On a night of mostly repeats and specials on broadcast, it was NBC, which had the only original episode on broadcast, topping the night’s low bar to win the  adults 18-49 ratings crown. CBS topped the press release friendly total viewership.

NBC’s Who’s Still Standing? was up 20% from Monday’s episode to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Following it, SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas scored a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating which was down 9% from last year’s telecast (12/10/10)

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, December 20, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS -R 2.0 6 12.348
NBC Who’s Still Standing? 1.8 5 5.830
ABC Last Man Standing -R 1.4 4 5.720
FOX Glee -R 1.1 3 3.279
CW 90210 -R 0.3 1 0.763
8:30PM ABC Last Man Standing -R 1.6 5 5.513
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 2.1 6 11.360
NBC SNL Presents A Very Gilly Christmas (repeat, special 9-11p) 2.1 6 5.790
ABC The Middle -R 1.3 3 4.313
FOX New Girl -R 1.1 3 2.756
CW Ringer -R 0.3 1 0.664
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.0 3 3.432
FOX Raising Hope -R 1.0 3 2.656
10:00PM CBS Unforgettable -R 1.7 5 8.031
ABC Body Of Proof -R 0.8 2 4.541

via NBC press note:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.0/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 0.8/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.7/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households 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” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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