In Season's Fourth Week CBS Tops Viewers, 18-49 and 25-54; Fox Wins 18-34

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October 21st, 2008

In the fourth week of the 2008-9 broadcast prime-time season, CBS again had the largest audience and the most adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the week of October 13-20. Fox edged a tightly packed group of NBC, ABC and CBS for the most adults 18-34 for the week.

CBS's average viewership of 11.47 million beat ABC by over two million viewers. NBC with 7.21 million and Fox with 6.73 million were well behind. For demo adults 18-49 it was CBS over ABC by 4.18 million to 3.64 million with NBC (3.50 million) and Fox (3.29 million) trailing. For adults 25-54 it was again CBS over ABC by 5.08 million to 4.12 million viewers, with NBC third (3.75 million) and Fox (3.2 million) fourth. In adults 18-34, Fox edged NBC by a mere 80,000, winning with 1.63 million to 1.55 million, ABC finished a close third with 1.48 million and CBS nearby with 1.41 million.

Univision was fifth across the board, and the CW was sixth across the board, typical of last season. New this week are the averages for MyNetworkTV, the new home of Friday Night Smackdown!. Note that its results are closer to the CW's than the CW's are to the rest of the English networks.

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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