CBS Posts its 8th Straight Weekly Win

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November 25th, 2008

via CBS press release:

 

Record-Setting Week for CBS Comedies as "How I Met Your Mother,"

"Two and a Half Men," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried" Deliver Their Largest Audiences of the Season

 

CBS Has 6 of the Top 10 Programs of the Week

  

CBS Wins Its 8th Consecutive November Sweep in Viewers; 6th Straight in

Adults 25-54

  

CBS Wins More Sweep Nights in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 Than Any

Other Network

  

14 Programs Hit Series or Season High Ratings in November

  

            CBS extended its winning streak in viewers to eight consecutive weeks, captured its fourth consecutive weekly win in adults 25-54, week and placed second in adults 18-49 (tie), according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 23, week nine of the 2008-2009 television season.

 

It was record-setting week for CBS comedies as How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE and GARY UNMARRIED delivered their largest audiences of the season. Additionally, WORST WEEK had its largest audience since premiere.

 

            CBS had 6 of the Top 10 programs of the week led by CSI (#2), NCIS (#3), Criminal Minds (#5), THE Mentalist (#7), CSI: MIAMI (#8) and TWO AND A  HALF MEN (#9).

 

            For the week in viewers:  CBS (12.04m), ABC (10.11m), FOX (8.43m) and NBC (7.10m).  Season-to-date, CBS is first in viewers (12.01m), ahead of ABC (10.63m), FOX (8.18m) and NBC (7.92m). 

 

            For the week in households:  CBS (7.6/12), ABC (6.4/10), FOX (5.1/08) and NBC (4.5/07).  Season-to-date, CBS is first (7.6/12), ahead of ABC (6.8/11), NBC and FOX (5.0/08, each). 

 

 

            For the week in key demographics, CBS was first in adults 25-54 (4.0/10) and tied for second in adults 18-49 (3.0/08, with FOX).  Season-to-date, CBS is first in adults 25-54 and tied with ABC for first in adults 18-49.    

 

            With two nights remaining in the November sweep, CBS will place first in viewers for the eighth consecutive November and first in adults 25-54 for the sixth straight November.  The race for first in adults 18-49 will come down to the final night of the sweep which concludes Wednesday (26).

 

November Sweep-to-date (October 30-November 23), CBS is first in households (7.3/12), viewers (11.63m), adults 25-54 (4.0/10) and second in adults 18-49 (3.0/08, -0.2 behind ABC). 

 

CBS's Weekly Highlights:

 

-- Monday, CBS was first in adults 25-54 (5.1/12), adults 18-49 (4.2/10), second in households (8.0/12) and viewers (12.68m).  This is CBS's best Monday delivery since Sept. 22, 2008 (premiere week) in these measures. 

 

? The Big Bang Theory was second in households (6.1/09), viewers (9.76m), adults 25-54 (4.5/11), adults 18-49 (3.8/10, -0.2 behind ABC) and adults 18-34 (2.7/08, -0.1 behind ABC). 

  

How I Met Your Mother was first in adults 18-34 (3.8/10), tied for first in adults 18-49 (4.4/11, with ABC), second in households (6.1/09), viewers (9.99m) and adults 25-54 (4.8/11).  How I Met Your Mother posted season highs in households, viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34, matched the season's best delivery in adults 25-54. 

  

? Two and a Half Men was first in adults 25-54 (6.5/14), adults 18-49 (5.3/12), second in households (9.3/13) and viewers (15.18m).  TWO AND A HALF MEN posted season highs in households and viewers, matched the best adults 18-49 performance and scored the best adults 25-54 delivery since the September 22, 2008 premiere. 

  

? WORST WEEK was first in viewers (10.24m), adults 25-54 (3.9/09), second in households (6.5/10) and adults 18-49 (3.2/07).  This is WORST WEEK's best delivery in households and viewers since the Sept. 22, 2008 series premiere, best adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 deliveries since Oct. 20, 2008.

 

? CSI: MIAMI, which broadcast its 150th episode, was first in households (10.1/17), viewers (15.46m), adults 25-54 (5.5/13) and adults 18-49 (4.2/11).  This is CSI: MIAMI's best households, viewers and adults 25-54 deliveries since Sept. 22, 2008 (season premiere) and best adults 18-49 performance since Sept. 29, 2008. 

 

-- Tuesday, CBS was first in households (9.5/15), viewers (15.23m), second in adults 25-54 (4.6/11) and third in adults 18-49 (3.2/08).  With its regular lineup, CBS has been first every Tuesday this season in both households and viewers. 

 

? NCIS won its time slot in households (10.9/17), viewers (17.99m), was second in adults 25-54 (5.3/13) and adults 18-49 (3.5/09). 

  

? THE Mentalist was second in households (9.8/15), viewers (15.84m) and adults 25-54 (5.1/11, -0.2 behind ABC).   

  

? WITHOUT A TRACE won its time slot in households (7.8/13), viewers (11.85m), was second in adults 25-54 (3.6/09) and adults 18-49 (2.6/07). 

 

-- On Wednesday, CBS was first in households (8.2/13), viewers (12.77m), adults 25-54 (4.7/11) and adults 18-49 (3.5/10).    

 

? THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE was second in households (5.0/08), viewers (7.85m), adults 25-54 (3.1/08) and adults 18-49 (2.4/07).  THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE posted its largest audience of the season, matched the season's best deliveries in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49. 

  

? GARY UNMARRIED was second in households (5.0/08), viewers (7.88m), adults 25-54 (3.3/08) and adults 18-49 (2.7/07).  GARY UNMARRIED hit series highs in viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, matched the series high in households with a first-run broadcast. 

  

? Criminal Minds was first in households (10.2/16), viewers (16.33m), adults 25-54 (5.8/13) and adults 18-49 (4.2/11).  This is Criminal Minds's best delivery in viewers since the Sept. 24, 2008 season premiere, best households, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 deliveries since Oct. 8, 2008. 

 

? CSI: NY was first in households (9.2/16), viewers (14.12m), adults 25-54 (5.0/13) and adults 18-49 (3.8/10).  This is CSI: NY's best performances in households and viewers since Oct. 8, 2008, best adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 performances since Oct. 22, 2008. 

 

-- On Thursday, CBS won the night in households (8.6/14), viewers (13.89m), adults 25-54 (5.0/12) and adults 18-49 (3.9/10).  This is CBS's seventh consecutive Thursday night win in these measures. 

 

? SURVIVOR: GABON won its time period in households (7.5/12), viewers (12.50m), adults 25-54 (5.1/13) and adults 18-49 (4.0/11). 

  

? CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION won its time period for the seventh consecutive week in households (11.3/17), viewers (18.45m) and adults 25-54 (6.5/15, tied with ABC). 

  

-- On Friday, CBS was first in households (7.2/13), viewers (11.37m), adults 25-54 (3.6/10) and adults 18-49 (2.5/08).  This is CBS's eighth straight Friday win in households, viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, including all four sweep Fridays in November.    This is CBS's best Friday delivery in households since Feb. 16, 2007, best viewers total since Jan. 5, 2007, matches the season's best adults 25-54 performance and is the second best adults 18-49 delivery (-0.1 behind Nov. 7, 2008). 

  

? GHOST WHISPERER was first in households (7.1/12), viewers (11.28m), adults 25-54 (3.7/11) and adults 18-49 (2.7/09). 

 

? THE Mentalist FRIDAY SPECIAL (R) (S) was first in households (7.4/13), viewers (11.54m), adults 25-54 (3.5/09) and adults 18-49 (2.4/07).   This is the Friday 9:00 PM time period's best delivery in households and viewers since January 5, 2007 ("Close to Home"), adults 25-54 since March 28, 2008 (NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament) and matches the season high adults 18-49 time period delivery.  THE Mentalist is the night's #1 program in both households and viewers. 

  

? NUMB3RS won its time period in households (7.1/13), viewers (11.30m), adults 25-54 (3.5/10) and tied for first in adults 18-49 (2.5/08, with ABC).  Compared to last week, NUMB3RS was up +20% in households (from 5.9/11), +25% in adults 25-54 (from 2.8/08), +19% in adults 18-49 (from 2.1/06) and added +2.01m viewers (from 9.29m, +22%). 

  

? 48 Hours Mystery was second in households (5.0/09), viewers (7.46m), adults 25-54 (2.6/07) and adults 18-49 (1.9/05).  48 Hours Mystery delivered season-high adults 25-54 ratings and matched the season's best performance in adults 18-49.   Compared to last week, 48 Hours Mystery was up +19% in households (from 4.2/08), +30% in adults 25-54 (from 2.0/05), +27% in adults 18-49 (from 1.5/05) and added +1.37m viewers (from 6.09m, +22%). 

 

            CBS top programs of the week:  #2 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (an average of 18.45m viewers), #3 NCIS (17.99m), #5 Criminal Minds (16.33m), #7 THE Mentalist (15.84m), #8 CSI: MIAMI (15.46m), #9 Two and a Half Men (15.18m), #11 60 Minutes (14.89m), #12 CSI: NY (14.12m), #14 SURVIVOR: GABON (12.50m), #16 COLD CASE (12.15m), #19 WITHOUT A TRACE (11.85m), #21 THE MENTALIST FRIDAY SPECIAL (R) (S) (11.54m), #22 NUMB3RS (11.30m), #23 GHOST WHISPERER (11.28m), #26 ELEVENTH HOUR (10.58m), #27 WORST WEEK (10.24m) and #30 THE UNIT (9.99m).

 

Prime averages are based on the following hours of rated broadcasts in Week #09:

 

CBS:    22 hours

NBC:   21.5 hours

ABC:   22 hours

FOX:   15 hours

 

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY - PRIMETIME

                                   

Week #09 of 2008-09 Season (ending: 11/23/08)

                                                                       

                        2008-09                       2007-08

HOUSEHOLDS

                        Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 7.6       12                    7.3       12                    +4%

NBC                4.5       7                      5.5       9                      -18%

ABC                6.4       10                    7.3       12                    -12%

FOX                5.1       8                      4.0       7                      +28%

                                                                                                                                   

VIEWERS                                                                                          

                        (000)                            (000)                            Chg

CBS                 12,043                         11,727                         +3%

NBC                7,095                           9,062                           -22%

ABC                10,109                         11,585                         -13%

FOX                8,433                           6,583                           +28%

                                                                                                                                   

A25-54                                                                                               

                        Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 4.0       10                    4.2       10                    -5%

NBC                3.0       7                      3.7       9                      -19%

ABC                3.6       9                      4.3       11                    -16%

FOX                3.5       8                      2.7       6                      +30%

                                                                                                                                   

A18-49                                                                                               

                        Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 3.0       8                      3.3       9                      -9%

NBC                2.6       7                      3.3       9                      -21%

ABC                3.2       8                      3.6       10                    -11%

FOX                3.0       8                      2.5       7                      +20%

                                                                                                                                   

A18-34                                                                                               

                        Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 2.0       6                      2.2       7                      -9%

NBC                2.3       7                      2.8       9                      -18%

ABC                2.7       8                      2.7       8                      n.c.

FOX                2.6       8                      2.5       8                      +4%

                                                                                                                                   

 

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY - PRIMETIME                        

                                                                                               

SEASON-TO-DATE RATINGS REPORT (09/22/08-11/23/08)

                                               

                        2008-09                       2007-08                                              

 

HOUSEHOLDS                                                                                             

                        Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 7.6       12                    7.9       13                    -4%

NBC                5.0       8                      5.6       9                      -11%

ABC                6.8       11                    7.7       12                    -12%

FOX                5.0       8                      5.7       9                      -12%

                                                                                                                                   

 

 

VIEWERS

                        (000)                            (000)                            Chg

CBS                 12,007                         12,429                         -3%

NBC                7,918                           8,921                           -11%

ABC                10,625                         11,772                         -10%

FOX                8,182                           9,248                           -12%

                                                                                                                                   

A25-54                                                                                               

                        Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 4.3       10                    4.6       11                    -7%

NBC                3.4       8                      3.8       9                      -11%

ABC                4.0       10                    4.6       11                    -13%

FOX                3.3       8                      3.7       9                      -11%

                                                                                                                                   

A18-49                                                                                               

                        Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 3.3       9                      3.6       10                    -8%

NBC                3.0       8                      3.5       9                      -14%

ABC                3.3       9                      3.9       10                    -15%

FOX                3.0       8                      3.5       9                      -14%

                                                                                                                                               

A18-34                                                                                               

                        Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 2.2       6                      2.5       7                      -12%

NBC                2.7       8                      3.1       9                      -13%

ABC                2.6       8                      3.1       9                      -16%

FOX                2.8       8                      3.2       10                    -13%

                                               

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: PER2+    for    11/17/2008  -  11/23/2008

 

                                                                                                            Persons 2+ (000)

1.         Dancing with the Stars                                                            ABC    19631

2.         CSI                                                                                          CBS     18446

3.         NCIS                                                                                       CBS     17990

4.         Dancing with the Stars Results                                                ABC    17590

5.         CRIMINAL MINDS                                                               CBS     16334

6.         Grey's Anatomy-Thursday 9:00 PM                                          ABC    15913

7.         THE MENTALIST                                                                  CBS     15844

8.         CSI: MIAMI                                                                            CBS     15464

9.         Two and a Half Men                                                     CBS     15184

10.       NBC Sunday Night Football                 Chargers vs Colts         NBC    15168

11.       60 Minutes                                                                          CBS     14887

12.       CSI: NY                                                                                  CBS     14119

13.       House                                                                                      FOX    13263

14.       SURVIVOR: GABON                                                 CBS     12502

15.       American Music Awards                                              (S)       ABC    12203

16.       COLD CASE                                                                          CBS     12147

17.       24: Redemption Prequel                                                (S)       FOX    12121

18.       The OT                                                                                    FOX    12060

19.       WITHOUT A TRACE                                                 CBS     11850

20.       Dancing with the Stars Recap #5                                (S)       ABC    11604

 

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A25-54    for    11/17/2008  -  11/23/2008

 

                                                                                                            Adults 25-54 rating

1.         Grey's Anatomy-Thursday 9:00 PM                                          ABC    6.5

1.         CSI                                                                                          CBS     6.5

1.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                     CBS     6.5

4.         NBC Sunday Night Football                 Chargers vs Colts         NBC    6.2

5.         House                                                                                      FOX    6.0

6.         CRIMINAL MINDS                                                               CBS     5.8

7.         Dancing with the Stars                                                            ABC    5.6

8.         CSI: MIAMI                                                                            CBS     5.5

9.         American Music Awards                                              (S)       ABC    5.3

9.         Dancing with the Stars Results                                                ABC    5.3

9.         NCIS                                                                                       CBS     5.3

12.       The OT                                                                                    FOX    5.1

12.       THE MENTALIST                                                                  CBS     5.1

12.       SURVIVOR: GABON                                                 CBS     5.1

15.       CSI: NY                                                                                  CBS     5.0

16.       HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER                                              CBS     4.8

16.       24: Redemption Prequel                                                (S)       FOX    4.8

18.       The Big Bang Theory                                                     CBS     4.5

18.       Fringe                                                                                       FOX    4.5

20.       Law And Order: SVU                                                              NBC    4.3

                                               

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A18-49    for    11/17/2008  -  11/23/2008

 

                                                                                                            Adults 18-49 Rating

1.         Grey's Anatomy-Thursday 9:00 PM                                          ABC    6.2

2.         NBC Sunday Night Football                 Chargers vs Colts         NBC    5.6

2.         House                                                                                      FOX    5.6

4.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                     CBS     5.3

5.         American Music Awards                                              (S)       ABC    5.1

6.         CSI                                                                                          CBS     5.0

7.         The OT                                                                                    FOX    4.5

8.         HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER                                              CBS     4.4

9.         Dancing With The Stars                                                            ABC    4.3

9.         Office                                                                                       NBC    4.3

11.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                               CBS     4.2

11.       CSI: MIAMI                                                                            CBS     4.2

13.       Fringe                                                                                       FOX    4.1

14.       24: Redemption Prequel                                                (S)       FOX    4.0

14.       Dancing With The Stars Results                                                ABC    4.0

 

14.       SURVIVOR: GABON                                                 CBS     4.0

17.       CSI: NY                                                                                  CBS     3.8

17.       The Big Bang Theory                                                     CBS     3.8

19.       Law And Order: SVU                                                              NBC    3.7

20.       Sat Night Football #2               Texas Tech vs Oklahoma          ABC    3.6

20.       Heroes                                                                                     NBC    3.6

 
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