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[12/10/11 - 09:26 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Frosty the Snowman" Tops Competitive Night for CBS
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, december 9, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (6.41 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was Friday's most-watched network with holiday encores of "Frosty the Snowman" (7.30 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Frosty Returns" (6.45 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Yes, Virginia" (5.51 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf�s Story" (5.36 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (6.91 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Sharing the demo crown was NBC (4.94 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) with new episodes of "Chuck" (3.68 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Grimm" (5.41 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Dateline NBC" (5.73 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (4.97 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with new episodes of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (4.77 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (5.39 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "20/20" (4.75 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.19 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "Kitchen Nightmares" (2.78 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Fringe" (1.58 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Nikita" (1.32 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "Supernatural" (0.99 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.15 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+15.38% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 9:00
+11.11% - Chuck (vs. 11/18/11)
6.67% - Dateline NBC
0.00% - Grimm (vs. 11/18/11)
0.00% - 20/20
0.00% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 8:00

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - Dateline NBC
+14.29% - Grimm (vs. Dateline NBC)
0.00% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 9:00 (vs. Primetime: What Would You Do?)
-8.33% - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - 8:00 (vs. Supernanny)
-13.33% - 20/20
-16.67% - Chuck (vs. Minute to Win It (Repeat))

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," 2.2/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; 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," 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore 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 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/10/10):

ABC (5.08 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Friday with its mix of "Supernanny" (4.58 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.89 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "20/20" (5.78 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1).

A competitive second place then went to NBC (5.67 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with a repeat of "Minute to Win It" (4.71 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.14 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.36 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "The Mentalist" (6.72 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "CSI: NY" (7.98 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (7.38 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.40 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Smallville" (2.57 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Supernatural" (2.24 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, a repeat of "The Good Guys" (1.89 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) led into the season finale of "The Good Guys" (2.32 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) on FOX (2.11 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Dateline NBC (100.00%), Supernanny (9.10%), Primetime: What Would You Do? (7.10%), Supernatural (0.00%), The Good Guys (0.00%), Smallville (-9.10%), 20/20 (-21.10%).

In late-night metered market ratings, NBC's "Leno" (3.3/8) took top honors over CBS's "Letterman" (2.8/7) and ABC's "Nightline" (3.1/7). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.5/4) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.4/4) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.7/5) and "Daly" (1.1/4) on NBC.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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