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AFC Championship game, American Idol dominate weekly viewing

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January 21st, 2009

Though down significantly versus last year's NFC Championship game that featured the New York Giants versus the Green Bay Packers, the Baltimore Ravens versus Pittsburgh Steelers AFC Championship matchup led all weekly viewing, and both airings of American Idol topped 30 million.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending 01/18/09:

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 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS(S) S CBS 40,645 22.0 34 1
2 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY P FOX 30,424 15.8 23 3
3 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY P FOX 30,322 16.4 25 2
4 AFC CHMP POST GAME ON CBS(S) S CBS 25,441 14.5 23 4
5 CSI CBS 24,246 14.4 22 5
6 NCIS CBS 18,620 11.3 17 16
7 Mentalist, THE CBS 18,069 11.0 16 15
8 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 17,102 10.2 15 6
9 Mentalist, THE - SUN SPCL(S) S CBS 16,387 10.0 17 10
10 CSI: MIAMI CBS 15,830 10.1 17 14
11 CSI - 8PM SPECIAL(S) SR CBS 15,515 9.6 15 17
12 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 13,778 8.7 13 24
13 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 13,159 8.3 14 19
14 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 13,099 8.5 13 7
15 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 13,082 8.3 12 9
16 CSI: NY CBS 12,666 8.0 13 28
17 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 12,419 8.0 13
18 24 P FOX 12,307 7.1 11 13
19 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 11,807 7.1 11 11
20 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 11,761 6.8 10 8

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved

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

 
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