UPDATED Thursday: CSI Has Most Total Viewers, Grey's Anatomy Wins With Youth

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October 17th, 2008

Total Viewers (million) 14.59 10.42 7.81 3.60 3.54
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.2/11 3.7/10 3.4/9 1.4/4 1.4/4

Sorry folks, but as I  write this (9:20am PDT) I hadn't yet seen the 18-34 or Univision data.  I could wait for it to show up, but, I didn't!  CBS won the night, both overall and in the 18-49 demo. In viewers CBS led ABC by a wide margin, and among 18-49 year olds, not as wide, but still a comfortable lead.  Update: I have added in the 18-34 data.  Note that some of the 18-49 data is slightly different than some other sources, but I chalk this up most likely to rounding (we're talking differences of 1/10th of a ratings point). Also, our data reflects that last night's Kitchen Nightmares was a repeat -- I have no idea whether it was or wasn't.

CSI was the evening's most watched show, though with 18.84 million average viewers it was down 18% from last week's season premiere which hauled in almost 23 million.  Though CSI had more than four million more viewers than Grey's Anatomy, Grey's easily bested CSI among 18-49 year olds.  At 14.57 million Grey's was actually up a tad from last week's overnight of 14.54 million.  Grey's was also up two tenths of a ratings point among 18-49 year olds vs. last week.

Berman crows on about the SNL: Weekend Update Special, but that dropped from 10.59 million viewers and a 5.0/12 among 18-49 year olds last week to 8.61 million and a 4.1/10 last night. Of course for NBC those are great numbers regardless, but either way the election will be over in a few weeks and then...no more specials.  The truth is everything in the NBC lineup fell down versus last week, from My Name is Earl, to the second installment of Kath & Kim (no shock there) to The Office, to ER.  Though with the numbers ER is pulling (it won the demo at 10pm) they may be talking about revival soon.

In the battle of the new series CBS' Eleventh Hour actually grew viewers versus last week while ABC's Life on Mars dropped by more than three million viewers to 8.47 million and went from first to worst.  Last week it was second among 18-49 year olds, this week it was last.  I liked the first episode, and last night's is on the DVR, but I suspect like most people, I don't get around to watching shows from the 10pm hour on DVR the same night.  Regardless the DVR numbers beyond last night (which are baked in already) won't really matter, and ABC has to be disappointed with these results.

Supernatural fans - I didn't love last night's episode.  They are in "filler episode" mode.  Great, the producers were bored and wanted to an artsy fun episode shot entirely in black and white. But perhaps I wanted to see the Oktoberfest girls in living color?  Cute episode, but pure filler -- the equivalent of a Lwaxana Troi episode on Star Trek: The Next Generation...

Fox's whole lineup for the night may be filler. There's nothing to say about Hole in The Wall, but how long will it be before they nix Kitchen Nightmares in favor of doing TWO installments of the successful Hell's Kitchen a year?  It seems to work well for Survivor.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Survivor: Gabon 12.88 4.2/12 2.4/8
ABC Ugly Betty 8.21 2.6/8 2.3/7
NBC My Name is Earl 6.54 2.6/8 2.2/6
CW Smallville 4.15 1.7/5 1.7/6
FOX Hole in the Wall 3.62 1.4/4 1.5/5
8:30 NBC Kath & Kim 6.01 2.5/7 2.2/7
9:00 CBS CSI 18.84 5.1/12 3.2/9
ABC Grey's Anatomy 14.57 5.9/14 5.8/16
NBC The Office 8.07 4.1/10 4.6/13
FOX Kitchen Nightmares (R) 3.45 1.4/3 1.2/3
CW Supernatural 3.06 1.2/3 1.0/3
9:30 NBC SNL: Weekend Updata 8.61 4.1/10 4.0/11
10:00 CBS Eleventh Hour 12.04 3.2/9 2.1/6
NBC ER 8.81 3.6/10 2.1/6
ABC Life on Mars 8.47 2.7/7 2.1/6

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. .

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


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