American Idol also took the top two spots of the top 20 list that really matters, but ABC rounded out the top five of the top shows among 18-49 year olds with Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and one of the best episodes of LOST ever.
Hell's Kitchen, which joined Idol in the overall top 20 list where it was #17, jumps up to number seven in this list. Gordon Ramsay has some strong 18-49 year old legs. Although it didn't make the overall top 20, joins the FOX family on this list at #11. Stewie is an 18-49 year old force to be reckoned with! The makes this list as well at #19. Bart still draws a youthful crowd.
CBS placed every show in its Monday night lineup on this list exceptwhich seems to be hampered by the 8pm time slot, and , though on a 18-49 ratings basis, Mother was tied for 19th even without Britney. I have zero doubt HIMYM will be renewed. But in 18-49 viewers, it fell to #21. Nonetheless, (#6), (#14), and : Miami (#11) all made this list.
As predicted, directly up against new episodes of week it was number 5.(#8) and 's (#3), NBC's The dipped to number 16 - last
ABC's Brothers & Sisters joined the aforementioned ABC shows along with: (#17) and both airings of (#8 and #13). ABC had seven shows in the top twenty, followed by CBS and FOX with five each and NBC with three.
Joining Thefor the peacocks were both Law & Order (#20) and Law & Order: (#15). While the original L&O had over a million more viewers overall, outperformed the original in the 18-49 demo.
Though ABC had more shows in the top 20 and CBS had as many as FOX, the strength of Idol still left FOX more youthful in the 18-49 and 18-34 and 25-54 age demos for the week. That and and King of the Hill both making the top 25 for FOX in the 18-49 demo (sadly, we can only report data for the top 20).
Over time I've seen a few comments about why are King of the Hill andstill even on - the answer is because they do very well among 18-49 year olds! , Without a Trace, Medium and even granddaddy ER, also made the top 25.
Nielsen Top Twenty 18-49 Shows by viewers for the week ending 04/27/08:
|Rank||Shows||ORIG||P18-49(LIVE+SD)||# Viewers 18-49 (LIVE+SD) (000)|
|3||GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM||ABC||6.5||8,525|
|13||DANCING W/STARS RESULTS||ABC||4.2||5,468|
|18||BROTHERS & SISTERS||ABC||3.8||5,011|
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