Nielsen Ratings Monday August 18, Olympic Dominance Continues

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August 19th, 2008

Scoreboard NBC CBS Uni ABC FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 25.39 6.29 3.64 2.79 2.59 1.13
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 8.3/23 2.0/5 1.6/4 0.8/2 0.9/2 0.5/1

You didn't think you'd ever see Two and a Half Men under eight million viewers? Now you have, albeit just barely. You can blame the poor lead-in coming out of How I Met Your Mother, or surely it would've pole-vaulted over the eight million mark. OK, so I can't believe anyone would actually analyze it to that level, but it warms my heart that a few of you do. It doesn't make it as warm as watching Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh winning over Brazil in a beach volleyball match, but still...

The Olympics continue to dominate, High School Musical: Get in the Picture continues to be the dumbest thing ABC did all summer and I know the fan boys will denounce FOX for showing Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles up against the Olympics, but I'm guessing that boils down to mattering about as much as How I Met Your Mother's performance in the 18-49 demo was last night, which is to say, not much at all.

The CBS Monday night repeat lineup of comedies capped off with CSI: Miami was a very distant second place both among total viewers and 18-49 year olds, Univision took the third spot coming in ahead of ABC and FOX (and of course, the CW, though Gossip Girl's numbers weren't bad at all last night for a rerun, though we're sure the numbers were well behind the season premiere of The Hills over on MTV) both in total viewers and among 18-49 year olds. UNI was second among 18-34 year olds, well ahead of all networks that weren't showing the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

Full Details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC HSM: Get in the Picture 2.12 0.5/2
CBS Big Bang Theory (R ) 5.70 2.0/6
NBC Olympics, Gymnastics, Track, Beach V.. 19.24 5.7/18
FOX Prison Break (R) 2.70 1.0/3
UNI Al Diablo con los Guapos 4.04 1.8/5
CW Gossip Girl (R ) 1.29 0.6/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother (R ) 5.58 2.0/6
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R ) 7.96 2.5/7
FOX Terminator: TSCC (R) 2.47 0.8/2
NBC Olympics, Gymnastics, Track, Beach V.. 26.69 8.8/23
CW One Tree Hill (R ) 0.97 0.5/1
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.15 1.9/5
ABC Movie: Bewitched 3.11 0.9/2
9:30 CBS New Adventures of Old Christine (R ) 5.68 1.8/5
10:00 NBC Olympics, Gymnastics, Track, Beach V.. 27.75 9.6/25
UNI Cristina 2.74 1.1/3
ABC Movie: Bewitched 3.15 1.0/3
CBS CSI: Miami (R ) 6.41 1.7/4

Nielsen Ratings Source: (C)2008 The Nielsen Company, All Rights Reserved.


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