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Ratings Chart for Tuesday, Dec. 30

December 31, 2008 11:54 AM

Prime Time Preliminary Tuesday Ratings

Tuesday night's telecast of the "Kennedy Center Honors" (1.8/5) on CBS rose 50% from its airing on Dec. 26 last year, helping CBS win the night in total viewers (11.5 million). However, NBC won the night among viewers 18-49 with a block of "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: SVU," giving the network a 44% ratings increase over last week. Repeats of "House" and "Fringe" gave Fox a third-place finish in the demographic. ABC started the night strongly with holiday-themed programming, but lost ratings and viewers with "According to Jim" and remained relatively flat for "Eli Stone." The CW rounded off the night in fifth.

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

1.5 / 4

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

2.0 / 6

6.5

Rudolph's Shiny New Year

1.7 / 5

5.1 mil

According to Jim

1.2 / 3

3.8 mil

Eli Stone

1.2 / 3

3.8 mil

CBS

2.1 / 6

NCIS

2.6 / 8

13.5 mil

Kennedy Center Honors

1.8 / 5

10.4 mil

FOX

1.8 / 5

House

2.0 / 6

6 mil

Fringe

1.6 / 5

5.1 mil

No Programming

NBC

2.3 / 6

Law & Order

1.5 / 5

5.5 mil

Law & Order: SVU

2.6 / 7

9.7 mil

Law & Order: SVU

2.6 / 7

8.8 mil

CW

0.4 / 1

90210

0.5 / 1

1.2 mil

Privileged

0.3 / 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 114.5 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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