Wednesday Ratings: 'Life' and 'Private Practice' no match for 'Criminal Minds'

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December 18th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS NBC ABC FOX Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 11.92 6.52 5.55 5.41 4.05 1.93
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.2/9 2.0/6 1.8/5 1.8/5 1.5/4 0.7/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.1/7 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.5/5 0.7/2

CBS won the night, including both age demographics. With 15.01 million average viewers, Criminal Minds was the night's most watched show, but the eye network's 8pm comedy block is still struggling to take root.

NBC was second for the night with a Muppets Christmas special, a struggling Life, and an increasingly mediocre (ratings-wise) Law & Order. Actor Garret Dillahunt has the honor of having ongoing roles on two shows I watch this season that seem unlikely to be back next fall. He plays Roman Nevikov (ok, it's only been two episodes, but still) on Life and Cromartie on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Fox's Secret Millionaire was off from last week's success, but still doing better than I thought it would.

I was surprised ABC ran a new Private Practice at 9pm sandwiched in between the cancelled Pushing Daisies and the cancelled Dirty Sexy Money. Practice will be moving to Thursdays after Grey's Anatomy.

The CW ran with a repeat of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which had originally aired two weeks prior on CBS. It bested the finale (series finale?) of Stylista by a million viewers.

Last Wednesday's overnight report.

Full details:


Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 7.47 2.0/6 1.2/4
  NBC Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa 7.44 2.4/7 2.2/7
  FOX Secret Millionaire 6.65 2.2/7 1.9/7
  ABC Pushing Daisies 4.82 1.6/5 1.4/5
  UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.53 1.7/5 1.7/6
  CW Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (R) 2.43 0.9/3 0.9/3
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried 7.55 2.3/7 1.5/5
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 15.01 4.0/11 2.4/7
  ABC Private Practice 6.65 2.3/6 2.0/6
  NBC Life 5.19 1.7/5 1.5/4
  UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.51 1.8/5 1.8/5
  FOX Bones (R) 4.18 1.4/4 1.1/4
  CW Stylista 1.43 0.6/2 0.7/2
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 13.26 3.6/10 2.5/8
  NBC Law & Order 6.95 1.9/5 1.3/4
  ABC Dirty Sexy Money 5.18 1.7/5 1.3/4
  UNI Don Francisco Presenta 3.10 1.1/3 1.0/3

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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


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