Monday Repeats Rule on CBS

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
A Night of Repeats Rules on CBS
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:
A Very Busy Brady
Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
A Night of Repeats Rules on CBS
Monday 12/01/08
CBS   6.7/10
ABC 5.5/ 8
NBC 4.0/ 6
Fox    3.7/ 5
CW    1.8/ 3

Note: The year-to-year comparisons were not available today.


Note: The fast national results for Monday will be posted at by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Monday, December 1, 2008.   

-Yesterday’s Winners:

Shrek the Halls – R (ABC), How the Grinch Stole Christmas – R (ABC), Two and a Half Men – R (CBS), CSI: Miami – R (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:

The Big Bang Theory – R (CBS), How I Met Your Mother – R (CBS)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Chuck (NBC), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox), Samantha Who? (ABC), Prison Break (Fox), Privileged (CW), My Own Worst Enemy (NBC)

-Ratings Breakdown:

Despite airing a night of all repeats, CBS still dominated the Monday overnights with its combination of The Big Bang Theory (#2: 5.5 rating/ 8 share), How I Met Your Mother (#2: 5.6/ 8), Two and a Half Men (#1: 8.9/13), Worst Week (#2: 5.0/ 7) and CSI: Miami (#1: 7.7/13). With retention for Worst Week out of Two and a Half Men of just 56 percent, CBS could – and should – be doing much better at 9:30 p.m. Sounds like benchwarmer Rules of Engagement will be called to duty soon. As for The Big Bang Theory encore, who knew it would be so cool to be a nerd! 


Holiday repeat Shrek the Halls opened the evening on a winning note for ABC, with a 6.9/11 in the overnights at 8 p.m. And that led into an encore of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with a 6.4/ 9.  But without the support of Dancing With the Stars, two episodes of lead-out Samantha Who? dipped to a 4.5/ 7 from 9-10 p.m., with the half-hour breakdown as follows:

Samantha Who? (ABC)
9:00 p.m.: 4.2/ 6 (#3)
9:30 p.m.: 4.7/ 7 (#3)

That led into Boston Legal, with a second-place 5.4/ 9 from 10-11 p.m., and growth out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of Samantha Who? of 15 percent. Next Monday marks the series-finale of Boston Legal.


NBC had little of note on this first Monday of December with its line-up of Chuck (#3: 4.4/ 7), fading Heroes (#2: 5.0/ 8) and canceled My Own Worst Enemy (#3: series low 2.9/ 5). My Own Worst Enemy officially signs off on Dec. 15. As previously announced, NBC will fill Mondays in January with a two-hour edition of upcoming reality/competition Superstars of Dance and new Ryan Seacrest relationship-driven hour Momma’s Boys. 


Next was Fox with its soon-to-be split pairing of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (#4: 3.6/ 5), which heads to Friday, and Prison Break (#4: 3.7/ 6), which has its fall season-finale on Dec. 22. And the CW capped off the evening with Gossip Girl (#5: 2.2/ 3) and a Monday airing of Privileged (1.5/ 2), which dipped by 32 percent. Yes, that’s a loser! And there you have it…that’s Monday.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
Ratings Box:
What’s Hot/What’s Not
-Craig Ferguson Tops Conan O’Brien:

Based on ratings for the week of Nov. 17, CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson outdelivered NBC’s competing Late Night with Conan O’Brien by seven percent in households (1.5 rating/5 share vs. 1.4/ 5) and 140,000 viewers (1.99 million s. 1.85 million). The two talkers tied among key adults 25-54. 

-Above Average Nation Face the Nation:

Based on ratings for Sunday, Nov. 23, CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer built year-to-year by 35 percent in households (1.7/5 to 2.3/ 6), 970,000 viewers (2.36 to 3.33 million) and as much as 43 percent among adults 25-54 (0.7/ 3 to 1.0/ 5). Comparably, the veteran public affairs weekly has grown every week in viewers since the 2008-09 season began on Sept. 28.

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