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Nielsen Ratings Monday, August 4: Wanna Bet Nobody Watched ABC?

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August 5th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX Uni ABC CW
Total Viewers (million) 7.68 5.67 4.38 3.86 2.91 1.09
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.3/7 2.0/6 1.5/5 1.6/5 1.0/3 0.6/2

Hi folks, sorry the write up is late, I was at the dentists this morning...nothing painful, just a regular checkup, but speaking of pain: OUCH.  Ouch.  Shame on you ABC, that's just pitiful.  Up against the Teen Choice 2008 awards High School Musical: Get Into the Picture couldn't break into the three millions and Wanna Bet did even worse.  The 10pm hour with The Mole was the only hour ABC beat Univision and then, just barely and UNI had better 18-49 demo numbers.  I read on the Internet that Dr. Horrible's Neil Patrick Harris loves The Mole, but at this point I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out more people have watched Dr. Horrible this summer.

As usual, CBS' Monday night lineup of Monday night reruns stomped all over the competition.  The Teen Choice awards had mediocre performance for FOX between 8p-10p.  The two hour season finale of American Gladiators didn't pack ‘em in, either with less than 5.5 million viewers, but it still managed a 2.0 in the 18-49 demo so it's not unthinkable that it will be back.

The season finale of Nashville Star with 6.34 million viewers did better than American Gladiators, but slightly worse than AG in the 18-49.  Congratulations to Melissa Lawson for winning the contest.  It's not a show I watched, but the move to NBC from USA seems to have made sense.  It did much, much better on NBC.  While I can't tell you exactly how much because I don't have numbers for last year on USA,, I can tell you it did at least 66% better on the broadcast network, and perhaps much more.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC HSM: Get in the Picture 2.87 0.8/3
CBS Big Bang Theory (R ) 6.48 2.2/8
NBC American Gladiators 5.21 1.9/7
FOX Teen Choice 2008 4.36 1.5/5
UNI Al Diablo con los Guapos 4.07 1.7/6
CW Gossip Girl (R ) 1.10 0.4/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (R ) 6.43 2.2/7
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R ) 9.83 2.9/9
FOX Teen Choice 2008 4.41 1.5/4
NBC American Gladiators 5.47 2.0/6
CW One Tree Hill (R ) 1.08 0.4/1
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.51 1.9/5
ABC Wanna Bet 2.81 0.9/3
9:30 CBS New Adventures of Old Christine (R ) 7.52 2.4/4
10:00 NBC Nashville Star 6.34 1.9/5
UNI Cristina 3.00 1.3/4
ABC The Mole 3.06 1.2/4
CBS CSI: Miami (R ) 7.90 2.1/6

Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

Definitions:

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.

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