Super Bowl XLIII not most watched Super Bowl ever among 18-49 year olds

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Super Bowl XLIII may now be the most-watched Super Bowl (or any other show) ever, but when it came to 18-49 year old viewers its 48.446 million takes second to last year’s Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLII pulled in 49.188 million of the 18-49 year old crowd. Still a happy week for NBC, which must savor every second of it until…next week’s results.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows Among 18-49 year olds for the week ending February 1, 2009:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000)
1 SUPER BOWL XLIII(S) S NBC 36.7 48,446
2 SUPER BOWL POST(S) S NBC 23.5 31,033
3 OFFICE 2/1(S) S NBC 11.0 14,463
4 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 10.2 13,469
5 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 9.8 12,907
6 AMERICAN IDOL THU SP-1/29(S) S FOX 9.3 12,313
7 HOUSE FOX 6.0 7,860
8 CSI CBS 5.4 7,078
9 LOST ABC 4.9 6,430
10 HELL’S KITCHEN P FOX 4.8 6,378
11 FRINGE FOX 4.7 6,137
12 LIE TO ME FOX 4.4 5,799
13 24 FOX 4.3 5,655
14 TWO AND A HALF MEN R CBS 4.1 5,427
15 BIGGEST LOSER 7 NBC 4.1 5,391
16 NCIS CBS 4.0 5,221
17 BACHELOR, THE ABC 4.0 5,213
18 BIG BANG THEORY, THE R CBS 3.3 4,338
19 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 3.1 4,114
20 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER R CBS 3.1 4,026

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

All numbers are Live + SD (live, plus same day DVR viewing)

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