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February 2009 Archives

Fox Towers Over Thursday With 'Idol'

February 27, 2009 10:56 AM

Primetime Preliminary Thursday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

1.9 / 5

Ugly Betty

1.9 / 5

6.8 million

Grey's Anatomy

2.2 / 6

6.8 million

Private Practice

1.5 / 4

4.7 million

CBS

3.7 / 10

Survivor

3.9 / 11

12.3 mil

CSI

4.3 / 11

17.8 mil

Eleventh Hour

2.9 / 8

11.7 mil

FOX

5.7 / 15

American Idol

7.0 / 19

20.7 mil

Hell's Kitchen

4.3 / 11

9.9 mil

No Programming

NBC

2.5 / 7

Secrets of the Furious Five

1.4 / 4

4.0 mil

Kath & Kim

1.5 / 4

3.4 mil

The Office

2.4 / 6

5.3 mil

30 Rock

2.9 / 7

6.3 mil

ER

3.3 / 9

8.7 mil

CW

0.7 / 2

Smallville

0.7 / 2

2.1 mil

Supernatural

0.8 / 2

1.9 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.

Another 'Idol' Victory for Fox

February 26, 2009 1:53 PM

Primetime Preliminary Wednesday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

2.7 / 7

Lost

1.7 / 5

5 million

Lost

4.3 / 10

9.8 million

Life on Mars

2.0 / 5

5.5 million

CBS

2.7 / 7

The New Adventures of Old Christine

1.5 / 4

5.8 million

Gary Unmarried

1.7 / 4

6 million

Criminal Minds

3.4 / 8

14 million

CSI: NY

3.1 / 9

12.7 million

FOX

8.9 / 23

American Idol

9.0 / 23

24.3 million

No Programming

NBC

2.2 / 6

The Biggest Loser

3.3 / 9

8.7 million

Life

1.6 / 4

4.9 million

Law & Order

1.7 / 5

5.7 million

CW

0.3 / 1

Privileged

0.4 / 1

0.9 million

90210

0.2/ 1

0.6 million

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.

Another Big Night for 'Idol'

February 18, 2009 1:00 PM

Primetime Preliminary Tuesday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

1.5 / 4

Homeland Security U.S.A.

1.4 / 4

4.7 million

Scrubs

1.2 / 3

3.1 mil

Scrubs

1.2 / 3

2.8 mil

Primetime: What Would You Do?

2.0 / 5

5.7 million

CBS

3.4 / 9

NCIS

3.7 / 10

18.1 mil

The Mentalist

3.8 / 9

18.3 mil

Without a Trace

2.6 / 7

12.2 mil

FOX

9.5 / 23

American Idol

9.5 / 24

25.1 mil

No Programming

NBC

3.6 / 9

The Biggest Loser

3.6 / 9

8.9 mil

Law & Order: SVU

3.5 / 9

9.4 mil

CW

0.4 / 1

90210

0.5 / 1

1.1 mil

Privileged

0.3 / 1

0.8 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.

ABC Takes Monday Ratings Race

February 17, 2009 3:47 PM

Primetime Preliminary Monday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

3.3 / 8

The Bachelor

4.5 / 11

12.3 million

True Beauty

3.0 / 8

7.0 million

CBS

2.3 / 6

The Big Bang Theory

3.0 / 8

8.8 mil

How I Met Your Mother

2.6 / 6

7.3 mil

Two and a Half Men

4.0 / 9

13.3 mil

Worst Week

2.6 / 6

8.7 mil

CSI: Miami

2.6 / 7

10.5 mil

FOX

4.4 / 10

House

5.1 / 13

14.0 mil

24

3.6 / 8

11.2 mil

No Programming

NBC

1.3 / 3

Chuck

2.2 / 5

6.8 mil

Heroes

3.6 / 8

7.7 mil

Medium

2.8 / 7

8.9 mil

CW

0.5 / 1

Gossip Girl

0.5 / 1

1.2 mil

One Tree Hill

0.5 / 1

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.

'Desperate Housewives' Wins Quiet Sunday Night

February 17, 2009 1:44 PM

Primetime Preliminary Sunday Ratings

 

7

7:30 8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

3.3 / 8

America's Funniest Home Videos

2.4 / 7

8 mil

Extreme Makeover

2.5 / 63

8 mil

Desperate Housewives

4.9 / 12

13.9 mil

Brothers & Sisters

3.1 / 8

9.1 mil

CBS

2.3 / 6

60 Minutes

2.0 / 6

13.1 mil

The Amazing Race

2.7 / 7

9.3 mil

Cold Case

2.4 / 6

10.8 mil

The Unit

2.1 / 6

8.3 mil

FOX

2.7 / 7

Nascar on Fox

2.3 / 7

5.5 mil

American Dad

1.6 / 4

3.4 mil

The Simpsons

3.2 / 8

6.8 mil

King of the Hill

2.5 / 6

5.3 mil

Family Guy

3.8 / 9

7.3 mil

American Dad

2.9 / 7

5.9 mil

No Programming

NBC

1.3 / 3

Dateline

1.7 /5

7.0 mil

Movie: XIII, Part 2

0.9 / 2

4.3 mil

CW

0.5 / 1

Jericho

0.3 / 1

0.9 mil

Movie: GoldenEye

0.6 / 1

1.8 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.

ABC Wins Thursday With Series Crossover; ‘Survivor’ Debut Wins Hour

February 13, 2009 11:02 AM

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”/“Private Practice” crossover event gave the network a strong win Thursday night, while the premiere of CBS’ “Survivor: Tocantins” got off to a solid start.

Grey's Anatomy

Last night’s “Grey’s” (5.9/14, 15.1 million) was up 2% from last week and earned its highest ratings since November. “Practice” (5.8/15, 14.2 million) was up 9% from last week and retained 98% of its “Grey’s” lead-in, posting a new series high. At 8 p.m. a new “Ugly Betty” was flat from last week to match its series low with a 2.3/6 (7.4 million). The network finished with an average 4.6/12 (12.2 million) for the night.

Viewers remained loyal to CBS’ “Survivor,” as the 18th season opened with a 4.4/13 (13.8 million). Last night’s opener was down only 2% from the premiere of “Survivor: Gabon” last September, and down 10% from last spring’s premiere of “Survivor: Micronesia.” Although the show won its hour, it was the franchise’s lowest premiere to date. New episodes of “CSI” (4.9/12, 17.8 million) and “Eleventh Hour” (2.7/7, 11 million) were down 9% and 13%, respectively, from their previous original telecasts. CBS finished the night second with an average 4.0/11 (14.2 million).

NBC’s lineup of new episodes gave the network third place for the night with an average 3.1/8 (7.1 million). All of last night’s comedies posted some gains from last week. “My Name Is Earl” (2.6/8, 6.3 million) was up 4% and “Kath & Kim” (2.4/6, 5.5 million) had a 14% bump to match its previous series high from October. At 9 p.m. the conclusion of a two-part “The Office” was up 7% from last week to post a 4.6/11 (8.9 million), while “30 Rock” (3.8/9, 7.6 million) increased the most with a 23% jump from last week. At 10 p.m. a new episode of “ER” (2.6, 7, 7.2 million) was flat from last week but 21% under its previous season-to-date average.

Fox finished fourth with its presentation of the “2009 NAACP Image Awards,” which scored a 1.4/4 (4.2 million), which was flat from last year’s telecast.

Repeats of “Smallville” (0.9/3, 2.4 million) and “Supernatural” (0.8/2, 2 million) gave The CW a 0.9/2 (2.2 million) for the night and an average 0.7/2 among women 18-34.

‘Idol’ Sinks Competition

February 12, 2009 10:51 AM

Wednesday night’s two-hour “American Idol” on Fox trounced the competition, sending ABC's “Lost” to its lowest-rated first-run telecast ever.

Lost

A special episode of “Idol,” where the top 36 contestants were revealed, scored a 9.4 rating/23 share among adults 18-49 and 24.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures. The episode was up 2% from the night before, but down 4% from its comparable night last year.

On ABC, a new episode of “Lost” (4.4/10, 9.8 million)—running against the second half of “Idol”—came in as the show’s lowest-rated original episode ever, excluding clip shows.

Down 10% from its previous season average, “Lost” has posted a decrease every week since the show returned last month. In the 10 p.m. hour, a new “Life on Mars” (1.9/5, 5.1 million) pulled in its lowest rating to date. Kicking things off with an encore of “Lost” (1.6/4, 4.4 million), the network finished third with a 2.6/7 (6.4 million).

New comedies and dramas on CBS gave the network second place for the night, averaging a 2.9/7 (11 million). “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (1.9/5, 7.1 million) was down about 10% from its last original episode. “Gary Unmarried” (2.1/5, 6.9 million) and “Criminal Minds” (3.3/8, 13.3 million) both performed below their previous season averages, while “CSI: NY” (3.4/9, 12.8 million) was average.

NBC placed fourth with a 1.6/4 (5.9 million) for the night. New episodes of “Knight Rider” (1.3/3, 5.4 million), “Life” (1.4/3, 4.7 million) and “Law & Order” (2.1/6, 7.5 million) showed declines from last week, each down 7%, 22% and 13%, respectively, in the demo.

The CW aired repeats of “Privileged” (0.5/1, 1.1 million) and “90210” (0.4/1, 0.9 million). The network averaged a 0.4/1 (1 million) in the demo, and a 0.7/2 among women 18-34.

‘Biggest Loser’ Going Strong, ‘Mentalist’ Hits New High, But ‘Idol’s’ Still No. 1

February 11, 2009 4:36 PM

“American Idol” helped Fox claim the top spot Tuesday night, while new dramas on CBS and NBC’s 100th episode of “The Biggest Loser” and “Dateline’s” special interview with the mother of the octuplets helped the two networks land in second place.

The Mentalist

“Idol” scored a 9.2 rating/24 share among adults 18-49 and 24.9 million viewers, according to national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. The lead-in helped give “Fringe” a 4.1/11 (9.8 million) for the night, giving the network an average 6.8/17 (17.6 million) for the night.

CBS began the night with a new “NCIS” (3.7/10, 18 million). At 9 p.m. a new “The Mentalist” scored a 4.2/10 (19.7 million), its biggest audience ever (up 20% from its post-AFC Championship airing in January), and matched its previous high in the demo for a Tuesday telecast. Without competition from “Law & Order,” “Without a Trace” (3.4/9, 14.3 million) reached a high for the season, posting a 26% increase in the demo from last week. CBS tied with NBC for second with a 3.8/10, but trailed Fox by thousands of viewers to average 17.3 million.

NBC (3.8/10, 9.9 million) delivered a one-two punch of events, starting with the 100th episode of “The Biggest Loser” (3.7/9, 9.3 million). The weight-loss competition is up 28% from last year and has posted an average 19% increase over the last five weeks compared with the same time period last year, both up against “Idol.” At 10 p.m. a special “Dateline” (4.0/10, 11.3 million), featuring Ann Curry’s interview with octuplet mom Nadya Suleman, posted the newsmagazine’s best Tuesday performance since January 2005 and the best on any night since Matt Lauer interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry in June 2007.

ABC finished fourth for the night with a 1.7/4 (4.3 million). The holiday-themed 8 p.m. hour featuring “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Valentine” scored a 1.5/4 (4.8 million). The 9 p.m. hour featured back-to-back episodes of “Scrubs” (2.0/5, 4.6 million and 2.0/5, 4.2 million). A special airing of “True Beauty” on a Tuesday posted a 1.6/4 (3.7 million).

The CW averaged a 0.9/2 (1.9 million) with new episodes of “90210” (1.2/3, 2.4 million) and “Privileged” (0.6/2, 1.4 million). Among women 18-34, the network averaged a 1.9 rating.

Obama Press Conference Draws 36.9 Mil on Broadcast Nets

February 10, 2009 11:56 AM

Some 36.9 million viewers watched President Barack Obama's first news conference in primetime on the four major broadcast networks, posting a combined 11.4 rating/30 share at 8 p.m. EST, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures.

Obama

Click here for updated numbers on President Obama's press conference.

More viewers tuned into ABC during the 8 p.m. hour, but CBS won the night with strong performances from its Monday night comedies and "CSI: Miami." (Coverage in the 8 p.m. hour was sustained, and updated time-zone-adjusted figures will be released later Tuesday.)

On CBS, "Two and a Half Men" was the No. 1 telecast of the night, followed by a special "The Big Bang Theory," which reached new series highs in the demo and among total viewers. Overall the network finished with a 3.8/9 and 12.5 million viewers.

ABC trailed behind CBS for the night by one-tenth of a point, averaging a 3.7/9 (11.1 million). After the president's news conference, a new "The Bachelor" was on par with its season highs from last week.

NBC finished the night third with a 3.1/8 (8.5 million), with "Heroes" dipping 13% from last week to post its lowest rating ever and "Medium" slipping 7% from its season premiere last week.

A new episode of "24" on Fox ranked fourth for the hour, slipping 8% from its rating last week. The network finished fourth with a 2.8/7 (8.2 million).

The CW aired repeats of "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill" to average a 0.7/2 (1.5 million) in the demo and a 1.4 rating among women 18-34.

Primetime Preliminary Monday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

3.7 / 9

Presidential News Conference

3.1 / 8

11.5 million

The Bachelor

4.0 / 10

10.9 million

CBS

3.8 / 9

Presidential News Conference

3.0 / 8

9.8 mil

Two and a Half Men

4.7 / 11

14. 9 mil

The Big Bang Theory

4.6 / 10

13.1 mil

CSI: Miami

3.9 / 10

13.7 mil

FOX

2.8 / 7

Presidential News Conference

2.2 / 6

5.9 mil

24

3.4 / 8

10.5 mil

No Programming

NBC

3.1 / 8

Presidential News Conference

3.1 / 8

9.8 mil

Heroes

3.5 / 8

7.9 mil

Medium

2.7 / 7

7.9 mil

CW

0.7 / 2

Gossip Girl

0.8 / 2

1.7 mil

One Tree Hill

0.6 / 1

1.4 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.

‘Grammy Awards’ Sing on CBS

February 9, 2009 12:18 PM

CBS’ telecast of “The 51st Annual Grammy Awards” gave the network a winning night on Sunday.

Grammys

Overall, the network averaged a 6.5 rating/16 share and 19 million viewers. A new episode of “60 Minutes” pulled a 3.1/9 (16.8 million), followed by the Grammys with a 7.6/18 (19.7 million), up 17% in the demo from last year’s ceremony.

ABC finished a strong second with a 3.5/9 (10.7 million), airing new episodes of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” (2.8/9, 9.3 million), “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (3.4/8, 10.4 million), “Desperate Housewives” (4.9/11, 13.7 million) and “Brothers & Sisters” (3.1/8, 9.3 million). The network had its highest-rated night in the demo in nine weeks, with “Videos” logging a new high since last February and “Housewives” posting a 7% increase.

Fox’s “Hole in the Wall” block and animation lineup gave the network third for the night with a 1.9/5 (4.1 million). Back-to-back “Wall” episodes posted a 0.9 (2.2 million) and a 1.2/3 (2.6 million). An encore “The Simpsons” scored a 2.2/6 (4.8 million), followed by repeats of “King of the Hill” (2.3/5, 4.8 million), “Family Guy” (2.8/6, 5.5 million) and “American Dad” (2.3/5, 4.6 million).

NBC finished fourth according to fast nationals (1.8,5, 7.1 million), but the number is subject to change once time-zone-adjusted figures for the NFL “Pro-Bowl “are released later today. The last hour of “Pro Bowl” coverage scored a 3.2/9 (9 million). At 8 p.m. a new “Dateline” pulled a 1.6/4 (7 million), while the network’s new miniseries “XIII” pulled a 1.3/3 (6.2 million).

The CW finished the night with a 0.4/1 (1.1 million). “Jericho” pulled a 0.2/1 (0.7 million) and the movie “Teen Wolf” howled away with a 0.6/1 (1.4 million). Among women 18-34, the network averaged a 0.5 rating.

ABC Wins With 'Grey's'-'Practice' Crossover

February 6, 2009 12:43 PM

Crossover setup episodes on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" gave ABC a win Thursday night, while Fox's "Bones" continues to perform strongly in its new Thursday timeslot.

Grey's Anatomy

ABC's "Grey's" paired up with a new "Private Practice" for overlapping plotlines to set up a crossover night next week. "Grey's" was up a tick from its last original airing two weeks ago to log the show's highest-rated telecast in 11 weeks, pulling in a 5.8 rating/14 share among adults 18-49, according to preliminary Nielsen Co. numbers. "Private Practice" was up 89% from its telecast last week, when it followed a "Grey's" repeat. Last night's episode scored its highest rating ever and comes in as the show with the strongest "Grey's" audience retention, keeping 91% of the demo's rating. At 8 p.m., a new episode of "Ugly Betty" posted a new season low and its lowest performance since last May, giving the network an average 4.5/12 and 11.8 million viewers.

Fox's "Bones" came in as the No. 1 show in the 8 p.m. hour, up 7% from its time-period debut two weeks ago. "Hell's Kitchen" dropped 27% from its season premiere last week after a special Thursday edition of "American Idol." Fox finished the night second with an average 3.3/9 (9.2 million).

New episodes across the board gave NBC third place for the night (2.9/8, 6.7 million). Facing strong competition from Fox and ABC, all of NBC's shows were down from their last original episodes two weeks ago. "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" were both down 7% (surprising for "The Office" after its post-Super Bowl exposure Sunday night), "Kath & Kim" was down 9%, "30 Rock" dipped 6% and "ER" slipped 13%.

CBS aired comedy repeats in the 8 p.m. hour followed by encores of "CSI" and "Eleventh Hour," finishing fourth for the night with a 2.2/6 (8.6 million).

On The CW, new episodes of "Smallville" and "Supernatural" were down 6% and 19%, respectively, from last week to score an average 1.5/4 (3.6 million) for the night. Among women 18-34, the network posted a 1.2 rating.

Primetime Preliminary Thursday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

4.5 / 12

Ugly Betty

2.3 / 7

7.3 million

Grey's Anatomy

5.8 / 14

15.2 million

Private Practice

5.3 / 14

13 million

CBS

2.2 / 6

The Big Bang Theory

2.0 / 6

6.2 mil

How I Met Your Mother

2.0 / 5

5.9 mil

CSI

2.7 / 7

6.1 mil

Eleventh Hour

1.9 / 5

8.2 mil

FOX

3.3 / 9

Bones

3.2 / 9

10.8 mil

Hell's Kitchen

3.5 / 9

7.7 mil

No Programming

NBC

2.9 / 8

My Name Is Earl

2.5 / 7

6.2 mil

Kath & Kim

2.0 / 5

4.7 mil

The Office

4.3 / 11

8.4 mil

30 Rock

3.0 / 7

6.3 mil

ER

2.7 / 7

7.3 mil

CW

1.5 / 4

Smallville

1.6 / 4

3.9 mil

Supernatural

1.3 / 3

3.3 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.

'Lost,' 'Lie' Tie Behind 'Idol' in Ratings

February 5, 2009 10:59 AM

Fox's "Lie to Me" tied with ABC's "Lost" for the No. 2 show of the night, both coming behind "American Idol," which claimed the top spot.

Lie to Me

"Idol's" second day of Hollywood Week was down 3% over last week's episode but up 1% from last year in its adults 18-49 rating, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers. At 9 p.m. "Lie to Me" was up 7% from last week to score its second-highest broadcast (out of three episodes so far) and its biggest audience to date. Fox finished first for the night with a 7.3 rating/19 share (19.6 million).

After a repeat of "Lost" at 8 p.m, a new episode of the series was on par with its season-to-date average, while a new episode of "Life on Mars" at 10 p.m. was flat from its time-period premiere from last week. ABC averaged a 2.8/7 (7.3 million) for a second-place finish.

CBS and NBC tied for third with a 1.9/5.

CBS drew an average 7.6 million viewers with "Katie Couric's All-Access Grammy Special" and repeat episodes of "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY."

NBC averaged 6.8 million viewers with new episodes across the board. "Knight Rider" dipped 26% from last week, "Life" was up 6% from its last original episode on December, and "Law & Order" took an 8% dip over last week.

The CW finished fifth with a 0.4/1 (1 million), airing repeat episodes of "Privileged" and "90210." The network posted a 0.6 rating among women 18-34 for the night.

Primetime Preliminary Wednesday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

2.8 / 7

Lost

1.7 / 5

4.8 million

Lost

4.7 / 12

11 million

Life on Mars

2.1 / 6

6 million

CBS

1.9 / 5

Criminal Minds

1.7 / 5

8.5 mil

Katie Couric's All Access Grammy Spcial

2.1 / 5

6.8 mil

CSI: NY

1.9 / 5

7.5 mil

FOX

7.3 / 19

American Idol

9.9 / 27

26.3 mil

Lie to Me

4.7 / 12

13 mil

No Programming

NBC

1.9 / 5

Knight Rider

1.4 / 4

4.9 mil

Life

1.8 / 4

6.8 mil

Law & Order

2.4 / 7

8.7 mil

CW

0.4 / 1

Privileged

0.3 / 1

0.9 mil

90210

0.4 / 1

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.

‘Loser’ Hangs Tough Against No. 1 ‘Idol’

February 4, 2009 10:37 AM

Some of “American Idol’s” competitors held strong Tuesday night as the reality show began its famed Hollywood week.

Biggest Loser

Fox’s “Idol” posted a 9.9 rating/25 share among adults 18-49 and drew 26.3 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research information. The show was up 1% in the demographic week-over-week, but it was down 12% for the night year-over-year. “Idol’s” lead-in helped “Fringe” to tie its highest rating ever with a 5.1/12 (13 million). With the top two shows of the night, Fox finished first with an average 7.5/18 (19.7 million).

A strong showing by “The Biggest Loser” helped give NBC second place for the night. Tuesday night’s episode was down a tick from last week’s rating, weighing in with a 4.0/10 (10.5 million). However, “Loser” posted a 33% increase from the same night last year, averaging a 15% increase year-over-year in the last four weeks against “Idol.” In the 10 p.m. hour, a new episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” scored a 3.7/10 (10.3 million), giving NBC an average 3.9/10 (10.4 million) for the night.

CBS finished third with a 2.9/7 (13.8 million), on par with repeat episodes of “NCIS” (2.9/7, 14.4 million) and “The Mentalist” (3.1/7, 15 million). A new episode of “Without a Trace” (2.6/7, 12 million) was down 7% from last week.

New episodes on ABC left the network in fourth place for the night with a 2.0/5 (5.4 million). Fresh episodes of “Homeland Security U.S.A.” (1.6/4, 5.7 million), two of “Scrubs” (2.1/5, 4.9 million, and 2.2/5, 4.7 million) and “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (2.3/6, 5.8 million) were all about even with last week.

The CW posted its best Tuesday night in a month. A new “90210” scored a 1.3/3 (2.4 million), its best ever against “Idol.” The freshman series was up 29% from its last original episode two weeks ago. A new “Privileged” scored a 0.8/2 (1.7 million), up a smidge from last week and its most watched episode since November. Overall the network averaged a 1.0/3 (2.1 million) in the demographic and a 2.1 rating among women 18-34.

'House's' 100th Episode Ties for First as Fox Wins Monday

February 3, 2009 12:23 PM

Fox's "House" celebrated its 100th episode with a ratings win Monday night, tying for first place with CBS' "Two and a Half Men."

House

"House" scored a 5.5 rating/13 share among adults 18-49 and 14.7 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers. Although tied for first, the episode was down 8% from its rating last week, when it hit a season high. A new episode of "24" was down 14% from last week and marked its lowest Monday night rating season-to-date. Fox still finished the night first in the demographic with a 4.6/11 and second among viewers with 13 million.

CBS had new episodes across the board, with all comedies performing about average for the season. "CSI: Miami" scored on the high side, helping the network finish in second with a 4.3/10 and first in average viewers with 13.3 million.

ABC's "The Bachelor" reached season-to-date highs and logged the franchise's highest rating since its November 2007 finale. At 10 p.m. a new episode of "True Beauty" was about on par with its last original episode. ABC's average 3.7/9 (9.6 million) for the night gave the network third place.

After a Sunday promo blitz during the Super Bowl, "Chuck" and "Heroes" returned with new episodes, followed by the season premiere of "Medium." A special 3-D episode of "Chuck" gave the network its highest non-Olympic time period rating in 11 months, reaching season highs. "Heroes" came back on par with its season average from last fall and delivered its best rating since October. In the 10 p.m. slot the fifth-season opener of "Medium" was the series' lowest-rated premiere but saw the best rating in the time period since November. NBC finished fourth with a 3.3/8 (8.4 million), its best Monday night since the day before the presidential election, when NBC aired "Deal or No Deal" and "Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash '08."

On The CW, "Gossip Girl" improved 10% over its last original episode and "One Tree Hill" remained flat. The network averaged a 1.2/3 (2.4 million) for the night, and posted a 2.6 rating among women 18-34.

Primetime Preliminary Monday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

3.7 / 9

The Bachelor

4.1 / 10

11 million

True Beauty

3.0 / 8

6.8 million

CBS

4.3 / 10

The Big Bang Theory

4.1 / 10

10.9 mil

How I Met Your Mother

4.2 / 10

10.2 mil

Two and a Half Men

5.5 / 12

16.5 mil

Worst Week

3.1 / 7

10 mil

CSI: Miami

4.4 / 11

16 mil

FOX

4.6 / 11

House

5.5 / 13

14. 7 mil

24

3.7 / 8

11.3 mil

No Programming

NBC

3.3 / 8

Chuck

3.0 / 7

8.3 mil

Heroes

3.9 / 9

8.5 mil

Medium

2.9 / 7

8.5 mil

CW

1.2 / 3

Gossip Girl

1.1 / 3

2.3 mil

One Tree Hill

1.3 / 3

2.6 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.

Super Bowl Sunday Ratings

February 2, 2009 12:27 PM

NBC's telecast of Super Bowl XLIII dominated Sunday night's ratings, while ABC's night of "Wipeout" finished second among the rest of the broadcast networks.

For updated information on last night's Super Bowl performance, click here.

Super Bowl

During its primetime run, the Super Bowl averaged a 32.3 rating/64 share and 85.9 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers. Figures are subject to change after final time-zone adjusted numbers are released later today.

Early numbers suggest that a special episode of "The Office" scored its highest ratings to date thanks to the game's lead in. The episode ran from 10:40-11:40 p.m.EST. Numbers released later will reflect the show's viewership more accurately

Overall NBC finished the night in primetime with a 29.9/61 (78.9 million).

ABC came in second with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Wipeout," leading up to a new special episode of the competition series at 10 p.m. The network averaged a 1.4/3 (4.1 million), up 17% in the demographic compared with its performance on last year's Super Bowl Sunday.

Fox 's game show and animation repeats gave the network a 1.0/2 (2.5 million) for the night, while CBS' "Road to the White House" drama encores gave it an average 0.8/2 (4.6 million). The CW rounded off the night with a 0.2/0 (0.7 million) and a 0.2 ratings among women 18-34.

Prime Time Preliminary Sunday Ratings

 

7

7:30 8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

1.4 / 3

America's Funniest Home Videos

1.0 / 2

3.9 mil

Wipeout

1.4 / 3

4.1 mil

Wipeout

1.4 / 3

3.7 mil

Wipeout

2.0 / 4

4.8 mil

CBS

0.8 / 2

CBS Reports: The Road to the White House

0.4 / 1

3.1 mil

Cold Case

0.7 / 1

4.7 mil

The Unit

0.7 / 1

3.9 mil

The Mentalist

1.3 / 3

6.8 mil

FOX

1.0 / 2

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

0.4 / 1

1.6 mil

The Simpsons

1.1 / 2

2.5 mil

American Dad

1.0 / 2

2.3 mil

Family Guy

1.7 / 3

3.7 mil

American Dad

1.5 / 3

3.3 mil

No Programming

NBC

29.9 / 61

Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers-Cardinals

32.3 / 64

85.9 mil

The Office

13.3 / 33

29.7 mil

CW

0.2 / 0

Jericho

0.2 / 0

0.6 mil

Movie: Throw Momma From the Train

0.2 / 0

0.7 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.