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Nielsen Ratings Weekly Top 20: LOST Leads Weak Field

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June 4th, 2008

The two hour LOST finale won the week against little competition,  as the second place show in the weekly top 20 was a repeat of Two and a Half Men.  FOX's lineup of Hell's Kitchen, two airings of So You Think You Can Dance and Moment of Truth all cracked the top 20 and all performed well in the 18-49 demo.

CBS led the list with thirteen shows, with ten of them being reruns.  The problem CBS has is still one of skewing older.  60 Minutes was the third most watched program overall but wasn't even among the top 30 highest rated broadcast primetime programs in the 18-49 demo.  Neither were NCIS, The Price is Right Primetime or Cold Case.

On the other end of the spectrum was CBS' foray into mixed martial arts (MMA) with the Elite XC Saturday Night Fights airing featuring Kimbo Slice which tied for 51st  on a household ratings basis.  It averaged 4.851 million viewers for  the entire 171 minute (almost, but not quite 3 hours) event.  The Kimbo Slice/James Thompson bout happened after the primetime portion but is included in these numbers.  The primetime portion from 9pm-11pm averaged 4.3mm in the overnights so there's no doubt a lot more people tuned in when Slice was on the screen.

While Saturday Night Fights didn't make the top 20 in total viewing it outranked number three in total viewing 60 Minutes in the 18-49 demo.  The fights were #18 in the 18-49 rankings based on viewers and if we had 18-34 rankings, it probably would have performed even better.

CBS also did well with Million Dollar Password it was third overall and made the 18-49 rankings at #17 (ahead of Kimbo Slice!).

It turns out LOST was ABC's only entry in the top 20.  I guess if you're only going to have one, number one is the best one to pick.  NBC had but two shows on the list and FOX had four.  I'll get the full 18-49 top 20 up soon.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 06/01/08:

Rank Shows Net HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) # OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000) # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) 18-49 Rank
1 LOST ABC 7.3 12 8,220 12,303 1
2 Two and a Half Men-SPC(S) (R ) CBS 6.9 11 7,734 10,811 5
3 MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD CBS 6.8 12 7,656 10,621 17
4 60 Minutes CBS 6.8 13 7,635 10,291  
5 NCIS ( R ) CBS 6.7 11 7,535 9,774  
6 Criminal Minds ( R ) CBS 6.4 10 7,202 9,730 15
7 CSI: NY ( R ) CBS 6.4 11 7,204 9,563 11
8 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-THU FOX 6.0 10 6,719 9,561 3
9 HELL'S KITCHEN FOX 5.6 9 6,314 9,500 2
10 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-WED FOX 5.8 10 6,548 9,359 4
11 CSI ( R ) CBS 6.0 10 6,732 8,799 19
12 WITHOUT A TRACE ( R ) CBS 5.8 10 6,557 8,516 21
13 Rules of Engagement-SPC(S) ( R ) CBS 5.3 8 5,958 8,469 7
14 48 Hours Mystery TUESDAY ( R ) CBS 6.0 10 6,796 8,448 12
15 Dateline SUN 9PM NBC 5.4 9 6,045 8,088 22
16 PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME CBS 5.1 9 5,794 7,785  
17 COLD CASE ( R ) CBS 5.3 9 5,937 7,732  
18 MOMENT OF TRUTH FOX 4.6 8 5,242 7,403 6
19 Law And Order:SVU ( R ) NBC 5.3 9 5,946 7,312 10
20 CSI: MIAMI-SPC(S) ( R ) CBS 4.9 8 5,492 7,128 27

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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