On a Friday night when the English broadcast networks went with mostly repeats and specials, Univision topped the adults 18-49 ratings with its line up of Una Familia con Suerte (1.3 adults 18-49 rating), La Fuerza del Destino (1.6), and La Rosa de Guadalupe (1.0).

Update because of many commenters questions ala “Why don’t you guys show us the Univision line-up among the english broadcasts networks?”

Too much trouble including Univision shows in the regular grid (for production effort/ timing reasons) for what is minimal regular reader interest.

The relative ratings between Univision and the English broadcasters is pretty irrelevant to our business. It doesn’t generate the pageviews for us that the additional effort to do more with their numbers would require (although we do far more with Univision ratings than any other site I know of, and what we do may not even be worth it).

Why? Certainly some of it is the language barrier. We can write only in English. However, I think the biggest reason that Univision shows don’t generate traffic is that they typically run the same three telenovela’s every day Monday-Friday, so there’s not really much new news on a daily basis for their shows. Also, what generates the traffic for us is substantially “will my show be cancelled or renewed?”, and I don’t perceive that question exists for the Univision shows.

Fox went with the movie Iron Man which drew a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating to lead the English broadcast networks.

CBS’s only new programming on the night were the specials Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas which drew a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, and The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story which had a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC showed the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets which scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

For the first time in recent memory, The CW added a few specials to their long holiday repeat gap and Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer returned a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, just a tenth behind the timeslot regular Nikita (that should spark some crazy fan discussion). Following it, Olive, The Other Reindeer had a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC started the evening with the movie Shrek The Third which drew a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, followed by a new 20/20 which 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, the same as its last new episode 2 weeks ago.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, November 25, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Iron Man (8-10p) 1.2 4 3.977
ABC Shrek the Third (movie, 8-10p) 1.1 4.319
NBC National Treasure: Book of Secrets (movie, 8-11p) 1.0 3 3.979
CBS Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas (special, premiere) 0.8 3 3.660
CW Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (special) 0.5 2 1.760
8:30PM CBS Elf On The Shelf (special, premiere) 1.0 3 4.250
9:00PM CBS CSI:NY -R 0.9 3 5.537
CW Olive, The Other Reindeer (special) 0.3 1 1.218
10:00PM ABC 20/20 1.2 4 4.968
CBS Blue Bloods -R 1.0 3 6.531

NOTE: All ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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.  More information on ratings is available here.

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.)

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