UPDATED Thursday: CSI Opens Large, Life on Mars & Eleventh Hour Battle

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October 10th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 15.960 11.54 8.80 6.54 4.496 3.61
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.9/13 4.0/10 3.9/10 2.1/5 1.9/5 1.5/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.1/9 3.5/10 3.9/11 1.6/5 2.1/6 1.4/4

Now updated with all our usual data.

CSI opened its season with a larger audience than the comparable date last year last year's premiere and pushed CBS to the overall viewership and demo adults 18-49 win for the night. Grey's Anatomy faded noticeably from its premiere, but helped ABC take second for viewers and 18-49 adults for the night.

Survivor: Gabon beat down the competition from 8-9 winning easily, but did slip 0.1 in the 18-49 demo from last week. Ugly Betty was just about even with last week, while My Name is Earl kept its audience steady, but lost 0.2 ratings points in the 18-49 demo.

Kath & Kim did much better than I expected (and better than Earl) in its premiere, beating everything but Survivor in the demo for its half hour.

CSI premiere topped its 2007-8 premiere and pushed Grey's Anatomy down at 9pm. Interesting to see if Grey's can stabilize at that level. The Office held its audience from 9/25, but slipped 0.3 rating points in the 18-49 demo.

Life on Mars and Eleventh Hour premiered to nearly identical numbers at 10pm. The horse race of the new shows was closer than I would have thought, it will be interesting to watch it develop. While it came in behind the premieres, ER won the 18-49 demo for the hour, and bettered its 9/25 audience by 1.4 million and its 18-49 demo by 0.7 rating points, quite an improvement.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share 18-34 Rating/ Share
8:00 CBS Survivor: Gabon 13.306 4.4/12 2.5/8
  ABC Ugly Betty 8.484 2.6/7 2.4/8
  NBC My Name is Earl 7.095 2.7/8 2.3/8
  FOX MLB Playoff pregame/game 5.910 1.8/5 1.5/5
  UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.635 1.9/5 2.1/7
  CW Smallville 4.079 1.6/4 1.5/5
8:30 NBC Kath & Kim (premiere) 7.459 3.2/9 3.2/10
  FOX MLB Playoff: Dodgers/Phillies 6.562 2.0/6 1.7/5
9:00 CBS CSI (premiere) 22.985 7.0/17 4.5/12
  ABC Grey's Anatomy 14.541 5.6/13 5.4/14
  NBC The Office 8.998 4.6/11 5.6/15
  FOX MLB Playoff: Dodgers/Phillies 6.468 2.0/5 1.7/4
  UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5.484 2.3/5 2.5/7
  CW Supernatural 3.138 1.4/3 1.4/3
9:30 NBC Saturday Night Live Special 10.587 5.0/12 5.3/14
10:00 ABC Life on Mars (premiere) 11.601 3.8/10 2.7/8
  CBS Eleventh Hour (premiere) 11.588 3.4/9 2.3/7
  NBC ER 9.346 4.0/10 3.3/10
  UNI La Rosa de Guadalupe 3.369 1.4/4 1.5/4


30 Minute breakdowns for the new 10pm shows:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share 18-34 Rating/ Share
10:00 ABC Life on Mars (premiere) 12.272 4.1/10 2.9/8
10:30 ABC Life on Mars (premiere) 10.929 3.5/10 2.4/7
10:00 CBS Eleventh Hour (premiere) 12.547 3.7/9 2.4/7
10:30 CBS Eleventh Hour (premiere) 10.628 3.0/8 2.1/6


Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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