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[07/25/11 - 05:57 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "20/20" Puts ABC in Front
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, july 22, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (4.12 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.80 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) followed by a special edition of "20/20" (4.21 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and a repeat of "20/20" (4.36 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

CBS (6.08 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "Flashpoint" (6.18 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "CSI: NY" (5.97 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and "Blue Bloods" (6.09 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Next up was NBC (4.24 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with an encore of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (3.25 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.73 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.26 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Bones" (2.71 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "House" (1.81 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.99 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) did the same with its revised duo of "Nikita" (1.00 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.97 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Flashpoint (-8.3%), 20/20 (-8.3%), Dateline NBC (0.0%).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release, currently excludes the New York and Chicago markets and are subject to significant revision):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets (New York and Chicago currently excluded), household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/3 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.8/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore 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 (7/23/10):

ABC (5.06 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) snagged top honors on Friday thanks to its combination of "Wife Swap" (3.92 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (5.05 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "20/20" (6.22 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

The silver then went to NBC (4.57 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with new episodes of "Friday Night Lights" (3.58 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (5.06 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.81 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "48 Hours Mystery" (5.02 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Medium" (3.39 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) followed by a new "Flashpoint" (6.06 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.15 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up second runs of "House" (2.89 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Bones" (3.40 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Smallville" (1.36 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Supernatural" (1.05 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (1.21 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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