Please note that the Monday Night Football contest aired on ABC on the Boston and New Hampshire affiliates, and on NBC in New Orleans.  Those numbers are included in the numbers below, so expect the finals for ABC and NBC to drop at least a tiny bit. “Having said that…”

On a night of new episodes mixed with repeats and holiday fare (and against a premiere Monday Night Football matchup on cable) House was the night’s top show with adults 18-49 with a 4.8 rating.

Holiday classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas scored a 2.9 rating with adults 18-49 while the relatively newish Shrek The Halls averaged a 3.2 with adults 18-49.

As is typical CBS shows performed well in reruns, and a repeat of The Big Bang Theory with a 3.3 rating with adults 18-49 trailed House.

The Jay Leno Show claims one of its advantages is that it should do better against repeats, but last night against repeats of both Castle & CSI: Miami, Leno still came in 3rd with a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49.

Against lighter fare Heroes rebounded off recent lows, but I’m waiting to see what happens once the NFL game is stripped out (New Orleans market).  Over on the CW Gossip Girl had a 2.9 rating with women 18-34, winning the 9pm hour in that demographic.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (0.9/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) topped CBS’s LATE SHOW (0.8/3 with an encore) 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 with an encore) tied CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.5/3).

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX House 4.8/12 13.18
ABC How The Grinch Stole Christmas (R) 2.9/8 9.64
NBC Heroes 2.5/6 5.90
CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 2.1/5 6.25
CW One Tree Hill 1.1/3 2.37
8:30 ABC Shrek The Halls (R) 3.2/8 10.01
CBS Accidentally on Purpose (R) 1.7/4 5.40
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 3.1/8 11.34
FOX Lie To Me 2.7/6 7.58
ABC Find My Family 2.3/5 7.85
NBC Trauma 1.8/4 5.89
CW Gossip Girl 1.1/3 2.25
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 3.3/8 10.08
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 2.5/6 9.41
ABC Castle (R) 1.9/5 6.75
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.3/3 5.30

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

All numbers are Live+SD.

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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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