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[12/11/07 - 12:03 PM]
Primetime Ratings Report for the Week of December 3, 2007 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)
ABC spins the numbers for the week of December 3-9.

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of December 3, 2007 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Airs 6 of the Top 20 Shows of the Week in Adults 18-49, Including the No. 1 Series with "Grey's Anatomy"

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Wins Monday at 8pm in Key Women and Kids 2-11

"Samantha Who?" Ranks as Monday's No. 1 Comedy in Adults 18-34 and Key Women

ABC's Holiday Special, "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," Leads the 8 O'clock Hour in Key Adults and Kids 2-11, Ranking as the No. 1 Program on Wednesday with Kids

ABC's "Private Practice" Leads the 9pm Hour and is Wednesday's No. 1 TV Program Across the Adults Demographics

ABC is No. 1 on Thursday in Adults 18-49, Beating Second-Place CBS by 11% in the Demo and Leading the Night Across All Key Women Demos

"Ugly Betty" Places Second to "Survivor" in Viewers and Leads its Hour by 17% Among Women 18-34, its 9th Straight Regular Telecast to Lead with Young Women

Thursday's No. 1 TV Show in Adults 18-49 for the 10th Consecutive Original Airing, "Grey's Anatomy" Defeats CBS' "C.S.I." by a Solid 29%

"Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007" Wins its Hour Across All Key Adult Demos, Growing Over the 2006 Edition by 2.5 Million and by 42% in Adults 18-49

For the 8th Straight Friday Airing, "Women's Murder Club" Leads 9pm in Viewers

ABC News' "20/20" Wins and Delivers its Best Numbers in the 10pm Hour on Friday in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 in 7 Months

ABC Wins Saturday in Total Viewers and Adult 18-49 for the Third Week in a Row

ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" Draws its Biggest Audience in 9 Months

ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is Sunday's No. 1 TV Series in Adults 18-49

Winning its Sunday Time Period, "ABC Premiere Event -- Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day" is TV's Most-Watched Movie This Season

WEEK No. 11:

ABC took second place during the week to an NFL-boosted CBS in Total Viewers (8.8 million) and across the adult demographics: AD18-34 (2.3/7), AD18-49 (2.9/8-tie) and AD25-54 (3.3/8-tie). CBS received a substantial boost to its weekly averages from Sunday's high-rated NFL overrun (New England-Pittsburgh) into prime. ABC marked its 11th consecutive week as the No. 1 net across the key women demographics: W18-34 (3.2/9), W18-49 (3.8/10) and W25-54 (4.3/10).

� ABC was up from the year-ago week (w/o 12/4/06) by 5% in Total Viewers (8.8 million vs. 8.4 million) and by 5% in Adults 18-34 (2.3/7 vs. 2.2/7), while holding all of its Adult 18-49 audience year to year.

Rankings: ABC aired 6 of the Top 20 TV programs of the week in Adults 18-49, including the No. 1 series with "Grey's Anatomy": "Grey's Anatomy" � No. 1, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007" tied at No. 7, "Private Practice" � No. 14, "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" � No. 18 and "ABC Premiere Event-Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day" � No. 20. The Net placed 3 shows in the week's Top 10 among Total Viewers: "Grey's Anatomy" � No. 2, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" � No. 6 and "ABC Premiere Event-Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day" � No. 9. In addition to ranking the highest-rated series in Adults 18-49, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" was also the week's top series in Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54 and across key women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). ABC's "Private Practice" qualified as the week's No. 1 freshman series in viewers and young adults.

A note about increasing DVR penetration and year to year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating trends based on the Live + Same Day data stream may be somewhat distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, nearly doubling from over 11% during the same point in 2006 up to more than 21% currently. More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next day numbers. Therefore, the only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.

Monday

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

In its second airing in less than a week, ABC's annual broadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" ranked No. 1 in 8 o'clock hour across each of the key women demographics (Women 18-34 � 2.8/8, Women 18-49 � 3.5/9 and Women 25-54 � 3.8/9) and Kids 2-11 (3.7/11).

� "A Charlie Brown Christmas" stood as Monday's No. 1 program among Kids 2-11, generating ABC's highest Kids 2-11 rating in the time period in over 1 year � since 11/20/07.

"Samantha Who?" (9:00-9:31 p.m.)

The season's No. 1 rookie comedy in viewers and young adults, as well as the most-watched new TV show overall, ABC's "Samantha Who?" stood as Monday's highest-rated comedy in Adults 18-34 (2.6/6), Women 18-34 (4.2/10) and Women 18-49 (4.1/9). Against stiff competition in the time period, including the Fall Finale of NBC's "Heroes," "Samantha" retained 100% of its Adult 18-49 lead-in (2.9/7) and built on its lead-in by 24% in Adults 18-34 (2.6/6 vs. 2.1/6).

"October Road" (10:01-11:00 p.m.)

ABC's "October Road" posted gains over its prior week's time period premiere among Adults 18-34 (2.1/5 vs. 1.9/5) and Adults 18-49 (2.2/5 vs. 2.1/5).

Wednesday

ABC stood as the top-rated network on Wednesday evening across the key adult demos: Adults 18-34 (2.5/7), Adults 18-49 (3.2/9) and Adults 25-54 (3.6/9).

"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

The ABC special "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" registered a first-place finish in its time period among Adults 18-49 (3.3/9), Adults 25-54 (3.7/10) and Kids 2-11 (4.6/16). In fact, the animated classic qualified as the No. 1 broadcast show of the evening among Kids 2-11.

"Private Practice" (9:00-10:02 p.m.)

Building on its lead-in, "Private Practice" won the 9 o'clock hour and stood as the No. 1 program of the night across each of the key adult demographics: Adults 18-34 (3.5/10), Adults 18-49 (3.8/10) and Adults 25-54 (4.3/10). Wednesday's No. 1 TV program in Adults 18-34 for the 8th time in 9 telecasts, "Private Practice" beat its closest competition in the time period by 46% (3.5/10 vs. 2.4/7 � Fox).

� "Private Practice" was up from its most recent telecast two weeks ago (11/21/07) by 1.9 million viewers (10.4 million vs. 8.5 million) and by 41% in Adults 18-49 (3.8/10 vs. 2.7/10).

"Dirty Sexy Money" (10:02-11:00 p.m.)

In the final hour of the night, ABC freshman "Dirty Sexy Money" ranked No. 1 among the broadcast networks in the time period among Adults 18-34 (1.9/6 � tied) and Women 18-34 (2.7/8).

Thursday

ABC's lineup of "Ugly Betty," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007" took ABC to the top spot on Thursday night among Adults 18-49 (4.9/13), ahead of second-place CBS by 11% (4.4/11). The Net also led the night across each of the key women demographics: Women 18-34 (7.1/18), Women 18-49 (6.917) and Women 25-54 (7.3/17).

"Ugly Betty" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

ABC's "Ugly Betty" placed second to CBS' "Survivor: China" at 8:00 p.m. in both Total Viewers (9.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.9/8 � tied), defeating its NBC comedy competition in the hour ("My Name is Earl"/"30 Rock" � 6.6 million) by 2.7 million viewers. For the 9th consecutive regular telecast, "Betty" ranked No. 1 in its time slot with Women 18-34, besting second-place "Survivor: China" by 17% (4.1/12 vs. 3.5/10).

"Grey's Anatomy" (9:00-10:02 p.m.)

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" dominated the 9 o'clock hour and ranked as Thursday's No. 1 television program across each of the key adult demographics: Adults 18-34 (7.1/18), Adults 18-49 (7.1/17) and Adults 25-54 (7.6/17). In its time period, "Grey's" topped CBS' "C.S.I." by 29% in Adults 18-49 (7.1/17 vs. 5.5/13). It's the 10th consecutive original telecast that "Grey's Anatomy" has been Thursday's No. 1 TV show in the key young adult sales demographic.

"Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007" (10:02-11:00 p.m.)

In the final hour of primetime, ABC's "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007" won its time period in Adults 18-49 (4.4/12), outperforming both CBS' "Without a Trace" (3.1/8) and the 300th episode of NBC's "ER" (3.1/8) by 44%. The annual special led the hour among Adults 18-34 (4.3/13) and Adults 25-54 (4.8/12). J.K. Rowling was named the most fascinating person of 2007.

� ABC's "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007" was up by 2.5 million viewers and by 42% in Adults 18-49 compared to the 2006 edition (8.8 million & 3.1/9 in Adults 18-49 on 12/12/06).

Friday

"Women's Murder Club" (9:00-10:02 p.m.)

Building on its lead-in among viewers and young adults, ABC's "Women's Murder Club" stood as the No. 1 network in the hour in both Total Viewers (8.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.8/5 � tied). "Women's Murder Club" made ABC the most-watched network during in the 9 o'clock hour for the 8th consecutive telecast on the night.

� "Women's Murder Club" was up by nearly 1 million viewers and by 13% in Adults 18-49 compared to its most recent telecast (7.6 million & 1.6/4 on 11/23/07).

"20/20" (10:02-11:00 p.m.)

ABC News' "20/20," featuring stories on "Mean in Cyber America," led the final hour of the night Total Viewers (7.8 million), Adults 18-49 (2.3/7) and Adults 25-54 (3.0/8). The ABC newsmagazine delivered its best numbers on the night in each of the aforementioned demos in 7 months �since 5/4/07.

Saturday

The Network's Saturday night lineup, featuring the "ABC Saturday Movie of the Week: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and a special encore "Women's Murder Club," made ABC the No. 1 net on the night in Total Viewers (6.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.1/6) for the third week in a row.

Sunday

Sunday (7:00-11:00 p.m.)

ABC earned second place on Sunday in Total Viewers (11.7 million) to an NFL overrun-driven CBS. ABC ranked No. 1 on the evening across each of the key women demographics: W18-34 (3.1/8), W18-49 (4.3/11) and W25-54 (5.3/12). CBS received big boost to its averages on the evening from a high-rated NFL overrun (New England-Pittsburgh) that went into the first hour of primetime.

"America's Funniest Home Videos" (7:00-8:00 p.m.)

Opposite an NFL-inflated CBS during the 7 o'clock hour, ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" took second place among viewers (9.1 million) and young adults (2.6/7).

� Despite the heightened competition, "America's Funniest Home Videos" drew its largest audience in 9 months � since 3/4/07. The episode awarded a $100K grand prize. The show matched its second-highest Adult 18-49 rating this season.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" came in at a near tie for No. 1 during the 8 o'clock hour with NBC's "Sunday Night Football" among Adults 18-49 (4.4/10 vs. 4.5/11). Despite CBS' decided lead-in advantage coming into the hour, ABC's "Home Edition" outran CBS ("60 Minutes"/"The Amazing Race XII") by 16% among Adults 18-49 (4.4/10 vs. 3.8/9). In fact, "Home Edition" stood as the No. 1 TV series on Sunday in the key young adult sales demographic.

"ABC Premiere Event-Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day" (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

The "ABC Premiere Event-Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's One More Day" was the most-watched (12.5 million) program in its 2-hour time period, also delivering the No. 1 position among Women 18-49 (4.5/11) and Women 25-54 (5.8/13). Opposite NBC's NFL game (Colts-Ravens), the movie earned second place in its 9:00-11:00 p.m. time period in Adults 18-49 (3.2/8).

� The "ABC Premiere Event-Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day" stands as TV's most-watched movie this season (theatrical or original TV movie). It represented the highest-rated movie on the broadcast nets among Adults 18-49 in nearly 1 year � since 12/25/06. Additionally it generated the second-biggest Adult 18-49 audience for any made-for-television movie in more than 1-1/2 years (since 4/11/06), behind only Disney's "High School Musical 2" this past August.

Source: Nielsen Media Research (National Live+Same Day Program Ratings), week of 12/3/07, unless stated otherwise.





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· 20/20 (ABC)
· 30 ROCK (NBC)
· 60 MINUTES (CBS)
· AMAZING RACE, THE (CBS)
· AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (ABC)
· CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (CBS)
· CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (CBS)
· DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC)
· ER (NBC)
· EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (ABC)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HEROES (NBC)
· MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
· OCTOBER ROAD (ABC)
· OPRAH WINFREY PRESENTS: FOR ONE MORE DAY (ABC)
· PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC)
· SAMANTHA WHO? (ABC)
· SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NBC)
· SURVIVOR (CBS)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)
· WITHOUT A TRACE (CBS)
· WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB (ABC)











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