Friday Nielsen Ratings: CBS Breezes to victory with strong Ghost Whisperer

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November 15th, 2008

Total Viewers (million) 9.42 5.81 5.28 4.34 1.60
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.2/7 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.6/2

CBS again easily defeated the Friday night competition and was dominant in terms of total viewers and among the few 18-49 year olds watching broadcast network television on Friday. Ghost Whisperer partied like it was 2006 and nearly had a 3.0 among 18-49 year olds and was again above average in total viewers. But a The Price is Right Salutes the Troops special was not as compelling as a rerun of NCIS, and as a result, CBS was down on average versus last Friday's performance and Numb3rs was more than a little bit worse off for it.

Meanwhile ABC, the network that brings you Supernanny is planning on bringing you Supermanny. And we're not talking about the former ex Indians, Red Sox (and soon to be ex?) Dodger who has cool dreadlocks and hits lots of homeruns. If *that* Manny was just Manny being Manny while taking care of some kids, I'd have had to have watched that myself. But it seems like the Supernanny faithful enjoyed it. A Barbara Walters Special was ABC's most watched program for the night.

Meanwhile over on Fox...moving right along. As for NBC, the 9pm-11pm block is just playing out the string like a last place team in September.

I almost forgot (but so did you), the CW did actually broadcast shows last night.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 11.67 2.9/10
FOX Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader 5.45 1.2/4
NBC Deal or No Deal 5.26 1.2/4
ABC Supernanny 4.56 1.4/5
CW Everybody Hates Chris 1.83 0.7/2
8:30 CW The Game 1.71 0.7/2
9:00 CBS Price is Right Salutes the Troops 7.31 1.7/5
FOX Don't Forget the Lyrics 5.12 1.6/5
ABC Supernanny (Supermanny) 4.86 1.5/5
NBC Crusoe 4.17 1.0/3
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 1.43 0.6/2
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 9.27 2.1/7
ABC Barbara Walters Special 8.01 2.2/7
NBC Lipstick Jungle 3.58 1.4/4

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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