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[03/16/11 - 08:40 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Next Great Restaurant" Encore Tops Original Broadcast
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for tuesday, march 15, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (7.96 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "Glee" (10.80 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1), "Raising Hope" (6.30 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) and "Traffic Light" (3.95 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

NBC (6.63 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then snagged the silver with a new "The Biggest Loser" (7.97 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and an encore of Sunday's "America's Next Great Restaurant" (3.96 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7). Said repeat actually bested its original telecast (4.18 million viewers; adults 18-49: 1.4) in the key demo.

Next up was CBS (10.84 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (12.55 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (12.51 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T4) and "The Good Wife" (7.45 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.86 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up a repeat of "No Ordinary Family" (3.47 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) followed by the season finale of "V" (5.30 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and the penultimate week of "Detroit 187" (5.80 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), which closes its season on Sunday.

And finally, repeats of "One Tree Hill" (0.90 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Hellcats" (0.74 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.82 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Detroit 187 (18.20%), Traffic Light (6.70%), V (5.90%), The Biggest Loser (-6.90%), Raising Hope (-10.70%), Glee (-13.00%).

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," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; 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," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/16/10):

FOX (22.57 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with a two-hour "American Idol" (22.57 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1).

Second place then went to CBS (15.35 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) with new episodes of "NCIS" (17.60 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (15.04 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4) and "The Good Wife" (13.27 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.80 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) with fresh installments of "The Biggest Loser" (7.23 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5) and "Parenthood" (5.94 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.66 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) offered up a repeat of "Lost" (3.88 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) followed by a new "Lost" (8.76 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) and the special "FlashForward: What Did You See?" (4.33 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).

And finally, The CW (1.51 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) was out of the hunt with new episodes of "90210" (1.86 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "Melrose Place" (1.16 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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