Monday Ratings: CBS is king of comedy, Denny Crane bids farewell

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December 9th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 12.46 10.60 6.22 5.30 4.37 2.45
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.1/10 2.9/7 2.6/7 2.0/5 1.7/4 1.2/3
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.2/8 1.7/4 2.5/7 1.9/5 1.8/5 1.9/5

CBS dominated the night taking the most viewers and winning both of the demos. The combination of The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother continues to be strong, and Two and a Half Men remains America's most-watched sitcom.

Only Worst Week can be a question mark for CBS. It's performance didn't stink, but it underperformed both shows in the 8pm-9pm block and given the Two and a Half Men lead-in, I imagine CBS is looking for a show in the 9:30pm slot that outperforms what happens between 8p-9p.

Up against new CBS content (last week CBS was repeats) Chuck lost just over 300,000 viewers from the previous week and a tenth of a point among 18-34 year olds. Heroes lost a couple hundred thousand from the previous week but was stable among 18-49 year olds and up two-tenths a point from the previous week among 18-34 year olds. Fans are already wringing their hands over what NBC will do next fall now that it plans to go with Jay Leno five nights a week from 10p-11pm.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was down over 600,000 viewers from last week, and down among 18-49 year olds and 18-34 year olds as well. It has one more new episode on Monday nights before joining Dollhouse on Fridays in February. Prison Break was also down versus last week, though not quite as much as TSCC.

ABC ran with the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas which won the hour in viewers (though it finished second to the 8p-9p comedy block on CBS in the 18-49 demo). Then it was two hours of a farewell to Denny Crane as Boston Legal wrapped up with its series finale. The overall numbers weren't bad, but especially among young people the show was not faring well.

Over on the CW, Privileged appears doomed. Whereas One Tree Hill seems to retain all of (and sometimes then some) Gossip Girl's lead-in, Privileged does not. It couldn't crack two million and particular the loss of 18-34 year olds from Gossip Girl must be disconcerting. Yes, I know the CW only cares about 18-34 females which we haven't seen the data for yet, but we have seen how One Tree Hill does and how Privileged does. Privileged is struggling. Despite this, CW still beat ABC among 18-34 year olds and tied Fox and Univision.

Last Monday's overnight report.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC A Charlie Brown Christmas (R) 11.37 3.8/10 2.6/7
CBS The Big Bang Theory 10.80 3.7/10 2.8/6
NBC Chuck 6.93 2.5/6 2.1/6
FOX Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 5.21 1.9/5 1.6/4
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.64 1.8/5 2.0/5
CW Gossip Girl 3.01 1.5/4 2.3/6
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 10.49 4.2/11 3.8/10
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 15.65 5.2/13 3.6/9
NBC Heroes 7.78 3.6/9 3.9/10
ABC Boston Legal (Series Finale) 9.91 2.3/5 1.2/3
FOX Prison Break 5.39 2.1/5 2.2/5
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.60 1.8/4 2.0/5
CW Priviliged 1.90 1.0/2 1.5/4
9:30 CBS Worst Week 10.60 3.5/8 2.7/7
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 13.62 4.1/10 2.9/8
ABC Boston Legal (Series Finale) 10.52 2.6/7 1.2/3
NBC My Own Worst Enemy 3.96 1.8/5 1.5/4
UNI Cristina 3.88 1.5/4 1.5/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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


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