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American Idol, The Mentalist and NCIS lead weekly broadast viewing

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February 18th, 2009

The surprise would be if American Idol didn't sit perched at the top of the charts.  It was, though  look for the Academy Awards to briefly knock it off its perch next week.

Both airings of American Idol were the only shows FOX placed in the top 20, ABC had five shows, and NBC could only squeeze Dateline into this list (though things look different with the 18-49 top 20 where NBC also squeezed in The Office, 30 Rock and The Biggest Loser).  CBS  took twelve spots out of the overall broadcast prime time  top twenty rankings.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending February 15, 2009:

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 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 24,941 13.9 21 2
2 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 24,825 14.0 22 1
3 Mentalist, THE CBS 19,699 12.0 18 12
4 NCIS CBS 18,031 11.3 17 19
5 CSI CBS 17,938 10.8 17 6
6 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 15,159 9.7 15 3
7 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 14,995 9.2 13 7
8 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 14,308 8.9 15 24
9 PRIVATE PRACTICE ABC 14,097 8.9 15 4
10 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 14,010 8.7 13 5
11 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,813 8.7 14 16
12 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS P CBS 13,632 8.0 13 10
13 60 MINUTES CBS 13,112 8.3 14
14 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 12,723 7.8 11 9
15 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 12,476 8.0 12
16 CSI: NY CBS 11,939 7.6 13
17 BACHELOR, THE ABC 11,586 7.5 11 13
18 Dateline NBC 2/10(S) S NBC 11,259 7.5 13 15
19 20/20-FRI ABC 10,990 7.0 13 23
20 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 10,941 6.9 12

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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