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Nielsen Ratings Top 20: Talent Tops Wipeout and Everything Else; Big Brother 10 Performs for CBS

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August 5th, 2008

America's Got Talent retained the number one spot overall, and this week captured the 18-49 year old crown as well. Wipeout was second overall, and in the 18-49 demo. Wipeout seems to be a little bit more family viewing than So You Think You Can Dance and some other shows since with a full household ratings point less than Two and a Half Men, it still drew more viewers.

It was nice to see the ABC Primetime Special focusing on the life of Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch made the top twenty (#13) as well as the top ten of the demo. If you haven't watched the actual lecture that Dr. Pausch gave last fall, I can't recommend it strongly enough. You can watch it on YouTube and you can also dig up the ABC Primetime special here (scroll down a bit to where it says "Primetime>Webcasts" and then select "Remembering Randy Pausch".

CBS still has a bit of an age problem with some shows in reruns outside of its Monday night lineup, particularly with shows like Criminal Minds, NCIS and 60 Minutes which perform great overall but aren't even among the top 32 highest rated 18-49 shows. But Monday night performs admirably for CBS, and Big Brother is which had two out of three airings in the overall top twenty (and all three were in the top 25) placed all three of its airings in the 18-49 top twenty. And although neither CSI, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, NCIS, or 60 Minutes were among the top thirty-two show in the 18-49 demographic, Flashpoint (#12 overall) made it at #32.

I know I spent time noodling the Flashpoint numbers, and came out kind of so-so, but there's no arguing it was #12 overall and one of CBS' better 18-49 demo performers (even with a 1.9 demo rating) for CBS. Without some serious ratings attrition, it seems likely CBS would give it another go next summer.

We were definitely ready for some football as even a lowly preseason matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins (so glad Art Monk finally made it into the Hall of Fame!) missing lots of starters was #16 overall, and #6 among 18-49 year olds.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 08/03/08:

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 8.1 13 9,172 13,846 1
2 Wipeout ABC 5.2 9 5,908 9,699 2
3 TWO AND A HALF MEN (R) CBS 6.2 10 6,956 9,345 4
4 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-WED FOX 5.6 9 6,271 8,841 3
5 Criminal Minds (R) CBS 5.8 10 6,539 8,702
6 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-THU FOX 5.5 9 6,223 8,694 5
7 NCIS (R) CBS 5.7 10 6,408 8,501
8 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS 5.9 10 6,697 8,439 20
9 60 Minutes (R) CBS 5.5 11 6,209 8,077
10 CSI (R) CBS 5.5 9 6,162 8,033
11 CSI: NY (R) CBS 5.2 9 5,878 7,785
12 FLASHPOINT CBS 5.2 9 5,843 7,677 32
13 PRIMETIME: LAST LECTURE ABC 5.2 9 5,815 7,653 9
14 CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD NBC 4.8 8 5,441 7,533 19
15 OLD CHRISTINE (R) CBS 5.0 8 5,612 7,502 7
16 NBC NFL PRE-SEASON 8/3 NBC 4.7 8 5,328 7,446 6
17 HOUSE-MON 9P (R) FOX 4.9 8 5,503 7,416 8
18 LAW AND ORDER:SVU (R) NBC 4.8 8 5,436 7,206 21
19 Big Brother 10-SUN CBS 4.3 8 4,835 6,606 11
20 Big Brother 10-THU CBS 4.2 8 4,702 6,392 12

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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