Monday: SNL Special Leads NBC to Demo Win; Sarah Connor Sinking

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November 4th, 2008

Scoreboard ABC NBC CBS FOX Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 12.70 11.93 11.00 5.20 4.33 3.09
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.1/7 4.4/10 3.8/9 2.1/5 1.7/4 1.7/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.0/5 3.9/10 2.6/7 1.8/4 1.8/5 2.5/6

ABC led in total viewers, though the Monday airing was at series lows. NBC easily won both the 18-49 and 18-34 age demographics with strong numbers from Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2008. Things were not so rosy for Fox...

Daylight Saving Time might have helped The Big Bang Theory, but it did not help our friends at Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. TSCC pulled in 5.16 million viewers. Two weeks ago, it had 5.34 million in the overnights. The show did not air last Monday due to the World Series. The end of DST may have helped The Big Bang Theory which hauled in nearly 10 million (9.73) and had very good numbers in the demos. I know a lot of people will say "But TSCC has to run against Monday Night Football (a bad loss for my Redskins) ", but so does everything else at 8pm and The Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother combo netted their best results of the season.

Dancing With the Stars still had the most viewers of any show, but according to what we read it was the program's lowest regular performance show (dancing, not results) and off 11% from its season averages.

Too bad for NBC that the election isn't all the time and that Deal or No Deal is the regular programming. Deal's 200th episode was a yawner ratings-wise, but the Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2008 could overcome even that, averaging a 5.6 rating among 18-49 year olds and easily winning the night in the demo for NBC.

Up against stiffer competition from NBC, CBS was down from its usual pace (and last week) from 9pm-11pm. Samantha Who? again beat Worst Week in total viewers (though this lead may evaporate when the minute or two of DWTS is taken out of Samantha's numbers in the finals) but Worse Week still had the edge in the demo. Here are last week's overnight numbers if you want to do any week-to-week comparisons.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 16.99 3.9/9 2.5/6
CBS The Big Bang Theory 9.90 3.8/10 3.0/8
NBC Deal or No Deal 7.08 2.0/5 1.6/4
FOX Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 5.16 2.0/5 1.6/4
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.96 1.9/5 2.1/5
CW Gossip Girl 3.16 1.7/4 2.4/6
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 9.56 4.1/10 2.6/7
9:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 18.06 4.2/9 2.6/6
NBC Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 15.40 5.9/13 5.3/13
CBS Two and a Half Men 12.80 4.6/10 3.0/7
FOX Prison Break 5.24 2.1/5 2.0/5
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5.17 2.0/5 2.1/5
CW One Tree Hill 3.02 1.7/4 2.5/6
9:30 ABC Samantha Who? 9.71 2.7/6 1.9/5
CBS Worst Week 8.40 2.7/6 1.8/4
10:00 NBC Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 13.31 5.5/13 4.8/13
CBS CSI: Miami 12.67 3.6/9 2.2/6
ABC Boston Legal 7.22 2.1/5 1.4/4
UNI Cristina 2.86 1.2/3 1.2/3

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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


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