same amount of adults 18-49 viewers as it had when it departed (which were at a series low) and a few less overall viewers than it had when it went on hiatus.  For the two hours it averaged a 0.8/2 rating/share with adults 18-49 and 2.05 million viewers overall.

Ahead of its move to Wednesdays at 10pm next month, Ugly Betty bounced back from its lows last week when it had  a 0.9 rating with adults 18-49.  Last night it averaged a 1.2/4 with adults 18-49 and 4.23 million viewers.

Ghost Whisperer was the night’s top show both in adults 18-49 and total viewers, but it failed to reach a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, coming in with a 1.9/7 and 8.23 million viewers.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Ghost Whiperer 1.9/7 8.23
NBC Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa (R) 1.1/4 4.27
ABC Dreams Come True 0.9/3 3.70
FOX Dollhouse 0.8/3 2.17
CW Smallville (R) 0.8/3 1.82
9:00 CBS Medium 1.8/5 6.96
NBC Dateline NBC 1.5/5 6.28
ABC Ugly Betty 1.2/4 4.23
FOX Dollhouse 0.8/2 1.94
CW Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (R) 0.7/2 2.22
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 1.6/5 7.38
ABC 20/20 1.6/5 5.73
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.4/4 4.78


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