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Dallas Cowboys, House, 60 Minutes and Fringe Lead Nielsen Weekly Broadcast Viewing

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September 23rd, 2008

Sunday Night Football again dominated the primetime weekly charts, this time with 22.23 million people. As a diehard Washington Redskins fan it's somewhat discomfiting to me that any game featuring the Dallas Cowboys seems to be a ratings juggernaut.  The Cowboys' claim to "America's Team" does not appear to be unfounded, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones probably wishes he could end-around The League and do some gazillion dollar exclusive with Sunday Night or Monday Night Football.  It would make me throw up a little in my mouth, but hey, Notre Dame does it with its college rights (and they haven't even been very good lately!) and there is no doubt in my mind that the networks would pay huge rights fees for a Dallas Cowboys exclusive if they could get it. 

House and 60 Minutes were strong and note, that even with all the football overrun stripped out of it, 60 Minutes was a top ten show among 18-49 year olds. But yeah, the NFL lead-in doesn't hurt any!  Fringe had a good week, #5 overall and #4 among 18-49 year olds.  It beat the Emmys in both categories.  I think how it does tonight (9/23) tells the true tale for Fringe.  We look forward to seeing the results.  CBS' Flashpoint went out strong and will be back...

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards didn't wind up being the least-viewed EVER (sorry Julia) but it came close to the record low viewers of 1990 (12,299,566), though this year's edition just barely squeaked past it with 12.339 million.

A couple of notes: the number four show (Sunday Night Pre-Kick) had a duration of only eight minutes. The eighth show (Football Night in America, Pt 3) had a duration of 17 minutes.  The number 15 show NFL "Post-Gun" on Fox was listed with a duration of 5 minutes by Nielsen but it was various teams and times depending on what game was actually on in various parts of the country.  

If you don't see an 18-49 ranking it merely means the show was not among the top 30 shows among 18-49 year olds for the week.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 09/21/08:

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 22,230 13.3 21 15,269 1
2 HOUSE FOX 14,773 8.9 14 10,191 3
3 60 Minutes CBS 14,594 9.2 15 10,541 8
4 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 14,024 8.5 14 9,724 2
5 Fringe FOX 13,272 8.1 13 9,251 4
6 PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS(S) ABC 12,339 8.2 13 9,371 7
7 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED NBC 12,235 7.5 12 8,629 12
8 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC 10,924 6.7 11 7,619 5
9 CSI (R) CBS 10,190 6.9 11 7,867 22
10 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 9/18(S) NBC 10,032 6.4 11 7,378 25
11 Two and a Half Men (R) CBS 9,975 6.6 10 7,605 13
12 BONES FOX 9,844 6.2 10 7,049 9
13 NCIS (R) CBS 9,698 6.4 10 7,354  
14 FLASHPOINT CBS 9,673 6.6 11 7,549 19
15 FOX NFL SUNDAY-PST GN-NAT FOX 9,594 6.1 11 7,010 6
16 DEAL OR NO DEAL-MON NBC 8,874 5.8 9 6,624  
17 Criminal Minds (R) CBS 8,722 5.8 9 6,675 30
18 CSI: NY (R) CBS 8,101 5.5 10 6,334  
19 COLD CASE 8PM SPECIAL(S) (R) CBS 8,035 5.3 8 6,067  
20 CSI - 8PM SPECIAL(S) (R) CBS 7,958 5.4 9 6,238  

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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