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[12/21/11 - 08:29 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Gilly Christmas" Wins Repeat Race for NBC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for tuesday, december 20, 2011)

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

NBC (5.80 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) slipped into the top demo spot on Tuesday thanks to night two of "Who's Still Standing?" (5.83 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and an encore of "Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas" (5.79 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

CBS (10.58 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) however was still the most-watched network despite an all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (12.35 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (11.36 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) and "Unforgettable" (8.03 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Next up was ABC (4.68 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its repeat mix of "Last Man Standing" (5.72 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), another "Last Man Standing" (5.51 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "The Middle" (4.31 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Suburgatory" (3.43 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Body of Proof" (4.54 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.99 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "Glee" (3.28 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "New Girl" (2.76 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Raising Hope" (2.66 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "90210" (0.76 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Ringer" (0.66 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.71 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "90210" delivered a 0.4 rating while "Ringer" posted a 0.3 rating.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-14.29% - Who's Still Standing? (vs. Minute to Win It)

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," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/4 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 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/21/10):

NBC (6.35 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) snagged the adults 18-49 crown with a new "Minute to Win It" (7.00 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3) followed by a rebroadcast of "SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas" (6.02 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

CBS (10.13 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) however was the most-watched network despite an all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (12.32 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (11.31 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3) and "The Good Wife" (6.76 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was FOX (4.79 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with a repeat of "Glee" (4.08 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) followed by night two of "Million Dollar Money Drop" (5.51 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.72 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the season finale of "Skating With the Stars" (3.42 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) followed by repeats of "No Ordinary Family" (3.14 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Detroit 187" (4.59 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

And finally, repeats of "One Tree Hill" (1.03 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Life Unexpected" (0.75 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.89 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Minute to Win It (-8.70%).

In late-night metered market ratings, ABC's "Nightline" (3.2/7) took top honors over CBS's "Letterman" (2.8/7) and NBC's "Leno" (3.0/7). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.6/5) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.6/5) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.4/4) and "Daly" (0.8/3) on NBC.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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