‘Chuck’ and ‘Heroes’ is NBC Monday; ‘Leno’ was so-so


At 8 p.m. ET, the regular-slot season premiere of “Chuck” (2.6 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) scored the show’s highest regular-slot results in 18-49 and total viewers since the special 3-D telecast on February 2, 2009, the night after the Super Bowl. It was also the biggest total-viewer average for NBC in this time period with regular programming since that February 2 “Chuck.”  In a time slot that last night included competition from Fox’s “House,” ABC’s “The Bachelor” and CBS’s comedies, “Chuck” generated growth from its first half-hour to its second of 8 percent in adults 18-49 (to a 2.7 from a 2.5) and 16 percent in adults 18-34 (2.2 vs. 1.9). 

Compared with NBC’s average in the time-period last season, last night’s “Chuck” is up 18 percent in 18-49 rating (2.6 vs. 2.2, live plus same day) and up 14% in total viewers (7.322 million vs. 6.409 million).

From 9-10:01 p.m. ET, “Heroes” averaged a 2.1 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall in a time period that included competition from CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” and “Big Bang Theory,” ABC’s “The Bachelor” and Fox’s “Fringe.”  “Heroes” is #2 in the slot among men 18-34.  “Heroes” is one of the most time-shifted shows on television, adding 30% to its 18-49 rating so far this season when going from these next-day “live plus same day” ratings to “live plus seven day” figures.  In total viewers, HEROES adds 1.4 million viewers to the previously reported “live plus same day” results when “live plus seven” ratings are released. 

From 10:01-11 p.m. ET, “The Jay Leno Show” averaged a 1.6/4 in adults 18-49, a 1.8/4 in adults 25-54 and 4.8 million viewers overall.  The time-period competition included CBS’s “CSI: Miami” and the ABC’s “Castle.” 

“The Jay Leno Show” matched its highest Monday 18-49 rating in 13 weeks (since October 12) and is currently reporting its second-biggest total-viewer result for a Monday telecast over that same 13-week span, pending updates.

Comparisons with Jay Leno’s 2008-09 averages at 11:35 p.m. ET on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” are: in adults 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.4), adults 25-54 (1.8 vs. 1.8) and total viewers (4.8 million vs. 5.1 million).  Comparisons with NBC’s Monday-through-Friday 10-11 p.m. ET non-sports averages over the 52 weeks prior to Jay’s debut are: in adults 18-49 (1.6 vs. 2.2), adults 25-54 (1.8 vs. 2.7) and total viewers (4.8 million vs. 6.9 million).

In Late-Night Local People Meters Monday night:

Conan O’Brien (1.2/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) out-delivered CBS’s LATE SHOW (1.0/4) in Nielsen’s 25 local markets with People Meters.
At 12:35 a.m., Jimmy Fallon (0.6/4 in 18-49 in local people meters) tied CBS’s LATE LATE SHOW (0.6/4). 

(source: data and information provided by NBC)