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TV Ratings: The Big Bang Theory bests Two and a Half Men; Regis and a lonely Millionaire

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August 11th, 2009

CBS' Big Bang Theory

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC Uni NBC CW
rating: Adults 18-49 2.0/6 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.3/1
Rating: Adults 18-34 1.2/4 1.4/5 1.1/4 1.4/5 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.84 3.94 5.02 3.22 5.56 .845

The second night wasn't any better than the first for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? I'm trying to resist the "Millionaire needs 'lifeline'" puns, but it's difficult when it averages 7.24 million and a 1.5/5 with adults 18-49.   Not that these numbers are awful for a summer Monday.   But my nostalgia got the better of me, and I expected bigger numbers.

Dating in the Dark hasn't been the same without  The Bachelorette as a lead-in  and reeled in 4.49 million and averaged a 1.7/5 with  adults 18-49.  A repeat of Castle averaged 3.33 million and a 1.0/3 with the 18-49 crowd.

CBS easily won the night on the backs of its Monday night repeats of How I Met Your Mother (1.6/6) Rules of Engagement (1.8/6)Two and a Half Men (2.4/7), The Big Bang Theory (2.7/7) and CSI: Miami (1.7/5)/   Even in repeats, it's a little notable that The Big Bang Theory bested Two and a Half Men though Men had slightly more viewers (8.61 million vs. 8.36 million)

FOX aired the 2009 Teen Choice Awards and averaged 3.9 million viewers and a 1.4/4 with adults 18-49 between 8pm-10pm.

NBC's Great American Road Trip maintained last week's  1.2/4 with adults 18-49 last night and 4.38 million viewers. A repurposed Law & Order Criminal Intent averaged 5.01 million and a 1.2/3 with 18-49s.  A new episode of Dateline NBC at 10pm averaged a 1.6/5 with adults 18-49 and 6.08 million

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

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All numbers are Live+SD.

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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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