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Nielsen Ratings: Weekly Top Shows (Broadcast Networks)

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April 22nd, 2008

American Idol on FOXAnother week, and FOX took the top 2 spots in the list with American Idol.  Shocking, I know!   ABC rounded out the top five with Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives and the Dancing with the Stars results show.  Maybe ABC should title all their shows to begin with the letter D!

CBS had the most shows in the top 20 with nine, with a new airing of NCIS (#6) being its best performer followed by Two and a Half Men and CSI: NY.  Impressively CBS also landed two repeats, CSI (#17) and CSI: Miami (#15)

Although critics panned it, the Democratic Debate on ABC was the 14th most-watched show of the week, coming in ahead of both Hell's Kitchen and the finale of Oprah's Big Give (#19).  Although the debates didn't fare nearly as well as Oprah and Hell's Kitchen in the all important 18-49 demographic.

Speaking of which, with 9.86 million viewers, NBC's The Office was #21, and didn't make the list, although it was the #5 most-watched show among adults aged 18-49, but more about those numbers on Thursday. 

Hell's Kitchen (#16) was the only other FOX show beside the Idol airing to make this week's top 20, for a total of three shows on the list.    But that's not as bad as NBC which could only place two shows - a new Law & Order: SVU (#9) and the season finale of The Biggest Loser (#12).

Every show in this week's list (even the repeats) had over ten million viewers, but only  eleven shows had more than 12 million viewers, and only six had more than 15 million.  American Idol's two airings were the only 20 million plus viewer events for the week.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 04/20/08:

Rank Show Net HH rating (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) # OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000) # OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+SD) (000)
1 American Idol-TUESDAY FOX 13.9 22 15,626 23,646
2 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 13.4 21 15,143 23,339
3 Dancing with the Stars ABC 11.3 17 12,762 17,198
4 Desperate Housewives ABC 10.1 16 11,438 15,746
5 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 10.1 15 11,342 15,421
6 NCIS CBS 9.4 15 10,629 15,128
7 Two and a Half Men CBS 8.5 13 9,580 13,937
8 CSI: NY CBS 8.6 14 9,694 13,429
9 Law And Order:SVU NBC 8.8 14 9,894 13,268
10 Criminal Minds CBS 8.2 13 9,256 12,978
11 SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA CBS 7.3 12 8,181 12,014
12 Biggest Loser 5 NBC 6.9 11 7,732 11,391
13 60 Minutes CBS 7.1 13 8,016 10,749
14 ABC NEWS: DEM PRES DEBATE(S) ABC 7.1 11 8,053 10,693
15 CSI: MIAMI (R ) CBS 7.3 12 8,270 10,628
16 HELL'S KITCHEN FOX 6.3 9 7,111 10,560
17 CSI (R ) CBS 6.9 11 7,834 10,476
18 Rules of Engagement CBS 6.6 10 7,457 10,398
19 OPRAH'S BIG GIVE ABC 6.3 10 7,108 10,092
20 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 7.1 12 7,968 10,080

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

 
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