Nielsen Ratings June 9, 2008: Scripted Repeats Beat New Summer Reality

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June 10th, 2008

Scoreboard for Mon. June 9, 2008 CBS FOX NBC ABC CW
Total Viewers (million) 8.14 7.66 6.26 5.58 .99
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.5/7 2.4/7 2.1/6 2.0/6 0.4/1

Maybe that old girl -- scripted television, is a hot cougar after all. CBS won the night with a lineup of mostly repeats of scripted comedies and dramas, save for the Bill Engvall Show (which notably had the worst 18-49 demo performance of any show on CBS last night -- we'll chalk some of that up to the 8pm start). FOX came in second with repeats of Bones and House.

In third place was NBC with a combination of American Gladiators and two hours worth of Nashville Star audtions. For its two hour premiere, "Star" averaged 6.58 million and a 2.2/6 in the 18-49 demo. Meanwhile, two hours worth of ABC's The Bachelorette 6.39 million and 2.3/7 in the 18-49 demo, though it's notable that the second hour averaged a million more viewers and half an 18-49 ratings point better than the first.

I'm sure ABC doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to just cancel The Mole, and it probably should. I can't believe I'm saying this but alas, two repeats of According to Jim just might do better. The Mole had but 3.97 million viewers and a 1.6/5 in the 18-49 demo. Ok, According to Jim probably wouldn't have done better, but still, that's pretty bad.

It's somewhat a surprise to me how well the repeats hold up. The best performance of the night? Two and a Half Men with 10.5 million viewers and a 3.2/9 in the 18-49 demographic. In head-to-head competition with the first hour of the Nashville Star premiere, a repeat of House beat it easily garnering more than a million and half more viewers and six-tenths of a ratings point better in the 18-49 demo.

Monday night's details:


Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC The Bachelorette 5.86 2.0/6
  CBS Bill Engvall Show 6.44 1.9/6
  NBC American Gladiators 5.61 1..9/6
FOX Bones (R ) 7.31 2.1/7
  CW Gossip Girl (R ) 1.08 0.5/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (R ) 6.3 2.2/7
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R ) 10.5 3.2/9
  CW One Tree Hill (R ) 0.89 0.4/1
  ABC The Bachelorette 6.91 2.5/7
  NBC Nashville Star 6.35 2.1/6
  FOX House (R ) 8 2.7/7
9:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (R ) 8.38 2.9/8
10:00 NBC Nashville Star 6.81 2.2/6
  CBS CSI: Miami (R ) 8.61 2.3/7
  ABC The Mole 3.97 1.6/5

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

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