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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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ABC finished in a tie for first place for the evening with a 3.7/7 household rating/share, but was alone in first among both viewers (7.00 million) and adults 18-49 (2.3/8 rating/share).

  • Last Week:
    • 2.5/6 HH rating/share [#t3]
    • 4.39M viewers [#3]
    • 1.2/5 A18-49 rating/share [#t2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Film: Shrek 2-REPEAT (3.4/7 HH rating/share, 6.25M viewers, 2.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest (4.3/9 HH rating/share, 8.52M viewers, 2.8/10 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Year-to-year numbers (MON; 12/31/2007):
      • Households – 4.8/10 to 4.3/9
      • Viewers – 9.10M to 8.52M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/11 to 2.8/10
    • Last week’s numbers (Film: The Chronicles of Narnia-REPEAT – 8:00-11:00):
      • Households – 2.6/6
      • Viewers – 4.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/5

CBS followed in a tie for first place for the evening with a 3.7/7 household rating/share, but was second among both viewers (5.84 million) and adults 18-49 (1.3/4 rating/share).

  • Last Week:
    • 3.6/6 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 5.58M viewers [#1]
    • 1.2/5 A18-49 rating/share [#t2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The New Adventures of Old Christine-REPEAT (2.7/5 HH rating/share, 4.23M viewers, 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:30 p.m.: Gary Unmarried-REPEAT (2.5/5 HH rating/share, 3.97M viewers, 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds-REPEAT (4.1/8 HH rating/share, 6.61M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: CSI: NY-REPEAT (4.3/9 HH rating/share, 6.82M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).

FOX finished in third place for the evening with a 2.7/5 household rating/share and 4.53 million viewers and was tied for third among adults 18-49 with a 1.1/4 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.5/6 HH rating/share [#t3]
    • 4.08M viewers [#4]
    • 1.0/4 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Bones-REPEAT (2.8/5 HH rating/share, 4.71M viewers, 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Another Bones-REPEAT (2.6/5 HH rating/share, 4.36M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 2.5/5 household rating/share and 4.09 million viewers, but managed a tie for third place among adults 18-49 with a 1.1/4 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.0/7 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 5.30M viewers [#2]
    • 1.6/6 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m: Knight Rider (2.7/5 HH rating/share, 4.48M viewers, 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (11/19/2008):
      • Households – 3.3/5 to 2.7/5
      • Viewers – 5.20M to 4.48M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.1/4
  • 9:00 p.m: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (2.6/5 HH rating/share, 3.93M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m: NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly (2.4/5 HH rating/share, 3.86M viewers, 1.2/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Film: It’s A Wonderful Life – 8:00-11:00):
      • Households – 3.0/7
      • Viewers – 5.29M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/6

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 0.8/2 household rating/share, 1.19 million viewers and a 0.4/1 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 0.9/2 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 1.70M viewers [#5]
    • 0.6/2 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Film: How to Deal-REPEAT (0.8/2 HH rating/share, 1.19M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Flight Before Christmas-REPEAT – 8:00):
      • Households – 1.0/2
      • Viewers – 1.84M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.6/2
    • Last week’s numbers (Story of Santa Claus-REPEAT - 9:00):
      • Households – 0.7/2
      • Viewers – 1.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.5/2
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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 tonight’s episode of “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest will be reported in next weeks report for Wednesday, January 7, 2009. 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. Daily ratings figures can be found at PIFeedback and Zap2It.
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