8 of 20 TV Ratings Leaders To Survive Strike

Categories: Nielsen Broadcast TV Show Ratings Adults 18-49,WGA Strike

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January 9th, 2008

As the WGA strike grinds on, 8 of the top 20 current season to date TV ratings leaders for adults 18-49 will continue unaffected by the WGA writer's strike. And that doesn't take into account the 2 American Idol airings, yet to begin, that are certain to be at or near the top of the season's final ratings. So, effectively half of the top 20 shows will remain untouched.

It seems to me that the writer's strike position is(was?) weakened by the fact that only 11 of the top 20 (although 5 of the top 6) shows are being shut down early by the strike. NBC Sunday Night Football is going away normally. You might add 24 to that list, depending upon what happens to it.

Season to Date Average Adult Viewers 18-49 Through January 6, 2008

RANK PROGRAMS Network # OF Persons 18-49 (LIVE+SD) (000) New Episodes Remaining
1 Desperate Housewives ABC 9,606 0 episodes
2 HOUSE FOX 9,329 3 episodes
3 GREYS ANATOMY ABC 8,696 Last on 1/10
4 NBC Sunday Night Football NBC 8,299 Done
5 HEROES NBC 8,062 0 episodes
6 CSI CBS 7,601 Last on 1/10
7 DANCING W/THE STARS-MON ABC 7,192 Restarts 3/17
8 SURVIVOR: CHINA CBS 6,680 Restarts 2/7
9 Two and a Half Men CBS 6,436 0 episodes
10 OFFICE NBC 6,434 0 episodes
11 DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU ABC 6,397 Restarts 3/17
12 CSI: MIAMI CBS 6,362 Last on 1/14
13 Extreme Makeover:HOME ED. ABC 6,321 12? episodes
14 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 6,316 3 episodes
15 Family Guy FOX 6,170 12 episodes
16 Law And Order:SVU NBC 6,008 2 episodes
17 APPRENTICE NBC 5,924 Celebrity Apprentice airing
18 Simpsons FOX 5,844 14 episodes
19 Biggest Loser NBC 5,732 New version began 1/8
20 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 5,730 3 episodes

Check out the show by show status of all your favorite broadcast shows.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Rena Moretti

    I'm as big a fan of The Simpsons as can be, but really, using the 18-49 demo for this list is once again a spin by whomever disseminated it (probably the networks) to make the WGA look irrelevant.

    I wonder how many real Top 20 shows still have episodes because almost half this list is not an audience Top 20.

  • Rena Moretti

    I’m as big a fan of The Simpsons as can be, but really, using the 18-49 demo for this list is once again a spin by whomever disseminated it (probably the networks) to make the WGA look irrelevant.

    I wonder how many real Top 20 shows still have episodes because almost half this list is not an audience Top 20.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    It wasn't disseminated by anyone. I just pulled the data myself this morning.

    I'll take a look at the STD viewers and see what the differences are.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Ok, here's the Top 20 Season to Date shows ranked by average viewers [excuse the bad formatting]:

    5 of those 20 shows [as opposed to 8 of the 18-49 list] survive the strike. And again, one is NBC Sunday Night Football.

    DANCING W/THE STARS-MON ABC
    DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU ABC
    CSI CBS
    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC
    HOUSE FOX
    NCIS CBS
    GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC
    NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC
    CSI: MIAMI CBS
    SURVIVOR: CHINA CBS
    CRIMINAL MINDS CBS
    WITHOUT A TRACE CBS
    60 MINUTES CBS
    TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS
    EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED. ABC
    CSI: NY CBS
    LAW AND ORDER NBC
    HEROES NBC
    COLD CASE CBS
    SAMANTHA WHO? ABC

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    It wasn’t disseminated by anyone. I just pulled the data myself this morning.

    I’ll take a look at the STD viewers and see what the differences are.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Ok, here’s the Top 20 Season to Date shows ranked by average viewers [excuse the bad formatting]:

    5 of those 20 shows [as opposed to 8 of the 18-49 list] survive the strike. And again, one is NBC Sunday Night Football.

    DANCING W/THE STARS-MON ABC
    DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU ABC
    CSI CBS
    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC
    HOUSE FOX
    NCIS CBS
    GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC
    NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC
    CSI: MIAMI CBS
    SURVIVOR: CHINA CBS
    CRIMINAL MINDS CBS
    WITHOUT A TRACE CBS
    60 MINUTES CBS
    TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS
    EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED. ABC
    CSI: NY CBS
    LAW AND ORDER NBC
    HEROES NBC
    COLD CASE CBS
    SAMANTHA WHO? ABC

  • Rena Moretti

    Thanks Bill!! It's very much appreciated as usual. :)

  • Rena Moretti

    By the way… Isn't NCIS' amazing ratings climb the Greatest Story Never Told on the season?

  • Rena Moretti

    Thanks Bill!! It’s very much appreciated as usual. :)

  • Rena Moretti

    By the way… Isn’t NCIS’ amazing ratings climb the Greatest Story Never Told on the season?

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