TV Ratings: NBC steals Friday from CBS with back-to-back 'Dateline'

frosty.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, December 17, 2010

Apparently regular CBS reruns fare much better than old Christmas specials and the return of "I Get That A Lot." The network lost Friday to NBC, which averaged 5.6 million viewers and scored a 3.6 rating/7 share of households with help from two episodes of "Dateline". CBS came in second, with 4.96 million and a 2.9/5.  ABC placed third with 4.1 million and a 2.7/5, followed by FOX (3.0 million, 1.8/3) and the CW (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

NBC also edged out CBS in the 18-49 demo, taking home 1.3. CBS (1.2), ABC (1.1), FOX (0.9) and the CW (0.6) all trailed respectively.

Friday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "Yes Virginia" rerun (4.8 million, 2.8/5)/"Frosty the Snowman" rerun (5.6 million, 2.9/5)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" rerun (4.02 million, 2.5/5)
ABC: "Supernanny" (4.0 million, 2.6/5)
FOX: "Are We There Yet?" (2.8 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries?" rerun (1.6 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "Yes, Virginia" and "Frosty the Snowman" (1.4)

9 p.m.

NBC: "Dateline" (6.3 million, 4.1/7)
CBS: "Frosty Returns" rerun (5.2 million, 2.7/5)/"I Get That A Lot" (3.8 million, 2.0/4)
ABC: "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.4 million, 2.8/5)
FOX: "Are We There Yet?" rerun (3.1 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.4 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "Dateline" (1.4)

10 p.m.

NBC: "Dateline" (6.5 million, 4.3/8)
CBS: "Blue Bloods" rerun (5.4 million, 3.4/6)
ABC: "20/20" (3.98 million, 2.7/5)

18-49 leader:
"Dateline" (1.4)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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