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Nielsen Ratings May 26, 2008: Two and a Half Men Towers Above All

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May 27th, 2008

Scoreboard for Mon. May 26, 2008 CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 7.74 5.25 5.21 4.86 1.33
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.4/7 1.9/5 1.7/5 1.8/5 0.5/1

I doubt I'll be able to spin many tales about the summer ratings.  Almost everything was a repeat except ABC's The Bachelorette and an episode of NBC's Dateline.

Clearly, CBS' sitcoms rule the roost with Two and a Half Men standing above everything with 10.69 million viewers and a 3.3/8 in the demo.  Not bad for a rerun. In fact, all the CBS Monday night comedies did fairly well considering they were retreads.

Fortunately for me, there *is* a cure for the pre-summertime blues and it's not just that  LOST still has a two hour finale or that there's a little bit more left of Hell's Kitchen, though those things help a bit.  It's catching up on all the stuff I've been meaning to watch but never quite got around to.  Next on tap for me is binging on Season 3 of Showtime's Weeds.  I just finally got around to finishing season two not that long ago and all of season three is currently on the On Demand.

After that, it's Law & Order: Criminal Intent.  Bill G. lashed out at me when I said I planned to catch up on some Law & Order: SVU so we'd have some more common ground than just Battlestar Galactica and House.   Bill wanted to know why not Criminal Intent since a.) it was his favorite of all the Law & Orders and b.) we're having a contest to give away the DVD box sets of the first three seasons - and a t-shirt!

My reason was pretty simple: L&O: SVU does well in the 18-49 demographic and this web site has turned me into something of an 18-49ist.  That said, there are only a few seasons of L&O: CI to catch up on so I will air on the side of pleasing Bill Gorman and satisfying my inner 18-49ist and watch both.  You can make Bill Gorman happy too: enter the contest!  Right now the next person to enter has a one in eight chance of winning.  Odds don't usually get better than that!

Monday night's full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC Vacation Swap (R ) 4.67 1.5/4
CBS Big Bang Theory (R ) 6.39 2.0/6
NBC American Gladiators (R ) (8p-10p) 5.05 1.7/5
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (R ) (8p-10p) 4.86 1.8/5
CW Gossip Girl (R ) 1.44 0.6/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (R ) 6.7 2.3/7
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R ) 10.69 3.3/8
CW One Tree Hill (R ) 1.22 0.5/1
ABC The Bachelorette (9p-11p) 5.54 2.0/5
9:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (R ) 8.45 2.8/7
10:00 NBC Dateline 5.54 1.7/5
CBS CSI: Miami (R ) 7.11 2.0/5

Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night's results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

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