Updated Thursday Ratings: CBS wins night of mostly reruns

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December 19th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 10.30 6.69 4.83 4.38 3.90 2.09
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.2/7 1.9/6 1.5/4 1.8/5 1.5./4 0.8/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 1.4/5 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.5/5 1.6/5 0.7/2

On a night of almost all reruns, CBS won the most-watched award, and also won among 18-49 year olds. Fox took the 18-34 year old demographic (actually, it tied with Univision). The only original programming outside Univision for the night was Fox's Secret Millionaire (6.43 million, and a 2.1/7 among 18-49 year olds), Fox's Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (6.95 million and a 1.7/5 among 18-49 year olds) and CBS' Million Dollar Password (8.27 million, 1.6/5 among 18-49 year olds).

I will update this post with a complete show data table (even the repeats) later this morning (on the west coast). Now updated.

Last Thursday's overnight report.

Full details:


Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Million Dollar Password 8.27 1.6/5 1.0/3
  FOX Secret Millionaire (Finale) 6.43 2.1/7 1.8/6
  NBC My Name is Earl (R) 4.67 1.7/5 1.1/4
  ABC Ugly Betty (R) 4.57 1.3/4 1.1/4
  UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.44 1.6/5 1.8/6
  CW Smallville (R) 2.12 0.8/2 0.7/3
8:30 NBC Kath & Kim (R) 3.84 1.6/5 1.2/4
9:00 CBS CSI (R) 12.57 2.9/8 1.9/6
FOX Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 6.95 1.7/5 1.4/4
  ABC Grey's Anatomy (R) 5.52 1.8/5 1.4/4
  NBC The Office (R) 4.99 2.3/7 2.1/7
  UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.32 1.7/5 1.8/6
  CW Supernatural (R) 2.07 0.8/2 0.8/2
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 4.66 2.0/5 1.7/5
10:00 CBS Eleventh Hour (R) 10.07 2.4/7 1.5/5
  ABC Private Practice (R) 4.40 1.5/4 1.3/4
  NBC 30 Rock (R) 4.32 1.7/5 1.5/5
  UNI Rosa de Guadalupe 2.95 1.2/3 1.2/4
10:30 NBC The Office (R) 3.78 1.6/5 1.3/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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