NBC’s ‘30 Rock’ finished close #2, ‘The Office’ a winner

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From 8-8:30 p.m. ET, “Community” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) delivered its top 18-49 and total-viewer results since November 5. Versus its prior telecast on November 19, “Community” is up 10% in 18-49 (2.2 vs. 2.0) and up 11% in total viewers (5.4 million vs. 4.9 million).  In the time period, “Community” is #1 among the major networks in adults 18-34 and men 18-34 (pending updates).  Last night’s “Community” is up 29% versus NBC’s 18-49 average in the time period this season prior to the “Community” debut in the slot (2.2 vs. 1.7). 


From 8:30-9 p.m. ET, “Parks and Recreation” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) matched its second-highest rating of the season in 18-49 and delivered its biggest overall viewership since November 5.  In the time slot, “Parks and Recreation” ranked #1 among the major networks in men 18-34.  “Parks and Recreation” retained 95% of its 18-49 lead-in from “Community” and has now retained 95 percent or more of its 18-49 lead-in with 11 of 11 telecasts in this slot so far this season.

From 9-9:31 p.m. ET, “The Office” (4.1/11 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) won the time period in 18-49 and is the #1 telecast of the night on any major network.  “The Office” was also #1 among the major networks in the half-hour among adults and men 25-54, men 18-49 and adults, men and women 18-34, ahead of ABC’s “Private Practice,” CBS’s “CSI” encore and Fox’s “Fringe.”  Versus its prior original telecast on November 19, last night’s “The Office” was up 11 percent in 18-49 rating (4.1 vs. 3.7) and up 9 percent in total viewers (8.1 million vs. 7.4 million).  “The Office” is a heavily time-shifted series, adding an average of 27 percent to these next-day “live plus same day” numbers in 18-49 so far this season when “live plus 7” results are calculated. 

From 9:31-10:01 p.m. ET, “30 Rock” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) finished a close #2 in adults 18-49, within 0.1of a rating point of the slot lead, and was #1 among the major networks in adults 18-34, men 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54 (tie, pending updates).  “30 Rock” matched its highest 18-49 rating since October 29 and is currently reporting its biggest overall audience since October 22.  “30 Rock” is a heavily time-shifted series, adding an average of 24 percent to these next-day “live plus same day” numbers in 18-49 so far this season when “live plus 7” results are calculated. 

From 10:01-11 p.m. ET, “The Jay Leno Show” averaged a 1.5 rating, 4 share in adults 18-49, a 1.6/4 in adults 25-54 and 4.7 million viewers overall.  Last night’s competition in the time slot included CBS’s “The Mentalist” encore and ABC’s “Private Practice.”

“The Jay Leno Show” matched its 18-49 rating of the prior Thursday.  In the time period, “Jay Leno” finished within 0.2 of a point of first place among the major networks in men 18-34.

Comparisons with Jay Leno’s 2008-09 average at 11:35 p.m. ET on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” are: in adults 18-49, 1.5 vs. 1.4; in adults 25-54, 1.6 vs. 1.8; and in total viewers, 4.7 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 the “Jay Leno” debut are: in adults 18-49, 1.5 vs. 2.2; in adults 25-54, 1.6 vs. 2.7; and in total viewers, 4.7 million vs. 6.9 million.

(source: data and information provided by NBC. – NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.  Metered-market household ratings are “live only.”  Thursday Results (ABC carried NFL football in the Buffalo market and CW carried the game in New York)