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Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, December 20, 2008 December 21, 2008 7:21 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Broadcast TV Ratings, News, Nielsen TV Ratings.
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Note: Due to the unavailability of the fast nationals last week, “Last Week” numbers in this week’s report are based on the final national numbers.

Additionally, household rating/share numbers were not available for this evening.

FOX finished in first place for the evening with 5.31 million viewers and a 1.6/6 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.2/6 HH rating [#2]
    • 5.36M viewers [#1]
    • 1.7/6 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Cops-REPEAT (4.80M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Cops):
      • Households – 3.0/6
      • Viewers – 5.05M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/6
  • 8:30 p.m.: Cops-REPEAT (5.29M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: America’s Most Wanted (5.58M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.2/6 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 5.43M to 5.58M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6 to 1.7/5

CBS followed in second place for the evening with 4.93 million viewers and a 1.5/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/6 HH rating [#1]
    • 4.91M viewers [#2]
    • 1.0/3 A18-49 [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Film: Elf-REPEAT (4.67M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: 48 Hours Mystery (5.48M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.5/8 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 6.54M to 5.48M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/5 to 1.4/4

ABC finished in third place for the evening with 3.99 million viewers and a 1.2/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.8/5 HH rating [#4]
    • 4.69M viewers [#4]
    • 1.3/4 A18-49 rating [#t2]
  • 8:00 p.m:  I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown-REPEAT (3.74M viewers, 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m: Film: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat-REPEAT (4.10M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Film: Surviving Christmas-REPEAT):
      • Households – 3.0/5
      • Viewers – 4.82M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with 3.73 million viewers and a 1.0/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.1/6 HH rating [#3]
    • 4.90M viewers [#3]
    • 1.3/4 A18-49 rating [#t2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Crusoe (2.90M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (12/6/2008):
      • Households – 1.5/3 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 2.42M to 2.90M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.5/2 to 0.6/2
  • 9:00 p.m.: WWE Salute to the Troops (3.39M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (4.91M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Film: It’s a Wonderful Life-REPEAT):
      • Households – 3.1/6
      • Viewers – 4.90M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4

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 tonight’s episode of “America’s Most Wanted” will be reported in next weeks report for Saturday, December 27, 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. Daily ratings figures can be found at PIFeedback and Zap2It.

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