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Top Broadcast Shows Dec 31 - Jan 6, 2008

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January 8th, 2008

A satisfying week for Jeff Zucker and the crew at the Peacock network.   With success in NFL playoffs, American Gladiator, The Apprentice, the debut of Law & Order and continued success with Law & Order: SVU and Deal or No Deal,  NBC snags three out of the top five spots, five out of the top ten and nine out of the top twenty.   Led by football post-game, Roger Clemens on 60 Minutes, and a strong outing in reruns by CSI, CBS placed three shows in the top ten and six shows overall.   If not for the Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl NCAA festivities, FOX would have been completely shut out of this week's top 20, with the three Bowl games FOX's only representatives on the list.  But fear not FOX lovers, American Idol debuts one week from tonight (I know Tony Kornheiser can hardly wait!).

Not a great week for the Mouse, with ABC only landing two shows in the top  20 (both in the top 10).   Perhaps the Mouse will take solace in knowing Desperate Housewives was by far and away was the most watched scripted drama of the week.  Perhaps not, but at least Extreme Makeover: Home Edition snuck into the top ten anyway.  Cashmere Mafia, which technically tied for 19th on a household rating basis, finished 21st in terms of viewers.

Top 20 shows by viewers for the week ending 01/06/08:

RANK PROGRAMS ORIG HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) # OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+SD) (000)
1 NFL PLAYOFF GAME (1/5) NBC 15.0 25 25,736
2 NBC NFL PLAYOFF PRE-KICK (1/5) NBC 13.8 24 23,865
3 NBC NFL PLAYOFF BRIDGE NBC 13.6 24 23,482
4 AFC WILDCARD POST GAME CBS 13.5 22 21,373
5 Desperate Housewives ABC 12.0 18 19,782
6 60 Minutes CBS 11.6 18 18,249
7 Law And Order NBC 8.9 14 13,455
8 DEAL OR NO DEAL 1/3(S) NBC 8.2 13 13,409
9 CSI CBS 8.5 13 13,254
10 Extreme Makeover:HOME ED. ABC 7.3 11 12,597
11 Law And Order:SVU NBC 7.8 13 12,354
12 DEAL OR NO DEAL-WED NBC 7.8 12 12,330
13 TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL(S) FOX 7.7 13 12,164
14 AMERICAN GLADIATORS 1/6(S) NBC 6.7 10 12,063
15 Amazing Race 12 CBS 7.3 11 11,985
16 FEDEX ORANGE BOWL(S) FOX 7.4 12 11,958
17 NCIS - SPCL(S) CBS 7.5 11 11,763
18 ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL(S) FOX 7.0 12 11,702
19 APPRENTICE 7 NBC 7.0 11 11,080
20 COLD CASE CBS 7.2 11 10,956

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Rena Moretti

    Bill and Robert: Do you know why they keep referring to NCIS re-runs as “specials” when they run in the regular timeslot?

    Thanks in advance. :)

  • Rena Moretti

    Bill and Robert: Do you know why they keep referring to NCIS re-runs as “specials” when they run in the regular timeslot?

    Thanks in advance. :)

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