Ratings Thursday, September 11: With No Football, CBS & Fox Win Night

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September 12th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC ABC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 8.504 5.755 5.049 4.884 4.169 1.861
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.4/7 2.6/8 1.8/5 1.5/4 1.7/5 0.7/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 1.5/5 2.4/8 1.6/5 1.3/4 2.0/6 0.6/2

Free from NFL competition, and on the strength of Big Brother and Flashpoint repeats, CBS finished first for viewers on Thursday with an average of 8.504 million followed by Fox with 5.755 million.

The new episode strength of Hole in the Wall and Kitchen Nightmares was more than enough for Fox to take both the demo adults 18-49 (2.6 rating) and 18-34 (2.4 rating) crowns for the night. CBS was a close second for 18-49s, while Univision was second for 18-34s.

A special half hour America's Got Talent was the most watched show of the night with 9.644 million viewers, but it didn't deliver any of the age demos in its hour. Those went to Big Brother for 18-49s and Al Diablo con los Guapos for 18-34s.

Big Brother increased its viewership 23% from last week to 7.933 million viewers and a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating and a 2.0 adults 18-34 rating. Hole in the Wall's time-slot premiere (the other shows were "specials") registered 5.375 million viewers up 5% from its Tuesday airing, its demo ratings moved up a few ticks as well.

Kitchen Nightmares increased its viewership from last week by 16% to 6.135 million and its 2.9 adults 18-49 rating and 2.7 adults 18-34 rating crushed its mostly repeat competition for the hour and was tops for the night in both demos.

Against all repeat competition In a battle of repeats, Flashpoint won the 10-11 viewership title easily with 8.533 million and the 18-49 demo with a 2.2 rating, but interestingly finished last among adults 18-34 with only a 1.2 rating. Note: TV Guide and our ratings data show Flashpoint as being a repeat, but those are very strong numbers for one. Another source we have shows it as a new episode. If you know for sure, please comment below. Alert reader spacerangersfan set the record straight.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share 18-34 Rating/ Share
8:00 NBC America's Got Talent 9.644 2.3/8 1.6/6
CBS Big Brother 10 7.933 2.7/8 2.0/7
FOX Hole in the Wall (premiere) 5.374 2.3/7 2.2/7
Uni Al Diablo Con los Guapos 4.855 2.0/6 2.5/8
ABC Ugly Betty (repeat) 4.324 1.2/4 1.0/4
CW Smallville (repeat) 2.012 0.8/2 0.7/2
8:30 NBC My Name is Earl (repeat) 5.196 1.6/5 1.2/4
9:00 CBS CSI (repeat) 9.025 2.2/6 1.3/4
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 6.135 2.9/8 2.7/8
ABC Grey's Anatomy (repeat) 5.421 1.7/5 1.4/4
NBC The Office x2 (repeat) 4.516 2.0/6 1.9/6
Uni Fuego en la Sangre 4.477 1.8/5 2.1/6
CW Supernatural (repeat) 1.710 0.6/2 0.5/2
10:00 CBS Flashpoint (repeat) 8.533 2.2/6 1.2/4
ABC Private Practice (repeat) 4.909 1.6/5 1.3/4
NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 3.342 1.4/4 1.4/4
UNI La Rosa de Guadalupe 3.176 1.3/4 1.5/4
10:30 NBC The Office (repeat) 3.079 1.4/4 1.5/5

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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