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60 Minutes, CSI and Sunday Night Football lead weekly top 20 Nielsen TV Ratings

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November 11th, 2008

A huge NFL lead in propelled 60 Minutes to the top of the weekly overall broadcast network viewing charts, followed by CSI and Sunday Night Football. Election coverage and the Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 alsomade the list. On this list CBS was dominant with eleven shows, followed by ABC with five and NBC with four. Fox was completely shut out of this list, though it fared much better in the weekly 18-49 year old top twenty rankings where it at least placed Family Guy and The Simpsons.

CBS isn't so dominate among 18-49 year olds where it placed seven shows (NBC place six, ABC five and Fox two) but it was still dominant and, it pulled something off I never thought I'd see: two out of three shows from Friday making the top 20 - Numb3rs and a repeat (yes a repeat!) of NCIS. Ghost Whisperer was not far behind at number 23. Just so you know I still have my head screwed on more or less correctly, yes I know it was a strange week with election coverage preempting all of the Tuesday shows. While I don't personally find this particular list as meaningful as the 18-49 list (and neither, by the way, do the networks) CBS is still cleaning up here and among 18-49 year olds as well. Actually making a night out of Fridays is to be commended in my book.

Still, with almost four million more viewers, Grey's Anatomy had a million more 18-49 year old viewers than CSI. But there's no shame in that. The shame for now lies a little at Fox and a LOT at NBC. Without sports, and election coverage NBC would've placed no shows on this list (and without Sunday Football that would be the case every week!). Fox at least would've place House if not for the election coverage. But the fun doesn't start for Fox until American Idol comes back, which is going to be a while. Though it will be very interesting to see how the two hour movie, 24: Redemption does in a couple of weeks.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 11/09/08:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) 18-49 Rank
1 60 Minutes CBS 18,471 11.5 18 12
2 CSI CBS 18,175 11.2 17 5
3 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 17,564 11.0 18 1
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 17,089 11.1 16 15
5 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 15,854 10.1 15 3
6 DANCING W/STARS RESULT SP(S) S ABC 15,848 10.2 16 28
7 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 15,740 10.1 15 2
8 SNL PRESIDENTIAL BASH '08(S) S NBC 14,436 8.7 13 4
9 Criminal Minds CBS 14,304 9.3 14 22
10 VOTE 2008-9:00PM(S) S ABC 14,185 8.5 12 6
11 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 12,761 8.0 11 7
12 CSI: MIAMI CBS 12,740 8.5 14 20
13 COLD CASE CBS 12,693 8.0 12
14 DECISION '08 PRIME(S) S NBC 12,462 7.5 11 8
15 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 12,013 7.2 11 17
16 CSI: NY CBS 11,801 7.9 13 26
17 Amazing Race 13 CBS 11,708 7.1 11 24
18 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 11,400 7.0 11 9
19 NUMB3RS CBS 11,275 7.1 13
20 NCIS FRIDAY 9PM-SPECIAL(S) SR CBS 11,216 7.1 12

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

All numbers above based on live plus same day DVR viewing.

 
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