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Ratings Chart for Tuesday, Dec. 16

December 17, 2008 12:04 PM

Prime Time Preliminary Tuesday Ratings

Despite the benefit of a huge lead-in from the season finale of "The Biggest Loser: Families," "Momma's Boys" notched a mediocre 2.5 rating/7 share among adults 18-49. About 6 million viewers tuned in Tuesday night, according to preliminary Nielsen data. "Momma's Boys" finished a distant second behind an original episode of CBS' "Without a Trace" (3.2/9, 14.9 million).

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8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

2.0 / 5

A Charlie Brown Christmas

2.9 / 8

8.3 mil

According to Jim

1.8 / 5

5.1 mil

According to Jim

1.6 / 4

4.5 mil

Eli Stone

1.5 / 4

5 mil

CBS

3.8 / 10

NCIS

3.9 / 11

19.9 mil

The Mentalist

4.2 / 11

19.3 mil

Without a Trace

3.2 / 9

14.5 mil

FOX

2.2 / 6

House

2.4 / 7

6.4 mil

Fringe

1.9 / 5

4.9 mil

No Programming

NBC

3.8 / 10

The Biggest Loser: Families

4.5 / 12

11.7 mil

Momma's Boys

2.5 / 7

6.1 mil

CW

0.4 / 1

90210

0.5 / 1

1.1 mil

Privileged

0.4 / 1

1 mil

No Programming

Source: Nielsen Media Research

*Ratings are specified in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and viewership in P2+.

A note about ratings: Ratings are expressed as percentages of Nielsen's estimated 112.8 million U.S. television households. The first number, the rating, is a percentage of households tuned into a specific program at a specific time.

The second number, the share, is a percentage of households with televisions in use tuned into that same program. For example, if a show obtains a 10.2/16, this means that 10.2% of all U.S. households tuned into the program at some point during the broadcast. Meanwhile, 16% of all households watching television during the time period viewed the program at some point. Ratings are broken down further by demographic, as networks sell advertising time based on the makeup of the audience.

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