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Grey's, LOST and CSI Return, But Idol Still Wins (Nielsen Top 20 Broadcast Shows)

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April 29th, 2008

Grey’s AnatomyCBS had the most shows in the top 20 this week with eight, followed by ABC with seven, FOX with three and also-ran NBC at two.  FOX gets some slack because two of its three were in the top two slots of the list with American Idol.  While just about everything including American Idol, CSI, Grey's Anatomy, CSI: Miami, Desperate Housewives, Survivor...or to be briefer, almost every show on the list -- is down from last year's numbers - and in a way that's not fully made up for by DVR viewing - it's still the usual suspects at the top of the charts.

Still, last year American Idol still had above a 15 HH rating,  and DWTS, CSI and Grey's were all above a 12 rating.  Again, some of that is definitely a function of more DVR homes being in Nielsen's panel this year, but we see the live plus seven day DVR numbers and they are not making up for all the losses.

These days you can have a top 20 show with a 7 rating, a "hit" in the 8-10 range and a megahit at 10 and above.  We've probably never had a full view into how many people actually watch a show, but between DVR and Internet The View keeps getting murkier and murkier and Nielsen will struggle mightily to keep up with it.

Also note that although Grey's Anatomy was on in more homes than CSI, but CSI wound up with more than 600,000 more viewers.  I'd chalk that up to older married couples watching CSI together while Grey's is a show more targeted at females and a younger audience where the husbands proclaim, "I'll mow the lawn and take out the trash - even do the dishes, but I have to draw the line at watching Grey's Anatomy with you, sorry!"

As you might expect with 8 shows in this list, CBS won the weekly network ratings in overall viewers, though it was just barely ahead of FOX and led none of the age demographics we track.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 04/27/08:

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 14.2 22 16,030 24,740
2 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 13.7 21 15,440 23,196
3 Dancing with the Stars ABC 11.7 18 13,209 18,044
4 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 11.6 18 13,037 17,974
5 CSI CBS 10.6 16 11,998 17,015
6 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 10.7 16 12,120 16,373
7 Desperate Housewives ABC 10.3 16 11,621 16,346
8 CSI: MIAMI CBS 9.3 15 10,532 14,380
9 NCIS CBS 9.1 14 10,311 14,242
10 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 9.2 15 10,322 13,471
11 Two and a Half Men CBS 8.3 12 9,338 13,360
12 SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA CBS 7.7 13 8,715 12,896
13 Law And Order NBC 8.4 14 9,462 12,746
14 LOST ABC 7.4 12 8,301 12,075
15 Extreme Makeover:HOME ED. ABC 7.4 12 8,360 12,074
16 Law And Order:SVU NBC 8.0 13 9,073 11,642
17 COLD CASE CBS 7.6 12 8,519 11,615
18 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 7.5 13 8,502 11,192
19 HELL'S KITCHEN FOX 6.5 10 7,306 10,979
20 Rules of Engagement CBS 6.7 10 7,597 10,573

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

 
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