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May 12th, 2009

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American Idol lorded over everything  as is typical, but Grey's Anatomy led the pack of scripted shows among adults 18-49.   A bit of scripted domination with scripted shows taking fifteen out of the twenty top spots.   In the battle between the J.J. Abrams Lost and the J.J. Abrams Fringe, Lost came out a couple of spots ahead among 18-49 year olds.   And though CBS may skew old, it had the most show in the 18-49 top twenty with nine.    FOX and ABC had four each.  NBC had three, and none were in the top ten.

In overall viewing, NCIS was the top scripted show and the fourth most watched show overall behind American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.  But while NCIS was fourth overall, it was only 19th among 18-49 year olds.  I'm enjoying catching up on old episodes on USA Network though.

Michael J. Fox's return to broadcast in a special on the powers of optimism landed in the top 20 most-watched shows overall at exactly number 20.  It did not place in the top 25 among adults 18-49.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows Among 18-49 year olds for the week ending May 10, 2009:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49 rating 18-49 Viewers (000)
1 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 8.3 10,967
2 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 8.3 10,967
3 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 5.4 7,087
4 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 5.0 6,553
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 4.8 6,394
6 HOUSE FOX 4.6 6,019
7 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 4.1 5,469
8 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CBS 4.1 5,464
9 CSI: MIAMI CBS 4.0 5,287
10 LOST ABC 4.0 5,280
11 OFFICE NBC 3.9 5,184
12 Fringe FOX 3.8 5,075
13 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 3.8 5,064
14 Law And Order:SVU NBC 3.7 4,842
15 Mentalist, THE CBS 3.6 4,786
16 Biggest Loser 7 NBC 3.6 4,743
17 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 3.6 4,742
18 CSI CBS 3.6 4,724
19 NCIS CBS 3.4 4,546
20 Big Bang Theory, THE CBS 3.4 4,483

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Nielsen Top Twenty Shows (total viewing)  for the week ending May 10, 2009:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD)
1 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 23,574 13.7 21
2 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 23,414 13.4 21
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 20,278 12.6 19
4 NCIS CBS 16,723 10.4 17
5 Mentalist, THE CBS 16,678 10.4 16
6 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 15,546 10.3 16
7 CSI CBS 14,912 9.2 15
8 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 14,556 9.4 14
9 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 14,169 8.6 13
10 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 14,128 8.9 14
11 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,718 8.7 14
12 CSI: NY CBS 13,397 8.5 14
13 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 12,293 7.7 12
14 HOUSE FOX 12,047 7.1 11
15 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 11,993 7.0 12
16 COLD CASE CBS 11,838 7.2 12
17 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 11,831 7.7 13
18 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CBS 11,328 6.9 10
19 AMAZING RACE 14 CBS 10,490 5.9 10
20 MICHAEL J FOX SP-5/7(S) S ABC 10,230 6.8 12

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Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

All numbers are Live + SD (live, plus same day DVR viewing)

 
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