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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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Full ratings and breakdown’s, including week-to-week comparisons, etc., follows after the jump.

Note: All numbers listed in this report, with the exception of the numbers within the “Last Week” sections, are based on the final national numbers.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 9.6/15 household rating/share, 16.62 million viewers and a 6.2/17 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

9.7/15 HH rating/share [#1]
16.58M
viewers [#1]
6.0/16 A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol (13.4/21 HH rating/share, 23.41M viewers, 8.3/23 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 13.5/21 to 13.4/21 (-1%)
Viewers – 23.26M to 23.41M (+1%/+0.15M)
Adults 18-49 – 8.1/23 to 8.3/23 (+2.5%)

  • 9:03-10:01 p.m.: Fringe (5.6/8 HH rating/share, 9.24M viewers, 3.8/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.6/8 to 5.6/8 (n/c)
Viewers – 9.62M to 9.24M (-4%/-0.38M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.0/10 to 3.8/10 (-5%)

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 9.5/15 household rating/share and 15.10 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 3.2/9 rating/share.

Last Week:

9.5/15 HH rating/share [#2]
15.19M viewers [#2]
3.2/8 A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (10.4/17 HH rating/share, 16.72M viewers, 3.4/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 10.1/16 to 10.4/17 (+3%)
Viewers – 16.70M to 16.72M (+0%/+0.02M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.5/10 to 3.4/10 (-3%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The Mentalist (10.4/16 HH rating/share, 16.68M viewers, 3.6/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 10.6/16 to 10.4/16 (-2%)
Viewers – 17.11M to 16.68M (-2.5%/-0.43M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.7/9 to 3.6/9 (-3%)

  • 10:01 p.m.: Without a Trace (7.7/13 HH rating/share, 11.83M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 7.9/13 to 7.7/13 (-2.5%)
Viewers – 12.21M to 11.83M (-3%/-0.38M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7 to 2.6/7 (+4%)

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 6.0/10 household rating/share and 9.36 million viewers but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 3.6/10 rating/share.

Last Week:

6.4/10 HH rating/share [#3]
9.78M viewers [#3]
3.7/10 A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser: Couples (5.6/9 HH rating/share, 9.13M viewers, 3.6/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.8/9 to 5.6/9 (-3%)
Viewers – 9.26M to 9.13M (-1%/-0.13M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.6/9 to 3.6/10 (n/c)

  • 10:00 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (6.9/12 HH rating/share, 9.82M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 7.2/12 to 6.9/12 (-4%)
Viewers – 10.55M to 9.82M (-7%/-0.73M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.9/11 to 3.7/10 (-5%)

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 5.1/8 household rating/share, 7.80 million viewers and a 2.0/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

5.3/8 HH rating/share [#4]
8.00M viewers [#4]
2.0/5
A18-49 rating/share [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Scrubs (2.5/4 HH rating/share, 3.70M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (4/22/2009):

Households – 3.0/5 to 2.5/4 (-17%)
Viewers – 4.60M to 3.70M (-20%/-0.90M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6 to 1.5/4 (-21%)

Last week’s numbers (According to Jim):

Households – 2.2/4
Viewers – 3.11M
Adults 18-49 – 0.9/3

  • 8:30 p.m.: Better off Ted (2.1/3 HH rating/share, 3.07M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (4/22/2009):

Households – 2.7/5 to 2.1/3 (-22%)
Viewers – 4.19M to 3.07M (-27%/-1.12M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.2/3 (-29%)

Last week’s numbers (According to Jim):

Households – 2.4/4
Viewers – 3.56M
Adults 18-49 – 1.0/3

  • 9:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars: The Results (9.4/14 HH rating/share, 14.56M viewers, 3.2/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (results show):

Households – 9.4/14 to 9.4/14 (n/c)
Viewers – 14.72M to 14.56M (-1%/-0.16M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.3/8 to 3.2/8 (-3%)

Day-to-day numbers (MON; 5/4/2009 – regular episode):

Households – 12.6/19 to 9.4/14 (-25%)
Viewers – 20.28M to 14.56M (-28%/-5.72M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.8/13 to 3.2/8 (-33%)

  • 10:02 p.m.: Cupid (3.5/6 HH rating/share, 5.14M viewers, 1.6/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.8/6 to 3.5/6 (-8%)
Viewers – 5.59M to 5.14M (-8%/-0.45M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.6/4 to 1.6/4 (n/c)

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.2/2 household rating/share, 1.87 million viewers and a 0.9/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

1.2/2 HH rating/share [#5]
1.81M
viewers [#5]
0.8/2
A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Reaper (1.2/2 HH rating/share, 1.89M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 1.2/2 to 1.2/2 (n/c)
Viewers – 1.76M to 1.89M (+7%/+0.13M)
Adults 18-49 – 0.7/2 to 0.8/2 (+14%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: 90210 (1.3/2 HH rating/share, 1.84M viewers, 0.9/2 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 1.2/2 to 1.2/2 (n/c)
Viewers – 1.79M to 1.84M (+3%/+0.05M)
Adults 18-49 – 0.9/2 to 0.9/2 (n/c)

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 “American Idol” will be reported in next weeks report for Tuesday, May 12, 2009. Also keep in mind that because these are fast affiliate numbers, when the finals are released there may be noticeable changes.

And lastly, there may be some errors in the data due to rounding/human error. I’ll do my best to limit those mistakes and correct them in time for the next week’s report.

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.