Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for Fox (MLB ALCS Game 3) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

ABC’s series premiere of Last Man Standing drew a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. That was 9% better than the 3.2 adults 18-49 rating for the series premiere of No Ordinary Family in the same timeslot last fall (which was 2 weeks earlier in the season). Our polled readers turned out to be overly pessimistic. I await the nonsense comparisons by someone in the TV media to Home Improvement ratings from long ago. Body of Proof fell a tenth (5%) from last week to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Dancing with the Stars results show rose 10% from last week to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, NCIS slipped 7% from last week to a season low 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. NCIS: LA also fell to a season low (down 3%) to a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. Unforgettable slid 8% to a series low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. CBS topped the nights adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership.

Over on NBC, The Biggest Loser fell 5% to a lowest ever for Fall 2.0 rating between 8-10p.  Parenthood rose a tenth (5%) a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

CW’s Ringer bounced back from last week’s plunge, recovering 33% to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. 90210 was steady with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. I’m typically not the one to guess cause and effect in TV ratings, but I’d guess the lack of New Girl competition helped Ringer a lot.

The ALCS game 5 on Fox drew a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 8.39 million viewers.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, October 11, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 3.9 11 18.657
ABC Last Man Standing (premiere) 3.5 10 12.953
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10p) 2.0 5 5.459
CW 90210 0.7 2 1.538
FOX MLB ALCS Tigers v. Rangers (8-11p)
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.3 8 15.395
ABC Dancing With The Stars Results 3.2 8 16.600
CW Ringer 0.8 2 1.716
10:00PM CBS Unforgettable 2.3 6 11.778
NBC Parenthood 2.1 5 5.260
ABC Body Of Proof 1.9 5 9.383

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,” 2.7/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.5/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/4.

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” (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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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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. 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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