Thursday Ratings: Barbara Walters is still a hit with the "youth"

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December 5th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC Uni FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 13.70 12.28 7.15 4.19 3.91 2.15
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.8/10 4.1/11 3.1/8 1.6/4 1.7/4 0.8/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.2/7 3.9/12 3.1/9 1.7/5 1.4/4 0.7/2

CBS took the most viewers, but ABC won both the 18-49 and 18-34 demographics. But although Grey's Anatomy still bested CSI among 18-49 year olds, it was in series low territory for its 18-49 rating with a 5.5 and down more than 10% from the 6.2 rating it got the last time an original episode aired (11/20/08). But there were less people watching TV across the board last night than two Thursdays ago. CSI was down 8% in the demo as well.

30 Rock is holding up much better than I would've imagined post-Sarah Palin and in the aftermath of some November sweeps stuntcasting, and last night still significantly outperformed last year.

Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 dominated in the 10pm hour and also dominated not just with the over 50 crowd but with both the 18-49 and 18-34 demographics as well.

Not much else worth mentioning really besides Fox ran repeats of Kitchen Nightmares and was beaten by Univision. CW ran repeats too, but it's always beaten by Uni. The CW's repeats held up pretty well though when you consider the numbers those shows pull when they are new.

If you want to compare with last week, that's difficult since it was Thanksgiving. But here's the report from November 20 when there were new episodes of CSI, Grey's Anatomy, etc.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Survivor: Gabon 12.79 4.0/11
ABC Ugly Betty 8.47 2.6/7
NBC My Name is Earl 6.08 2.5/7
FOX Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat) 3.75 1.5/4
CW Smallville (Repeat) 2.29 0.8/2
8:30 NBC Kath & Kim 4.88 2.2/6
9:00 CBS CSI 17.39 4.6/11
ABC Grey's Anatomy 15.15 5.5/14
NBC The Office 8.33 4.3/11
FOX Kitchen Nightmares (Repeat) 4.08 1.8/5
CW Supernatural (Repeat) 2.01 0.8/2
9:30 NBC 30 Rock 7.14 3.4/8
10:00 ABC Barbara Walters Presents 13.21 4.2/11
CBS Eleventh Hour 10.91 2.7/7
NBC ER 8.22 3.2/9

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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