Nielsen Ratings May 29, 2008: LOST Season Finale Wins For ABC

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May 30th, 2008

Scoreboard for Thurs. May 29, 2008 ABC FOX CBS NBC CW
Total Viewers (million) 10.41 9.35 7.32 4.09 1.68
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.0/11 3.6/11 1.9/6 1.7/5 0.6/2

OK, so they're not American Idol style numbers, but LOST averaged almost a 5.0 in the 18-49 year old demographic for the two hour finale. I joined the 12.2 million viewers LOST averaged for the 2 hours who waited to see just who was in the coffin! As I wrote earlier, I really enjoyed the episode but didn't find it quite as amazing as some of the blogsphere.

Other than FOX's So You Think You Can Dance, which drew in almost 9.4 million and averaged a 3.6/11 in the 18-49 demo for the two hour airing, there's not much to say. Everything else was repeats except for Last Comic Standing on NBC, and that performed worse than the repeats on CBS.

Making matters worse, LOST won't be back for months and months as it will again debut mid-season.

USA is premieres In Plain Sight this Sunday night at 10pm and you can see some of my thoughts on it here.

If you haven't entered our Law & Order: Criminal Intent contest, check it out if you're interested in winning some free DVD box sets and a t-shirt.

Did I say it's going to be a long wait for LOST yet?  Update: here's a look at the numbers for all of LOST's season premieres and finales (other than the season 1 premiere I was able to dig up all the numbers).

Will CW's Dawn Ostroff still have her job by day's end? They say bad news is always announced on Fridays.

Thursday night's details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R ) 4.84 1.4/5
  FOX So You Think You Can Dance 8p-10p 9.35 3.6/11
  ABC LOST (R ) 6.83 2.1/7
  NBC The Office (R ) 3.51 1.2/4
  CW Smallville (R ) 1.86 0.7/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (R ) 4.87 1.5/5
  NBC Last Comic Standing 8:30p-10:30p 4.37 1.8/5
9:00 CBS CSI (R ) 8.70 2.1/6
  ABC LOST 9p-11p 12.20 4.9/14
  CW Supernatural (R ) 1.51 0.5/1
10:00 CBS Without a Trace (R ) 8.42 2.1/6
10:30 NBC The Office (R ) 3.57 1.6/4
    Half-hourly data for LOST's Season Finale    
9:00 ABC LOST 11.73 4.5/13
9:30 ABC LOST 12.04 4.7/12
10:00 ABC LOST 12.32 5.0/13
10:30 ABC LOST 12.69 5.3/15

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

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