Nielsen Ratings Wednesday, Aug 6: FOX Dances to the Top

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August 7th, 2008

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 8.72 7.31 4.60 4.49 3.76 .97
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.0/10 1.7/5 1.4/5 1.2/4 1.6/5 0.4/1

FOX easily won the night with two hours of So You Think You Can Dance pulling in over 8.7 million viewers and a 3.0/10 (rating/share) among 18-49 year olds.

CBS came in second in both total viewers and among 18-49 year olds with its lineup of Greatest American Dog (which, while hardly anything to write home about, still came in second in total viewers for the 8pm hour), and repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.

ABC came in third overall with repeats Primetime: China Inside Out, but was fourth among 18-49 year olds. Univision was third among 18-49 year olds, but fifth out of sixth in total viewers.

Baby Borrowers: Lessons Learned just goes to show people don't like to learn. It pulled in a mere 3.35 million viewers and a 1.2/3 among 18-49 year olds.

The nets have a huge issue with 18-34 year olds in the summer. Though not listed below, FOX won that demo easily with a 2.9/10 and Univision was second with a 1.8/6 well ahead of ABC and CBS (1.1/4) and NBC (1.0/3). The CW isn't even worth mentioning...

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Greatest American Dog 5.90 1.5/5
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 5.39 1.3/4
ABC Wife Swap (R ) 4.36 1.4/5
UNI Al Diablo con los Guapos 4.18 1.7/6
CW America's Next Top Model (R ) 1.13 0.4/1
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 7.71 2.7/9
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds (R) 9.04 2.0/6
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.19 1.7/5
ABC Supernanny (R ) 4.12 1.4/4
CW Pussycat Dolls Presents: Girlicious (R) 0.80 0.3/1
NBC Baby Borrowers: Lessons Learned 3.35 1.2/3
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 9.72 3.3/10
10:00 ABC Primetime: China Inside Out 5.33 1.5/5
CBS CSI: NY (Repeat) 7.00 1.7/5
UNI Don Francisco Presenta 2.92 1.2/4
NBC Law & Order (R) 4.72 1.3/4


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.

TV Ratings Data Via Nielsen Media Research (C) 2008

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