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Dancing Stars, NCIS, 60 Minutes and Desperate Housewives Top Broadcast viewing

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October 7th, 2008

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
2 NCIS CBS  17,470 11.0 17  12,545
3 60 Minutes CBS  16,648 10.5 17  11,973
4 Desperate Housewives ABC  15,685 10.0 15  11,501
5 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC  15,491 10.2 15  11,629
6 THE Mentalist CBS  15,484 9.8 15  11,175
7 CSI: NY CBS  14,878 9.6 16  10,935
8 Criminal Minds CBS  14,780 9.5 15  10,832
9 CSI: MIAMI CBS  14,345 9.2 15  10,493
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
12 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS  13,076 7.7 12  8,849
13 HOUSE FOX  12,978 7.8 12  8,959
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
17 COLD CASE CBS  11,095 7.1 11  8,102
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.

 
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