American Idol and season finales lead broadcast prime-time viewing

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For the week ending May 17,  American Idol,  and the season finales of Grey’s Anatomy, The Biggest Loser, Desperate Housewives, House, and Survivor: Tocantins and Two and a Half Men (not its season finale) led broadcast prime-time viewing with adults 18-49.  If you’re more of a person who likes to see total viewers, regardless of age demographics, scroll down to the second table…

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows Among 18-49 year olds for the week ending May 17, 2009:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000)
1 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 8.7 11,422
2 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 8.0 10,591
3 GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 5.9 7,773
4 BIGGEST LOSER 7 NBC 4.7 6,242
5 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 4.7 6,192
6 HOUSE FOX 4.7 6,192
7 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 4.5 5,977
8 LOST ABC 4.4 5,776
9 SURVIVOR:TOCANTINS FINALE(S) S CBS 4.2 5,609
10 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 4.2 5,563
11 SURVIVOR:TOCANTINS RNION(S) S CBS 4.1 5,359
12 FRINGE FOX 3.9 5,181
13 CSI: MIAMI CBS 3.9 5,159
14 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 3.8 4,975
15 FAMILY GUY FOX 3.7 4,944
16 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 3.7 4,877
17 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CBS 3.6 4,814
18 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 3.6 4,807
19 OFFICE NBC 3.5 4,676
20 CSI CBS 3.4 4,530

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 24,670 14.0 22
2 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 22,712 13.0 21
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 18,554 11.8 18
4 GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 16,531 11.0 18
5 MENTALIST, THE CBS 16,205 10.1 15
6 NCIS CBS 16,195 10.2 16
7 CSI CBS 14,810 9.3 15
8 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 14,058 9.1 14
9 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 13,956 8.7 14
10 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,586 8.7 15
11 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 13,401 8.8 15
12 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 13,371 8.4 13
13 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 13,108 8.2 12
14 SURVIVOR:TOCANTINS FINALE(S) S CBS 12,942 7.0 11
15 CSI: NY THURSDAY 10PM SP(S) S CBS 12,768 8.3 14
16 HOUSE FOX 12,741 7.7 12
17 CSI: NY CBS 12,329 7.9 13
18 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 12,180 7.0 12
19 BIGGEST LOSER 7 NBC 11,847 7.1 11
20 SURVIVOR:TOCANTINS RNION(S) S CBS 11,588 6.4 11

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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

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