Ah, Friday… Only 42 days until we’ll be reporting on the Dollhouse premiere and only 35 days until the numbers for the first Friday night 10pm version of The Jay Leno Show!
Note: preseason NFL coverage in local markets makes these numbers far more subject to change than on a typical night, especially I believe for CBS and the CW.
CBS won the 8pm hour with a special Neil Diamond: Hot Summer Nights. It averaged a 1.2/5 (rating/share) with adults 18-49 and 6.07M. A repeat of Supernanny tied for first with a 1.2/5. The Supernanny rerun averaged 3.96M viewers. The penultimate episode of Mental at 8pm averaged a 0.9/4 and 2.99 million, though that edged out a repeat of Southland (0.7/3, 2.96M). A Smallville repeat pulled a 0.5/2 and 1.49 million viewers.
At 9pm, the first hour of NBC’s Dateline won with a 1.4/5 and 5.57M viewers. Ghost Whisperer came in second with a 1.3/4 and 5.04 million viewers. The series finale of Mental came in third with an 0.9/3 and 3.34 million. An Ugly Betty rerun was fourth with 0.8/3 and 2.42 million. CW was last with reruns of Everybody Hates Chris (0.5/2, 1.41M) and The Game (0.6/2, 1.54M).
At 10pm Dateline easily won the hour (1.6/6, 6.52M) followed by a repeat of CBS’ Numb3rs (1.1/4, 5.22M) and ABC’s 20/20 (1.1/4, 4.31M)
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source: Marc Berman/Mediaweek.
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