ABC Tops First Week of 2008-9 Television Season

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September 30th, 2008

In a resounding win on the first week of the new 2008-9 season, ABC had the largest audience and the most adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the week of September 22-28. NBC edged ABC for the most adults 18-34 for the week.

ABC's average viewership of 12.26 million beat CBS by a million viewers. NBC with 8.31 million and Fox with 7.50 million were well behind. For demo adults 18-49 it was ABC over NBC by 5.03 million to 4.40 million with CBS (4.06 million) and Fox (3.96 million) in a close race for third. For adults 25-54 it was ABC over CBS by 5.56 million to 5.04 million viewers, with NBC third (4.50 million) and Fox (4.00 million) fourth. In adults 18-34, NBC edged ABC by a mere 10,000, winning with 2.14 million to 2.13 million, Fox finished a close third with 1.96 million and CBS was well back with only 1.27 million.

Univision was fifth across the board, and the CW was sixth across the board, typical of last season.

Note that I've also put this post under the "Season to Date" category, since the season's only a week old this week is the season to date!

Check out the changes from the 2007-8 season to the 2008-9 season here.

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

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