It’s the most wonderful time of the year, for the networks with old old old old shows to rerun. CBS fared well this friday with an airing of both RUDOLF THE RED NOSED REINDEER & FROSTY THE SNOWMAN nabbing the top spot in major demos. There is still little JUSTICE in the world, that the show of the same name continues to fare poorly in the ratings despite an original concept, creative execution and casting that doesn’t suck. JUSTICE tied for dead last among the majors, until getting smacked down to last place by, well, SMACKDOWN on the new CW. A so so episode of LAW & ORDER beat out the suckfest that is NUMBERS (remember when that was still a fun show? me neither).
For more complete breakdown of Friday nights Nielsen ratings (18-49 demo) stick around after the jump . . .
How do I read these ratings?
A Nielsen rating may look like this:
8pm – NBC – TVgasm The TV Show – 10.0/18
Focus on the 10.0/18. The RATING, 10.0, on the left represents the actual number of households that watched a show. One rating point equals 1,102,000 households. The SHARE, 18, on the right represents the show’s proportion of the total households watching television at that time.
For example, TVgasms TV Show has a 10 rating/18 share. That means 11,020,000 households are tuned in to the show and 18% of all the households with a TV turned on are watching that show.
Ratings and Share are customarily broken down for various DEMOs — a demographic grouping of viewers, like 18-49 adults or 2-12 children or 18-34 women, etc. Advertisers, and therefore networks, covet the 18-49 adult demo, and so tend to concentrate on that number.