Just as last week, Dancing With the Stars took the top spot for average viewers for the week of September 29 - October 5, with an average audience of 18.883 million. At #2, NCIS was again CBS's most-watched show with 17.47 million viewers. Helped by a football overrun on Sunday, 60 Minutes came in at #3 with 16.648 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were Desperate Housewives, the Dancing with the Stars Results show, The Mentalist, CSI:NY, Criminal Minds, CSI:Miami, and NBC Sunday Night Football. I will cross reference with 18-49 demo results later when I have them up. Check back.
CBS lead with 11 of the top 20 shows for audience size, ABC had 5 shows in this top 20, NBC had 3, and Fox just 1. Those totals will be a bit different in the demo 18-49 adults ranking that I should have up soon.
Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 10/5/08:
|Rank||Programs||Network||Viewers Live+SD (000)||HH RATING (LIVE+SD)||HH SHARE (LIVE+SD)||# OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000)|
|1||DANCING WITH THE STARS||ABC||18,883||12.2||18||14,020|
|5||DANCING W/STARS RESULTS||ABC||15,491||10.2||15||11,629|
|10||NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||NBC||14,207||8.8||14||10,115|
|11||TWO AND A HALF MEN||CBS||13,577||8.4||12||9,596|
|14||AMERICA'S GOT TALENT-WED||NBC||12,693||7.8||12||8,898|
|15||WITHOUT A TRACE||CBS||12,611||8.4||14||9,626|
|16||EXTREME MAKEOVER:HM ED-8P||ABC||11,832||7.2||11||8,212|
|18||AMAZING RACE 13||CBS||10,999||6.6||10||7,612|
|19||LAW AND ORDER:SVU||NBC||10,391||7.0||12||7,975|
|20||BROTHERS & SISTERS||ABC||10,326||6.9||11||7,941|
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved
All numbers above based on Live+Same Day (LIVE+SD) DVR viewing.
Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live + Same Day (Live+SD) and Live + 7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live + Same Day include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+ 7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.