Based on Nielsen Fast National Ratings for Wednesday December 2, 2009

FOX won the night with adults 18-49, 18-34 and CBS had the most viewers.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer was the night’s most-watched program both overall and with adults 18-49.  Still it was down 10% versus last year’s final numbers for 12/3/08.

Glee hit sesason highs in adults 18-49, and viewers and series highs with adults 18-34.   Its 4.3/12 adults 18-34 rating was tops for the night and with women 18-34 it had a 6.0/16 rating/share

Full Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (R) 3.8/11 10.74
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.3/6 6.33
NBC Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1.8/5 8.78
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.7/5 5.97
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.4/1 1.08
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.0/6 6.40
9:00 FOX Glee 3.6/9 8.17
CBS Grammy Nominations Concert Live! 2.3/6 6.48
ABC Modern Family (R) 2.3/6 6.68
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 2.0/5 8.29
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.5/1 1.10
9:30 ABC Cougar Town (R) 1.8/5 5.23
10:00 CBS Criminal Minds (R) 2.2/6 8.03
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.5/4 5.56
ABC Eastwick 1.3/4 4.25


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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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