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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, December 26, 2006

CBS takes another Tuesday among households and total viewers with a strong showing from a repeat of NCIS (the nights top rated show among households and viewers) and the annual The Kennedy Center Honors program. A repeat of House was the nights highest rated show among adults 18-49 as two episodes of the series led Fox to a A18-49 win for the evening.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 6.7/11 household rating and 10.62 million total viewers. But among adults 18-49, the Eye earned a third place 2.2/6 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.2/10 HH rating [#1]
    • 9.38M viewers [#1]
    • 2.5/7 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 PM: CBS began the evening with a repeat of NCIS (7.2/12 HH rating, 11.85M viewers, 2.8/9 A18-49 rating) which brought the network strong ratings. The program was the nights highest rated among households and viewers and was tied for second for the night among adults 18-49.
  • 9:00 to 11:00 PM: CBS maintained their lead with the annual The Kennedy Center Honors (6.3/11 HH rating, 10.01M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating) which was down some from last year among households but stayed even among adults 18-49 and was only slightly down among total viewers (check the numbers below).
    • Year-to-year numbers (Tuesday, December 27, 2005):
      • Households – 7.4/12 to 6.3/11
      • Viewers – 10.85M to 10.01M
      • A18-49 – 1.9/5 to 1.9/5

NBC followed in second place for the evening among households with a 5.4/9 household rating, but was third among total viewers (8.27 million). Among adults 18-49, the Peacock earned a second place 2.6/7 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.7/9 HH rating [#2]
    • 8.31M viewers [#3]
    • 2.7/8 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 PM: An hour of Dateline (5.1/9 HH rating, 7.49M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating) gave the peacock a second place finish among households, but the program lagged behind NCIS and House among total viewers and adults 18-49.
  • 9:00 PM: A repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (5.2/9 HH rating, 8.16M viewers, 2.5/7 A18-49 rating) ticked up some for NBC.
  • 10:00 PM: And NBC ended the evening with another repeat, this time of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (6.0/11 HH rating, 9.16M viewers, 3.2/10 A18-49 rating) which was NBC’s strongest performer for the evening, winning the hour among adults 18-49.

Fox finished in third place for the evening among households with a 5.2/9 household rating, second among total viewers (8.41 million) and a strong first place 3.2/9 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.5/9 HH rating [#3]
    • 8.47M viewers [#2]
    • 3.2/9 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 PM: A repeat of House (4.7/8 HH rating, 7.60M viewers, 2.8/9 A18-49 rating) opened the hour for Fox, as it led into another repeat of..
  • 9:00 PM: House (5.7/10 HH rating, 9.22M viewers, 3.6/10 A18-49 rating) which increased an very noteworthy 1.62M viewers, 21% among households and 29% among adults 18-49. It was the nights highest rated program among the key A18-49 demographic.

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 2.9/5 household rating and 4.63 million total viewers and a 1.6/4 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.8/6 HH rating [#4]
    • 6.21M viewers [#4]
    • 2.0/6 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 PM: ABC aired a repeat of Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (4.8/9 HH rating, 8.64M viewers, 3.2/9 A18-49 rating) which performed decently, but not as strongly as some of their Christmas themed Rudolph specials.
  • 9:00 and 9:30 PM: New episodes of “Big Day”(2.5/4 HH rating, 3.99M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating) and (2.5/4 HH rating, 3.85M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating) continued to perform poorly, but ABC is determined to run off the remaining episodes. ABC is going to have a very hard time winning the TV season among adults 18-49. Their line-up has suffered without new airings of their key shows.
    • Week-to-week numbers (9:00 – 10:00 PM):
      • Households – 3.3/5 to 2.5/4
      • Viewers – 4.75M to 3.92M
      • A18-49 – 1.8/5 to 1.4/4
  • 10:00 PM: A repeat of Boston Legal (3.3/6 HH rating, 4.97M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating) ended the overall weak showing from the alphabet.


The CW was left for a fifth place finish with a 1.2/2 household rating, 1.60 million total viewers and a fifth place 0.7/2 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.9/3 HH rating [#5]
    • 2.61M viewers [#5]
    • 1.1/3 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 PM: A repeat of Gilmore Girls (1.3/2 HH rating, 1.87M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating) got the CW off to a slow start.
  • 9:00 PM: While a repeat of Veronica Mars (0.9/2 HH rating, 1.33M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating) dipped even further. Giving the CW another weak evening.

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


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