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Dancing Stars, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy lead weekly viewing

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September 30th, 2008

Just as last year, ABC dominated the top of the charts for the first official week of the new season with Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy.  Better still for the Mouse network, Grey's and Housewives took the top two spots in the top shows among 18-49 year olds.

NCIS was CBS most-watched show at number five with over 18 million viewers, but it was only ranked 25 among 18-49 year olds.  CBS ‘s most-watched show among 18-49 year olds was Two and a Half Men (#5 among 18-49 year olds) which was 11th on this list.  Still, both CSI: Miami and Two and a Half Men did better among 18-49 year olds than House, which must be at least a little disconcerting for Fox.  Fringe, which didn't make this list was #18 among 18-49 year olds and The Simpsons and Family Guy (which also didn't make this list) were number 14 and 17 respectively among 18-49 year olds.

NBC had nothing in the top twenty most-viewed shows list outside of NFL Sunday Night Football and the pregame (which was only 8 minutes worth). The peacocks fared a bit better among 18-49 year olds also placing Heroes (#8) and The Office (#10) on that list.  You can see the full top twenty among 18-49 year olds here.

If you don't see an 18-49 ranking it merely means the show was not among the top 26 shows we saw data for among 18-49 year olds for the week.

You can see how the networks performed relative to each other during primetime last week, and relative to last year, as well.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 09/28/08:

Rank Shows Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) HH rating (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) # OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000) 18-49 Rank
1 Dancing with the Stars ABC 21,338 13.4 20 15,344 4
2 Desperate Housewives ABC 18,684 11.4 17 13,105 2
3 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 18,469 11.9 18 13,595 1
4 DANCING W/STARS SP-9/23(S) ABC 18,302 11.7 18 13,374 11
5 NCIS CBS 18,026 11.3 18 12,988 25
6 NBC Sunday Night Football NBC 17,340 10.8 17 12,311 3
7 CSI: MIAMI CBS 17,233 11.1 18 12,723 6
8 Criminal Minds CBS 17,007 10.5 16 12,030 12
9 DANCING W/STARS RESULT SP(S) ABC 15,867 10.4 17 11,860 24
10 Mentalist, THE CBS 15,603 9.9 15 11,301  
11 Two and a Half Men CBS 14,877 9.1 13 10,365 5
12 CSI: NY CBS 14,591 9.2 16 10,564 20
13 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 13,058 7.7 12 8,788 16
14 60 Minutes CBS 12,592 8.0 14 9,122  
15 HOUSE FOX 12,378 7.5 12 8,617 7
16 OT, THE FOX 12,185 7.6 13 8,750 9
17 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 12,029 7.7 13 8,834 13
18 Extreme Makeover:HM ED-8P ABC 11,946 7.4 11 8,446 23
19 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 11,933 7.4 12 8,416 15
20 COLD CASE CBS 11,358 7.4 11 8,417  

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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