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[10/20/11 - 08:46 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Opener Puts FOX on Top
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, october 19, 2011)

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

Coverage of the "World Series, Game 1" (12.91 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #T2) put FOX (12.91 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) in front on Wednesday.

CBS (11.63 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #T2) then took home the silver with fresh installments of "Survivor: South Pacific" (11.13 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Criminal Minds" (13.11 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #T2) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10.64 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #8).

Sharing second place was ABC (8.90 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #T2) and its lineup of "The Middle" (9.03 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.9, #7), "Suburgatory" (8.75 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 3.1, #5), "Modern Family" (12.85 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1), "Happy Endings" (6.89 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 3.0, #6) and "Revenge" (7.94 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.5, #9).

Next up was NBC (6.88 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) and its struggling mix of "Up All Night" (5.64 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T10), a repeat of "Whitney" (4.10 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12), "Harry's Law" (8.18 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.58 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T10).

And finally, an encore of "Ringer" (1.22 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) led into a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.89 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) on The CW (1.56 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Ringer" posted a 0.7 rating while "Top Model" delivered a 1.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+5.41% - Criminal Minds
+5.00% - Up All Night
+3.57% - The Middle
+3.33% - Suburgatory
+3.12% - Survivor: South Pacific
0.00% - Harry's Law
0.00% - America's Next Top Model
0.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-1.75% - Modern Family
-7.41% - Revenge
-9.09% - Happy Endings

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+78.57% - Revenge (vs. The Whole Truth)
+47.62% - Suburgatory (vs. Better With You)
+40.00% - Up All Night (vs. Undercovers)
+33.33% - America's Next Top Model (vs. Hellcats)
+19.15% - Modern Family
+18.18% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. The Defenders)
+11.54% - The Middle
+8.33% - Criminal Minds
-3.23% - Happy Endings (vs. Cougar Town)
-5.71% - Survivor: South Pacific
-12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Los Angeles)
-53.85% - Harry's Law (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

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 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/5 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/20/10):

CBS (12.10 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Survivor: Nicaragua" (12.00 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3), "Criminal Minds" (14.31 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "The Defenders" (10.00 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #9).

A silver medal then went to FOX (8.34 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) with its coverage of the "NLCS, Game 4" (8.34 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5).

Next up was ABC (7.34 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) with fresh installments of "The Middle" (8.54 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T6), "Better With You" (6.97 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.1, #10), "Modern Family" (11.92 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1), "Cougar Town" (7.49 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4) and "The Whole Truth" (4.57 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.48 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Undercovers" (5.88 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (8.52 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T6) and "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (8.06 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #8).

And finally, a new "America's Next Top Model" (3.03 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #13) lead into a repeat of "Hellcats" (1.58 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (2.31 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Law & Order: Los Angeles (26.30%), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (18.20%), The Middle (8.30%), Criminal Minds (2.90%), Modern Family (0.00%), Better With You (0.00%), Undercovers (0.00%), Cougar Town (-3.10%), Survivor: Nicaragua (-5.40%), America's Next Top Model (-7.10%), The Defenders (-12.00%).

In late-night metered market ratings, ABC's "Nightline" (2.9/7) took top honors over NBC's "Leno" (2.8/7) and CBS's "Letterman" (2.5/6). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.5/5) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.3/5) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.3/5) and "Daly" (0.9/4) on NBC.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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