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[01/27/12 - 08:36 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Finder" Climbs to Series High for FOX
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, january 26, 2012)

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

FOX (12.75 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with new episodes of "American Idol" (16.99 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #T1) and "The Finder" (8.51 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4), which hit a series high.

CBS (11.27 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.96 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.4, #T1) and "Rob" (11.58 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3) followed by repeats of "Person of Interest" (10.48 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5) and "The Mentalist" (9.56 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.65 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with its mix of "30 Rock" (3.84 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9), "Parks & Recreation" (3.48 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8), a second "30 Rock" (4.00 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T6), "Up All Night" (3.03 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11) and "The Firm" (3.77 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.88 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up encores of "Winter Wipeout" (4.86 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10), "Grey's Anatomy" (3.99 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12) and "Private Practice" (2.79 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14).

And finally, the feature "The Covenant" (1.31 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (1.31 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the film delivered a 0.5 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+31.82% - The Finder
+11.11% - The Firm
+3.85% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - 30 Rock - 8:00
-2.78% - Rob
-3.57% - American Idol
-15.00% - Parks & Recreation

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+125.00% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. The Big Bang Theory (Repeat))
+52.17% - Rob (vs. Bleep My Dad Says)
0.00% - Parks & Recreation (vs. Perfect Couples)
-25.64% - The Finder (vs. Bones)
-27.27% - 30 Rock - 8:00 (vs. Community)
-28.95% - American Idol
-52.50% - 30 Rock - 9:00 (vs. The Office)
-53.49% - The Firm (vs. 30 Rock/Outsourced)

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

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

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


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/27/11):

FOX (17.21 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) was Thursday's top draw thanks to new episodes of "American Idol" (22.27 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.6, #1) and "Bones" (12.15 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3). Said installment marked "Bones's" highest rated 18-49 telecast in almost four years (since 2/14/07) and in almost one year in total viewers (since 2/4/10).

NBC (5.17 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then claimed the silver week two of its lineup of "Community" (4.64 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.2, #9), "Perfect Couples" (3.53 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.7, #13), "The Office" (7.93 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2), "Parks & Recreation" (5.88 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4), "30 Rock" (4.92 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5) and "Outsourced" (4.15 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T11).

Next up was CBS (9.61 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and its mostly repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.19 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5), "Bleep My Dad Says" (8.86 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #8), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.67 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #10) and "The Mentalist" (10.12 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T11). "Bleep," the only original of the bunch, hit a series low in the key demo.

Meanwhile, ABC (5.18 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up a new "Wipeout" (7.61 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5) followed by repeats of "Grey's Anatomy" (4.50 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #15) and "Private Practice" (3.44 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.0, #17).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (3.46 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.6, #14) and "Nikita" (2.65 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #16) on The CW (3.06 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Nikita (37.50% vs. 12/9/10), The Vampire Diaries (23.10% vs. 12/9/10), Bones (8.30%), Outsourced (5.60%), Community (0.00%), American Idol (-2.60%), Parks & Recreation (-6.30%), Wipeout (-7.70%), The Office (-11.10%), 30 Rock (-11.10%), Bleep My Dad Says (-14.80%), Perfect Couples (-19.00%).

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) trailed "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-/3market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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