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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Another day, another win for CBS.  The Eye took the win in households and viewers, while Fox took the night in adults 18-49.  The evenings highest rated program in households and viewers was CBS’s “NCIS” while Fox’s “House” took the crown among adults 18-49.


CBS finished in first place with an 8.7/14 HH rating (13.77M viewers) but was second in adults 18-49 (3.7/10 rating).

  • Last Week’s Numbers (repeats):
    • 6.0/10 HH rating [#1]
    • 9.10M viewers [#1]
    • 2.5/7 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • At 8:00 PM: “NCIS” (10.8/18 HH rating, 17.38M viewers, 4.3/12 A18-49 rating.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (11/28/2006):
      • Households – 11.2/17 to 10.8/18
      • Viewers – 17.96M to 17.38M
      • A18-49 – 4.1/11 to 4.3/11
  • At 9:00 PM: “The Unit” (8.3/13 HH rating, 13.47M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (11/28/2006):
      • Households – 7.9/12 to 8.3/13
      • Viewers – 12.56M to 13.47M
      • A18-49 – 3.4/8 to 3.7/10
  • At 10:00 PM: a repeat of “Criminal Minds” replaced the now canceled “3 lbs.” (6.9/11 HH rating, 10.46M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating).
    • Week-to-week numbers (Finals–11/28/2006):
      • Households – 5.3/9 to 6.9/11
      • Viewers – 7.97M to 10.46M
      • A18-49 – 2.4/6 to 3.0/8

FOX followed in second place with a 6.5/10 HH rating (10.57M viewers) and was first in adults 18-49 (4.2/11 rating).

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 5.8/9 HH rating [#2]
    • 9.04M viewers [#2]
    • 3.5/9 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Standoff” (3.2/5 HH rating, 5.05M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.8/6 to 4.1/6 to 3.2/5
      • Viewers – 5.79M to 6.20M to 5.05M
      • A18-49 – 2.3/6 to 2.2/6 to 1.9/5
  • At 9:00 PM, “House” (9.8/15 HH rating, 16.09M viewers, 6.5/17 A18-49 rating).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (11/28/2006):
      • Households – 10.5/16 to 9.8/15
      • Viewers – 17.30M to 16.09M
      • A18-49 – 6.8/17 to 6.5/17

ABC tied for third on the evening with a 5.1/8 HH rating, but was the sole owner of third in viewers (7.98M) and adults 18-49 (2.9/8 rating).

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 5.6/9 HH rating [#3]
    • 9.03M viewers [#3]
    • 3.0/8 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 PM: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Special Edition” (6.1/10 HH rating, 10.98M viewers, 3.9/11).
    • Week-to-week time-slot numbers (“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”):
      • Households – 6.0/9 to 6.1/10
      • Viewers – 11.16M to 10.98M
      • A18-49 – 3.9/11 to 3.9/11
  • 9:00 and 9:30 PM: “Big Day” (3.2/5 HH rating, 4.87M viewers, 1.8/5) and “Help me Help You” (2.6/4 HH rating, 3.52M viewers, 1.4/3)
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.6/7 to 4.0/6 to 3.2/5
      • Viewers – 7.57M to 6.35M to 4.87M
      • A18-49 – 2.8/7 to 2.3/6 to 1.8/5
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.4/5 to 3.5/5 to 2.6/4
      • Viewers – 5.01M to 5.19M to 3.52M
      • A18-49 – 1.8/4 to 1.8/5 to 1.4/3
  • 10:00 PM: ABC aired a special “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2006″ (6.2/11 HH rating, 8.77M viewers, 3.1/9)
    • Week-to-week time-slot numbers: (“Boston Legal”)
      • Households – 6.9/11 to 6.2/11
      • Viewers – 10.15M to 8.77M
      • A18-49 – 3.0/8 to 3.1/9

NBC tied for third on the evening with a 5.1/8 HH rating but was fourth in viewers (7.34M) and adults 18-49 (2.4/7 rating).

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 5.5/9 HH rating [#4]
    • 8.19M viewers [#4]
    • 2.7/7 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 PM: “Friday Night Lights” (4.1/7 HH rating, 6.17M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.1/7 to 4.1/7 to 4.0/6
      • Viewers – 6.17M to 6.44M to 5.75M
      • A18-49 – 2.4/6 to 2.5/7 to 2.3/6
  • 9:00 PM: a repeat of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (5.3/8 HH rating, 7.45M viewers, 2.1/5 A18-49 rating).
  • At 10:00 PM, a repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (6.1/11 HH rating, 8.83M viewers, 2.9/8 A18-49 rating).

The CW finished in fifth for the evening delivering a 1.5/2 HH rating (1.98M viewers) and a 0.7/2 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Number’s:
    • 2.3/4 HH rating [#5
    • 3.45M viewers [#5]
    • 1.5/4 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • At 8:00 PM, a repeat of “Gilmore Girls” (1.7/3 HH rating, 2.26M viewers, 0.9/2 A18-49 rating).
    • At 9:00 PM, The CW presented the “8th Annual Family Friendly Awards” (1.2/2 HH rating, 1.70M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating).
      • Week-to-week time-period numbers: (“Veronica Mars” repeat)
        • Households – 1.4/2 to 1.2/2
        • Viewers – 2.13M to 1.70M
        • A18-49 – 0.9/2 to 0.6/2

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

    ratingschart12-12-06.jpg

    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