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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, November 7, 2006

ABC wins the night in households and viewers with its strong performance by “Dancing with the Stars”, while Fox takes the win in adults 18-49 with “House”. ABC also comes away the victor in their election night coverage.


ABC finished first for the evening with a 10.2/16 HH rating (15.63M viewers) and second in adults 18-49 delivering a 4.2/10 A18-49 rating in that demo.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 10.0/16 HH rating [#1]
    • 15.26M viewers [#1]
    • 4.1/11 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • From 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM, “Dancing with the Stars” (13.6/20 HH rating, 22.50M viewers, 5.7/14 A18-49 rating) was the nights highest rated program in households, viewers and adults 18-49, leading providing enough of a spark leading into ABCs election night coverage to give ABC the win on the evening in households and viewers.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 13.3/21 to 13.6/20
      • Viewers – 20.46M to 21.20M
      • A18-49 – 5.3/15 to 5.7/14
  • From 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM, “Vote 2006” (6.8/10 HH rating, 12.05M viewers, 2.7/7 A18-49 rating) was the most watched election coverage on the night.

CBS followed in second place with a 7.2/11 HH rating (11.51M viewers) and was third in A18-49 delivering a a 3.3/8 rating in that demo.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 7.6/10 HH rating [#2]
    • 11.77M viewers [#3]
    • 3.2/9 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • At 8:00 PM, “NCIS” (9.7/14 HH rating, 15.72M viewers, 4.2/11 A18-49 rating), was pretty much even from the week prior and showed good growth in adults 18-49 of about 8%.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 10.0/16 to 9.7/14
      • Viewers – 15.88M to 15.72M
      • A18-49 – 3.9/11 to 4.2/11
  • At 9:00 PM, “The Unit” (7.2/11 HH rating, 11.73M viewers, 3.5/8 A18-49 rating) improved in all key categories from the week before, improving its retention rates out of NCIS from last week.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.1/11 to 7.2/11
      • Viewers – 11.35M to 11.73M
      • A18-49 – 3.2/8 to 3.5/8
  • From 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM, “CBS News Election Coverage” (4.8/8 HH rating, 7.08M viewers, 2.2/6 A18-49 rating) was last among the election night shows in households, viewers and adults 18-49.

FOX finished in third place with a 6.6/10 HH rating (10.65M viewers) and was first in 18-49 delivering a 4.5/11 rating in that demo.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 5.9/9 HH rating [#3]
    • 9.50M viewers [#3]
    • 3.9/11 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Standoff” (3.5/5 HH rating, 5.36M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating) improved a bit from its return from hiatus in its new timeslot, but its still about 2M down from where it left off in its original timeslot back in September.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.1/5 to 3.5/5
      • Viewers – 4.92M to 5.36M
      • A18-49 – 2.0/6 to 2.3/6
  • At 9:00 PM, “House” (9.7/14 HH rating, 15.94M viewers, 6.8/16 A18-49 rating) showed an amazing boost from the week before in all categories (11.5% in households, 13% in viewers and 17% in adults 18-49). And it was easily the nights top rated program in adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.7/13 to 9.7/14
      • Viewers – 14.08M to 15.94M
      • A18-49 – 5.8/15 to 6.8/16

NBC followed in fourth for the evening delivering a 4.7/7 HH rating (7.04M viewers) and a 2.4/6 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 5.7/9 HH rating [#4]
    • 8.55M viewers [#4]
    • 3.0/8 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Friday Night Lights” (4.1/6 HH rating, 6.25M viewers, 2.5/6 A18-49 rating) did not gain any viewers from its special Monday airing last week and as you can see, it seems to have shown much better strength in that Monday timeslot than it has done in its normal Tuesday airing.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Tuesday, October 30 – Fast Nationals):
      • Households – 5.3/9 to 4.1/6
      • Viewers – 8.29M to 6.25M
      • A18-49 – 3.5/9 to 2.5/6
  • At 9:00 PM, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (5.3/9 HH rating, 7.68M viewers, 2.5/6 A18-49 rating) continues its strange slide downward, losing almost another 1M viewers bringing its losses to about 3M over the past three episode.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.8/9 to 5.3/9
      • Viewers – 8.52M to 7.68M
      • A18-49 – 2.7/7 to 2.5/6
  • From 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM, “Election Night Special” (4.9/8 HH rating, 7.19M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating) was the second most watched election night special on the evening behind ABCs ‘Dancing’ powered election program.

The CW finished in fifth for the evening delivering a 2.4/4 HH rating (3.60M viewers) and a 1.6/4 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Number’s:
    • 1.7/3 HH rating [#5]
    • 2.74M viewers [#5]
    • 1.2/3 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Gilmore Girls” (3.0/4 HH rating, 4.35M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating) slid just a bit from its last newly aired episode.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (October 24, 2006 are Finals):
      • Households – 3.2/5 to 3.0/4
      • Viewers – 4.73M to 4.35M
      • A18-49 – 2.0/5 to 1.9/5
  • At 9:00 PM, “Veronica Mars” (1.9/3 HH rating, 2.85M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating) improved its numbers with the benefit of a new lead-in but is struggling to reach back up to the 3M mark and retention rates are not so hot right now.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.6/2 to 1.9/3
      • Viewers – 2.77M to 2.85M
      • A18-49 – 1.2/3 to 1.2/3

The ratings for all the programs that aired last night are viewable below in chart form (click to enlarge).

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Note: Fast Nationals are used when comparing week-to-week/episode-to-episode numbers, while Final Nationals are used when comparing year-to-year numbers, unless otherwise specified.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research