Grey's, Desperate Housewives and LOST Lead Youth Surge for ABC (Nielsen Top 20 18-49 Demo Shows)

Categories: Nielsen Broadcast TV Show Ratings Adults 18-49

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April 29th, 2008

Michael Emerson as Ben on ABC’s LOSTAmerican 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, Family Guy joins the FOX family on this list at #11.   Stewie is an 18-49 year old force to be reckoned with!  The Simpsons 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 except The Big Bang Theory which seems to be hampered by the 8pm time slot, and How I Met Your Mother, 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, Two and a Half Men (#6), Rules of Engagement (#14), and CSI: Miami (#11) all made this list.

As predicted, directly up against new episodes of CSI (#8) and Grey's Anatomy (#3), NBC's The Office dipped to number 16 - last week it was number 5.

ABC's Brothers & Sisters joined the aforementioned ABC shows along with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (#17) and both airings of Dancing with the Stars (#8 and #13).  ABC had seven shows in the top twenty, followed by CBS and FOX with five each and NBC with three. 

Joining The Office for the peacocks were both Law & Order (#20) and Law & Order: SVU (#15).  While the original L&O had over a million more viewers overall, SVU 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 American Dad 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 and American Dad still even on - the answer is because they do very well among 18-49 year olds!  NCIS, 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 RATING (LIVE+SD) # Viewers 18-49 (LIVE+SD) (000)
1 American Idol-TUESDAY FOX 9.0 11,857
2 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 8.6 11,323
4 Desperate Housewives ABC 5.9 7,697
5 LOST ABC 5.3 6,985
6 Two and a Half Men CBS 5.0 6,524
7 HELL'S KITCHEN FOX 4.9 6,378
8 CSI CBS 4.7 6,146
9 Dancing with the Stars ABC 4.3 5,661
11 CSI: MIAMI CBS 4.3 5,603
12 Family Guy FOX 4.3 5,593
14 Rules of Engagement CBS 4.1 5,408
15 Law And Order:SVU NBC 4.0 5,259
16 OFFICE NBC 4.0 5,212
17 Extreme Makeover:HOME ED. ABC 3.9 5,125
19 Simpsons FOX 3.7 4,833
20 Law And Order NBC 3.7 4,818

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

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