American Idol, NCIS and CSI lead weekly broadcast viewing

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In a week that contained a lot of repeats  both American Idol airings, and new episodes of NCIS and CSI led the list.   The CBS Sunday movie  Jesse Stone: Thin Ice was the number five show overall, was nowhere to be found among the top 25 programs among adults 18-49.

Meanwhile, an American Idol fueled airing of Hell’s Kitchen was number 22 overall, but fifth among 18-49 year olds.   Lost was twentieth overall, but fourth with the 18-49 crowd.

It’s becoming typical to say it, but I’ll say it again anyway, NBC placed no shows among the top twenty most-watched programs for the week.  The peacocks can puff out their feathers at least a little bit more in the 18-49 rankings where NBC placed four shows in the top twenty, and even though 30 Rock didn’t have a new episode of The Office ahead of it, it placed twenty-fifth with adults 18-49.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending March 1, 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-WEDNESDAY FOX 24,541 13.8 21 1
2 AMERICAN IDOL THU SP-2/26(S) S FOX 20,889 11.9 19 2
3 NCIS CBS 18,268 11.1 18 10
4 CSI CBS 17,724 11.1 17 6
5 CBS SUNDAY MOVIE-SPECIAL(S) S CBS 15,239 9.3 14
6 HOUSE FOX 14,858 8.9 14 3
7 60 MINUTES CBS 14,233 9.1 15
8 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 13,930 8.9 13 16
9 CSI: NY CBS 12,563 8.1 14 23
10 TWO AND A HALF MEN R CBS 12,066 7.5 11 14
11 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 12,053 6.9 11 8
12 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 11,976 7.8 12 7
13 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 11,699 7.6 13
14 24 FOX 11,683 6.9 10 11
15 GHOST WHISPERER CBS 11,543 7.2 13
16 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HM ED-8P ABC 11,003 6.6 10 15
17 BACHELOR, THE ABC 10,934 7.2 11 12
18 AMAZING RACE 14 CBS 10,597 6.2 10 24
19 CSI: MIAMI R CBS 10,059 6.6 11
20 LOST ABC 10,050 5.9 9 4

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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