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[05/11/11 - 08:39 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: Axed "Traffic Light" Perks Up for FOX
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for tuesday, may 10, 2011)

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

NBC (7.97 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "The Biggest Loser" (6.80 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.6, #6) and "The Voice" (10.29 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1).

CBS (14.48 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then had to settle once again for second place with its mix of "NCIS" (17.10 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (14.75 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5) - both season lows - and "The Good Wife" (11.59 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T9).

Next up was FOX (6.72 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) with fresh installments of "Glee" (9.09 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2), "Raising Hope" (5.45 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #7) and the departing "Traffic Light" (3.26 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11). Both comedies posted their best numbers since 3/15/11.

Meanwhile, ABC (12.82 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4) offered up another "Dancing With the Stars Recap" (11.05 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T9) followed by new episodes of "Dancing With the Stars" (17.11 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4) and "Body of Proof" (10.30 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "One Tree Hill" (1.38 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Hellcats" (1.22 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) on The CW (1.30 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Hellcats (25.00%), Traffic Light (16.70%), Raising Hope (15.80%), Dancing With the Stars (10.30%), Body of Proof (5.00%), Glee (0.00%), NCIS (0.00%), The Biggest Loser (0.00%), One Tree Hill (0.00%), NCIS: Los Angeles (-3.40%), The Good Wife (-16.70%), The Voice (-17.90%).

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," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.6/9; 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," 1.2/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.8/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 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 (5/11/10):

Fresh installments of "American Idol" (18.70 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1) and "Glee" (11.69 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2) lifted FOX (15.19 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) to the adults 18-49 crown on Tuesday.

Taking top viewership honors then was CBS (15.26 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) with new episodes of "NCIS" (16.93 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (15.92 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #6) and "The Good Wife" (12.94 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T8).

Next up was NBC (7.59 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #3) with first-runs of "The Biggest Loser" (8.42 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.4, #5) and "Parenthood" (5.94 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.6, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (9.54 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "Dancing With the Stars" (12.40 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T8), "Lost" (10.24 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 4.0, #3) and "V" (5.98 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #10).

And finally, a new "90210" (1.48 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) lead into a repeat of "Life Unexpected" (0.81 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.14 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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