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Nielsen's Most Watched Shows (Broadcast Networks)

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April 15th, 2008

Denny CraneThe bloom may be off American Idol's rose, but it still took the top two spots in last week's list of most watched shows. Although if we were to sort by HH Rating things would've looked a little bit different. But by that metric, one of my favorites Boston Legal would have made the list at number 20 with a 6.4/11 (household rating/share) and 9.59 million viewers. But we sort by viewers, sorry Denny Crane!

CBS took two spots in the top 5 with CSI (#3) beating out the NCAA final where Memphis couldn't make its free throws near the end of the game and Kansas wound up winning in overtime. Overall, CBS had nine shows in the top 20, with Without a Trace (#9), NCIS (#10), Criminal Minds (#11), CSI:NY (#12), 60 Minutes (#13), Prelude to a Championship (#14), and Survivor: Micronesia (#15) sewing up the 9-15 spots.

ABC had but four spots - both airings of Dancing with the Stars, joined by the return of Desperate Housewives (#8) and Samantha Who? (#19). NBC placed but two shows on the list, which is semi impressive in that both ran against the NCAA Final and DWTS. The solid Medium was #18, and Deal or No Deal was #20.

FOX had a total of 5 shows with the Idol Gives Back telethon (#6), Hell's Kitchen (#16) and Don't Forget the Lyrics (#17) joining #1 and #2 American Idol.

Hell's Kitchen doesn't trail it's "born in the summer" brother Survivor by much overall, and in the 18-49 demographic, Gordon Ramsay's HK puts a beatdown on Jeff Probst. But that's a story for another day (look for it on Thursday).

Eight shows on the list had a household rating of 10 or higher and 15 million viewers or more.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 04/13/08:

Rank Show Net HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000)
1 American Idol-TUESDAY FOX 14.2 22 24,668
2 AMER IDL THU RSLT SP-4/10(S) FOX 12.0 19 20,133
3 CSI CBS 12.5 19 20,094
4 Dancing with the Stars ABC 12.8 20 19,684
5 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMPSHIPS(S) CBS 12.1 20 19,501
6 IDOL GIVES BACK 2-SP 8P(S) FOX 10.4 16 17,751
7 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 11.1 17 17,017
8 Desperate Housewives ABC 10.3 15 16,371
9 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 9.7 16 14,493
10 NCIS CBS 8.8 14 14,048
11 Criminal Minds CBS 8.4 13 13,325
12 CSI: NY CBS 8.0 13 12,383
13 60 Minutes CBS 8.1 13 12,168
14 PRELUDE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP(S) CBS 7.9 12 12,037
15 SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA CBS 6.8 11 11,587
16 HELL'S KITCHEN FOX 6.5 10 11,208
17 DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS FOX 6.6 10 10,895
18 MEDIUM NBC 7.0 11 10,858
19 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 7.3 11 10,421
20 DEAL OR NO DEAL-MON NBC 6.2 9 10,223

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

 
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