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[10/01/11 - 08:52 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Dips But Holds Onto Demo Crown
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, september 30, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (9.75 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with week two of "A Gifted Man" (8.14 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "CSI: NY" (9.86 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (11.16 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

NBC (5.09 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and FOX (3.56 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then shared the silver as the latter offered up new episodes of "Kitchen Nightmares" (3.98 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and "Fringe" (3.14 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

The Peacock then served up repeats of "Up All Night" (2.93 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Whitney" (2.81 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.21 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.94 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) likewise put up repeats of "Modern Family" (3.84 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Suburgatory" (3.44 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Pan Am" (4.15 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and a new "20/20" (4.04 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

And finally, fresh installments of "Nikita" (1.78 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.77 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on The CW (1.78 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - 20/20
0.00% - Kitchen Nightmares
0.00% - Nikita
-10.00% - Blue Bloods
-11.11% - CSI: NY
-12.50% - Supernatural
-14.29% - A Gifted Man
-20.00% - Dateline NBC
-20.00% - Fringe

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Kitchen Nightmares (vs. House (Repeat))
+71.43% - Fringe (vs. The Good Guys)
+39.13% - Dateline NBC (vs. Dateline NBC/Outlaw)
+20.00% - 20/20
0.00% - A Gifted Man (vs. Medium)
-5.88% - CSI: NY
-10.00% - Blue Bloods
-30.00% - Supernatural
-40.00% - Nikita (vs. Smallville)

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," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 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," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 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" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

[NOTE: Today's numbers are courtesy of TVMediaInsights.com due to delays from our usual sources.]


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/1/10):

CBS (8.84 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was once again the network to beat on Friday with week two of "Medium" (5.93 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "CSI: NY" (9.67 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Blue Bloods" (11.21 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

NBC (5.67 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then snagged second place with a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.16 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and a new "Outlaw" (4.70 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was ABC (4.09 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with encores of "Modern Family" (3.98 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Middle" (3.18 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "No Ordinary Family" (4.14 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and a new "20/20" (4.54 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.36 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Smallville" (2.36 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Supernatural" (2.35 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

And finally, FOX (2.54 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) was out of the hunt with a repeat of "House" (2.57 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and a new "The Good Guys" (2.51 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Blue Bloods (-9.10%), Outlaw (-9.10%), Medium (-14.30%), CSI: NY (-15.00%), Supernatural (-16.70%), Dateline NBC (-18.80%), The Good Guys (-22.20%), Smallville (-23.10%), 20/20 (-33.30%).

In late-night metered market ratings, NBC's "Leno" (3.1/7) took top honors over ABC's "Nightline" (2.6/6) and CBS's "Letterman" (2.7/6). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.4/4) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.3/4) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.6/5) and "Daly" (1.0/4) on NBC.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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