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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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President Obama’s address to congress — which aired from 9:00 pm to a little past 10:00 pm ET — was far and away the most watched program on the night.  The address drew a 21.4 HH rating, 33.62 million viewers and a 9.9 A18-49 rating on the four major broadcast nets ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. When Univision is added into the mix, the total viewership rises to 37.11 million viewers and a 11.3 A18-49 rating for the 9-10pm time period.

The remaining minutes of the address, post-address analysis and the Republican response drew an average 19.5 HH rating, 31.31M viewers and a 9.1 A18-49 rating from 10:00-10:30pm on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

In terms of original programming, both CBS and NBC led the way at 8:00pm, with CBS’s NCIS drawing the most viewers and NBC’s Biggest Loser the most viewers in the A18-49 demo.

Click through the jump to see the rest of the night’s results.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 7.4/12 household rating/share and 11.79 million, but was second among adults 18-49 with a 2.5/7 rating/share.

Last Week:

10.2/16 HH rating/share [#2]
16.18M viewers [#2]
3.4/9 A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (11.0/17 HH rating/share, 17.92M viewers, 3.8/11 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 11.0/17 to 11.0/17 (n/c)
Viewers – 18.06M to 17.92M (-1/-0.14M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.7/10 to 3.8/11 (+3%)

  • 9:00 p.m.:  Presidential Address to Congress (6.6/10 HH rating/share, 10.50M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (The Mentalist):

Households – 11.3/17
Viewers – 18.23M
Adults 18-49 – 3.7/9

  • 10:00 p.m.: Presidential Address to Congress/Republican Response (5.4/9 HH rating/share, 8.23M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:30 p.m.: Two and a Half Men-REPEAT (3.9/7 HH rating/share, 5.68M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Without a Trace – 10:00-11:00pm):

Households – 7.9/13
Viewers – 12.10M
Adults 18-49 – 2.6/7

NBC followed in second place for the evening with a 5.6/9 household rating/share and 9.06 million viewers, but managed a first place finish among adults 18-49 with a 3.0/8 rating/share.

Last Week:

5.9/9 HH rating/share [#3]
9.09M viewers [#3]
3.6/9 A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser: Couples (6.0/9 HH rating/share, 9.65M viewers, 3.6/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (8:00-10:00pm):

Households – 5.6/8 to 6.0/9 (+7%)
Viewers – 8.88M to 9.65M (+9%/+0.77M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.6/9 to 3.6/10 (n/c)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Presidential Address to Congress (6.2/9 HH rating/share, 10.18M viewers, 3.3/8 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Presidential Address to Congress/Republican Response (6.2/10 HH rating/share, 9.86M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:30 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (3.2/6 HH rating/share, 4.84M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit):

Households – 6.5/11
Viewers – 9.48M
Adults 18-49 – 3.4/9

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.6/7 household rating/share, 7.12 million viewers and a 2.1/6 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

2.9/4 HH rating/share [#4]
4.45M viewers [#4]
1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Homeland Security USA (3.9/6 HH rating/share, 6.16M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.1/5 to 3.9/6 (+26%)
Viewers – 4.71M to 6.16M (+31%/+1.45M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.9/5 (+36%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Presidential Address to Congress (5.4/8 HH rating/share, 8.39M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Presidential Address to Congress/Republican Response (5.0/8 HH rating/share, 7.92M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:30 p.m.: Primetime: What Would You Do? (3.8/7 HH rating/share, 5.72M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.6/6 to 3.8/7 (+6%)
Viewers – 5.70M to 5.72M (+0.02M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5 to 1.8/5 (-10%)

Fox followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.0/5 household rating/share, 4.79 million viewers and a 1.7/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

14.3/21 HH rating/share [#1]
25.10M viewers [#1]
9.5/23 A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Bones-REPEAT (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 5.03M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Presidential Address to Congress (3.2/5 HH rating/share, 4.55M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Presidential Address to Congress/Republican Response (2.9/4 HH rating/share, 5.30M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (American Idol – 8:00-10:00pm):

Households – 14.3/21
Viewers – 25.37M
Adults 18-49 – 9.6/24

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.0/2 household rating/share, 1.51 million viewers and a 0.7/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

0.7/1 HH rating/share [#5]
0.94M viewers [#5]
0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: 90210-REPEAT (1.0/2 HH rating/share, 1.39M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (90210):

Households – 1.7/3
Viewers – 2.38M
Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3

  • 9:00 p.m.: The first season finale of Privileged (1.1/2 HH rating/share, 1.66M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (2/3/2009):

Households – 1.1/2 to 1.1/2 (n/c)
Viewers – 1.40M to 1.66M (+19%/+0.26M)
Adults 18-49 – 0.6/2 to 0.8/2 (+33%)

GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Note: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on fast affiliate 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 affiliate numbers. (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 “NCIS” will be reported in next weeks report for Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Also keep in mind that because these are fast affiliate ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

Source: Fast Affiliate/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research. Daily ratings figures can be found at PI Feedback, Zap2It and TV by the Numbers.