Wednesday Ratings - CBS Romps But Millionaire's No Secret

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December 11th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX ABC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 12.030 5.980 5.853 5.679 4.285 1.263
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.3/9 1.8/5 2.2/6 1.9/5 1.6/4 0.5/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.0/6 1.4/4 2.0/6 1.6/5 1.7/5 0.6/2

While to no one's surprise, CBS dominated the night from 9-11 and overall had the most average viewers and adults 18-49, Fox's Secret Millionaire was the surprise of the night, winning both demos from 8-9 and improving its demos noticeably from last week when it faced off against Rudolph.

After 9 it was all CBS, with both Criminal Minds doubling and CSI:NY coming close to doubling the viewership of the #2 shows in the hours. Their demo performance wasn't quite as dominating, but it was close.

With Jay Leno taking 5 hours of prime time next fall, Life's 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo is nowhere near good enough to keep it around as NBC will have a big knife out this spring to pare down to 10 programmed hours from Monday-Friday. Sadly, and I write this as a fan, Law & Order's uptick last week may have been an aberration as it settled back badly this week.

Sorry for the short comments today, we're dealing with a combination of hardware failure and schedule squeeze this AM.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS New Advs of Old Christine 8.251 2.2/7 1.3/4
FOX Secret Millionaire 7.186 2.8/8 2.5/8
NBC Little Spirit: Christmas In New York 5.103 1.4/4 1.1/4
ABC Pushing Daisies 4.956 1.6/5 1.4/4
UNI Cuidado on el Angel 4.728 1.7/5 1.9/6
CW Stylista (repeat) 1.205 0.4/1 0.5/2
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried 8.026 2.4/7 1.4/5
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 14.705 3.9/10 2.3/7
ABC Private Practice 6.585 2.4/6 2.1/6
NBC Life 5.459 1.8/5 1.4/4
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.785 1.8/5 1.9/5
FOX Bones (repeat) 4.521 1.6/4 1.4/4
CW Stylista 1.321 0.6/1 0.6/1
10:00 CBS CSI:NY 13.248 3.6/10 2.3/7
NBC Law & Order 7.469 2.2/6 1.6/4
ABC Dirty Sexy Money 5.224 1.8/5 1.3/4
UNI Don Francisco Presenta 3.343 1.3/3 1.3/4

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.


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