Nielsen Ratings Tuesday, July 8: Hell's Kitchen, Wipeout, Talent Rule Night

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July 9th, 2008

Total Viewers (million) 9.04 8.15 7.38 6.90 0.94
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.5/7 3.0/9 1.5/4 3.0/9 0.4/1

In one of the more competitive summer nights, NBC won the viewership title with an average of 9.04 million Tuesday on the strength of America's Got Talent and a reasonable performance by Celebrity Family Feud. But the adults 18-49 demo standouts for the night were ABC's Wipeout [4.0 demo rating / 13 share] and the season finale of Fox's Hell's Kitchen [4.1/12] which helped those two nets tie for the demo win, each with a 3.0/9 for the night.

Wipeout is a bona fide rookie hit for ABC, and Gordon Ramsay will be in the kitchen with Fox for a long time to come. On the other side of the ledger, Moment of Truth has seen better days, it's already slotted for the Fall, Fox is likely concerned. My guess is that I Survived A Japanese Game Show is still in the "renew" column. Its drop from Wipeout is large, but its results are still good. As always, CBS reruns delivered no demo viewers and CW delivered no viewers at all.

Full details:


Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC Wipeout 10.58 4.0/13
  CBS NCIS (repeat) 8.61 1.5/5
  NBC Celebrity Family Feud 7.49 2.1/7
  FOX Moment of Truth 5.05 1.9/7
  CW Beauty and the Geek (repeat) 0.74 0.3/1
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent 12.40 3.3/9
  FOX Hell's Kitchen 8.76 4.1/12
  CBS 48 Hours Mystery (repeat) 7.27 1.7/5
  ABC I Survived a Japanese Game Show 6.83 2.8/8
  CW Reaper (repeat) 1.14 0.4/1
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat) 7.23 2.1/6
  ABC Primetime: The Outsiders 7.06 2.3/7
  CBS Without a Trace (repeat) 6.28 1.4/4

Bold = hourly winner for demo adults 18-49. Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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


Overnights: Local metered-market ratings service of Nielsen Station Index (NSI) in which household ratings and shares are provided to clients the morning following the day or evening of telecast.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

LIVE+SD: The number that watched a program either while it was broadcast OR watched via DVR on the same day [through 3AM the next day] the program was broadcast.

For more information see Numbers 101.

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