Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for Fox (World Series Game 6) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

An epic World Series Game 6 is certain to lift Fox on top the nights adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership, but we’ll need to wait for time zone adjusted fast national or the final ratings before sorting out the actual ratings and any this year vs. last year analysis.

CBS’s The Big Bang Theory fell 12% vs. last week to a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating. Rules of Engagement was down 6% to a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Person Of Interest fell 4% to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The Mentalist was even with last week’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown drew a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating (up 5% vs. last year and almost twice last week’s Charlie’s Angels). Grey’s Anatomy had a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 3% vs. last week.  Private Practice was up a tenth to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

After repeats last week, Community’s 1.4 adults 18-49 rating was down 18% from two weeks ago tieing its series low. Parks & Recreation drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 14% vs. 2 weeks ago, also tieing a series low. The Office had a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 15%, a series Thursday low. Whitney’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating was up a tenth (5%). All those Prime Suspect repeats didn’t do any good, its 1.2 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth to a series low. Enjoy it while you can.

World Series Game 6 didn’t hurt the CW shows, as Vampire Diaries was steady with last week’s 1.4 adults 18-49. The Secret Circle was up a tenth (11%) to a 1.0 adults 18-49 ratings.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, October 27, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory 4.5 13 14.260
ABC It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (special) 2.3 6 7.372
NBC Community 1.4 4 3.464
CW The Vampire Diaries 1.4 4 3.154
FOX World Series Game 6 (Rangers at Cardinals)
8:30PM CBS Rules Of Engagement 3.4 9 10.772
NBC Parks & Recreation 1.8 5 3.897
9:00PM ABC Grey’s Anatomy 3.7 9 9.813
NBC The Office 2.8 7 5.452
CBS Person Of Interest 2.6 6 11.528
CW The Secret Circle 1.0 2 2.333
9:30PM NBC Whitney 2.1 5 4.293
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist 2.5 6 12.237
ABC Private Practice 2.4 6 6.589
NBC Prime Suspect 1.2 3 4.064

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

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.4/5; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.7/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.7/6; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 0.9/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/2.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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


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.

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