Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009
The Big Four networks all covered President Obama's address to Congress Tuesday, with a combined total of about 33 million viewers tuning in. CBS ended up on top for the night.
The Eye averaged a 7.4 rating/12 share in primetime, beating NBC's 5.6/9. ABC, 4.6/7, came in fourth, and FOX was fourth at 3.0/5 (all those numbers will likely change some because of the live news coverage). The CW's night of regular programming earned a 1.0/2.
NBC snagged the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 3.0 rating. CBS, 2.5, finished second, topping ABC's 2.1 FOX averaged 1.7 and The CW 0.7.
"NCIS," 11.0/17, easily won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS. "The Biggest Loser: Couples" drew a 6.0/9 for NBC. "Homeland Security USA," 3.9/6, put ABC in third, beating the 3.1/5 for a "Bones" rerun on FOX. The CW aired a "90210" rerun.
CBS stayed on top at 9 p.m. as its coverage of the presidential address drew a 6.6/10. NBC took second with a 6.2/9. ABC's coverage scored a 5.4/8. FOX came in fourth for the hour, while the finale of "Privileged" scored a 1.1/2 for The CW.
Obama's speech bled into the 10 p.m. hour. NBC led the way with the conclusion of the address and "Law & Order: SVU," averaging 4.7/8. CBS had the same household numbers with the speech and "Two and a Half Men," but NBC had more viewers. ABC posted a 4.4/7 with its news coverage and "What Would You Do?"
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times