This week only six scripted shows made this list and four out of the six were the Monday night comedy lineup of How I Met Your Mother (and this is for the week before the Britney guest shot), The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and The New Adventures of Old Christine all made the the top 20. Even a repeat of CSI: Miami made the top 25, so CBS' entire Monday night lineup is a demo workhorse.
LOST and Medium were the only other
unscripted shows in the list.
Throw in a few NCAA basketball items and Survivor: Micronesia, all tolled, CBS had eight shows in the top 20. ABC placed six shows, while NBC and FOX could place only three each. Of course in the case of FOX those three were two airings of American Idol (#1 and #2 on the list) and Moment of Truth (#8). NBC captured three out of the last four spots, with its best effort being Medium at #17.
Dancing with the Stars was back, and both episodes made the list, but it's worth noting that the Idol results show (#2) had more than twice the demo viewers. The premiere of Dancing with the Stars on 3/17 had only a couple hundred thousand more demo viewers than Two and a Half Men, which along with LOST were the only two
unscripted shows in the top five.
Sadly, for all but a few shows, (most of them on CBS for this week), unscripted seems to be where it's at. Of course new episodes of scripted drama returns soon and I have no doubt that ABC will place Grey's Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives in the list and that CBS will place all the CSI's, Criminal Minds, NCIS and Without a Trace. I'm equally sure, however, that American Idol will retain the top two spots.
Full 18-49 demographic top 20 for the week ending March 23, 2008:
Top 18-49 Demo Shows Week Ending 03/23/08
|Rank||Shows||Net||P18-49 RATING (LIVE+SD)||Viewers 18-49 (LIVE+SD) (000)|
|3||DANCING WITH THE STARS||ABC||5.6||7,337|
|4||TWO AND A HALF MEN||CBS||5.4||7,116|
|7||HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER||CBS||4.3||5,641|
|8||MOMENT OF TRUTH||FOX||4.2||5,521|
|9||DANCING W/STARS SP-3/18(S)||ABC||4.1||5,355|
|10||EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED.||ABC||4.0||5,188|
|12||CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-3(S)||CBS||3.8||4,916|
|13||BIG BANG THEORY, THE||CBS||3.6||4,774|
|14||CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4(S)||CBS||3.5||4,592|
|15||OPRAHS BIG GIVE||ABC||3.4||4,498|
|16||CBS NCAA BSKBL CHP-EVEFR2(S)||CBS||3.3||4,318|
|18||BACHELOR: LONDON CALLING||ABC||3.2||4,228|
|20||BIGGEST LOSER 5||NBC||3.2||4,143|
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.