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[01/26/11 - 09:01 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Biggest Loser," State of the Union Power NBC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for tuesday, january 25, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

NBC (7.79 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) took home top demo honors on a State of the Union-driven Tuesday with its mix of "The Biggest Loser" (8.68 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "NBC News Special" (8.42 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2), "NBC News Special/State of the Union Analysis" (7.35 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and "State of the Union Analysis" (5.20 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

CBS (9.29 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with a repeat of "NCIS" (13.17 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2) followed by a "CBS News Special" (8.51 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "CBS News Special/State of the Union Analysis" (7.24 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "State of the Union Analysis/The Big Bang Theory" (5.11 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15).

Next up was FOX (3.94 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a repeat of "Glee" (4.69 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and a "FOX News Special" (3.41 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), "FOX News Special/State of the Union Analysis" (3.76 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and "State of the Union Analysis" (3.67 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.23 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up a second run of "No Ordinary Family" (4.38 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13) alongside its "ABC News Special" (6.71 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "ABC News Special/State of the Union Analysis" (6.23 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "State of the Union Analysis/Cougar Town" (2.95 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #18).

And finally, the return of "One Tree Hill" (1.88 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T16) and "Hellcats" (2.16 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T16) on The CW (2.02 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Hellcats (12.50% vs. 12/1/10), The Biggest Loser (7.10%), One Tree Hill (-10.00% vs. 12/7/10).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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," 2.0/5 with an encore delayed by news coverage; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore delayed by news coverage; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 delayed by news coverage). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3 delayed by news coverage).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/26/10):

FOX (16.89 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.1, #1) was the network to beat last night thanks to new episodes of "American Idol" (24.19 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.0, #1) and "Human Target" (9.60 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.2, #5).

Second place then went to CBS (15.88 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) with new episodes of "NCIS" (20.15 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (17.16 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T3) as well as a repeat of "The Good Wife" (10.34 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6).

Next up was NBC (8.56 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3) with fresh installments of "The Biggest Loser" (9.68 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T3) and "The Jay Leno Show" (6.33 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.27 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up new episodes of "Scrubs" (3.30 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "Better Off Ted" (2.55 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) followed by an encore of last season's "Lost" (3.44 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) two-hour finale.

And finally, repeats of "90210" (0.96 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Melrose Place" (0.88 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (0.92 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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