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Ratings: ER finale shines, but American Idol, Dancing With the Stars and NCIS, still lead weekly viewing

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April 7th, 2009

American IdolDancing with the Stars, NCIS and The Mentalist led overall viewing again for the week ending  April 5th.

The good news for NBC,  it placed two shows in the top twenty -- the ER finale at number 6 and the ER retrospective at number twenty.  More good news, the ER finale finished third among 18-49 year olds!  The bad news for NBC:  no more ER!

The curse of "look at the pretty improvement!" struck CBS. Last week some media outlets were chiming in on CBS' improved 18-49 ratings for 60 Minutes based on the president and other newsmakers appearing.  So what happened?  Well, the good news is 60 Minutes was still among the top twenty shows overall (#16).  The bad news is it dropped to 49th among adults 18-49 with a 1.8/6 rating/share, basically in a dead-heat with Friday night's 10pm airing of 20/20 on ABC.  The full top 20 sorted by 18-49 ranking is also available.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending April 5, 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 24,410 13.7 21 1
2 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 24,342 14.2 22 2
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 20,484 12.9 20 6
4 NCIS CBS 17,230 10.7 17 22
5 Mentalist, THE CBS 16,957 10.5 16 14
6 E.R. NBC 16,378 10.4 17 3
7 ACM AWARDS(S) S CBS 14,777 8.8 14 13
8 CSI CBS 14,625 9.1 14 16
9 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 14,556 8.5 13 4
10 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMP SA-2(S) S CBS 14,454 8.5 16 5
11 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 13,513 8.6 13 26
12 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,458 8.5 14 12
13 CBS NCAA BSKBL-BRIDGE(S) S CBS 12,949 7.8 15 8
14 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 12,527 8.2 14 32
15 HOUSE FOX 12,511 7.5 12 7
16 60 MINUTES CBS 12,267 7.9 14 49
17 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 11,267 6.5 11 19
18 24 FOX 11,265 6.5 10 18
19 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CBS 11,025 6.6 10 10
20 E.R. RETROSPECTIVE(S) S NBC 10,632 7.0 11 21

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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