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Nielsen Ratings: Weekly Top 20, David vs. David Finale Scores Big for FOX

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May 28th, 2008

American Idol\'s David CookI'm not sure we'll see 30 million viewers again for a good long while, or a week where three shows eclipse 20 million. Perhaps the Summer Olympics will score big for NBC. We'll see.

American Idol roared back in the finale with over 31.66 million viewers. Shark made the top 20 in its swan song at number 16, and Ugly Betty's season finale made it at number 17. The premiere of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance landed in the #19 spot. NBC placed two shows on the list for the week, but that was only because LOST didn't air last week. Deal or No Deal was the 14th most watched show and Law & Order came in at #20.

For the week, CBS placed seven shows on the list, FOX placed six shows on the list, ABC had five.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 05/25/08:

Rank Shows 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 17.7 28 19,961 31,661 1
2 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 15.1 24 17,031 27,061 2
3 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 12.9 20 14,575 20,122 5
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 12.4 20 13,990 19,223 9
5 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 11.8 19 13,285 18,092 3
6 NCIS CBS 10.3 16 11,649 16,524 12
7 HOUSE-MON 9P FOX 10.0 15 11,250 16,358 4
8 CSI: MIAMI CBS 10.4 17 11,716 16,265 8
9 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 9.0 14 10,203 14,700 7
10 Criminal Minds CBS 8.3 13 9,380 13,153 14
11 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CBS 7.6 11 8,544 12,290 10
12 CSI: NY CBS 7.6 13 8,544 11,830 16
13 HELL'S KITCHEN FOX 6.4 10 7,216 11,441 6
14 DEAL OR NO DEAL 5/22(S) NBC 6.8 12 7,688 10,333 22
15 BONES-MON 8P FOX 6.4 10 7,186 10,302 13
16 SHARK CBS 6.9 11 7,765 10,271 25
17 UGLY BETTY ABC 6.2 11 7,009 8,753 19
18 DANCING W/STARS SP-5/20(S) ABC 5.9 9 6,650 8,740
19 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-THU FOX 5.3 9 5,928 8,739 11
20 Law And Order NBC 5.9 10 6,679 8,573 21

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

All numbers above based on live plus same day DVR viewing.

 
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