CBS Has 3 of the Top 5 Summer Programs (and 11 of Top 20) Led by Rebroadcasts of “NCIS”, “The Mentalist-Tuesday” and “Two and a Half Men”

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CBS REMAINS THE ONLY NETWORK TO GROW ITS AUDIENCE VERSUS LAST SUMMER

Through the First Eight Weeks of the Summer Season, CBS Is First in Viewers and Adults 25-54

CBS Has 3 of the Top 5 Summer Programs (and 11 of Top 20) Led by Rebroadcasts of “NCIS” (the Number One Scripted Series), “The Mentalist-Tuesday” and “Two and a Half Men”

CBS Has 14 Time Period Winning Programs in Viewers and 7 in Adults 18-49

Through the first eight weeks of the summer season, CBS is the only network to grow its audience versus last year and leads the competition in viewers and adults 25-54, according to Nielsen most current ratings through the week ending July 19, week 43 of the 2008-2009 television year.

CBS has three of the top five summer programs and 11 of the top 20, led by rebroadcasts of NCIS, the top drama/scripted series of the summer (#3), THE MENTALIST-TUESDAY (#4) and TWO AND A HALF MEN (#5) with Thursday’s THE MENTALIST (#6).  In addition, CBS has 14 time period winning programs in viewers (more than all the other networks combined) and seven in adults 18-49.

Through eight weeks of the summer (May 25-July 19), CBS is up +1% in viewers (7.02m vs. 6/94m) and leads in adults 25-54 with a 2.1/06.

For the most recent week in viewers: CBS (6.19m), FOX (6.21m), NBC (5.29m) and ABC (4.16m).  Summer-to-date, CBS is first in viewers (7.02m), ahead of NBC (5.42m), FOX (5.21m) and ABC (4.96m).

For the week in key demographics, CBS was second in adults 25-54 (2.0/06) and tied for second in adults 18-49 (1.4/05, with NBC).  Summer-to-date, CBS is first in adults 25-54.

For the week in households:  CBS (4.1/08), FOX (3.9/07), NBC (3.4/06) and ABC (2.7/05).  Summer-to-date, CBS is first (4.6/08), ahead of NBC (3.5/06), FOX (3.3/06) and ABC (3.2/06).

CBS’s Weekly Highlights:
?  BIG BROTHER 11 TUESDAY (3.9/06, 6.16m) averaged a 2.1/06 in adults 18-49, 2.6/07 in adults 25-54 and 1.7/06 in adults 18-34 (opposite the All-Star Game).

? BIG BROTHER 11 THURSDAY was first in households (3.7/07), viewers (5.63m), adults 25-54 (2.4/08), adults 18-49 (1.9/07) and adults 18-34 (1.6/07).

? BIG BROTHER 11 SUNDAY was first in households (3.5/07), viewers (5.57m), adults 25-54 (2.3/07), adults 18-49 (1.9/06) and tied for first in adults 18-34 (1.6/06, with FOX).  Compared to last week’s premiere, BIG BROTHER 11 SUNDAY was up +7% in adults 18-34 (from 1.5/05).

? CBS NEWS: THAT’S THE WAY IT WAS, REMEMBERING WALTER CRONKITE (S) was first in households (5.0/10) and viewers (7.65m) and the night’s #1 program in these measures.

CBS top programs of the week:  #5 NCIS (R) (an average of 10.45m viewers), #6 TWO AND A HALF MEN (R) (9.12m), #7 THE MENTALIST (R) (8.37m), #8 THE BIG BANG THEORY (R) (8.23m), #10 CSI: MIAMI (R) (8.012m), #11 CSI: NY (R) (8.010m), #13 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (R) (7.67m), #14 CBS NEWS: THAT’S THE WAY IT WAS, REMEMBERING WALTER CRONKITE (S) (7.65m), #15 CRIMINAL MINDS (R) (7.48m), #21 COLD CASE (R) (6.33m), #23 BIG BROTHER 11 TUESDAY (P) (6.16m), #25 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) (5.93m), #26 48 HOURS MYSTERY TUESDAY (R) (5.63m), #27 BIG BROTHER 11 THURSDAY (5.63m) and #28 BIG BROTHER 11 SUNDAY (5.57m).

Prime averages are based on the following hours of rated broadcasts in Week #43:

CBS – 22 hours

NBC – 22 hours

ABC – 22 hours

FOX – 16 hours

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY – PRIMETIME

Week #43 of 2008-09 Season (ending: 07/19/09)

2008-09                       2007-08

HOUSEHOLDS

Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 4.1       8                      4.3       8                      -5%

NBC                3.4       6                      3.6       7                      -6%

ABC                2.7       5                      2.9       5                      -7%

FOX                3.9       7                      4.5       8                      -13%

VIEWERS

(000)                            (000)                            Chg

CBS                 6,188                           6,419                           -4%

NBC                5,292                           5,513                           -4%

ABC                4,156                           4,477                           -7%

FOX                6,208                           7,119                           -13%

A25-54

Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 2.0       6                      2.0       6                      n.c.

NBC                1.8       5                      1.9       6                      -5%

ABC                1.5       5                      1.7       5                      -12%

FOX                2.3       7                      2.6       8                      -12%

A18-49

Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 1.4       5                      1.5       5                      -7%

NBC                1.4       5                      1.5       5                      -7%

ABC                1.3       4                      1.5       5                      -13%

FOX                2.1       7                      2.4       8                      -13%

A18-34

Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 0.9       4                      1.0       4                      -10%

NBC                1.0       4                      1.1       4                      -9%

ABC                1.0       4                      1.2       4                      -17%

FOX                1.8       7                      2.2       8                      -18%

NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY – PRIMETIME

SUMMER-TO-DATE RATINGS REPORT (05/25/09-07/19/09)

2008-09                       2007-08

HOUSEHOLDS

Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 4.6       8                      4.7       8                      -2%

NBC                3.5       6                      3.9       7                      -10%

ABC                3.2       6                      3.6       7                      -11%

FOX                3.3       6                      4.0       7                      -18%

VIEWERS

(000)                            (000)                            Chg

CBS                 7,024                           6,936                           +1%

NBC                5,419                           6,099                           -11%

ABC                4,958                           5,595                           -11%

FOX                5,207                           6,410                           -19%

A25-54

Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 2.1       6                      2.2       6                      -5%

NBC                2.0       6                      2.3       6                      -13%

ABC                1.9       5                      2.2       6                      -14%

FOX                2.0       6                      2.6       7                      -23%

A18-49

Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 1.5       5                      1.6       5                      -6%

NBC                1.6       5                      1.9       6                      -16%

ABC                1.7       5                      1.9       6                      -11%

FOX                1.9       6                      2.4       8                      -21%

A18-34

Rtg       Sh                    Rtg       Sh                    Chg

CBS                 0.9       3                      1.0       4                      -10%

NBC                1.2       4                      1.5       5                      -20%

ABC                1.4       5                      1.6       6                      -13%

FOX                1.8       6                      2.3       8                      -22%

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: PER2+    for    7/13/2009  –  7/19/2009

Persons 2+ (000)

1.         FOX MLB All-Star Game                                            (S)       FOX    14593

2.         America’s Got Talent-Tuesday                                      NBC    13513

3.         America Got Talent-Wednesday 9PM                          NBC    11639

4.         FOX MLB All-Star Pre-Game                         (S)       FOX    11224

5.         NCIS                                                                           (R)       CBS     10451

6.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                         (R)       CBS     9120

7.         THE MENTALIST                                                      (R)       CBS     8372

8.         THE BIG BANG THEORY                                         (R)       CBS     8226

9.         The Bachelorette                                                                      ABC    8013

10.       CSI: MIAMI                                                                (R)       CBS     8012

11.       CSI: NY                                                                      (R)       CBS     8010

12.       Wipeout                                                                                   ABC    7690

13.       CSI                                                                              (R)       CBS     7673

14.       CBS NEWS: REMEMBER CRONKITE                    (S)       CBS     7646

15.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                   (R)       CBS     7477

16.       America Got Talent-Tuesday 8PM                               (R)(P)  NBC    7473

17.       So You Think You Can Dance-Thursday                                  FOX    7200

18.       Law And Order: SVU                                                  (R)       NBC    7110

19.       So You Think You Can Dance-Wednesday                              FOX    6951

20.       America Got Talent-Wednesday 8PM              (R)       NBC    6504

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A25-54    for    7/13/2009  –  7/19/2009

Adults 25-54 Rating

1.         FOX MLB All-Star Game                                            (S)       FOX    5.3

2.         America’s Got Talent-Tuesday                                      NBC    4.5

3.         FOX MLB All-Star Pre-Game                         (S)       FOX    3.8

3.         America Got Talent-Wednesday 9PM                          NBC    3.8

5.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                         (R)       CBS     3.6

6.         THE BIG BANG THEORY                                         (R)       CBS     3.5

7.         The Bachelorette                                                                      ABC    3.1

8.         So You Think You Can Dance-Thursday                                  FOX    3.0

9.         Wipeout                                                                                   ABC    2.9

9.         So You Think You Can Dance-Wednesday                              FOX    2.9

11.       NCIS                                                                           (R)       CBS     2.8

12.       CSI: MIAMI                                                                (R)       CBS     2.7

13.       BIG BROTHER 11-TUESDAY                                   (P)       CBS     2.6

14.       Law And Order: SVU                                                  (R)       NBC    2.5

14.       CSI: NY                                                                      (R)       CBS     2.5

16.       THE MENTALIST                                                      (R)       CBS     2.4

16.       America Got Talent-Tuesday 8PM                               (R)(P)  NBC    2.4

16.       BIG BROTHER 11-THURSDAY                                            CBS     2.4

16.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                   (R)       CBS     2.4

16.       Primetime: Family Secrets                                                         ABC    2.4

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A18-49    for    7/13/2009  –  7/19/2009

Adults 18-49 Rating

1.         FOX MLB All-Star Game                                            (S)       FOX    4.7

2.         America’s Got Talent-Tuesday                                      NBC    3.7

3.         FOX MLB All-Star Pre-Game                         (S)       FOX    3.3

4.         America Got Talent-Wednesday 9PM                          NBC    3.0

5.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                         (R)       CBS     2.7

5.         The Bachelorette                                                                      ABC    2.7

5.         THE BIG BANG THEORY                                         (R)       CBS     2.7

8.         Wipeout                                                                                   ABC    2.6

8.         So You Think You Can Dance-Wednesday                              FOX    2.6

8.         So You Think You Can Dance-Thursday                                  FOX    2.6

11.       BIG BROTHER 11-TUESDAY                                   (P)       CBS     2.1

11.       Law And Order: SVU                                                  (R)       NBC    2.1

13.       Simpsons-Sunday 9:30PM                                           (R)       FOX    2.0

13.       Family Guy                                                                   (R)       FOX    2.0

15.       America Got Talent-Tuesday 8PM                               (R)(P)  NBC    1.9

15.       BIG BROTHER 11-THURSDAY                                            CBS     1.9

15.       NCIS                                                                           (R)       CBS     1.9

15.       RULES OF ENGAGEMENT                                      (R)       CBS     1.9

15.       Here Come The Newlyweds                                                     ABC    1.9

15.       BIG BROTHER 11-SUNDAY                                                CBS     1.9

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