Fast National ratings for Wednesday, December 23, 2009.
With the Holidays getting closer, it was another slow night for broadcast TV on Wednesday, with CBS’ repeats of “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: NY” dominating their hours.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.7 rating to nip the 1.6 rating for ABC in the key demographic. FOX’s 1.3 rating and the 0.9 rating for NBC followed, leaving The CW in last with a 0.3 rating.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 8.95 million viewers to go with a 5.7 rating/10 share, comfortably ahead of the 3.0/5 for ABC. NBC and FOX both posted a 2.3/4 (advantage FOX in total viewers) to tie for third. The CW was fifth with a 0.5/1.
CBS began the night in first overall with a 4.2/8 for the 11th installment of “A Home for the Holidays.” ABC’s latest repeat of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” plus a repeat of “The Middle” were second overall with a 3.4/6 and won the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 1.9 rating. NBC’s repeat of “Mercy” edged out the 2.2/4 for FOX’s “Glee” repeat. On The CW, a “One Tree Hill” repeat was fifth with a 0.6/1.
“Criminal Minds” gave CBS a big lead at 9 p.m. with a 6.5/11 and a 2.0 rating in the key demo. ABC’s “Modern Family” and “The Middle” repeats were second with a 3.0/5. FOX’s “Glee” repeat had a 2.4/4, beating the 1.7/3 for a second repeat of “Mercy” on NBC.
CBS closed in first with a 6.5/12 for “CSI: NY,” which also carried the hour in the key demo with a 2.1 rating. NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show” had a 2.9/5 for second overall, though ABC’s two episodes of “Cougar Town” finished second in the key demo.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.