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[12/13/11 - 08:48 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Off NBC's "Fear Factor" Surge
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for monday, december 12, 2011)

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

CBS (12.02 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with a special "2 Broke Girls" (12.46 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2), a repeat of "2 Broke Girls" (10.25 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #5) and the respective fall finales of "Two and a Half Men" (14.71 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1), "Mike & Molly" (12.83 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3) and "Hawaii Five-0" (10.93 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #7).

NBC (7.08 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then jumped into second place with the return of "Fear Factor" (8.69 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.2, #6), a second hour of "Fear Factor" (8.52 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4) and a new "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (4.04 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11). Overall, said lineup delivered the Peacock's best Monday numbers of the season.

Next up was FOX (5.71 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "Terra Nova" (6.99 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8) followed by a repeat of "House" (4.42 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.29 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) was out of the hunt with a repeat of "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (5.30 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #9), a new "You Deserve It" (3.40 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and a repeat of "Castle" (4.16 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, encores of "Hart of Dixie" (1.42 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and another "Hart of Dixie" (1.31 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (1.36 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Dixie" posted a 0.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and a 0.7 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
-4.55% - Terra Nova (vs. 11/28/11)
-6.67% - Hawaii Five-0
-7.14% - Mike & Molly
-8.00% - Two and a Half Men
-10.00% - You Deserve It
-10.87% - 2 Broke Girls

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+10.81% - 2 Broke Girls (vs. How I Met Your Mother)
+6.06% - Fear Factor - 9:00 (vs. The Sing-Off)
+5.41% - Mike & Molly
+4.55% - Two and a Half Men
-3.03% - Fear Factor - 8:00 (vs. The Sing-Off)
-3.45% - Hawaii Five-0
-12.50% - Terra Nova (vs. House (Repeat))
-15.38% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Chase (Repeat))
-18.18% - You Deserve It (vs. Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You)

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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.8/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/13/10):

CBS (11.55 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was the network to beat as its lineup of "How I Met Your Mother" (10.10 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.7, #T2), "Rules of Engagement" (10.08 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #T4), "Two and a Half Men" (14.39 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), "Mike & Molly" (12.49 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #T2) and "Hawaii Five-0" (11.13 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #6) all posted week-to-week gains.

The silver then went to NBC (7.81 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) with a series high for "The Sing-Off" (9.43 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.3, #T4) followed by a repeat of "Chase" (4.57 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Next up was FOX (6.67 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with repeats of "House" (7.36 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #7) and "Lie to Me" (5.99 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.62 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its struggling "Skating With the Stars" (3.77 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) alongside the holiday special "Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You" (4.89 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and a repeat of "Castle" (5.20 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.41 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and a second "The Vampire Diaries" (1.23 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) on The CW (1.32 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): The Sing-Off (17.90%), Mike & Molly (8.80%), Hawaii Five-0 (7.40%), Two and a Half Men (7.30%), Rules of Engagement (6.50%), How I Met Your Mother (2.80%), Skating With the Stars (-20.00%)

In late-night metered market ratings, ABC's "Nightline" (3.0/7) took top honors ahead of CBS's "Letterman" (2.9/7) and NBC's "Leno" (2.9/7). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.4/4) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.4/5) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.3/4) and "Daly" (0.7/3) on NBC.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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