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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, February 12, 2008

There was nothing unusual with Tuesday nights ratings, as Hollywood week was kind to American Idol, which posted solid week-to-week gains, to give Fox an expected ratings win.

Elsewhere on the night, the return of Jericho in its new timeslot, and day, drew poor results. The show was down by more than 4.5 million viewers from its series premiere last season. The only good news was that compared to last season’s finale, the show held up fairly well among total audience, and grew by 19% among adults 18-49.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 16.7/25 household rating/share, 29.87 million viewers and a 12.3/29 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 14.7/22 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 25.52M viewers [#1]
    • 10.1/24 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol (16.7/25 HH rating/share, 29.87M viewers, 12.3/29 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (8:00-9:00):
      • Households – 15.7/23 to 16.7/25
      • Viewers – 27.91M to 29.87M
      • Adults 18-49 – 11.2/28 to 12.3/29
    • Last week’s numbers (House – 9:00):
      • Households – 13.5/20
      • Viewers – 23.16M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.0/21

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 5.5/8 household rating/share and 8.73 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 2.5/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.2/6 HH rating/share [#3]
    • 6.12 viewers [#3]
    • 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of NCIS (7.7/12 HH rating/share, 11.72M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The ninth season premiere of Big Brother (4.6/7 HH rating/share, 7.33M viewers, 2.7/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (Thursday, July 5, 2007 – season eight premiere):
      • Households – 4.8/9 to 4.6/7
      • Viewers – 7.40M to 7.33M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/10 to 2.7/6
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Tuesday, September 18, 2007 – season eight finale):
      • Households – 5.5/9 to 4.6/7
      • Viewers – 8.67M to 7.33M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.4/9 to 2.7/6
  • 10:00 p.m.: The second season premiere of Jericho (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 7.15M viewers, 2.5/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (Wednesday, September 20, 2006 – season one premiere):
      • Households – 7.6/12 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 11.66M to 7.15M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.4/10 to 2.5/7
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Wednesday, May 9, 2007 – season one finale):
      • Households – 5.2/9 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 7.72M to 7.15M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/7 to 2.5/7
    • Last week’s numbers (Campaign 2008: Super Tuesday – 9:00-11:00):
      • Households – 3.1/5
      • Viewers – 4.29M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 5.1/8 household rating/share and 7.76 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.8/7 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.6/7 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 7.16M viewers [#2]
    • 2.8/7 A18-49 rating/share [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (4.7/7 HH rating/share, 7.47M viewers, 3.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.7/7 to 4.7/7
      • Viewers – 7.45M to 7.47M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/7 to 3.0/7
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (5.7/9 HH rating/share, 8.34M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (NBC News: Super Tuesday Special):
      • Households – 3.6/6
      • Viewers – 5.15M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/5

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.7/6 household rating/share, 5.52 million viewers and a 1.5/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.6/6 HH rating/share [#4]
    • 5.26M viewers [#4]
    • 1.4/3 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: An original episode of Just for Laughs (3.4/5 HH rating/share, 5.26M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a repeat of Just for Laughs (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 4.80M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Just for Laughs – January 22, 2008):
      • Households – 3.2/5 to 3.4/5
      • Viewers – 4.69M to 5.26M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.4/5
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: According to Jim (3.3/5 HH rating/share, 4.92M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by Carpoolers (2.6/4 HH rating/share, 3.85M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (According to Jim – January 29, 2008):
      • Households – 3.6/5 to 3.3/5
      • Viewers – 5.70M to 4.92M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/4 to 1.4/3
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Carpoolers – January 29, 2008):
      • Households – 2.6/4 to 2.6/4
      • Viewers – 3.84M to 3.85M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/3 to 1.3/3
  • 10:00 p.m.: Boston Legal (4.9/8 HH rating/share, 7.23M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Boston Legal – January 22, 2008):
      • Households – 5.6/9 to 4.9/8
      • Viewers – 8.30M to 7.23M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/6 to 1.8/5
    • Last week’s numbers (Super Tuesday Showdown: Coast to Coast – 8:00-11:00):
      • Households – 3.4/5
      • Viewers – 4.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/3

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.7/3 household rating/share, 2.60 million viewers and a 1.1/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.6/2 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 2.36M viewers [#5]
    • 1.0/2 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Reaper (1.4/2 HH rating/share, 1.98M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: One Tree Hill (2.2/3 HH rating/share, 3.21M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.9/3 to 2.2/3
      • Viewers – 2.86M to 3.21M
      • Adults 18-49 -1.3/3 to 1.4/3
GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Note: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on fast national data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final rating for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonights episode of “American Idol” will be reported in next weeks report for Tuesday, February 19, 2008.

Also keep in mind that because these are fast national ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

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