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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, November 9, 2006

CBS takes households and viewers on the night while ABC finishes the evening in first among adults 18-49 with the highest rated program in all categories (“Grey’s Anatomy”).


CBS finished in first for the evening with a 10.2/16 HH rating (16.23M viewers) and second in adults 18-49, delivering a 5.2/14 rating in that demo.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 10.5/16 HH rating [#1]
    • 16.42M viewers [#1]
    • 5.3/13 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Survivor: Cook Islands”, (9.1/14 HH rating, 14.64M viewers, 4.9/13 A18-49 rating) was the leader for the hour in all categories, but did experience a drop from last week in viewers and adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 9.1/14 to 9.1/14
      • Viewers – 15.56M to 14.64M
      • A18-49 – 5.5/14 to 4.9/13
  • At 9:00 PM, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (12.4/19 HH rating, 20.47M viewers, 6.8/17 A18-49 rating) showed good holdover from last week in viewers and adults 18-49 and came close to beating “Grey’s Anatomy” for viewers.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 12.8/19 to 12.4/19
      • Viewers – 20.53M to 20.47M
      • A18-49 – 6.9/16 to 6.8/17
  • At 10:00 PM, “Shark” (9.1/15 HH rating, 13.60M viewers, 3.9/11 A18-49 rating) rebounded some from last week finishing a strong second in the time period behind E.R. in households, viewers and adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.9/15 to 9.1/15
      • Viewers – 13.17M to 13.60M
      • A18-49 – 3.7/10 to 3.9/11

ABC followed in second for the evening with a 9.5/15 HH rating (14.14M viewers) and first in adults 18-49, delivering a 5.5/14 rating in that demo.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 9.5/15 HH rating [#2]
    • 14.09M viewers [#2]
    • 5.6/14 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Ugly Betty” (8.7/14 HH rating, 12.87M viewers, 4.1/11 A18-49 rating) fell a bit from last week’s numbers (which it had rebounded from the week prior) but still put up a solid preformance en route to a second place finish on the night for the time period.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 9.3/15 to 8.7/14
      • Viewers – 13.72M to 12.87M
      • A18-49 – 4.4/11 to 4.1/11
  • At 9:00 PM, “Grey’s Anatomy” (13.5/20 HH rating, 20.57M viewers, 8.5/21 A18-49 rating) won the night in all categories but continued to lose viewers in this second episode of November sweeps. If you haven’t noticed already, most shows on the evening aren’t performing as well as they should be considering it’s sweeps period.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 13.9/20 to 13.5/20
      • Viewers – 20.96M to 20.57M
      • A18-49 – 9.0/21 to 8.5/21
  • At 10:00 PM, a repeat of “Desperate Housewives” (6.4/11 HH rating, 8.99M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating) as I implied last week, ABC has put “Six Degrees” on hiatus until January while the low rated but fan and critic favorite “Men In Trees” will begin airing in the time slot beginning November 30th. As you can see from the ratings breakdown below a repeat of ‘Housewives’ did better than a new episode of “Six Degrees” last week. It’ll be interesting to see if with a marketing push “Men in Trees” can provide some stability for ABC in the plush time period after ‘Grey’s’.
    • Week-to-week time slot numbers (“Six Degrees”):
      • Households – 5.3/9 to 6.4/11
      • Viewers – 7.59M to 8.99M
      • A18-49 – 3.2/9 to 3.7/10

NBC finished in third place with a 7.3/11 HH rating (11.50M viewers), and a 4.5/12 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 7.4/12 HH rating [#3]
    • 12.02M viewers [#3]
    • 4.8/12 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • At 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM, “My Name Is Earl” (5.7/9 HH rating, 9.11M viewers, 3.7/11 A18-49 rating) and “The Office” (5.0/8 HH rating, 8.05M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating) provided their usual solid if not great ratings, but showed some losses especially in the key adults 18-49 demo from the week prior dipping 10 and 12 percent respectively.
    • Week-to-week numbers (“My Name Is Earl”):
      • Households – 5.8/9 to 5.7/9
      • Viewers – 9.57M to 9.11M
      • A18-49 – 4.1/11 to 3.7/11
    • Week-to-week numbers (“The Office”):
      • Households – 5.2/8 to 5.0/8
      • Viewers – 8.87M to 8.05M
      • A18-49 – 4.2/10 to 3.7/10
  • At 9:00 PM, “Deal or No Deal” (7.3/11 HH rating, 11.46M viewers, 3.8/9 A18-49 rating) slid some in one of its last broadcasts before being replaced on November 30th by “30 Rock” and “Scrubs”.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.9/12 to 7.3/11
      • Viewers – 13.09M to 11.46M
      • A18-49 – 4.6/11 to 3.8/9
  • At 10:00 PM, “E.R.” (9.4/16 HH rating, 14.47M viewers, 5.8/16 A18-49 rating) held off “Shark” for the time period win in households, viewers and adults 18-49. It was also a strong third on the night in A18-49 behind only “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI”
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 9.0/15 to 9.4/16
      • Viewers – 13.77M to 14.47M
      • A18-49 – 5.6/15 to 5.8/16

FOX followed in fifth for the evening with a 2.6/4 HH rating (4.19M viewers) and a 1.7/4 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 2.4/4 HH rating [#5]
    • 3.56M viewers [#5]
    • 1.5/4 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • At 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM, “‘Til Death” (2.7/4 HH rating, 4.42M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating) a repeat of “‘Til Death” (3.0/4 HH rating, 4.93M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating) provided a pretty weak start for Fox on the evening, losing out to The CW’s “Smallville” in the key adults 18-49 demo. Strangely, a repeat of “‘Til Death” performed better than a new episode.
    • Week-to-week numbers (“‘Til Death”):
      • Households – 2.9/4 to 2.7/4
      • Viewers – 4.31M to 4.42M
      • A18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.7/5
    • Week-to-week time slot numbers (“Happy Hour”):
      • Households -3.0/5 to 3.0/4
      • Viewers – 4.40M to 4.93M
      • A18-49 – 1.7/4 to 1.9/5
  • At 9:00 PM, the return of “The OC” (2.4/4 HH rating, 3.71M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating) though improving slightly from its horrible season opener numbers, still remains down heavily from its last season. The slide this series has witnessed is pretty strange and hard to explain.
    • Week-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.3/3 to 2.4/4
      • Viewers – 3.38M to 3.71M
      • A18-49 – 1.5/3 to 1.5/4

The CW followed in fourth place with a 2.5/4 HH rating (4.15M viewers), and a 1.6/4 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 2.5/4 HH rating [#5]
    • 4.15M viewers [#5]
    • 1.8/5 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Smallville” (2.7/4 HH rating, 4.47M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating) slid just a bit from last week where it was creeping up towards 5M, but was good enough to give The CW a fourth place finish in the time period.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.9/5 to 2.7/4
      • Viewers – 4.93M to 4.47M
      • A18-49 – 2.1/5 to 1.9/5
  • At 9:00 PM, “Supernatural” (1.9/3 HH rating, 3.15M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating) continues its small slide but is still averaging more than 3M viewers against stiff competition on the hour. That alone, when speaking about any show on The CW, is worth noting.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.0/3 to 1.9/3
      • Viewers – 3.38M to 3.15M
      • A18-49 – 1.5/3 to 1.4/3

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

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