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American Idol, Dancing With The Stars Top Average Viewership For 2008-9 Season

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May 27th, 2009

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Like it did in the Season Average Top 20 Adults 18-49 list , American Idol placed #1 and #2 for the 2008-9 broadcast prime-time season in terms of  average viewership (of persons 2 and older). This numbers in this list don't mean much to the revenue of the networks, but it's quite useful for bragging rights!

First thing that jumps right out as you compare it with the 18-49 demo top 20  is the 12 CBS shows and the 1 NBC show. CBS sure can pack 'em in, even if they don't help the income line. No wonder they won the season title for average audience. ABC has 4 shows and Fox has 3 of the top 20.

Only one football show in this list (NBC Sunday Night Football) vs. 3 in the 18-49 demo list.

Where the adults 18-49 final top 20 had 11 unscripted shows, this one contains only 8 (the "missing" ones being The OT, Sunday Night Pre Kick and Biggest Loser)

Compare this season's top 20 to last season's (2007-8) top 20. Remember the WGA strike hammered most scripted shows.

Top 20 Shows For Average Viewership,  2008-9 Broadcast Prime-Time Season


Rank Programs Network STD Viewers Live+SD (000) HH Rating
1 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 25,527 8.8
2 American Idol-TUESDAY FOX 24,741 8.5
3 Dancing with the Stars ABC 19,766 6.8
4 CSI CBS 17,431 6.0
5 NBC Sunday Night Football NBC 16,835 5.8
6 NCIS CBS 16,800 5.8
7 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 16,313 5.6
8 Mentalist, THE CBS 16,288 5.6
9 Desperate Housewives ABC 14,439 5.0
10 60 Minutes CBS 14,143 4.9
11 Two and a Half Men CBS 14,111 4.9
12 Criminal Minds CBS 13,714 4.7
13 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,171 4.5
14 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 12,914 4.5
15 GREY'S ANATOMY ABC 12,885 4.4
16 CSI: NY CBS 12,531 4.3
17 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 12,104 4.2
18 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 12,047 4.2
19 HOUSE FOX 12,001 4.1
20 COLD CASE CBS 11,606 4.0

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