Leading the night among the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 Fox still saw declines vs. last week. Glee fell 9% to a season low (but not series low) 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. New Girl lead the night among adults 18-49, but its series low 3.4 rating was 6% lower than last week. Raising Hope was down 8% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC’s special A Michael Bublé Christmas scored just a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. That it had NBC’s biggest audience in that time slot since July tells a tale of network woe. Pushed up to a 9pm start The Biggest Loser drew a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 8% from last week’s regular 8-10pm show.

Last Man Standing was up 8% vs. last week to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating and Man Up! was down a tenth from last week to a season/series 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Following repeats, Body of Proof fell to a series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

90210 was even with last week’s 0.8 adults 18-49.

Perhaps exhausted by last Tuesday’s “something for everyone” combination of Rudolph & Victoria’s Secret, CBS went with repeats on the night which still finished second overall among adults 18-49 and first in total viewership.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, December 6, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Glee 2.9 8 7.086
ABC Last Man Standing 2.6 7 8.702
CBS NCIS -R 2.1 6 12.710
NBC A Michael Bublé Christmas 1.5 4 7.210
CW 90210 0.8 2 1.502
8:30PM ABC Man Up! 1.6 4 4.774
9:00PM FOX New Girl 3.4 9 6.818
NBC The Biggest Loser (9-11p) 2.2 6 6.713
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 2.1 5 12.141
ABC The Middle -R 1.1 3 3.780
CW Ringer -R 0.4 1 0.841
9:30PM FOX Raising Hope 2.2 5 4.627
ABC Suburgatory -R 1.3 3 4.005
10:00PM CBS Unforgettable -R 1.6 4 7.796
ABC Body Of Proof 1.5 4 7.204

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.4/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.5/2; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 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” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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