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[06/16/12 - 08:53 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: Over 10 Million Watch ABC's "Megastunts" Special
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for friday, june 15, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (8.66 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) got a big boost on Friday - its most-watched in fact since November 2007 - thanks to its specials "Countdown to Niagara: The Greatest Megastunts of All Time" (5.66 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls - Live!" (10.14 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

NBC (3.81 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home a distant second place with repeats of "Whitney" (2.23 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Community" (1.65 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) plus a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.75 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.59 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (4.68 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "CSI: NY" (4.33 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (4.77 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.14 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "House" (2.01 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Bones" (2.28 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Nikita" (1.18 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.04 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.11 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+6.82% - Dateline NBC

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+194.12% - Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls - Live! (vs. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution/20/20)
+18.18% - Countdown to Niagara: The Greatest Megastunts of All Time (vs. Shark Tank (Repeat))
-21.67% - Dateline NBC

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," 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.6/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5 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; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

[NOTE: Today's numbers are courtesy of TVMediaInsights.com due to delays from our usual sources.]


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/17/11):

A two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.31 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) powered NBC (5.19 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) to the demo crown on Friday. Kicking off the night was a new "Friday Night Lights" (2.97 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

CBS (6.36 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) then was the most-watched network with a new "Flashpoint" (5.74 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) followed by repeats of "CSI: NY" (6.05 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (7.29 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.21 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.92 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside new episodes of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (2.50 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "20/20" (3.21 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.79 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up encores of "Bones" (3.27 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "House" (2.31 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.91 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) did the same with "Smallville" (0.97 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.85 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Dateline NBC (25.00% vs. 6/3/11), Friday Night Lights (0.00% vs. 6/3/11), Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (0.00%), Flashpoint (-20.00%), 20/20 (-25.00%).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

Currently not available.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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