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From American Idol to Harper's Island, top 20 shows for week of April 6-12

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April 14th, 2009

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American IdolDancing with the Stars, and NCIS led overall viewing again for the week ending  April 12th with the NCAA Men's Basketball championship game rounding out the top five.

NBC had another bad week, where no shows placed in the top twenty most-viewed.  It of course fared better with adults 18-49 where it placed three shows (two airings of The Office, and Law & Order: SVU). Newcomer Southland was the twenty-third most-watched show of the week, and twenty-second among adults 18-49.  The premiere of Parks and Recreation was forty-second in terms of overall viewing, but twenty-fifth with adults 18-49.

In the battle of shows from J. J. Abrams, Lost was 31st overall and 9th with adults 18-49, while Fringe was 22nd overall and 6th with the 18-49 crowd.  The full top 20 sorted by 18-49 ranking is also available.

Last week (Monday 4/6, not last night) Chuck was the number 50 show in terms of overall viewing and 47th with 18-49 year olds.  The lowest-rated episode of Heroes ever was 48th overall and 33rd among adults 18-49 (though even so, it was still 21st with adults 18-34).  

Chuck rebounded a little last night, and Heroes rebounded a lot although it dropped so far on 4/6 that on 4/13 it basically just rebounded to where it was two weeks ago -- but, still a nice reversal of a trend for a week), so look for improvement in next week's weekly recap.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending April 12, 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 22,976 13.4 21 2
2 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 22,813 13.1 21 1
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 19,883 12.5 19 5
4 NCIS CBS 17,807 10.9 17 13
5 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMPSHIPS(S) S CBS 17,649 10.8 18 3
6 Mentalist, THE CBS 16,921 10.3 16 12
7 CSI CBS 16,625 10.1 17 10
8 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 14,561 9.1 14 16
9 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 13,606 8.5 13 20
10 HOUSE FOX 13,294 7.9 12 4
11 60 MINUTES SPECIAL(S) S CBS 12,825 7.6 14 29
12 CSI: NY CBS 12,504 7.9 13 19
13 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 12,154 7.9 13 30
14 PRELUDE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP(S) S CBS 12,152 7.5 11 8
15 SURVIVING SUBURBIA P ABC 11,249 7.2 11 26
16 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 11,238 6.6 12 14
17 24 FOX 10,958 6.5 10 11
18 AMAZING RACE 14 - SPECIAL(S) S CBS 10,572 6.0 10 24
19 COLD CASE - SPECIAL(S) S CBS 10,559 6.4 10 35
20 HARPER'S ISLAND P CBS 10,210 6.5 11 32

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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