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Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for FOX’s coverage of the MLB ALCS (Yankees vs. Angels)  are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.


With CBS (mostly) and the CW in repeats, ABC held steady and widened its margin of victory on Thursday night.

ABC was flat overall from last Thursday and its individual show ratings varied little to continue its trend of winning on Thursday’s this season.

Fox is getting a lot better luck with the ALCS this season than they did with the NLCS last season. From 8-11p, ALCS Game 5 (Yankees v. Angels) delivered a 3.3/8 among Adults 18-49. The final ratings this afternoon are expected to make this the highest rating game of the series. It’s well ahead of last year’s NLCS Game 5 on FOX (Phillies v. Dodgers, Wednesday 10/15/08) by +27% among Adults 18-49 (3.3/9 vs. 2.6/7). The best news for Fox is that the Angels won, pushing the series to at least 6 games.

While the rest of the CBS line up was in repeats, Survivor: Samoa’s ratings hit season highs across the board, up 14% in the adults 18-49 demo from last week.

Overall, NBC was steady on the night vs. last Thursday as well, with Parks & Recreation, The Office and 30 Rock each up a bit in the adults 18-49 ratings, and Community and The Jay Leno Show down.

The CW was entirely in repeats.

In Late-Night Local People Meters Thursday night:

  • Conan O’Brien (0.9/4 in 18-49 in local people meters, encore) tied CBS’s LATE SHOW (0.9/4, encore) in Nielsen’s 24 local markets with People Meters. Conan topped LATE SHOW in adults 18-34 (0.7/3 vs. 0.5/3).
  • At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.5/3 in 18-49 in local people meters, encore) tied CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.5/4, encore).  Jimmy also tied Ferguson in 18-34 (0.4/3 vs. 0.4/2).
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.7 11 12.161
FOX Baseball ALCS, Yankees v. Angels 3.3 10 11.077
ABC FlashForward 3.0 9 9.730
NBC Community 1.9 6 5.184
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.9 3 2.421
8:30 CBS Survivor: Samoa 4.3 12 13.597
ABC FlashForward 3.1 9 9.904
FOX Baseball ALCS, Yankees v. Angels 2.9 8 9.500
NBC Parks & Recreation 2.1 6 4.981
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.9 2 2.195
9:00 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 4.9 13 13.935
NBC The Office 4.2 11 8.517
FOX Baseball ALCS, Yankees v. Angels 2.8 7 9.355
CBS CSI (repeat) 2.2 6 10.271
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.8 2 1.943
9:30 ABC Grey’s Anatomy 5.6 14 15.402
NBC 30 Rock 3.2 8 6.684
FOX Baseball ALCS, Yankees v. Angels 3.0 8 9.791
CBS CSI (repeat) 2.1 5 9.733
CW Supernatural (repeat) 0.8 2 1.756
10:00 ABC Private Practice 3.9 10 10.512
FOX Baseball ALCS, Yankees v. Angels 3.7 10 11.135
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 2.8 7 11.537
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.8 5 5.352
10:30 FOX Baseball ALCS, Yankees v. Angels 3.9 11 11.200
ABC Private Practice 3.4 10 9.443
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 2.7 8 11.132
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.5 4 4.552

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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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