TV Ratings: Obama conference shakes up TV ratings
Fast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.
President Barack Obama had his administration's first primetime news conference on Monday night and, in the process, shook up both network lineups and Monday ratings.
Among 18-49, CBS won with night with a 3.8 rating, followed closely by the 3.7 rating for ABC and the 3.1 rating for NBC. FOX wasn't far behind with a 2.8 rating, with The CW's 0.7 rating following.
Overall, CBS also won the night, averaging an estimated 12.48 million viewers and a 7.8 rating/12 share. ABC wasn't far behind with a 7.2/11, with NBC's 5.4/8 and FOX's 4.8/7 taking third and fourth. The CW's 1.1/2 was fifth.
[NOTE: ABC emphasizes that due to the Obama conference, "The Bachelor" ran from 9-11 p.m. in several time zones, but its normal 8-10 p.m. slot in the Pacific time zone, a discrepancy that pretty much renders Fast Nationals moot for the network.]
Four of the five networks aired President Obama's press conference in the 8 p.m. hour. ABC drew the largest audience in the hour with a 7.5/11. CBS's 6.2/9 narrowly edged NBC. FOX's 3.7/6 was a distant fourth and The CW's "Gossip Girl" repeat was fifth with a 1.2/2.
Regular programming returned at 9 p.m. and CBS' "Two and a Half Men" (9.2/13) and "Big Bang Theory" (8.1/12) led the way. CBS is likely to observe that "Big Bang Theory" held almost all of its lead-in in the 18-49 demo. ABC's "The Bachelor" was second with a 7.6/11, beating "24," which slumped to a 6.0/9 on FOX without its "House" lead-in. NBC's "Heroes" was down to a 4.9/7. The CW's "One Tree Hill" repeat trailed.
CBS won the 10 p.m. hour with an 8.7/14 for "CSI: Miami." ABC's "The Bachelor" was second, beating the 5.2/8 for a new "Medium" on NBC.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.