Nielsen Ratings June 13, 2008, CW Wins the Demo!

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June 14th, 2008

Total Viewers (million) 5.84 4.55 4.42 3.86 3.49
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.2/5 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.3/5 0.9/3

OK, it was a demo tie with ABC and nobody watched broadcast prime-time last night, but that headline was irresistible ;) Sadly for the CW, the victory was all Friday Night Smackdown! and it's leaving CW this fall for MyNetworkTV. It's an example of that CW programming genius I tell you, genius!

At 10pm NBC aired a tribute to Tim Russert who passed away yesterday. I thought to do a separate post on Mr. Russert, but instead I'd suggest everyone visit TVNewser, they have an extensive collection of memories, and I could not have done better than this for our site:

  • Tim Russert moderated Meet the Press longer than any other person in the program's history. When he took over in 1991, the program ranked third in the ratings behind ABC and CBS.
  • As of last week, Meet the Press has finished first place on Sunday morning in Total Viewers for 89 consecutive weeks, and 353 out of the past 354 (when all shows are in full coverage).
  • In May, MTP won the sweep period for the 42nd consecutive sweep. It was the best Total Viewer delivery for the program since 2004.

Otherwise, it was all reruns, news magazines and an (in retrospect) ill-advised movie from Fox which set the floor for the evening.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 4.88 1.4/6
  CBS Ghost Whisperer (R) 5.06 1.0/4
  NBC Most Outrageous Moments 2 eps. (R) 3.93 1.1/4
  CW Friday Night Smackdown! (8p-10p) 3.86 1.3/5
  FOX Hollywood Homicide (8p-10p) (R) 3.49 0.9/3
9:00 CBS Numb3rs (R) 5.71 1.2/4
  NBC Dateline 4.25 1.1/4
  ABC According to Jim 2 eps. (R) 3.28 1.1/4
10:00 ABC 20/20 5.50 1.6/5
  CBS Numb3rs (R) 6.75 1.6/5
  NBC Tim Russert Tribute 5.10 1.2/4

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

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