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NBC Grabs Top 3 of Weekly Charts with 'America's Got Talent' and 'Deal or No Deal'

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September 3rd, 2008

The Olympics were over, but NBC still took the gold, silver and bronze for the week of August 25-31, 2008. Deal or No Deal was sandwiched in between both episodes of America's God Talent, though "Deal" had the highest household rating of the week. Despite there not seeming to be any Olympic halo effect for the premiere of America's Toughest Jobs, it still took the number 7 spot in this week's top 20.

CBS, as usual dominated taking 10 spots on the list with repeats and all three airings of Big Brother 10. Even Greatest American Dog made the list at number 20 . Fox placed but two shows, repeats of House and Bones, and ABC had place only Thursday night's Democratic National Convention coverage and Wipeout.

As usual CBS was last when it comes to nightly news, even when it's in primetime. Although both NBC and ABC placed convention coverage from Thursday night in the top 20, CBS coverage for Thursday night was number 45 by viewers, with even its Crimetime Saturday reruns (#40) beating out the CBS convention coverage. Of course had CNN's coverage Thursday night coverage of Barack Obama's acceptance speech, with 8.06 million viewers, been included in this list, it would have been the number five show in the list for the week.

This week all we saw were the top 25 shows among 18-49 year olds, so if you don't see any 18-49 ranking it just means the show did not rank among the top 25.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 08/31/08:

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 6.9 11 7,798 11,118 1
2 DEAL OR NO DEAL-MON NBC 7.3 12 8,184 10,999 3
3 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED NBC 6.5 11 7,358 10,344 4
4 TWO AND A HALF MEN (R) CBS 5.8 9 6,553 9,030 2
5 60 Minutes (R) CBS 5.4 12 6,063 8,030
6 NCIS (R) CBS 5.1 8 5,741 7,453
7 AMERICA'S TOUGHEST JOBS NBC 4.6 7 5,211 7,298 5
8 Criminal Minds (R) CBS 4.6 7 5,196 6,930
9 HOUSE (R) FOX 4.6 7 5,153 6,808 8
10 OLD CHRISTINE (R) CBS 4.4 7 4,910 6,631 13
11 DEM NAT CONV-THU(S) ABC 4.5 7 5,066 6,584 22
12 Wipeout ABC 3.8 6 4,292 6,325 7
13 Big Brother 10-TUE CBS 4.1 6 4,627 6,284 6
14 DEM CONV THU(S) NBC 3.9 6 4,423 6,100 16
15 BONES SP-8/27 9P (R) FOX 4.1 6 4,639 6,056
16 DEM CONV TUE(S) NBC 4.1 7 4,604 5,976
17 Big Brother 10-THU CBS 3.8 6 4,277 5,969 17
18 CSI: NY SUNDAY (R) CBS 3.9 7 4,397 5,893
19 Big Brother 10-SUN CBS 3.7 7 4,118 5,702 24
20 GREATEST AMERICAN DOG CBS 3.7 6 4,172 5,683

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved

All numbers above based on live plus same day DVR viewing.

 
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