NBC's new gameshow struggles, 'Fear' falls

On a rather quiet night for the broadcast networks, Fox’s ”Terra Nova” wrapped its season with nothing-special scores while NBC’s four-night gameshow ”Who’s Still Standing” bowed meekly and its ”Fear Factor” fell off from its strong start of last week.

ESPN was expected to dominate the night with its coverage of the ”Monday Night Football” game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers. CBS and Fox tied for the broadcast lead in 18-49, with the Eye edging ahead in total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”Terra Nova” averaged a 2.2 rating/6 share in adults and 7.2 million viewers overall, up a tick week to week and placing second to CBS among the broadcasters in 18-49; the show didn’t exhibit many ratings sparks with its initial 13 episodes, and Fox will make a decision on a possible second season in the coming months.

CBS did pretty well with repeats of its comedies ”How I Met Your Mother” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), ”2 Broke Girls” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” (2.2/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) followed by an encore of ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall). The net’s ratings are subject to revision in the nationals as its San Francisco station was preempted from 8 to 9:30 p.m. for coverage of the 49ers game.

At NBC, gameshow ”Who’s Still Standing” averaged a 1.5/4 in 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers overall, followed by the second week of ”Fear Factor” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), which was down about 30% week to week but still was a narrow broadcast leader in 18-49 and well above what NBC had been averaging in the 9 o’clock hour this fall with ”The Sing Off.” And closing out the night, newsmag ”Rock Center with Brian Williams” was on the rise (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) opposite repeat dramas on ABC and CBS.

ABC had a quiet night, and its numbers could be adjusted downward in the nationals due to a preemption for Steelers football in Pittsburgh. Repeats of ”Kung Fu Holiday Special” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) and ”A Chipmunk Christmas” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) were followed by an original episode of gameshow (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) and a repeat of drama ”Castle” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS and Fox, 2.2/6; NBC, 1.7/4; Univision, 1.3/3; ABC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 7.4 million; Fox, 7.2 million; NBC, 5.4 million; ABC, 4.5 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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