Update: those looking for Dexter and or Homeland premiere ratings, they are here.


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS (NFL Overrun) and Fox (regional NFL Football  coverage overrun) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Even though Ravens beat the Jets in a blowout,NBC of course won the night fueled by Sunday Night Football. While those numbers will be adjusted in the finals, there’s no doubt NBC will come out on top for the night. Fans of CBS shows should definitely wait for the final program ratings (available Tuesday morning) since CBS had 23 minutes of NFL overrun in the eastern and central timezones gumming up its results.

ABC’s Pan Am dropped 19 percent to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating after its premiere scored a 3.1 last week.  Pan Am’s lead-in, Desperate Housewives also fell from last week’s premiere, though not as far — it dropped 9% to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the night America’s Funniest Home Videos premiered down 21% from last fall’s premiere to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was up 9% to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox saw across the board drops from premiere week with its animations, but last week Fox had the national late afternoon NFL game as a lead in and this week it didn’t. The Simpsons fell 23% to a 3.0 rating with adults 18-49, The Cleveland Show was down 16% to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, Family Guy fell 15% to a 3.5, and American Dad was down 10% to a 2.7.

In the metered market households, NBC’s Sunday Night Football was down 11% versus last year’s week 4 game, but it was still the second-best week four result in Sunday Night Football’s six-year history.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 2, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS Football Overrun/60 Minutes 4.5/13 17.43
NBC Football Night in America 3.0/9 8.09
FOX Regional NFL Overrun/The Cleveland Show (R) 2.4/7 6.31
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.5/4 6.44
7:30 FOX The Simpsons (R) 2.0/6 4.55
8:00 NBC Football Night in America 4.9/12 12.51
CBS 60 Minutes/The Amazing Race 3.3/8 12.99
FOX The Simpsons 3.0/8 6.12
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2.1/5 7.11
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football: Jets at Ravens 7.5/17 19.07
FOX The Cleveland Show 2.6/6 5.47
9:00 NBC Sunday Night Football: Jets at Ravens 7.5/17 18.41
FOX Family Guy 3.5/8 6.91
ABC Desperate Housewives 2.9/7 9.03
CBS Amazing Race/The Good Wife 2.4/5 10.83
9:30 FOX American Dad 2.7/6 5.71
10:00 NBC Sunday Night Football: Jets at Ravens 7.0/17 16.19
ABC Pan Am 2.5/6 7.75
CBS The Good Wife/CSI: Miami 2.2/5 10.45

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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 baseball 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. 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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

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