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Friday Ratings: CBS Wins, How might Dollhouse have done?

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May 23rd, 2009

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.2/4 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.29 3.43 3.17 3.97 1.17

CBS won the first rerun-filled Friday of the summer television season taking both the demo and total viewer crowns.  Though ABC and NBC battled it out for the demo in the 10pm hour with the news magazines.

FOX went with Don't Forget the Lyrics and a repeat of House, but I'd read nothing into last night's numbers at all in terms of prognosticating for Dollhouse next year because it's the rare Friday leading into a three day holiday weekend.

Next Friday should be more a bit interesting -- Don't Forget the Lyrics will be back and paired with an encore of Mental (which airs for the first time on Tuesday).  We won't be able to read anything into those numbers either, but some will probably try anyway.  I can't say I blame them,  the new fall season seems a long way away right now.

You can compare with previous Friday overnight reports.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer (R) 1.1/5 5.79
ABC Wife Swap (R) 1.0/5 3.42
FOX Don't Forget the Lyrics 0.9/4 2.94
NBC Howie Do It (R) 0.6/3 2.42
CW Everybody Hates Chris (R) 0.4/2 1.24
8:30 CBS Ghost Whisperer (R) 1.2/5 6.17
FOX Don't Forget the Lyrics 1.1/5 3.49
ABC Wife Swap (R) 0.9/4 3.03
NBC Howie Do It (R) 0.6/2 2.17
CW The Game (R) 0.5/2 1.24
9:00 CBS Flashpoint (R) 1.2/4 6.32
NBC Dateline 0.9/3 3.86
FOX House (R) 0.9/3 2.98
ABC Supernanny (R) 0.7/3 2.5
CW Everybody Hates Chris (R) 0.4/2 1.09
9:30 CBS Flashpoint (R) 1.2/4 6.66
NBC Dateline 1.1/4 4.94
FOX House (R) 1.0/4 3.26
ABC Supernanny (R) 0.8/3 2.6/4
CW The Game (R) 0.4/1 1.10
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.3/4 4.47
NBC Dateline 1.2/4 5.10
CBS Numb3rs (R) 1.1/4 6.40
10:30 NBC Dateline 1.3/4 5.30
ABC 20/20 1.3/4 4.52
CBS Numb3rs (R) 1.2/4 6.40

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

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