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[09/13/11 - 08:57 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "Bachelor Pad" Wraps on Top for ABC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for monday, september 12, 2011)

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

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to local NFL preemptions, Fast Nationals for ABC are inflated. Due to U.S. Open Tennis overrun until 8:35p, Fast Nationals for CBS are approximate.]

ABC (7.07 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the network to beat on the final week of the summer thanks to its "Bachelor Pad: The Final Challenge" (7.37 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) special followed by the season finale of "Bachelor Pad" (6.93 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

The silver then went to FOX (4.56 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) with a repeat of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.36 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) followed by a new "Hell's Kitchen" (5.76 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

Next up was NBC (4.93 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (4.38 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) alongside the "2011 Miss Universe Pageant" (5.21 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.18 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up its mix of "U.S. Open Tennis Overrun" (4.57 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "How I Met Your Mother" (3.53 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), another "How I Met Your Mother" (4.30 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Two and a Half Men" (4.19 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Mike & Molly" (4.49 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Hawaii Five-0" (3.99 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, The CW (1.21 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with its special "Gaga by Gaultier" (1.44 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), "Gaga by Gaultier/The CW 2011 Fall Preview Special" (1.22 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The CW 2011 Fall Preview Special" (0.71 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Bachelor Pad (27.8%), Hell's Kitchen (-7.7%).

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6 with an encore delayed by a sports overrun; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.5/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with a delayed encore; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4 with an encore delayed by a sports overrun). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with a delayed encore).

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


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/13/10):

CBS (6.80 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed top honors on the final Monday of the summer with its mix of "How I Met Your Mother" (5.42 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Rules of Engagement" (5.43 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Two and a Half Men" (8.54 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "The Big Bang Theory" (7.95 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "CSI: Miami" (6.74 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3).

ABC (5.05 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then took home the silver with the season finales of "Bachelor Pad" (5.81 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) and "Dating in the Dark" (3.53 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (4.41 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a repeat of "House" (3.88 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and the season finale of "Lie to Me" (4.95 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

Meanwhile, an encore of "America's Got Talent" (5.36 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) lead into a new "Dateline NBC" (4.40 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) on NBC (5.03 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

And finally, the season premieres of "90210" (1.98 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Gossip Girl" (1.87 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) on The CW (1.92 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) rounded out the evening.

Collectively (see below for specifics), the duo were down 25% in viewers and 31% in adults 18-49 from last year's openers to "One Tree Hill" and "Gossip Girl."

In late-night metered market ratings, NBC's "Leno" (2.8/7) took top honors ahead of ABC's "Nightline" (2.4/5) and CBS's "Letterman" (2.2/5). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.2/4) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.1/4) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.2/4) and "Daly" (0.7/3) on NBC.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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