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Nielsen Ratings Top 20: NBA Finals and America's Got Talent Lead Pack

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June 24th, 2008

Gordon Ramsay on FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen

The final game of the NBA finals where the Boston Celtics wrapped up their 17th championship led all shows for the week. Followed by the premiere of America’s Got Talent.

But although these are the ratings that everyone wants to see, it’s the 18-49 numbers that really matter most. Which is why I am again paying homage (via the picture to your left) to the force of nature that is Gordon Ramsay You’ll note that save FOX’s Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader every show that does not have an 18-49 ranking is a show that airs on CBS.

Million Dollar Password was a solid performer for CBS, but unfortunately for CBS, "the password is...old people." Though number 12 on the list overall it was not one of the top 33 highest rated shows among 18-49 year olds (note: each week we get access to the top 25 shows in the 18-49 demographic, and sometimes due to ties on the 18-49 rating, we get more – this week it was 33).

Univision had as many show’s in this week’s 18-49 top twenty as CBS, three. And although both America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance draw more total viewers, Hell’s Kitchen drew more 18-49 year olds than any other program outside the NBA final game. But then again, it’s summer and the NBA Game was the only program for the week to clear the 10 million mark.

Wake me up when it’s September.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 06/22/08:

Rank Shows Net HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) # OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000) # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) 18-49 Rank
1 NBA FINALS ON ABC-GM 6(S) ABC 10.7 19 12,085 16,879 1
2 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT NBC 7.8 13 8,788 12,777 3
3 60 Minutes (R) CBS 6.2 12 6,947 9,098
4 TWO AND A HALF MEN (R) CBS 5.8 10 6,597 8,948 8
5 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-THU FOX 5.3 9 6,033 8,871 5
6 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-WED FOX 5.4 9 6,147 8,855 4
7 DEAL OR NO DEAL 6/17(S) NBC 5.5 10 6,232 8,717 20
8 HOUSE-MON 9P (R) FOX 5.5 9 6,161 8,625 6
9 DEAL OR NO DEAL-WED NBC 5.3 9 6,005 8,337 16
10 HELL'S KITCHEN FOX 5.1 8 5,759 8,253 2
11 Dateline SUN 9PM NBC 5.5 9 6,214 8,240 13
12 MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD CBS 5.4 9 6,069 8,199
13 CSI: NY (R) CBS 5.5 10 6,176 8,036
14 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS 5.5 10 6,228 7,985 21
15 CSI (R) CBS 5.2 9 5,860 7,855 26
16 SMARTER THAN 5TH GRADER FOX 5.1 10 5,752 7,846
17 COLD CASE (R) CBS 4.9 8 5,483 7,250
18 Criminal Minds (R) CBS 4.9 8 5,496 7,250
19 BONES-MON 8P (R) FOX 4.6 8 5,207 7,135 18
20 BACHELORETTE, THE ABC 4.9 8 5,576 7,047 9

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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