TV Ratings: Tiger Woods' alleged mistress on 'Dateline' boosts NBC Friday

jamie-jungers-dateline-nbc-290.jpgFast National ratings for Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

The world is upside down. Dogs and cats are living together. CBS did not win Friday night. It didn't even come in second. Instead, "Law & Order" and the ongoing train wreck that is Tiger Woods' life on "Dateline NBC" took center stage, winning the night for the network with an interview with alleged mistress Jamie Jungers. In addition, ABC's fresh lineup took in more viewers than CBS' night of holiday programming and repeats.

NBC led the way Friday, averaging 7.96 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/9 share in households. ABC had a solid second place with 5.6 million and a 3.8/7, followed by CBS (4.8 million, 3.1/5), FOX (2.4 million, 1.5/3) and The CW (1.4 million, 0.9/2).

The race for the 18-49 adult demo played out the same way, with NBC in front with 1.7, ABC's 1.5 securing second, followed by CBS' 1.2, FOX's 0.9 and The CW's 0.5.

Friday hour by hour

8 p.m.

NBC: "Law & Order" (8.8 million viewers, 5.7/10 households)
CBS: "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" (5.3 million, 3.2/6), "The Big Bang Theory" repeat (4.6 million, 2.8/5)
ABC: "Supernanny" (4.6 million, 3.0/5)
FOX: "Dollhouse" (2.7 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "Smallville" repeat (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order" (1.7)

9 p.m.

NBC: "Dateline: NBC - The Secret Life of Tiger Woods" (9.3 million viewers, 6.2/11 households)
ABC: "Ugly Betty" (4.8 million, 3.3/6)
CBS: "Medium" repeat (6.9 million, 4.4/7)
FOX: "Dollhouse" (2.1 million, 1.3/2)
The CW: "Smallville" repeat (2.2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "Dateline: NBC - The Secret Life of Tiger Woods" (2.0)

10 p.m.

ABC: "20/20" (7.3 million, 5.0/9)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (5.8 million, 3.8/7)
CBS: "Numb3rs" repeat (5.4 million viewers, 3.6/6 household)

18-49 leader: "20/20" tie (1.7)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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