Updated Monday Ratings: Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother continue climb

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December 16th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX ABC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 13.64 6.47 5.51 4.94 4.29 1.39
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.3/11 2.6/7 2.1/5 1.5/4 1.7/4 0.6/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 3.2/9 2.5/7 1.8/5 1.2/3 1.8/5 0.7/2

CBS dominated the night with it's 8pm-10pm comedy block and CSI: Miami. Averaging 13.64 million viewers, CBS nearly doubled its closest competition for the night, NBC. CBS also easily took the 18-34 and 18-49 year old demographics. Update: all four CBS comedies hit season or series highs.

The CW aired repeats and ABC went with I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown and two hours of 20/20.

Meanwhile over at NBC, Chuck improved by over half a million viewers over last week's overnight report and there was a small improvement with the 18-49 demographic as well. I went to see if "savechuck.com" was available and it redirects to a site that rents mansions in Mexico. WTF?! Damn you, Fulcrum...

With 7.78 million Heroes was flat week over week with almost exactly the same numbers as last week's overnight report though it was down slightly among 18-34 year olds. The volume 3 finale did not pick up any additional viewers, but I guess the good news is it didn't really lose any either.

Both The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother cleared 11 million viewers and had over a 4.0 among 18-49 year olds. It's very impressive how well CBS' 8pm-9pm block has come along.

Fox ran the mid-season finale of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles which also had numbers almost identical to last week's. TSCC pulled in 5.29 million average viewers and a 2.0/5 among 18-49 year olds. Both slight improvements versus last week. Prison Break improved more, adding over 300,000 viewers vs. last week to average 5.74 million.

Data table w/show detail now added below.

Last Monday's overnight report.

Full details:


Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory 11.42 4.2/11 3.5/10
  NBC Chuck 7.56 2.6/7 2.2/6
  ABC I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (R) 7.45 2.3/6 1.9/5
  FOX Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 5.29 2.0/5 1.6/5
  UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.77 1.8/5 2.1/6
  CW Gossip Girl (R) 1.62 0.7/2 0.9/2
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 11.44 4.6/11 4.2/11
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 17.93 5.6/13 3.8/10
  NBC Heroes 7.78 3.6/8 3.8/10
  FOX Prison Break 5.74 2.3/5 2.1/5
  UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.85 1.9/4 2.1/5
  ABC 20/20 3.96 1.2/3 0.9/2
  CW One Tree Hill (R) 1.17 0.5/1 0.6/1
9:30 CBS Worst Week 12.12 3.6/9 2.6/7
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 14.46 3.9/10 2.6/7
  NBC My Own Worst Enemy 4.08 1.7/4 1.7/4
  ABC 20/20 3.41 1.2/3 0.9/2
  UNI Cristina 3.24 1.3/3 1.4/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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