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[01/01/11 - 09:23 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Dick Clark" Hands ABC Final 2010 Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, december 31, 2010)

Here are the highlights of the 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (6.74 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) closed out 2010 on top with a rebroadcast of "Wild Hogs" (5.54 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) followed by the primetime portion of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2011" (9.14 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

NBC (3.83 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed a distant second place with repeats of "Minute to Win It" (3.75 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), another "Minute to Win It" (3.86 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and the primetime portion of "NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly" (3.87 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.27 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (6.59 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "CSI: NY" (6.13 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (6.07 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.03 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the theatrical "Rocky Balboa" (2.03 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Smallville" (1.19 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Supernatural" (1.06 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (1.12 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

Late-night ratings will be available later today.


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

FOX (14.35 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) was the network to beat with its "All-State Sugar Bowl" (16.05 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #2) coverage. Leading off the night was a half-hour "All-State Sugar Bowl Pre-Game" (5.86 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

ABC (7.16 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver thanks to a half-hour of "Rose Bowl Overrun" (19.95 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) followed by new episodes of "Better Off Ted" (5.62 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Scrubs" (3.53 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), a repeat of "Better Off Ted" (2.74 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and a new "20/20" (5.57 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.70 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "Ghost Whisperer" (4.51 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Medium" (4.68 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "NUMB3RS" (4.91 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.37 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its encore of "The Biggest Loser" (3.38 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) finale followed by a repeat of "The Jay Leno Show" (3.36 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, a full night of "Smallville" (1.24 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) repeats on The CW (1.24 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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