AMERICAN IDOL fatigue must have set in last week as not a lot of people watching the TV on Friday night. TRADING SPOUSES was the top show of the night which not only fairs bad for the television landscape but really kinda fares bad for America as a whole, no? 1 VS 100 still pulls enough viewers to keep it from cancellation and in a 10 o’clock hour filled with reruns, an all new 20/20 reigns supreme.
For the complete Nielsen ratings from Friday night, 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.