Update: ah, premiere week where the networks order special time-zone adjusted runs! Fox ordered one and based on that New Girl was up a tenth to a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating and Glee rose 0.2 to a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. Those numbers will likely be identical in the national finals we’ll see this afternoon.

Fox won the second night of the season with the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49, and CBS took top honors with total viewers. Glee premiered down 32% from last season’s premiere to a 3.8 adults 18-49 ratings. But Fox isn’t crying yet because New Girl debuted to a 4.7 adults 18-49 rating and eclipsed last season’s 9p premiere of Raising Hope when Glee was stronger.  Unforgettable didn’t crack a 3.0, but premiered solidly with a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating and nearly 14 million viewers and was on par with the second hour of NCIS: LA that CBS aired at 10pm a year ago.  CBS was up across-the-board from last year’s Tuesday premieres when it ran an episode of NCIS and two hours of NCIS: LA. NCIS bettered Glee with adults 18-49 (though Glee still won out with adults 18-34).

Raising Hope premiered to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, identical to last year’s preliminary rating when it followed Glee. Against more 10pm competition, Parenthood didn’t suffer much, down only a tenth from last year’s premiere. Against more competition,

Bad news for ABC though, DWTS results fell 36% versus last year to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Body of Proof seemed solid (for a 10pm scripted drama on ABC, that is) but was down 26% from its late March premiere to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Body of Proof was also up 10% versus its May finale.

NBC’s The Biggest Loser fell 21% from last fall’s premiere to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, but versus more competition, Parenthood slipped only 5% from last week’s premiere to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. CW’s Ringer fell 25% with adults 18-49 to a 0.9 rating in its second week, and was down 19% to a 1.3 rating with CW’s target women 18-34 audience.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, September 20, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS (Season Premiere) 4.2/12 19.55
FOX Glee (Season Premiere) 3.8/11 8.91
NBC The Biggest Loser (Season Premiere) 2.2/6 6.09
ABC Dancing with the Stars: Meet the Cast 2.0/6 10.74
CW 90210  0.7/2  1.56
9:00 FOX New Girl (Series Premiere) 4.7/12 10.08
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (Season Premiere) 3.6/9 16.69
ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 2.8/7 14.54
NBC The Biggest Loser (Season Premiere) 2.4/6 6.17
CW Ringer 0.9/2 1.96
9:30 FOX Raising Hope (Season Premiere) 3.1/8 6.87
10:00 CBS Unforgettable (Series Premiere) 2.9/8 13.98
ABC Body of Proof (Season Premiere) 2.3/6 9.65
NBC Parenthood 2.1/6 5.26

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,” 2.6/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.8/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.3/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/4; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 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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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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