’24’ Premiere Scores Highest Ratings Ever

Jan 16, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Sunday’s special two-hour season premiere of Fox’s “24” gave the real-time series its highest ratings ever in the adults 18 to 49 demographic as well as in total viewers.

The program, which began late at 8:13 p.m. (ET) because of a football overrun, scored a 7.0 time zone-adjusted preliminary national rating in adults 18 to 49 and 16.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The preliminary numbers also included Nielsen’s live-plus-same-day ratings, which samples digital video recording until 3 a.m.

With the football overrun sampled in, Fox easily won the night in all major demos and total viewers. Compared with “24’s” season premiere last year on Jan. 9, the show is up 15 percent among adults 18 to 49 (7.0 versus 6.1), up 16 percent among adults 18 to 34 (5.7 versus 4.9) and 9 percent in total viewers (16.2 million versus 14.8 million).