Monday Nielsen Ratings: Heroes Stabilizes, Sarah Connor Fades

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November 25th, 2008

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 15.55 12.30 6.24 4.94 4.32 1.80
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.7/9 4.1/10 2.7/7 1.9/5 1.7/4 0.8/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.6/7 3.0/8 2.5/7 1.7/5 1.9/5 1.2/3

Chuck was down a little bit versus last week, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was down a lot, and Heroes seems to have stabilized. It was up a bit versus last week's overnight report in terms of total viewers and 18-49 year olds, though it was down a tick among 18-34 year olds. Update: the report I used for the hour had a rounding error and initially Heroes 18-49 result was reported a a 3.7 rating. When I looked at the half hourly data and did the math myself, it was in fact a 3.6 rating (same as last week).

As Dancing With the Stars moves towards its finale, it was up over last week as well. And though I haven't seen any of this season's installments other than clips on the Internet, I have to vote for Warren Sapp!

Props to both The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. Both crossed the 10 million viewer threshold and both have better 18-49 ratings than Heroes (I know they don't run at the same time, but the world revolves around Heroes!). HIMYM again bested Two and Half Men among 18-34 year olds (and it had the same 3.7 rating among 18-34 year olds that Heroes had). CBS definitely has to be happy with how the 8pm-9pm block has come along on Mondays -- the rare shows that are improved over last years performance.

Two and a Half Men had the best 18-49 rating of the night (5.3/12).

Samantha Who? and Worst Week continue to battle and Samantha always seems to have more viewers in the overnight reports, but that's because a minute or two of DWTS bleeds into the show and is stripped out in the finals. Worst Week still edged it among 18-49 year olds, but CBS can't be happy with that half hour as Worst Week noticeably underperforms both the Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother in the demos.

CSI: Miami as usual dominated the 10pm hour, though Boston Legal is going out with respectable numbers. My Own Worst Enemy was actually up a bit versus last week in total viewers, but not enough to get NBC to rethink its decision to cancel it. Plus it was flat week over week in the 18-49 demo and down among 18-34 year olds.

My theory that One Tree Hill viewers would follow it wherever it was and watch it no matter the lead-in? Well looks like I had absolutely NO idea what I was talking about! It aired in its *normal* time slot, but instead of Gossip Girl, its lead-in was a repeat of One Tree Hill. The normal 9pm original airing hit a season low.

Last Monday's overnight report for anyone who wants to compare.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 20.59 4.5/12 3.2/9
CBS The Big Bang Theory 10.19 3.9/10 3.2/10
NBC Chuck 6.62 2.5/6 2.1/6
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.78 1.8/5 2.1/6
FOX Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 4.62 1.8/4 1.4/4
CW One Tree Hill (R) 1.39 0.6/2 0.8/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 10.04 4.3/11 3.7/10
9:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 21.69 4.8/12 3.4/9
CBS Two and a Half Men 14.92 5.3/12 3.5/9
NBC Heroes 7.85 3.6/8 3.7/9
FOX Prison Break 5.25 2.1/5 2.0/5
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.62 1.8/4 2.0/5
CW One Tree Hill 2.21 1.0/2 1.5/4
9:30 ABC Samantha Who? 11.93 3.2/8 2.3/6
CBS Worst Week 10.35 3.3/8 2.1/5
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 14.15 3.9/10 2.6/7
ABC Boston Legal 8.68 2.4/6 1.6/4
NBC My Own Worst Enemy 4.25 1.9/5 1.6/4
UNI Cristina 3.56 1.4/4 1.5/5

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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


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