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CBS Dominates Weekly Primetime Viewing taking 14 of the top 20 shows

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December 16th, 2008

Although Sunday Night Football took top honors (and the pregame coverage also placed two slots), CBS thoroughly dominated the week taking fourteen out of twenty shows, and seven out of the top 10.  A sadder week at Fox, which only placed House and ABC which only placed the Christmas classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  The Boston Legal series finale was close (#22 with 9.885 million), but it didn't quite make it.

In addition to the New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys game, NBC also placed The Office and Law & Order: SVU.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 12/14/08:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) HH rating (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) 18-49 Rank
1 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 23,053 13.7 21 1
2 CSI CBS 20,857 12.7 20 2
3 60 Minutes CBS 18,804 11.6 18 7
4 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 15,588 9.5 14 5
5 Criminal Minds CBS 14,677 9.3 15 13
6 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 14,195 8.5 14 4
7 HOUSE FOX 14,051 8.4 13 3
8 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,787 8.9 14 10
9 SURVIVOR: GABON FINALE(S) S CBS 13,766 7.8 12 8
10 Mentalist, THE R CBS 13,695 9.0 14 28
11 NCIS R CBS 13,662 8.6 13
12 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 13,400 8.7 15 15
13 CSI: NY CBS 13,328 8.7 15 22
14 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 13,047 7.7 12 11
15 SURVIVOR: GABON REUNION(S) S CBS 11,739 7.0 12 16
16 CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS(S) SR ABC 11,017 6.1 9 18
17 LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 11,015 7.2 12 19
18 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC 10,827 6.5 11 12
19 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 10,504 6.5 10 17
20 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 10,491 6.4 10 9

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

All numbers above based on live plus same day DVR viewing.

 
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