Wednesday Ratings: Phillies Beat Rays, Obama Pummels Pushing Daisies

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October 30th, 2008

Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 15.49 11.86 7.41 6.82 4.46 2.90
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 5.0 3.0/8 2.3/6 2.4/6 1.7/4 1.5/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 4.3 1.8/5 1.9/5 2.0/6 1.8/5 1.8/5

Fox led the night, in both total viewers and 18-49 year olds averaging 15.49 million and a 5.0 among 18-49 year olds between 8pm to 10:33PM (Fox's numbers above have been time zone adjusted to account for World Series viewing) . The 9:30p-10p half hour (6:30p-7p on the West Coast) had the most viewing, averaging 22.6 million. Congrats again to the Philadelphia Phillies...

The Barack Obama paid political message rated very well, scoring 26.4 million across NBC, CBS and Fox, with an impressive combined 18-49 demographic rating/share of 8.1/22. Flying solo among the broadcast networks versus Obama, Pushing Daisies was relatively pummeled, but it did actually increase average viewers by nearly a million versus last week's airing when it only drew 5.67 million. Last night it averaged 6.64 million.

Criminal Minds held up impressively versus the World Series drawing 13.8 million, and CSI: New York averaged 13.63 million. CBS will probably take any good news it can get today.

NBC's night isn't worth commenting on really especially as Lipstick Jungle has already been doomed to the Friday night ghetto of broadcast television. The silver lining is that I think it might actually be able to pull more than the 4.9 million it averaged last night on Fridays. Also it was up around 700,000 viewers versus last week and improved three tenths of a point among 18-49 year olds.

Things were also fairly grim for Dirty Sexy Money, just not Lipstick Jungle style grim! It was up about 200,000 viewers versus last week but was flat week over week in 18-49 year old viewing. Private Practice isn't going gangbusters, but it's doing much better than Dirty Sexy Money or Pushing Daisies. It was basically flat week over week in the overnight numbers (it dropped about 5,000 viewers).

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 NBC Barack Obama Paid Political Message 9.85 3.0/8 2.7/8
CBS Barack Obama Paid Political Message 8.65 2.3/6 1.4/4
FOX Barack Obama Paid Political Message 7.92 2.8/8 2.5/8
ABC Pushing Daisies 6.64 2.2/6
CW America's Next Top Model 3.93 2.0/6
8:30 FOX World Series (Phillies vs. Rays) 8:30p-10p 16.68 5.4/14
NBC Deal or No Deal (8:30-10p) 8.27 2.2/6
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine 7.64 2.2/6
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 13.80 3.4/8
ABC Private Practice 7.73 2.8/7
CW Stylista 1.87 0.9/2
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 13.63 3.4/9
ABC Dirty Sexy Money 6.08 2.0/5
NBC Lipstick Jungle 4.90 1.9/5

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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