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American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and CSI Lead Weekly Nielsen Ratings

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May 20th, 2008

American Idol\'s David CookAs usual, American Idol took the top two spots on this list followed by Dancing with the Stars and CSI.  CBS had the most shows on the list with 9, followed by ABC with 6, FOX with 4 and NBC with but one show, but at least they didn't get shut out of the top 20 as they did last week.

This week where available I included the 18-49 ranking (I will still do a separate top 20 ranking as well).  We only see the top 25 or so  demographic shows on a weekly basis and of the top 20 most viewed shows overall, 18 of them ranked in the top 18-49 rankings.  The only two shows on this list that didn't make it were  CBS' 60 Minutes and the Country Music Awards.  Hell's Kitchen and LOST outperformed their overall rankings nicely when it came to the 18-49 demo.

It's fairly easy to spot some of the reasons that even though CBS has the most shows on this list (and will rank first in total viewers), it will trail both FOX and ABC when it comes to the 18-49 demo.

More people watched House together than CBS' Without a Trace.  Note that Trace was on in more homes than House by 600,000 plus, yet House had almost 700,000 more total viewers.

Shows in the 18-49 top twenty that didn't make this list: the Britney Spears fueled How I Met Your Mother (#17 in the 18-49 demo, #26 in total viewers), Bones (#19 in the 18-49 demo, 25th in total viewers), Rules of Engagement (#13 in the demo, #21 in total viewers), ER (#20 in the demo, #32 in total viewers) and The Office which was 11th in the 18-49 demo while being the #34 most viewed show overall.

Keep in mind that except where otherwise noted in our tables we rank by total viewers and not household rating.

Soon it will be the ugly summer season with lots of repeats.  At least we still have the two hour season finale of LOST to look forward too on 5/29.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 05/18/08:

Rank PROGRAMS Net  HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) # OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000) # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) 18-49 Rank
1 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 14.6 22 16,504 24,863 1
2 American Idol-TUESDAY FOX 14.4 23 16,210 24,772 2
3 Dancing with the Stars ABC 11.9 18 13,470 18,469 10
4 CSI CBS 11.2 17 12,676 18,063 9
5 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 11.1 17 12,523 16,987 12
6 Desperate Housewives ABC 10.7 17 12,104 16,837 3
7 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 10.5 16 11,799 15,546 4
8 HOUSE-MON 9P FOX 9.1 13 10,222 15,022 5
9 NCIS CBS 9.5 15 10,667 14,879 26
10 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 9.6 16 10,832 14,537 18
11 CSI: MIAMI CBS 9.1 15 10,276 13,923 14
12 Two and a Half Men CBS 8.5 13 9,569 13,824 7
13 Criminal Minds CBS 8.3 13 9,371 12,876 24
14 CSI: NY CBS 7.7 12 8,637 11,858 22
15 ACM AWARDS(S) CBS 7.3 12 8,281 11,731  
16 Law And Order:SVU NBC 7.6 13 8,617 11,496 16
17 HELL'S KITCHEN NBC 6.5 10 7,310 11,308 6
18 Extreme Makeover:HOME ED. ABC 7.0 12 7,886 11,217 15
19 LOST ABC 6.9 12 7,776 10,962 8
20 60 Minutes CBS 7.1 13 8,058 10,790  

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

 
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