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CSI, Dancing with the Stars, NCIS, Criminal Minds and CSI: NY Lead Weekly Broadcast Viewing

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October 14th, 2008

A good week for the CBS crime procedurals...

CSI was back, and with a vengeance, with this year's delayed season premiere scoring 23.49 million viewers, well ahead of its nearest competitor, ABC's Dancing with the Stars at 18.59 million. CSI was both the number one program overall and the number one program among 18-49 year olds. Among 18-49 year olds CSI had about 1.5 million more viewers than Desperate Housewives and almost two million more than Grey's Anatomy which CSI went head-to-head with.

Because of the presidential debates and different dates for series premieres, it's hard to effectively compare CSI's season premiere to last year. Last year it premiered on September 27, 2007 to 25.22 million viewers and 10.73 million 18-49 year old viewers so this year's premiere was down around 7% from last year in terms of viewers and down more than 12% among 18-49 year olds. But it's still the best premiere numbers of the season and even outperformed the best Sunday Night Football performance of the year so far (22.23 million).

For the week, CBS was dominant with four of the top five shows and ten out of the twenty top shows. Again, this wasn't a typical week since the Tuesday night schedule was impacted by the presidential debate. Only twenty shows had more than 10 million viewers and they are all in the list below.

NBC had no shows in the top 10 - a below average Sunday Night Football landed at number thirteen. NBC fared better in the 18-49 top ten where it placed three shows, Sunday Night Football, a SNL: Weekend Update special and The Office. Fox had only one show in the overall top 10, and that was 19 minutes worth of "The OT" after Sunday's football game. The only other show Fox placed in the top twenty was Bones at number 20, but again due to the debate, neither House nor Fringe were on.

Eleventh Hour debuted at number fourteen on our top twenty, and Life on Mars bowed at number sixteen. Mars had a higher household rating than Eleventh Hour, but not quite as many average people watching per household.

The full 18-49 top twenty for the broadcast nets is available here.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 10/12/08:

Rank Shows Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) # OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000) 18-49 Rank
1 CSI CBS 23,485 13.9 21 15,954 1
2 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 18,592 12.0 18 13,764 10
3 NCIS CBS 16,288 10.1 15 11,550 20
4 Criminal Minds CBS 16,185 10.2 16 11,637 11
5 CSI: NY CBS 15,873 10.1 17 11,522 12
6 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 15,505 9.8 15 11,202 2
7 DANCING W/STARS RESULT SP(S) ABC 15,065 10.0 15 11,442 22
8 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 14,797 9.8 15 11,192 3
9 OT, THE FOX 14,232 9.0 15 10,274 4
10 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 14,073 8.8 13 10,062 6
11 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,884 9.2 15 10,490 13
12 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 13,278 7.7 12 8,793 9
13 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 13,051 8.2 13 9,367 5
14 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 11,373 7.2 12 8,221
15 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HM ED-8P ABC 11,344 6.9 11 7,907 18
16 LIFE ON MARS ABC 11,333 7.5 13 8,592 21
17 COLD CASE CBS 10,994 7.1 11 8,149
18 SNL:WKND UPDT 10/9(S) NBC 10,850 6.4 10 7,341 7
19 60 Minutes CBS 10,753 7.3 12 8,306
20 BONES FOX 10,559 6.5 11 7,417 24

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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