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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, January 9

NBC takes the night among total households, while Fox wins among total viewers and runs away with the win among adults 18-49. House was the nights highest rated program.

NBC finished in first place for the evening with an 8.2/13 household rating, second among total viewers with 11.97 million and second among adults 18-49 with a 3.8/10 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 8.6/13 HH rating [#1]
    • 12.68M viewers [#1]
    • 4.1/10 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 PM: An hour of Dateline (6.7/10 HH rating, 9.56M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating) continued to provide a better performance than previous occupant Friday Night Lights. It was second place for the hour among viewers and adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.7/10 to 6.7/10
      • Viewers – 9.53M to 9.56M
      • A18-49 – 2.9/8 to 3.0/8
  • 9:00 PM: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (8.2/12 HH rating, 11.87M viewers, 3.5/9 A18-49 rating) came down some after a very strong performance last week. The show is still up overall compared to previous episodes this season. It was second place on the hour among total viewers and adults 18-49, and tied for second among total households. ‘Criminal Intent’ posted gains of 2.31M viewers, 22% among households and 17% among adults 18-49 from its lead-in.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households -9.1/14 to 8.2/12
      • Viewers – 9.76M to 13.40M
      • A18-49 – 3.1/8 to 4.1/10
  • 10:00 PM: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9.8/16 HH rating, 14.48M viewers, 5.0/13 A18-49 rating) gave NBC a first place finish for the hour and ended an evening in which every show increased in all main categories from its lead-in.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 10.0/17 to 9.8/16
      • Viewers – 15.10M to 14.48M
      • A18-49 – 5.2/14 to 5.0/13

Fox followed in second place for the evening with an 8.0/12 household rating but was first among total viewers with 13.43 million and adults 18-49 (5.5/14 rating).

  • Last Week:
    • 6.4/10 HH rating [#2]
    • 9.74M viewers [#2]
    • 3.4/9 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 PM: Leading off the evening for Fox was a repeat of House (5.6/9 HH rating, 9.04M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49) which though it placed third among households and viewers, managed a strong first place among adults 18-49.
  • 9:00 PM: Leading out of a repeat was an original episode of House (10.4/16 HH rating, 17.83M viewers, 7.3/18 A18-49). House was the nights highest rated program among all main categories. Also of note was that viewers had no problem finding the show after its 1 month hiatus, gaining 1.71M, 6% among households and 12% among adults 18-49.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (12/12/2006)
      • Households – 9.8/15 to 10.4/16
      • Viewers – 16.12M to 17.83M
      • A18-49 – 6.5/17 to 7.3/18

CBS finished in third place for the evening with a 7.7/12 household rating, 11.79 million total viewers and a 3.3/9 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.2/10 HH rating [#3]
    • 9.61M viewers [#3]
    • 2.5/6 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 PM: Choosing to go with a repeat of NCIS (8.0/12 HH rating, 12.79M viewers, 2.9/8 A18-49 rating) CBS came away with an impressive timeslot win among households and viewers, but was unable to match its competition among adults 18-49, coming third in the key demo.
  • 9:00 PM: The 33rd annual People’s Choice Awards (7.5/12 HH rating, 11.29M viewers, 3.5/9 A18-49 rating) ticked up some from last season to respectable numbers, up 1.54M viewers, 12% among households and 3% among adults 18-49.
    • Year-to-year numbers (1/10/2006):
      • Households – 6.7/10 to 7.5/12
      • Viewers – 9.75M to 11.29M
      • A18-49 – 3.4/8 to 3.5/9

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.6/7 household rating, 6.97 million total viewers and a 2.1/6 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.9/6 HH rating [#4]
    • 6.04M viewers [#4]
    • 2.0/5 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 PM: A repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos (4.9/8 HH rating, 7.83M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating) stayed even from the week prior.
  • 9:00 and 9:30 PM: After a slight uptick last week new episodes of “Big Day”(3.1/5 HH rating, 4.36M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating) and (2.8/5 HH rating, 3.98M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating) fell back down (numbers from the past three weeks are below).
    • Week-to-week numbers (9:00 – 10:00 PM):
      • Households – 2.5/4 to 3.2/5 to 3.0/5
      • Viewers – 3.92M to 5.02M to 4.17M
      • A18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.7/5 to 1.5/4
  • 10:00 PM: More importantly though for ABC was that Boston Legal (6.0/10 HH rating, 8.90M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating) was apparently hurt from its weakened lead-in. The show was down 1.27M viewers, 13% among households and 20% among adults 18-49. It’s not an extreme shedding of viewers, but its worth pointing out.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (12/5/2006):
      • Households – 6.9/11 to 6.0/10
      • Viewers – 10.17M to 8.90M
      • A18-49 – 3.0/8 to 2.4/6

The CW was left for a fifth place finish with a 1.4/2 household rating, 1.95 million total viewers and a fifth place 0.8/2 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.2/2 HH rating [#5]
    • 1.60M viewers [#5]
    • 0.7/2 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 PM: An encore of Gilmore Girls (1.8/3 HH rating, 2.45M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating) was a bit better than usual, given its repeat nature.
  • 9:00 PM: While a repeat of Veronica Mars (1.1/2 HH rating, 1.46M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating) slid even further.

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 and PIFeedback.com