Academy Awards American Idol and The Mentalist lead broadcast viewing

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The 81st Academy Awards and American Idol led the week, but The Mentalist was the week’s most-watched scripted show.  NBC doesn’t place a single show in this list, and fares only a bit better among adults 18-49.   How well Survivor holds up is impressive, as is the renaissance of The Bachelor, and how well Two and a Half Men fares in repeats.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending February 22, 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 ACADEMY AWARDS(S) S ABC 36,310 20.6 31 1
2 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 25,374 14.3 21 2
3 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 24,790 14.1 22 3
4 OSCAR’S RED CARPET 2009(S) S ABC 24,357 14.5 23 4
5 MENTALIST, THE CBS 18,226 11.3 17 14
6 NCIS CBS 18,064 11.0 17 15
7 CSI CBS 16,920 10.4 16 10
8 GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 15,572 10.0 15 5
9 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 14,536 9.2 14 20
10 HOUSE FOX 14,195 8.5 13 6
11 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 13,589 7.8 12 8
12 TWO AND A HALF MEN R CBS 13,319 8.1 12 13
13 BACHELOR, THE ABC 12,524 8.0 12 9
14 CSI: NY CBS 12,331 8.0 13 25
15 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 12,102 7.9 13
16 BARBARA WALTERS SP-2/22(S) S ABC 11,549 7.3 12 23
17 LOST ABC 11,406 6.5 10 7
18 24 FOX 11,224 6.5 10 18
19 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 11,170 7.3 12
20 PRIVATE PRACTICE ABC 11,157 7.3 12 11

Nielsen RatingsData: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved

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

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