Fast National ratings
for Friday, December 9, 2011.
CBS' latest airing of the seasonal classic "Frosty the Snowman
" drew Friday night's biggest audience and best numbers among young viewers, but "Grimm
" and "Dateline" helped NBC grab a small share of Friday victory.
Oh and "Chuck
" had its best night of the season, which either is or isn't saying much, depending on your perspective.
For the night, both CBS and NBC averaged a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, tying for the top spot in the key demographic. ABC was close behind with a 1.3 rating. There was a big drop to FOX's 0.7 rating and for the 0.4 rating for The CW.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 6.415 million viewers along with a 3.6 rating/6 share in primetime, beating ABC's 3.3/6 and 4.97 million viewers and NBC's 3.1/5 and 4.94 million viewers. FOX was a distant fourth with 2.17 million viewers and a 1.4/2, beating the 0.6/1 and 1.15 million viewers for The CW.
8 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with "Frosty the Snowman" (7.3 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo) and "Frosty Returns" (6.45 million viewers and a 1.7 key demo). ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" averaged 4.77 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 for second. NBC's "Chuck" averaged 3.66 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating, the show's biggest audience of the season and highest demo performance since its Friday premiere. FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" repeat drew 2.78 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo. On The CW, a "Nikita" repeat averaged 1.32 million viewers (high enough to suggest preemptions of some sort) and a 0.3 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - CBS' "Yes, Virginia" and "The Elf on the Shelf" averaged 5.435 million viewers to win the competitive 9 p.m. hour overall, coming in third among adults 18-49 with a 1.4 rating. NBC's "Grimm" averaged 5.415 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.6 key demo rating. Close behind was ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" with 5.39 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating. FOX's "Fringe" repeat averaged 1.56 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating. On The CW, a "Supernatural" repeat also drew a 0.4 key demo rating along with 987,000 viewers.
10 p.m. - A "Blue Bloods" repeat closed out CBS' overall sweep with 6.93 million viewers, but finished third for the 10 p.m. hour with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Dateline" was second overall with 5.73 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.6 key demo rating. ABC's "20/20" averaged 4.75 million viewers and a 1.3 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.