Wednesday Ratings: Criminal Minds, CSI: NY and World Series Lead Night

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October 23rd, 2008

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 13.37 12.30 6.43 6.34 4.27 3.42
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.3/11 3.5/9 2.3/6 1.9/5 1.7/4 1.6/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.6/10 2.1/6 2.1/6 1.5/4 1.9/5 1.9/5

Please note that the above averages and hourly data for Fox only represent the Fox programming from 8pm-10pm and do not include any portion of the World Series after 10pm. Due to this, it's hard to really opine on the World Series data since almost half of it is missing. But we're sure we'll see the full numbers for the game either later today or tomorrow. Live events always change from the overnight ratings, but this will change more. But for the two hour 8pm-10pm portion, it averaged 13.37 million, a 4.3/11(rating/share) among 18-49 year olds and a 3.6/10 among 18-34 year olds.  Update: according to Fox, the full game averaged 14.6 million viewers (still based on fast national, not final data)

Meanwhile Pushing Daisies fast affiliate household rating was a 3.8/6, drawing 5.67 million viewers and a 1.9/5 among 18-49 year olds. In last week's fast affiliate data, PD had a 4.4/7 household , and reached 6.29 million. It's demo numbers were about the same as last night. I think we can go ahead and call that this show is done, finished, toast. Canceled. It's performance was worse than Knight Rider (7.23 million, 2.2/6 among 18-49 year olds).

Things don't look great for Dirty Sexy Money either, with 6.112 million viewers, but it at least cracked the 2.0 mark among 18-49 year olds with a 2.1/5. Nothing to put out a press release about, but at least those numbers are better than two weeks ago (last week it didn't air due to the presidential debate) when it drew 5.946 million and a 2.0/5 among 18-49 year olds.

Sorry folks, DSM had 5.856 million and a 2.0/5 among 18-49 year olds. Not good news.  I had three fast affiliate results for the last 3 Wednesdays up on my screen, and coupled with a massive head cold, looked at the wrong data several times (see below for more scratch-outs).  The data table below should be correct.

Criminal Minds was the night's most-watched program with 15.896 14.715 million followed very closely by the show that aired after it, CSI: NY with 15.855 14.241 million. (sorry about that, those were the most watched shows, but I was looking at the wrong data. Whoops!)

The premiere of Stylista will not likely motivate much spin from the CW., and NBC's Lipstick Jungle is tanking at 10pm.  Update: The CW reached into the 2007 wayback machine, but did find some kind spin for Stylista.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX World Series (Phillies vs. Rays) 13.10 4.1/11 3.5/10
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine 8.01 2.4/7 1.5/5
NBC Knight Rider 7.23 2.2/6 1.7/5
ABC Pushing Daisies 5.67 1.9/5 1.7/5
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.74 1.9/5 2.2/7
CW America's Next Top Model 4.38 2.1/6 2.4/7
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried 7.85 2.5/7 1.5/5
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 14.72 4.0/10 2.3/6
FOX World Series (Phillies vs. Rays) 13.64 4.4/11 3.7/10
ABC Private Practice 7.78 3.0/8 2.8/8
NBC Deal or No Deal 7.60 2.0/5 1.3/4
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5.21 2.1/5 2.4/6
CW Stylista (premiere) 2.46 1.2/3 1.4/4
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 14.24 3.9/10 2.5/7
ABC Dirty Sexy Money 5.86 2.0/5 1.6/4
NBC Lipstick Jungle 4.19 1.6/4 1.3/4
UNI Don Francisco Presenta 2.86 1.1/3 1.1/3

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.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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