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[12/20/11 - 08:46 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "Terra Nova" Helps FOX Share Demo Crown With CBS
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for monday, december 19, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 14 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 on the night and for CBS from 8-930p.]

CBS (7.43 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) claimed top honors on Monday with its all-repeat lineup of "How I Met Your Mother" (6.81 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "2 Broke Girls" (7.74 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1), "Two and a Half Men" (8.46 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "Mike & Molly" (7.79 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5) and "Hawaii Five-0" (6.90 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8).

Sharing the demo crown however was FOX (7.18 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) with a new "Terra Nova" (7.24 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7) followed by the season finale of "Terra Nova" (7.12 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5).

Next up was NBC (5.38 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with the launch of "Who's Still Standing?" (5.56 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9) alongside new episodes of "Fear Factor" (6.28 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (4.31 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.54 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its mix of "Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special" (4.76 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), "A Chipmunk Christmas" (5.00 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10), "You Deserve It" (4.15 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) and a repeat of "Castle" (4.60 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14).

And finally, repeats of "Hart of Dixie" (1.36 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Hart of Dixie" (1.05 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) on The CW (1.20 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Dixie" posted a 0.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and a 0.4 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - You Deserve It
+9.09% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
0.00% - Terra Nova
-31.43% - Fear Factor

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+10.53% - Terra Nova - 8:00 (vs. Million Dollar Money Drop)
+10.00% - Terra Nova - 9:00 (vs. Million Dollar Money Drop)
+4.35% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Perfect Couples/The Office (Repeat))
-8.33% - You Deserve It (vs. Castle (Repeat))
-11.11% - Fear Factor (vs. The Sing-Off)
-44.44% - Who's Still Standing? (vs. The Sing-Off)

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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/3 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; "Late Show," 0.6/2; "Nightline," 0.9/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 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 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/20/10):

NBC (6.68 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with the two-hour season finale of "The Sing-Off" (8.51 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by a sneak preview of "Perfect Couples" (3.80 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10) and a repeat of "The Office" (2.22 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

CBS (7.42 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and FOX (5.34 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) then split the silver as the latter offered up the premiere of "Million Dollar Money Drop" (5.37 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5) followed by a second hour of "Million Dollar Money Drop" (5.31 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3).

The eye then served up its all-repeat lineup of "How I Met Your Mother" (6.58 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Rules of Engagement" (6.28 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5), "Two and a Half Men" (9.20 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Mike & Molly" (7.41 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5) and "Hawaii Five-0" (7.52 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.85 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) was out the hunt with the penultimate episode of "Skating With the Stars" (4.78 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) followed by a repeat of "Castle" (5.62 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11) and a second repeat of "Castle" (7.15 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

And finally, repeats of "90210" (1.09 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Gossip Girl" (0.77 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (0.93 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Skating With the Stars (25.00%), The Sing-Off (-18.20%).

In late-night metered market ratings, ABC's "Nightline" (3.1/7) took top honors ahead of CBS's "Letterman" (2.7/6) and NBC's "Leno" (3.0/7). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.4/4) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.5/5) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.5/5) and "Daly" (0.9/3) on NBC.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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