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Nielsen Ratings Top 20: AGT Wins Again, Hit and Miss for ABC

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July 8th, 2008

Glory days for the NBC! It placed two shows in the top 20, including the number one show for the second consecutive week, America's Got Talent. The Sunday Dateline came in at #16. Better news still - though not on the list, Baby Borrowers was the #25 show overall on a household ratings basis and was the #5 show in the 18-49 demo. Also, the 8pm-9pm hour Olympic Swimming Trials Sunday night was #26 and #23 in the 18-49 demo. While not in the primetime ratings, the epic Wimbledon men's finals victory for Rafeal Nadal over Roger Federer makes for a pretty nice week for the peacocks. Plus, some WSJ.com blogger called NBC chief Jeff Zucker Gallant to Les Moonves' Goofus.

Meanwhile it's hit and miss for ABC. Wipeout is a hit - coming in #2 in overall viewers even though it was tied for tenth on a household ratings basis. So it's not just a hit, it's a family-style hit people are watching together and Wipeout was also #2 in the 18-49 rankings. But the news isn't as good for I Survived a Japanese Game Show, it's a miss in the overall ratings. Coming in 34th on a household ratings basis with 4.145 million total viewers. Wipeout had more viewers just in the 18-49 demographic (4.693 million)!  Update:  I blame old age and bad eyesight.  While Japanese Game Show is no Wipeout, it still was the 8th most watched show in the 18-49 demo with 3.354 million out of its 4.145 being in the demo.  ABC will take that as a summer hit.

CBS placed the most shows with 11, but seven out of eleven were not well received by the 18-49 demo. Swingtown haters will be relieved to know that its free-fall continues, dropping to #42 overall with 3.561 million viewers and nowhere to be found on the 18-49 demo radar.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 07/06/08:

Rank Shows Net HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) # OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000) # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) 18-49 Rank
1 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT NBC 7.5 13 8,469 12,044 3
2 WIPEOUT ABC 5.3 10 5,939 9,457 2
3 Criminal Minds (R ) CBS 6.0 10 6,806 9,128  
4 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-WED FOX 5.3 10 6,025 8,756 4
5 CSI: NY (R ) CBS 5.7 10 6,414 8,495 27
6 Two and a Half Men (R ) CBS 5.4 9 6,119 8,485 6
7 60 Minutes (R ) CBS 5.5 11 6,176 8,213  
8 HOUSE-MON 9P (R ) FOX 5.1 8 5,777 8,058 9
9 CSI: MIAMI (R ) CBS 5.5 10 6,254 8,032 18
10 HELL'S KITCHEN FOX 4.9 8 5,557 8,030 1
11 NCIS (R ) CBS 5.5 10 6,205 8,004  
12 CSI (R ) CBS 5.2 10 5,841 7,606  
13 48 Hours Mystery TUESDAY CBS 5.5 9 6,202 7,595  
14 BACHELORETTE-6/30(S) ABC 5.4 9 6,048 7,480 7
15 MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD CBS 4.9 9 5,525 7,446  
16 Dateline SUN 9PM NBC 4.8 8 5,432 7,444 12
17 BACHELORETTE, THE ABC 5.2 9 5,827 7,295 11
18 PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME (R ) CBS 4.7 9 5,321 7,289  
19 CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD NBC 4.7 9 5,296 6,887 26
20 Rules of Engagement (R ) CBS 4.5 7 5,102 6,878 10

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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