Fast National ratings
for Friday, December 16, 2011.
" and "Dateline
" were all down from last week, NBC was still able to win a slow Friday night among young viewers, though CBS' roster of procedural repeats still won the night overall.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 1.2 rating, beating ABC's 1.1 rating and the 1.0 rating for FOX in the key demographic. CBS was fourth with a 0.9 key demo rating, topping the 0.4 rating for The CW.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 6.07 million viewers for the night, along with a 4.0 rating/7 share. NBC was second with a 3.1/5 and 4.81 million viewers, holding off the 3.0/5 and 4.55 million viewers for ABC. FOX's 1.8/3 and 3.19 million viewers finished fourth, while The CW's 0.8/1 and 1.255 million viewers (presumably preemption-aided) trailed.
8 p.m. - A repeat of "A Gifted Man" averaged 5.17 million viewers to win the 8 p.m. hour overall, but finishing fourth with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" averaged 4.76 million viewers for second and won the hour with a 1.2 key demo rating, just days after its cancelation was announced. NBC's "Chuck" averaged 3.22 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating, both off a sliver from last week. FOX's airing of "Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" averaged 3.02 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating. On The CW, a "Nikita" repeat averaged 1.35 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS' "CSI: NY" repeat averaged nearly 6.4 million viewers to win the 8 p.m. hour overall, but did only a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 for fourth. In its second hour, ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was up to 5.17 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating. NBC's "Grimm" averaged 5.16 million viewers for a close third overall and won the hour with a 1.5 key demo rating. FOX's reaired "Ice Age" special and a "Simpsons" repeat averaged 3.36 million viewers for fourth and a 1.1 key demo rating for third. On The CW, a "Supernatural" repeat averaged 1.16 million viewers.
10 p.m. - A "Blue Bloods" repeat completed CBS' overall sweep with 6.66 million viewers and finished second for the 10 p.m. hour with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Dateline" averaged 6.06 million viewers (up from last week) and an hour-winning 1.3 key demo rating (down from last week). ABC's "20/20" was third with 3.71 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.