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Sunday Night Football, 60 Minutes and NCAA Football Take Top Honors

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September 16th, 2008

Football dominated the charts, with NFL Sunday Night Football on NBC and Saturday Night Football  on ABC-- the NCAA matchup between Ohio State and USC (since there may be some Buckeyes fans here, we won't revisit the score).  60 Minutes took the third spot, in what Nielsen has listed as a repeat - the airing also ranked eighth among 18-49 year olds.

The premiere of Fox's Fringe weighed in at #12, and was fifth among 18-49 year olds.  The encore airing of Fringe Sunday night was 45th, but 21st among 18-49 year olds.  Bones was also strong for Fox coming in at number eleven, and sixth among 18-49 year olds.

In what is still a light week with less competition until the season kicks into full gear next week,  a repeat of Law & Order: SVU on NBC made the list and America's Funniest Home Videos was #20. 

Overall, NBC led the pack with eight shows, including the top spot, followed by CBS with six, ABC with four, and Fox with two.  Fox performed better among the top twenty list for 18-49 year old viewing, where it placed six shows.   If you don't see an 18-49 ranking in the overall top twenty list below, it just means that the show wasn't among the top 28 shows in the 18-49 demographic that we received data for.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 09/14/08:

Rank Shows Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000)  HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) # OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000) 18-49 Rank
1 NBC Sunday Night Football NBC 17,834 10.8 18 12,378 1
2 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 13,559 7.9 13 9,094 2
3 60 Minutes (R) CBS 12,540 8.2 13 9,336 8
4 SAT NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC 11,939 7.0 13 7,960 13
5 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED NBC 11,704 7.3 12 8,400 9
6 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT NBC 11,612 7.3 11 8,310 17
7 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC 10,849 6.4 11 7,385 4
8 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 9/11(S) NBC 9,833 6.3 11 7,238 20
9 DEAL OR NO DEAL-MON NBC 9,651 6.2 10 7,111  
10 Two and a Half Men CBS 9,177 6.0 9 6,834 12
11 BONES FOX 9,150 5.8 10 6,640 6
12 Fringe FOX 9,132 5.9 9 6,795 5
13 CSI  (R) CBS 9,044 6.0 10 6,885  
14 FLASHPOINT CBS 8,680 5.8 10 6,662  
15 Criminal Minds (R) CBS 8,365 5.7 9 6,470  
16 20/20-FRI ABC 8,068 5.2 9 5,990  
17 SAT NIGHT FTBL PRE-GAME ABC 7,857 4.6 9 5,304  
18 Big Brother 10-THU CBS 7,818 5.0 8 5,729 14
19 Law And Order:SVU (R) NBC 7,612 5.1 9 5,859  
20 AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS ABC 7,507 4.5 8 5,114  

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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