Clean Sweep for CBS Thursday

Friday, December 18, 2009
 
Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
 
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
 

On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options 

 
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
 
TV Trivia Time:

Is There a Doctor in the House?

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Clean Sweep for CBS
   
Thursday 12/17/09
 

              HH
          Rtg/Shr

CBS   8.2/14
NBC  4.7/ 8
Fox    3.2/ 5
ABC   2.7/ 4
CW    1.2/ 2
 
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-Note: The overnight comparisons to one year earlier are not available today.

 
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-Yesterday’s Winners:

Survivor: Samoa (CBS), CSI (CBS), The Mentalist (CBS)

 
-Honorable Mention:

Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (NBC)

 
-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
The Jay Leno Show (NBC)
 
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-Ratings Breakdown:

Opposite a night of all repeats on ABC, it was a clean overnight sweep for CBS with its combination of Survivor: Samoa (6.1 rating/10 share), veteran CSI (9.0/15) and sophomore The Mentalist (9.7/16), which fits like a glove out of CSI but has lost some of the buzz since moving from Tuesday. As for Survivor: Samoa, am I the only one who finds it odd that this Sunday’s two-hour season-finale will feature five contestants? Adios, Shambo! 

 

A distant second in the metered markets was NBC care of two-hour special Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas (5.3/ 9 from 8-10 p.m.), which was a noticeable improvement from the regularly scheduled sitcom block, and failing The Jay Leno Show (#2: 3.7/ 7). Leno finished second at 10 p.m. because ABC aired a repeat of Private Practice (#3: 2.3/ 4), which never resonates outside of originals. Earlier in the evening on ABC were back-to-back repeats of Grey’s Anatomy, which limped along with an average 2.9/ 5 from 8-10 p.m. Since the SNL special will likely score among adults 18-49, it is worthy of an “honorable mention.”

 

Elsewhere, Fox aired repeats of Bones (#3: 4.2/ 7) and Fringe (#4: 2.4/ 4), which like all serialized dramas does not play well in non-originals. And The CW capped off the night with two more repeats of The Vampire Diaries, which averaged a 1.2/ 2 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. 

 
Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)
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Ratings Box:

 

-Season High Old Christine and Gary Unmarried on CBS:

CBS sitcoms The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried rose to season high performances this week. Based on the final national ratings for December 16, The New Adventures of Old Christine finished first in the Wednesday 8 p.m. half-hour in households (4.7 rating/8 share), total viewers (7.64 million) and adults 25-54 (3.1 rating/9 share), with its largest audience since Jan. 7, 2009 and best results among adults 18-49 (2.3/ 7) and adults 25-54 since Nov. 19, 2008. Compatible Gary Unmarried also won the 8:30 p.m. time period in households (4.6/ 8), total viewers (7.76 million) and adults 25-54 (3.2/ 8), with its largest audience since Dec. 10, 2008 and best results among adults 18-49 (2.3/ 6) and adults 25-54 since Nov. 19, 2008. 

 
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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On the Air This Weekend:
Prime-Time Programming Options

 
 
ABC:

 8:00 p.m. Supernanny

 9:00 p.m. 20/20

10:00 p.m. 20/20
 
CBS:

 8:00 p.m. Frosty the Snowman (R)

 8:30 p.m. Frosty Returns (R)

 9:00 p.m. Medium (R)

10:00 p.m. Numbers (R)
 
NBC:

 8:00 p.m. Law & Order (R)

 9:00 p.m. Dateline

10:00 p.m. The Jay Leno Show
 
Fox:

 8:00 p.m. Dollhouse

 9:00 p.m. Dollhouse

 
CW:

 8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)

 9:30 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R)

 
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Saturday 12/19/09
 
ABC:
 8:00 p.m. Movie: The Santa Claus (R)

10:00 p.m. Castle (R)

 
CBS:

 8:00 p.m. Movie: Elf (R)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery  
 
NBC:

 8:00 p.m. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (R)

 9:00 p.m. WWE Salute to the Troops

10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (R)
 
Fox:

 8:00 p.m. Cops

 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted