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CSI, NCIS, Dancing Stars and Desperate Housewives Lead Weekly Viewing

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October 21st, 2008

CBS had the most shows in this week's overall top twenty with eleven, followed by ABC with seven. Fox and NBC had but one each. Both Fox and NBC fared much better among 18-49 year olds than the overall population. NBC landed four shows in the 18-49 top twenty that did not make the overall top twenty: Heroes (#7), The Office (#8), The SNL Weekend Update special (#9), and Gorman favorite, Law & Order: SVU (#18). Additionally, ER was the #21 show among 18-49 year olds.

Fox placed three shows in the 18-49 top twenty that were not in the overall top twenty: Family Guy (#6) Fringe (#12), and The Simpsons (#15). Additionally Fox placed King of the Hill (#22) and American Dad (#27) among the top twenty-seven shows among 18-49 year olds (that's all we saw ranked data for this week).

Though CBS dominated the list below, four of its eleven shows listed did not rank among the top twenty-seven shows among 18-49 year olds. But to give credit where it's due, it placed two shows on the 18-49 list that were not in the list below: How I Met Your Mother (#14), and The Big Bang Theory (#20). The disparity between the overall top twenty and the 18-49 top twenty is growing as the season progresses. You can see the full 18-49 year old top twenty here.

Why the focus on 18-49 year olds? That's what seems to pay the bills at most of the networks, plus we get the ranked data. While we're pretty sure that the shows in the overall top 20 are all safe for now, from the point of view of the networks, the overall top twenty seems more about bragging rights than anything else. But here they are anyway!

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 10/19/08:

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 19,275 11.8 18 13,566 5
2 NCIS CBS 18,038 11.2 17 12,839 17
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 17,765 11.7 17 13,370 11
4 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 15,485 9.7 14 11,126 2
5 Mentalist, THE CBS 14,935 9.4 14 10,759 23
6 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 14,816 9.6 14 11,014 26
7 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 14,803 9.6 14 11,001 1
8 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 14,719 9.0 13 10,294 3
9 60 Minutes CBS 14,533 9.4 15 10,720 25
10 HOUSE FOX 13,269 8.2 13 9,412 4
11 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,217 8.7 14 9,913 13
12 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 12,807 7.8 13 8,935 10
13 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 11,907 7.8 13 8,876
14 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 11,446 7.7 11 8,831
15 COLD CASE CBS 11,288 7.4 11 8,506
16 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 11,051 7.3 12 8,395
17 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HM ED-8P ABC 10,912 6.5 10 7,392 19
18 Amazing Race 13 CBS 10,294 6.4 10 7,356
19 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 10,014 6.3 10 7,170 16
20 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 9,818 6.6 11 7,523 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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