TV Ratings: NBC dominates Friday, 'Dollhouse' rises slightly
'Law & Order' and 'Dateline' spur NBC to overall and demo wins
Fast National ratings for Friday, December 11, 2009.
With CBS' procedures in repeats, NBC got a big audience for both Benjamin Bratt's return to "Law & Order" and "Dateline," winning the night in most key measures. Meanwhile, FOX's two-hour "Dollhouse" block was up slightly from last week, albeit hardly to especially high levels.
Among adults 18-49, NBC won the night with a 1.7 rating. ABC's 1.5 rating and the 1.2 rating for ABC followed. FOX's 0.9 rating was fourth with a 0.9 rating, better than the 0.5 rating for The CW.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 7.96 million viewers to go with a 5.2 rating/9 share. ABC's 3.8/7 was second, with CBS' 3.1/5 close behind in third. FOX's 1.5/3 was fourth, leaving The CW in fifth with a 0.9/2.
NBC started the night in first with a 5.7/10 for "Law & Order," comfortably a season-best, as the long-running procedural also won the hour in the key demo with a 1.7 rating. CBS' original "Yes, Virginia" and a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" did a 3.0/5, tying with ABC's "Supernanny" for second on the hour. FOX's "Dollhouse" had a 1.7/3 and did a 1.0 rating in the key demo. The CW's "Smallville" repeat trailed.
"Dateline" kept NBC in first at 9 p.m. rising to a 6.2/11 and delivering a 2.0 demo rating. ABC's "Ugly Betty" was second with a 3.3/6, up from last week. CBS' "Medium" repeat was third. FOX finished fourth, as "Dollhouse slipped to a 1.3/2 and a 0.8 demo rating. [For the night, "Dollhouse" averaged just under 2.41 million viewers and a 0.9 demo rating. Last week's "Dollhouse" two-hour block averaged 2.053 million viewers and a 0.8 demo rating in Fast Nationals.] Fifth for the hour went to The CW's "Smallville" repeat with a 0.8/1.
ABC moved into first at 10 p.m. with a 5.0/9 for "20/20." NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" had a 3.8/7 for second, beating CBS' "Numb3rs."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.