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40.35M Watched President Obama’s Second News Conference March 25, 2009 5:25 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.
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barackobama-032509The second press conference of President Barack Obama last night drew an audience of 40.35M viewers. The hour-long conference had a combined household rating of a 25.9 and was carried on 11 networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and mun2.

President Obama’s previous news conference was seen by 49.46M viewers in February.  Over the past week, the President has racked up impressive audiences for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (an 11.2 household metered market rating) last Thursday and 60 Minutes on Sunday (17.04M).

For comparative purposes, President Obama’s inauguration day celebration was seen by 37.79M viewers and his address to congress was watched by 52.37M viewers.


Big Boost for Battlestar Galactica Series Finale [Update] March 23, 2009 5:54 pm

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Updated on 3/25/2009 at 1:05PM: The final numbers for the episode were 2.36M viewers.  Among the demos, it drew 1.5M adults 18-49 and 1.6M adults 25-54.  In terms of the season 4.5 average (based on live + same day DVR playback) the show averaged 1.77M viewers.  SCI FI reports that the season 4 average (based on live+7-day numbers with the exception of the penultimate episode and the two-hour series finale) is 2.3M.

Original article follows below.

The two-hour series finale of Battlestar Galactica drew 2.4 million viewerslast Friday, according to preliminary data (final data will be released by Tuesday/Wednesday).  While on its own, that’s not all that impressive (after all, a normal airing of Ghost Hunters on the network drew 2.7 million viewers the week before last), but when compared to its most recent episode, the show was up 41%.  Overall, the 10-episode season 4.5 averaged 1.77M viewers.

The finale was also the most-watched episode of the series since the season 2.5 premiere nearly 3 years ago on January 6, 2006.

Source: THR

Daily Show Gets Boost with Cramer Appearance March 14, 2009 11:51 pm

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dailyshowstewartcramer-031409Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, featuring the highly anticipated interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, drew the show’s second largest audience of the year.  An average audience of 2.3 million viewers tuned in, ranking second only to January’s inauguration day episode, which delivered 2.6 million viewers.

Overall, the episode ranks in the all-time top 10 for the show, which scored a record-high 3.6 million viewers for an October episode that had Stewart conduct a one-on-one interview via satellite with then-candidate Barack Obama.

Source: Variety

Top Chef Season Five Finale Second-Highest-Rated Episode Ever February 27, 2009 2:36 pm

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topchef-022709UPDATE: I’ve added the Bravo press release, which I missed earlier, and updated the article to reflect a more complete ratings picture.

The original article follows below.

Wednesday’s Top Chef season five finale on Bravo drew a 2.5/4 HH rating/share, 3.74 million viewers and a 2.1/6 adults 18-49 rating/share, becoming the show’s second-highest-rated episode.  The episode grew 11% over last year’s finale and was just one-tenth of a point behind season 2’s record high.  The 2.1 A18-49 rating translates to 2.77 million viewers in the demo, making for an incredibly impressive 74% of its total audience.

Here’s a bit more from the Bravo press release:

This season, “Top Chef: New York” averaged 2.14 million adults 18-49 and 3.02 million total viewers. Versus season four, the show is up 18 percent in adults 18-49 (vs. 1.81 million) and 19 percent in total viewers (vs. 2.54 million). Season-to-date, the series ranks No.1 for all cable entertainment in its Wednesday 10 p.m. time period among adults 18-49 and total viewers, and with the finale, the series also marked its fifth consecutive week of gains in those demographics.

The full press release, which also includes data for The Real Housewives of Orange County, follows after the jump. (more…)

Tiger Woods Return to Golf Draws Record Audience for Golf Channel February 27, 2009 1:41 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Golf Channel, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Sports, Television.
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tigerwoods-022709Tiger Woods fans weren’t the only ones happy about the return of the golfer after a lengthy off-season due to injury/surgery.  The golfer’s return to competition on Wednesday at the Accenture Match Play Championship generated a 1.8 rating for the Golf Channel.  The network drew an average of 1.7 million viewers, the most for any round of a tournament it has televised.

Web traffic was high as well, with GolfChannel.com recording a record 3.3 million page views and PGATour.com nearly 24 million page views.

Source: NY Times

President Obama Draws 52.37 Million Viewers February 25, 2009 7:41 pm

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barackobamaPresident Obama’s address to congress last night drew a total audience of 52.37 million viewers on 10 networks (broadcast and cable).  While well below President Clinton’s first address to congress in 1993 (66.9 million), it’s a good deal above both President Bush’s first (39.79M) and last (37.52M) address’s.

It’s also 6% above the audience tune-in for the President’s first press conference last week (49.46M).