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CBS Dominates again as NCIS, The Mentalist and Sunday Night Football lead weekly viewing

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December 23rd, 2008

CBS' domination continues with three out of the top four shows, nine out of the top ten and sixteen out of the top twenty.   The peacocks at NBC managed to sneak four shows in, while both Fox and ABC were shut out of the top twenty completely.  Fox and ABC at least managed to get in the weekly top 20 shows among 18-49 year olds, though even there CBS and NBC were much more dominant.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 12/21/08:

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 NCIS CBS 19,937 11.9 19 8
2 Mentalist, THE CBS 19,314 11.6 18 5
3 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 18,858 11.5 19 1
4 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 17,915 10.6 16 2
5 Criminal Minds CBS 15,160 9.5 15 9
6 CSI: MIAMI CBS 14,560 9.2 15 10
7 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 14,475 9.2 16 16
8 CSI: NY CBS 13,377 8.6 15 13
9 60 Minutes CBS 13,133 8.4 14
10 CSI R CBS 12,677 8.1 13 17
11 COLD CASE CBS 12,005 7.6 12
12 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 12,467 7.6 13 6
13 WORST WEEK CBS 12,036 7.3 11 14
14 Biggest Loser 6 NBC 11,832 7.2 11 3
15 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 11,220 6.7 10 7
16 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 11,371 6.7 10 4
17 ELEVENTH HOUR R CBS 10,066 6.6 11
18 GHOST WHISPERER CBS 10,181 6.4 11 21
19 MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD P CBS 9,580 6.1 10
20 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC 9,395 5.9 10 15

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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