NBC’s Sunday Night Football has set another record, and not surprisingly, the Dallas Cowboys were once again involved. Last night the network registered a 16.5 household rating for the Philadelphia Eagles-Cowboys game, tying with last year’s Cowboys-New York Giants game for best in the five-year history of the show.
With usual victor CBS in reruns, ABC and Univision tied for No. 1 on Friday night, though Univision easily scored the night’s top show with Soy Tu Dueña. ABC and Univision each averaged a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and 5 share Friday, with NBC third at 1.3/4.
CBS earned a narrow victory over ABC last night with its regular lineup, while ABC was loaded up with specials. CBS averaged a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating and an 8 share, with ABC in second at 2.7/8.
It looks like The Sing-Off will indeed be a modest success for NBC this holiday season. Though the two-hour show dipped slightly in its second outing last night, it still produced season-best numbers for the third-place network in the timeslot and was up from last year. Sing-Off averaged a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., up 24% from a 2.1 for last year’s Wednesday episode.
It was a merry Christmas for Fox last night as Glee led the network to yet another Tuesday victory. The Glee Christmas episode averaged a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, easily the night’s top show and boosting Fox to a 3.3 rating and 9 share in the demo for the night. That was 22% ahead of second-place NBC, which averaged a 2.7/8, though Glee was actually down slightly from last week, when it averaged a 4.6.
It didn’t draw Glee– or American Idol-size numbers, but the second-season debut of NBC’s The Sing-Off performed well enough to boost the network to second last night and bettered what timeslot occupants Chuck and The Event have been averaging recently. Sing-Off averaged a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 10 p.m., up 22% over last year’s premiere, which drew a 2.3.
It was a bloody game for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who pulled out a 13-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played with a broken nose, and a big win for NBC. The network dominated Sunday night with the Steelers-Ravens Sunday Night Football game, which averaged a 7.3 from 8:30 to 11 p.m. last night.
With CBS in reruns, ABC took Thursday night easily, though it was a pretty slow night overall. ABC averaged a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and 8 share, 41% ahead of second-place NBC at 2.2/6. ABC was paced by Grey’s Anatomy, the evening’s No. 1 show with a 4.0 rating, finishing just ahead of NBC’s The Office with a 3.7.
It was a slow night for broadcast, with Survivor and the season finale of the CW’s America’s Next Top Model the only shows to see much traction. CBS’s Survivor was the night’s top show with a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., easily the night’s top show and boosting CBS to victory for the night.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had the same amount of bared skin as last year, but it attracted more viewers. The CBS special averaged a strong 3.4 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. last night, likely CBS’s best performance of the year in the timeslot and topping competition including the final hour of NBC’s The Biggest Loser finale.
In its timeslot debut, ABC’s Skating with the Stars went clattering to the ice last night. The new reality show managed a mere 1.2 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 9:30 p.m., losing half of last week’s rating.
NBC cruised to another easy victory on Sunday night, capping a slow Thanksgiving holiday for broadcast. The network averaged a 4.9 adults 18-49 rating in primetime, topping No. 2 Fox’s 4.3/11. Sunday Night Football was easily the night’s No. 1 program with a 6.0 from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
One of the most exciting Iron Bowls in years boosted CBS to the best college football ratings in years, too. Friday afternoon’s showdown between undefeated Auburn and defending national champ Alabama averaged a 7.5 household rating, up 56% over last year’s 4.8 rating.
It was a quiet Thanksgiving Eve on Wednesday night, with another soft night for the networks. Fox’s Human Target, which premiered last week and introduced new female characters, lost over a million viewers in its second episode. It was a night of reruns and recap episodes, and with the day before Thanksgiving being a popular night for both traveling and bar-hopping, its no surprise that the only show to break a 3.0 in the key demo was ABC’s Modern Family with a 3.7.
ll the hype over Bristol Palin’s controversial appearance in the Dancing with the Stars finals paid off for the long-running reality show. The season 11 finale last night averaged 24.1 million total viewers at 9 p.m. on ABC, and a 5.3 adults 18-49 rating, the latter up 23% over last fall’s finale. It marked its best finale in total viewers in six seasons and its best among 18-49s in five.
ABC’s penultimate episode of Dancing with the Stars drew a big crowd last night, but apparently not many of them were interested in sticking around for the debut of Skating with the Stars. Dancing averaged a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8 to 9:30 p.m., up 15% from a 4.0 for last fall’s final performance episode and the night’s top show. It also drew 22 million total viewers.
With a highly anticipated showdown between NFC East rivals the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles, NBC’s Sunday Night Football scored its fourth-best rating ever last night. The game averaged a 15.9 household rating from 8:30 to 11:45 p.m., as the Eagles won 27-17 and moved into first in the division.
With its entire lineup seeing improvements over last week, CBS won the fourth Thursday of sweeps by a small margin over ABC. CBS averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and 9 share, with ABC in second place at 3.1/9, 6% behind CBS.
Human Target returned for its second-season premiere on Fox last right with a ho-hum rating, down from last season’s finale and placing third in its timeslot. Target averaged a 1.8 in adults 18-49 at 8 p.m., off 25% from last season’s 2.4 average. But it was down a lot less, just 0.1, from its finale in April.
ABC’s Tuesday lineup is fading, and though the finale of Dancing with the Stars next week will give it a lift, the network’s prospects once Stars goes on hiatus seem dimmer with No Ordinary Family sliding to a series low last night. ABC averaged a fourth-place 2.2 adults 18-49 rating and 6 share last night, down 8% from last week, when it placed third with a 2.4/7.
With Dancing with the Stars reduced from 120 minutes to 90 minutes leading into next week’s finale, and the lower-rated The Middle taking up those extra 30 minutes, usual leader ABC fell behind CBS last night. CBS averaged a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating and 9 share last night, just ahead of ABC’s 3.2/8.
Football was once again king on Sunday, with NBC finishing first thanks to Sunday Night Football and Fox taking second thanks to overrun from its 4:15 p.m. games. NBC averaged a 5.9 adults 18-49 rating and 15 share, with Fox in second at 4.5/11.
ABC had the No. 1 show, but CBS had the more consistent schedule on Friday night, lifting it to victory in primetime. CBS averaged a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating and 5 share, just ahead of ABC’s 1.5/6.
CBS won another rather lackluster Thursday as the network’s The Big Bang Theory finished as the No. 1 show on broadcast for the night, despite declining from last week. CBS averaged a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating and 8 share, to win the third Thursday of sweeps, with ABC trailing in second at 2.7/7.
The CMA Awards on ABC overpowered the competition last night, even though it fell to an all-time low among adults 18-49. The three-hour CMAs averaged a 4.7 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., down 11% from a 5.3 rating last year. The show was still 74% ahead of Fox and CBS, both at 2.7, and drew 16.4 million total viewers, the second-best since 2005.
Despite Michael J. Fox’s terrific turn as a lawyer sparring with Julianna Margulies’ character on last night’s The Good Wife, the CBS drama dipped 8% from its most recent outing two weeks ago, averaging a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m. Wife was just 0.1 ahead of NBC’s Parenthood, which drew its best 18-49 rating in just over a month, a 2.1.
NBC News scored a big get journalistically with the first post-presidency interview of George W. Bush upon the release of his new autobiography, Decision Points. But it seems few were interested in watching the ex-president talk to Matt Lauer last night. Matt Lauer Reports: Decision Points: A Conversation with George W. Bush averaged a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating at 8 p.m., down from a 2.0 last week for usual timeslot occupant Chuck.
The Simpsons‘ annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode, featuring the voice of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as a totally dreamy vampire in the Twilight spoof “Tweenlight,” saw a healthy bump over the cartoon’s most recent episode. Simpsons averaged a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 23% from its most recent episode on Oct. 10, before Fox’s MLB postseason coverage began.
The much-talked-about rape storyline on Private Practice lifted the ABC drama to its best numbers of the season last night, though ABC still finished behind CBS in primetime. Practice averaged a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., its best rating since January and up 44% over last week.
ABC had the night’s top show, but CBS got the victory Wednesday night. CBS averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, one of just two networks to average better than a 2.0 on a generally slow night for broadcast.
In a night dominated by reruns and midterm election returns, ABC got an easy victory, while most networks sank to their lowest Tuesday numbers of the season. ABC averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating and 7 share, buoyed by a 90-minute Dancing with the Stars, easily the night’s top show with a 3.1 rating from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars had plenty of hoopla for the show’s 200th episode last night, but CBS still managed to tie the usual Monday leader, the first time this season anyone has caught up to ABC. The networks each averaged a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating and 9 share, just ahead of third-place Fox with the final game of the World Series, which averaged a 3.3/8 for the night.
Sports dominated broadcast last night, with two football games and game four of the World Series powering NBC to first place and Fox to second last night. NBC averaged a 5.2 adults 18-49 rating and14 share, with Fox close behind at 4.7/13.