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[09/08/11 - 08:46 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Buried Treasure" Posts Series High for FOX
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, september 7, 2011)

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

NBC (7.90 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its mix of "Minute to Win It" (5.62 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), "America's Got Talent" (11.81 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1) and a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.28 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6).

Sharing top honors was CBS (6.46 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) with its combination of "Big Brother 13" (7.70 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T1), "Criminal Minds" (6.29 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (5.38 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13).

Next up was ABC (4.48 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with encores of "The Middle" (4.28 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11), another "The Middle" (4.77 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Modern Family" (4.88 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), another "Modern Family" (4.44 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and the penultimate week of "Primetime Nightline" (4.25 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Meanwhile, "Buried Treasure" (4.19 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) posted a series high for FOX (3.94 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) followed by an encore of last week's "Buried Treasure" (3.69 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "America's Next Top Model" (1.34 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and another "America's Next Top Model" (1.26 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) on The CW (1.30 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Buried Treasure (30.0%), America's Got Talent (12.0%), Primetime Nightline (-6.7%), Minute to Win It (-7.1%), Big Brother 13 (-12.5%).

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," 2.3/6; 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; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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 (9/8/10):

FOX (5.72 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Masterchef" (5.46 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and a second "Masterchef" (5.98 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3).

The silver then went to NBC (8.37 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) with new episodes of "Minute to Win It" (6.54 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "America's Got Talent" (11.94 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T1) followed by a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.62 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5).

Next up was CBS (6.85 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 12" (7.71 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T1) and repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.77 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "CSI: NY" (6.06 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.93 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) claimed fourth place with the season premiere of "America's Next Top Model" (2.88 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and the debut of "Hellcats" (2.99 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

In the comparable night a year ago (9/16/09), the netlet offered up week two of "America's Next Top Model" (3.00 million viewers; adults 18-49: 1.5) and the premiere of "The Beautiful Life" (1.46 million viewers; adults 18-49: 0.7).

And finally, repeats of "The Middle" (4.69 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12), another "The Middle" (4.64 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.68 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7), "Cougar Town" (3.08 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #14) and "Castle" (3.71 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15) on ABC (4.09 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

In late-night metered market ratings, NBC's "Leno" (2.8/7) and ABC's "Nightline" (2.8/7) took top honors over CBS's "Letterman" (2.4/6). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.3/4) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.2/5) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.3/5) and "Daly" (0.8/4) on NBC.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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