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Broadcast TV Ratings for Friday, September 25, 2009

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

Note: “Last Week” numbers in this week’s report are based on final national data.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 5.4/10 HH rating/share, 8.41 million viewers and a 2.0/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

3.0/6 HH rating [#2]
4.41M
viewers [#2]
1.0/3
A18-49 [#t2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The fifth season premiere of Ghost Whisperer (5.4/10 HH rating/share, 8.58M viewers, 2.2/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (10/3/2008 – season four premiere):

Households – 6.1/11 to 5.4/10 (-11.5%)
Viewers – 9.45M to 8.58M (-9%/-0.87M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/9 to 2.2/8 (-12%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The sixth season — and CBS — premiere of Medium (5.7/10 HH rating/share, 8.78M viewers, 2.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (MON; 2/2/2009 at 10:00pm – season five premiere on NBC):

Households – 5.5/9 to 5.7/10 (+4%)
Viewers – 8.56M to 8.78M (+3%/+0.22M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.9/7 to 2.0/7 (-31%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: The sixth season premiere of Numb3rs (5.2/10 HH rating/share, 7.92M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (10/3/2008 – season five premiere):

Households – 5.3/10 to 5.2/10 (-2%)
Viewers – 8.21M to 7.92M (-3.5%/-0.29M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.1/7 to 1.8/6 (-14%)

NBC followed in second place for the evening with a 4.0/7 HH rating/share and 5.93 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 1.4/5 rating/share.

Last Week:

5.1/10 HH rating [#1]
7.45M viewers [#1]
1.9/6 A18-49 rating [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The 20th season premiere of Law & Order (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.29M viewers, 1.3/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (WED; 11/5/2008 at 10:00pm – season 19 premiere):

Households – 5.4/9 to 4.2/7 (-22%)
Viewers – 7.94M to 6.29M (-21%/-1.65M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.2/6 to 1.3/5 (-41%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Dateline NBC (4.1/7 HH rating/share, 5.82M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).

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

Households – 5.1/10 to 4.1/7 (-20%)
Viewers – 7.38M to 5.82M (-21%/-1.56M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.7/6 to 1.5/5 (-12%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: The Jay Leno Show (3.8/7 HH rating/share, 5.68M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (THUR; 9/24/2009):

Households – 3.5/6 to 3.8/7 (+9%)
Viewers – 5.13M to 5.82M (+13.5%/+0.69M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.5/5 (-12%)

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

Households – 5.0/9 to 3.8/7 (-24%)
Viewers – 7.60M to 5.82M (-23%/-1.78M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7 to 1.5/5 (-32%)

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 3.5/6 HH rating/share and 5.30 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 1.7/6 rating/share.

Last Week:

2.3/4 HH rating [#4]
3.25M viewers [#4]
0.8/3 A18-49 rating [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: FlashForward-REPEAT (3.0/6 HH rating/share, 4.55M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (The 2009 ALMA Awards – 8:00-10:00pm):

Households – 1.5/3
Viewers – 2.08M
Adults 18-49 – 0.5/2

  • 9:00 p.m.: The Modern Family-REPEAT (2.7/5 HH rating/share, 4.28M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:30 p.m.: Cougar Town-REPEAT (2.7/5 HH rating/share, 4.18M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: 20/20 (4.9/9 HH rating/share, 7.11M viewers, 2.3/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 4.0/7 to 4.9/9 (+22.5%)
Viewers – 5.59M to 7.11M (+27%/+1.52M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.4/5 to 2.3/8 (+64%)

FOX followed in fourth place for the evening with a 1.7/3 HH rating/share, 2.69 million viewers and a 1.0/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

2.4/5 HH rating [#3]
3.91M viewers [#3]
1.0/3 A18-49 rating [#t2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The hour-long series premiere of the half-hour comedy Brothers (1.8/3 HH rating/share, 2.82M viewers, 1.0/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?season three finale):

Households – 3.2/6
Viewers – 5.25M
Adults 18-49 – 1.1/4

  • 9:00 p.m.: The second season premiere of Dollhouse (1.6/3 HH rating/share, 2.56M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (2/13/2009 – season one/series premiere):

Households – 2.8/5 to 1.6/3 (-43%)
Viewers – 4.76M to 2.56M (-46%/-2.20M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6 to 1.0/3 (-50%)

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.2/2 HH rating/share, 1.83 million viewers and a 0.8/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

0.8/2 HH rating [#5]
1.15M viewers [#5]
0.5/2 A18-49 rating [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The ninth season premiere of Smallville (1.5/3 HH rating/share, 2.50M viewers, 1.0/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (THUR; 9/18/2008 – season eight premiere):

Households – 2.6/5 to 1.5/3 (-42%)
Viewers – 4.34M to 2.50M (-42%/-1.84M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6 to 1.0/4 (-44%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model-REPEAT (0.9/2 HH rating/share, 1.17M viewers, 0.5/2 A18-49 rating/share).

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 affiliates. (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 “Medium” will be reported in next weeks report for Friday, October 2, 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.

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

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  • Scot

    What a shame that neither of the best shows of the night, Dollhouse and Smallville, were able to clear even 3 million viewers. Guess quality on the former and consistency on the latter don’t equal high ratings when it comes down to choosing from the other crap that’s out there. Thanks for posting. :)

  • Scot

    What a shame that neither of the best shows of the night, Dollhouse and Smallville, were able to clear even 3 million viewers. Guess quality on the former and consistency on the latter don’t equal high ratings when it comes down to choosing from the other crap that’s out there. Thanks for posting. :)