TV Ratings: ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘CSI: NY’ lead CBS Wednesday win

12.17.09 7 years ago

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Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 16, 2009.
The sixth finale of “So You Think You Can Dance” built to some of its best lackluster ratings of the season, but still couldn’t compete with CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” which paced an easy CBS win in most key measures.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.1 rating, followed by FOX’s 2.6 rating in the key demographic. NBC’s 2.0 rating was third, followed by ABC’s 1.7 rating and the 0.6 rating for The CW.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 11.99 million viewers to go with a 7.4 rating/12 share. FOX was second with 4.3/7, with NBC’s 3.9/7 in third. ABC’s 3.0/5 and The CW’s 0.9/1 trailed.
CBS’ “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Gary Unmarried” won the 8 p.m. hour overall with a 4.8/8, topping the 4.3/7 for NBC’s “The Sing Off.” The first hour of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” finale had a 4.2/7 for third, but won the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 2.5 rating. ABC’s repeats of “Disney’s Prep & Landing” and “The Middle” finished third, well ahead of the 0.9/1 for the first of The CW’s two “Vampire Diaries” episodes.
“Criminal Minds” had a 9.0/14 in the 9 p.m. hour, delivering the night’s biggest audience (14.6 million) and its highest demo numbers (a 3.7 rating). FOX was up to second with the “So You Think You Can Dance” conclusion, which had a 4.4/7 and improved to a 2.7 demo rating. NBC’s “The Sing Off” slipped slightly to a 4.0/6 in its second hour, though its demo numbers very slightly improved. ABC’s repeats of “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town” had a 3.0/5 for fourth, topping the second “Vampire Diaries” repeat on The CW.
CBS closed the night in first with an 8.5/15 for “CSI: NY,” which also won the hour with a 3.1 demo rating. NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show” was second, handily beating the 2.4/4 for a new “Eastwick.”
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.

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