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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, December 20, 2006

CBS takes the win with their mostly repeat filled lineup. A “CSI: NY” repeat was tops for the night in all three main categories.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 6.6/11 household rating and 9.92 million total viewers. Among adults 18-49, the Eye earned a 3.0/9 rating, also good enough for first.

  • Last Week:
    • Households –8.8/14 rating [#1]
    • Viewers –13.62 million [#1]
    • A18-49 –4.3/12 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 PM: CBS aired their only new program of the evening “The King of Queens” (5.5/9 HH rating, 8.27M viewers, 2.8/9 A18-49 rating) followed by a repeat of “The Class” (4.3/7 HH rating, 6.28M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating).
    • Week-to-week numbers (8:00 PM airing of “The King of Queens”):
      • Households – 5.8/10 to 5.5/9
      • Viewers – 9.08M to 8.27M
      • A18-49 – 3.1/9 to 2.8/9
  • 9:00 PM: a repeat of “Criminal Minds” (6.9/11 HH rating, 10.45M viewers, 2.9/8 A18-49 rating) showed great repeat numbers, en route to a win for the hour in households and viewers, with a first place tie among adults 18-49.
  • 10:00 PM: CBS then ended the evening with a repeat of “CSI: NY” (8.0/14 HH rating, 12.02M viewers, 3.7/11 A18-49 rating) to very solid results. The program won the hour, and night, in all main categories, growing an impressive 1.57M viewers, 16% in households and an even more impressive 28% in adults 18-49 from its lead-in. It did all that while at the same time dropping just a tad over 20% from a new episode airing last week. Again, very impressive numbers for a repeat.

NBC followed in second place for the evening with a 5.4/9 household rating and 7.94 million total viewers. Among adults 18-49, the Peacock placed second with a 2.7/8 rating in the demo.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 7.1/12 rating [#2]
    • Viewers – 11.11 million [#2]
    • A18-49 – 4.4/12 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 PM: Night three of five for NBC’s “Identity” (5.6/9 HH rating, 8.82M viewers, 3.0/9 A18-49 rating) perked back up some after losing a chunk of viewers during its second episode Tuesday. The program was first on the hour in all three main categories. It’ll be interesting to see if “Identity” can reclaim more of its first night viewers and become a solid enough hit to warrent a return. Check out the numbers below for the three night performance for the show.
    • Day-to-day numbers (Mon-Tue-Wed)
      • Households – 7.5/11 to 5.4/9 to 5.6/9
      • Viewers – 12.18M to 8.22M to 8.82M
      • A18-49 – 4.5/11 to 2.9/8 to 3.0/9
    • Week-to-week timeslot numbers (first hour of “The Biggest Loser” finale):
      • Households – 6.6/11 to 5.6/9
      • Viewers – 10.35M to 8.82M
      • A18-49 – 4.0/12 to 3.0/9
  • 9:00 PM: NBC got a good numbers out of an edition of “Dateline NBC” (6.1/10 HH rating, 8.77M viewers, 2.9/8 A18-49) which improved upon its lead-in by 9% in households while dipping ever so slightly in viewers (50,000) and adults 18-49 (3%). The performance was good enough for a tie in the key demo for the hour and second place in the other two categories behind a “Criminal Minds” repeat.
    • Week-to-week timeslot numbers (second hour of “The Biggest Loser” finale):
      • Households – 8.3/13 to 6.1/10
      • Viewers – 13.07M to 8.77M
      • A18-49 – 5.4/14 to 2.9/8
  • 10:00 PM: Closing the evening for NBC was a repeat of “Medium” (4.6/8 HH rating, 6.24M viewers, 2.2/7 A18-49).

Fox finished in third place for the evening with a 4.4/7 household rating and 6.74 million total viewers. Among adults 18-49 the network earned a 2.3/7 rating, enough for a third place finish.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 4.6/7 rating [#3]
    • Viewers – 7.36 million [#3]
    • A18-49 – 2.6/7 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 PM: Fox began the night with the first of two repeats of “Bones” (4.4/7 HH rating, 6.68M viewers, 2.2/7 A18-49).
  • 9:00 PM: Which brings us then to the second repeat of “Bones” (4.4/7 HH rating, 6.80M viewers, 2.4/7 A18-49 rating) which managed to actually tick up some for the network from the first repeat (120,000 viewers, even in households, 9% in adults 18-49).

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.4/6 household rating and 4.86 million total viewers. The alphabet also placed fourth among adults 18-49 with a 1.8/5 rating in the demo.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 3.4/6 rating [#4]
    • Viewers – 4.89 million [#4]
    • A18-49 – 1.6/4 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 PM: ABC filled the canceled “Show Me the Money” timeslot with an hour (repeats) of “George Lopez” (3.3/5 HH rating, 4.65M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating). It’s probably worth noting (as you can see from the numbers below) that ABC had a stronger showing from its weak but canceled game show last week.
    • Week-to-week timeslot numbers (“Show Me the Money”):
      • Households – 4.4/7 to 3.3/5
      • Viewers – 6.40M to 4.65M
      • A18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.6/5
  • 9:00 PM: ABC filled the canceled “Day Break” timeslot with a repeat of “According to Jim” (3.8/6 HH rating, 5.58M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating) followed by another repeat of “George Lopez” (3.4/5 HH rating, 4.80M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating). The hour performed better than the last episode of “Day Break” (number below).
    • Week-to-week timeslot numbers (“Day Break”):
      • Households – 2.7/4 to 3.6/6
      • Viewers – 3.90M to 5.19M
      • A18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.9/5
  • 10:00 PM: ABC ended the evening with an edition of “Primetime Live” (3.3/6 HH rating, 4.75M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating) which turned in some pretty poor numbers, especially when you compare it to NBC’s “Dateline” (3.58M less viewers, 49% less households and 41% less adults 18-49 viewers).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.1/5 to 3.3/6
      • Viewers – 4.36M to 4.75M
      • A18-49 – 1.8/5 to 1.7/5

The CW was left with only a 1.3/2 household rating and 1.76 million total viewers for a now common fifth place performance. Things were no different among adults 18-49 where the new network finished in fifth with a 0.7/2 rating in the demo.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 1.5/2 rating [#5]
    • Viewers – 2.10 million [#5]
    • A18-49 – 1.0/2 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 to 10:00 PM: The CW seems perfectly content airing the weak performing British import “Top Model: British Invasion” (1.3/2 HH rating, 1.76M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating) which if you can even believe it, actually managed to dip even further from last week’s attrocious numbers.
    • Week-to-week numbers (the ANTM season finale was last week):
      • Households – 1.5/2 to 1.3/2
      • Viewers – 2.10M to 1.76M
      • A18-49 – 1.0/2 to 0.7/2

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

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