Monday Night Ratings: Wins for ABC, CBS and NBC

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September 30th, 2008

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 16.12 11.54 7.62 5.29 3.92 3.48
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.8/10 3.9/10 3.3/8 2.0/5 1.6/4 1.9/5
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.6/7 2.8/7 3.3/9 1.8/5 1.8/5 2.7/7

Dancing With the Stars led ABC to victory in total viewers, but it was split leadership with CBS winning the 18-49 demo and NBC winning the 18-34 demo (and somewhat handily at that).

The 8pm hour saw the premiere of Chuck get bested by DWTS and The Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother on CBS. While Chuck with 6.62 million in its premiere was down well below its premiere in season one where it did over nine million viewers, it performed OK in both the 18-49 and 18-34 demos (though Gossip Girl beat it among 18-34 year olds). I know some knuckleheads will chime in about how the Chuck premiere has been available on the Internet via Hulu for a week, but we doubt that significantly impacted the numbers. I really love this show, so I hope it turns out I'm wrong and that three million people watched it over the Internet last week. I'd guess more like 300,000. Still Chuck performed better across the board than Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Sorry Summer Glau. I still love you, but the numbers are the numbers.

At 9pm Two and a Half Men took the win among 18-49 year olds, but DWTS, 2.5 Men and Heroes were pretty bunched up in that demo. Among 18-34 year olds, Heroes was on steroids, completely dominating the field. The good news for CBS is over at the CW, One Tree Hill had a 2.7/7 with 18-34 year olds - the bad news for CBS is that actually tied with Two and a Half Men.

At 10pm, CSI: Miami won handily across the board. And although the return of Life only brought 6.92 million viewers, with almost three million fewer viewers than Boston Legal, it beat it in both demographics.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 18.85 4.4/12 1.8/5
CBS The Big Bang Theory 8.76 3.5/9 2.8/8
NBC Chuck 6.62 2.6/7 2.4/7
FOX Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 5.53 2.0/5 1.6/5
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 3.85 1.5/4 1.8/5
CW Gossip Girl 3.54 1.9/5 2.6/8
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 8.81 3.7/9 3.0/9
9:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 19.72 4.6/11 3.1/6
CBS Two and a Half Men 13.76 4.7/11 2.7/7
NBC Heroes 9.34 4.5/10 4.9/13
FOX Prison Break 5.26 2.0/5 1.9/5
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.52 1.8/4 2.1/5
CW One Tree Hill 3.42 1.9/4 2.7/7
9:30 CBS Worst Week 9.31 3.1/7 1.9/5
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 14.32 4.4/11 3.1/9
ABC Boston Legal 9.80 2.4/6 1.7/5
NBC Life 6.92 2.8/7 2.5/7
UNI Cristina 3.38 1.4/3 1.5/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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


Fast Affiliate Overnight Ratings: Local metered-market ratings service of Nielsen Station Index (NSI) in which household ratings and shares are provided to clients the morning following the day or evening of telecast. While routinely used for "next day" immediate analysis, these fast affiliate ratings are by process inaccurate for programs that air live across a network since they represent affiliate time period performance. For example, last night's 10-11pm affiliate #'s would reflect 10pm on the East Coast but also 10pm on the West Coast which for a live event would not represent the same broadcast or portion of the broadcast.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

LIVE+SD: The number that watched a program either while it was broadcast OR watched via DVR on the same day [through 3AM the next day] the program was broadcast.

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