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Nielsen's Most Watched Shows (Broadcast Networks)

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April 8th, 2008

CBS’ CSIFOX of course still dominated the top of the charts with its two airings of American Idol (#1 and #2), but a new episode of CSI jumped into the number three position. New scripted shows worked out well for CBS, which was back to its "most-watched status" (most total viewers) and won the 25-54 demographic for the week as a result.

The new shows, coupled with NCAA Basketball led CBS to twelve out of the twenty positions on this chart. With CSI (#3), two airings of CSI: Miami (#6 and #10), Without a Trace (#7), Two and a Half Men (#8) and Saturday's NCAA semifinal (#9) all making the top ten for CBS.

FOX had five shows on the list. Joining American Idol were the season premiere of Hell's Kitchen (#16), Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader (#18) and Moment of Truth (#19).

That left only three slots for ABC and NBC to fight over. ABC took two of them with Dancing with the Stars (#4 and #5). The best NBC could do was #20, with Deal or No Deal.

ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was a repeat, and didn't make the top 20, but was still the #25 program by total viewers overall. Orprah's Big Give was not a repeat, but fell to #30 with 9.42 million viewers.

ABC at least has new episodes of Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and LOST to look forward to. Even with its new "year-round" schedule, it looks like NBC doesn't have much at all to look forward to until the Fall.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 04/06/08:

Rank

Show

Net

HH rating (LIVE+SD)

HH SHARE (LIVE+SD)

Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000)

1

American Idol-TUESDAY

FOX

14.7 23 26,117

2

American Idol-WEDNESDAY

FOX

14.8 22 24,839

3

CSI

CBS

12.4 20 20,577

4

Dancing with the Stars

ABC

13.0 20 20,557

5

DANCING W/STARS RESULTS

ABC

11.1 17 17,282

6

CSI: MIAMI

CBS

10.1 16 15,650

7

WITHOUT A TRACE

CBS

9.7 17 15,196

8

Two and a Half Men

CBS

8.8 13 14,504

9

CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMP SA-2(S)

CBS

8.8 16 14,435

10

CSI: MIAMI - TUESDAY SP(S)

CBS

9.1 15 14,230

11

SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA

CBS

7.4 12 12,870

12

CSI: NY

CBS

8.2 14 12,853

13

Criminal Minds

CBS

8.2 12 12,811

14

OLD CHRISTINE

CBS

8.0 12 12,570

15

COLD CASE

CBS

7.3 11 11,927

16

HELL'S KITCHEN

FOX

7.0 11 11,849

17

CBS NCAA BSKBL-BRIDGE(S)

CBS

6.8 13 11,265

18

SMARTER THAN 5TH 4/3-9P(S)

FOX

6.3 10 10,406

19

MOMENT OF TRUTH

FOX

6.4 11 10,162

20

DEAL OR NO DEAL-MON

NBC

6.3 9 10,067

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

 
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