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[04/06/11 - 08:41 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Wins as "The Good Wife" Gains
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for tuesday, april 5, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (13.97 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday as new episodes of "NCIS" (18.79 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) and "The Good Wife" (10.57 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6) bookended a repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (12.56 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T3).

NBC (6.45 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments of "The Biggest Loser" (7.31 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T3) and "Parenthood" (4.73 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (10.78 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) offered up the season finale of "No Ordinary Family" (5.69 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) followed by new episodes of "Dancing With the Stars" (15.57 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) and "Body of Proof" (11.07 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5).

Next up was FOX (3.19 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) with encores of "Glee" (3.87 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "Raising Hope" (2.99 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "Traffic Light" (2.04 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

And finally, repeats of "One Tree Hill" (0.76 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Hellcats" (0.67 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.72 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): The Good Wife (5.30%), The Biggest Loser (3.80%), Parenthood (0.00%), No Ordinary Family (0.00% vs. 3/22/11), NCIS (-5.30%), Body of Proof (-20.00%), Dancing With the Stars (-26.20%).

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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.7/9; 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," 0.8/3; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/6/10):

Another two-hour edition "American Idol" (20.40 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.1, #1) had no trouble putting FOX (20.40 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.1, #1) on top on Tuesday.

The silver then went to CBS (13.90 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T2) with new episodes of "NCIS" (16.02 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #3, "NCIS: Los Angeles" (13.65 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T4) and "The Good Wife" (12.02 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (9.25 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T2) with fresh installments of "Dancing With the Stars" (12.29 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T8), "Lost" (9.45 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) and "V" (6.02 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.5, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.16 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Biggest Loser" (7.57 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T4) and "Parenthood" (6.33 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.6, #6).

And finally, a new "90210" (1.55 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) lead into the penultimate week of "Melrose Place" (1.05 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) on The CW (1.30 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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