took the top two spots, followed by . A Barack Obama fueled was in fourth place in terms of total viewing.
NBC was back to being shut out of the overall top twenty with its best effort Law & Order: though obviously not much better) in the top twenty for adults 18-49, where it placed only two shows. In fact, it only placed two shows out of the top twenty-six shows with the 18-49 crowd. That's all we saw this week in terms of the 18-49 rankings, and it is notable that , the number five program overall was not among those twenty-six.coming in twenty-second. NBC fared better (
Also noteworthy was that theresults show was not among the top 18-49 shows either.
Meanwhile ABC's Lost which was thirtieth overall, was eighth among 18-49s. Thursday night competition is not a friend to March Madness. With 18-49s, the primetime coverage of thetournament, the Friday night (#22) and Saturday night (#14) were among the top twenty-six, but Thursday night was not.
There were several differences this week between the overall top twenty and the 18-49 top twenty, so you should give the 18-49 rankings a look if you want to see how and several other shows not on the list below did.
Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending March 22, 2009:
|Rank||Shows||R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere||Net||# Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000)||HH (LIVE+SD)||HH SHARE (LIVE+SD)||18-49 Rank|
|3||DANCING WITH THE STARS||ABC||21,224||13.3||20||3|
|8||GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM||ABC||14,606||9.8||15||4|
|9||TWO AND A HALF MEN||CBS||14,124||8.5||13||7|
|14||DANCING W/STARS RESULTS||P||ABC||12,737||8.3||13|
|15||AMAZING RACE 14||CBS||12,420||7.2||11||18|
|16||WITHOUT A TRACE||CBS||11,872||7.6||13|
|17||RULES OF ENGAGEMENT||CBS||11,418||6.9||10||9|
Nielsen RatingsData: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved
All numbers above based on live plus same day DVR viewing.