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[03/07/12 - 08:33 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: Four Comedy Lineup Wins Demo Crown for FOX
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for tuesday, march 6, 2012)

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

FOX (4.53 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) took hom the demo crown with the premiere of its four comedy lineup of "Raising Hope" (4.79 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" (3.78 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "New Girl" (5.95 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) and "Breaking In" (3.60 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

CBS (11.50 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) however was still the most-watched network despite its all-repeat mix of "NCIS" (14.37 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (11.89 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "Unforgettable" (8.25 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10).

NBC (4.85 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) then snagged the bronze with a new "The Biggest Loser 13" (5.71 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) - a season low - followed by a Super Tuesday "NBC News Special" (3.14 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.61 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up a repeat of "Last Man Standing" (5.55 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10) alongside new episodes of "Cougar Town" (4.38 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and "The River" (4.20 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) - both tied for series lows - plus a repeat of "Body of Proof" (4.65 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "90210" (1.29 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Ringer" (1.24 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (1.26 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "90210" delivered a 1.1 rating while "Ringer" posted a 0.8 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Ringer
0.00% - New Girl (vs. 2/21/12)
0.00% - Cougar Town
0.00% - The River
0.00% - 90210 (vs. 2/7/12)
-4.55% - Raising Hope (vs. 2/21/12)
-5.00% - The Biggest Loser 13
-23.81% - I Hate My Teenage Daughter (vs. 12/21/11)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+75.00% - 90210 (vs. One Tree Hill (Repeat))
+50.00% - Cougar Town (vs. No Ordinary Family (Repeat))
+13.33% - Breaking In (vs. Traffic Light)
+7.14% - New Girl (vs. Raising Hope)
0.00% - Ringer (vs. Hellcats (Repeat))
-11.76% - The River (vs. V)
-16.67% - NBC News Special (vs. Parenthood (Repeat))
-34.48% - The Biggest Loser 13
-54.35% - Raising Hope (vs. Glee)
-65.22% - I Hate My Teenage Daughter (vs. Glee)

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," 2.2/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; 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," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's original "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 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 0.7/3 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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 (3/8/11):

FOX (8.64 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) won the demo race on Tuesday with new episodes of "Glee" (11.96 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1), "Raising Hope" (6.82 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3) and "Traffic Light" (3.83 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

CBS (11.70 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) however was the most-watched network despite its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (13.43 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (13.40 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4) and "The Good Wife" (8.26 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Next up was NBC (6.46 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) with a new "The Biggest Loser" (8.10 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) followed by a repeat of "Parenthood" (3.17 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.70 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up a repeat of "No Ordinary Family" (4.04 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) plus new episodes of "V" (4.95 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Detroit 187" (5.10 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, repeats of "One Tree Hill" (0.98 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Hellcats" (1.18 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) on The CW (1.08 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): The Biggest Loser (20.80%), Glee (7.00% vs. 2/22/11), V (-5.60%), Detroit 187 (-8.30% vs. 2/15/11), Traffic Light (-11.80% vs. 2/22/11), Raising Hope (-17.60%).

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," 2.4/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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