CBS and ABC took the top five spots when it came to broadcast primetime shows with the largest average audiences, with Fox sneaking into the top ten twice with the 2008between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays.
CBS had the most shows on this list, with 9, a sports-fueled Fox was second with six and ABC was third with five. The peacocks at NBC were completely shut out.
We believe this list mostly just amounts to bragging rights and it's the 18-49 demographic viewing that generally pays the bills. So whilehad fewer viewers than , it still had much more advertising revenue because it was number one among 18-49 year olds while was number twenty-three.
You can see the full top twenty shows among 18-49 year olds, that list is quite different than the one below. NBC fared at least a bit better on that list where it placed The , The Weekend Update special, and Heroes. and also made that list, but not this one.
Only eight shows averaged more than fifteen million viewers, and's was not one of them. Worse still for Shonda Rhimes and crew is that 's, while still a "hit" in the demos is starting to slip, and among 18-49 year olds, jumped ahead of it ( was already ahead in total viewers).
The 2008on Fox will go down as the lowest-rated, barring some miracles and a game seven, and that isn't a surprise to us. But three out of four games still made this list. Game three on Saturday didn't, however. It was number twenty-eight.
Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 10/26/08:
|Rank||Shows||Net||# Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000)||HH RATING (LIVE+SD)||HH SHARE (LIVE+SD)||# OF HOMES (LIVE+SD) (000)||18-49 Rank|
|2||DANCING WITH THE STARS||ABC||18,497||12.0||18||13,723||13|
|4||DANCING W/STARS RESULTS||ABC||16,350||10.7||16||12,231||22|
|6||FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 4(S)||FOX||15,479||9.3||15||10,689||6|
|9||FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 1(S)||FOX||14,634||9.2||15||10,480||8|
|10||TWO AND A HALF MEN||CBS||14,630||8.9||13||10,150||5|
|11||GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM||ABC||14,451||9.5||14||10,887||4|
|17||FOX WORLD SERIES GM4-PRE(S)||FOX||13,059||8.0||13||9,135||9|
|19||FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 2(S)||FOX||12,777||8.1||13||9,263||14|
|20||EXTREME MAKEOVER:HM ED-8P||ABC||12,257||7.3||11||8,375||18|
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved
All numbers above based on live plus same day DVR viewing.