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TV Ratings: The Big Bang Theory bests Two and a Half Men lead CBS to top

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August 18th, 2009

CBS' Big Bang Theory

Scoreboard CBS NBC ABC FOX Uni CW
Rating: Adults 18-49 2.0/6 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.4/1
Rating: Adults 18-34 1.3/4 1.1/4 1.2/4 1.2/4 1.4/5 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.63 5.35 5.01 4.34 3.39 1.08

For the second consecutive week a rerun of  The Big Bang Theory (2.7/7 rating/share with adults 18-49, 8.182 million viewers) edged out Two and a Half Men ( 2.6/7, 8.723M) with adults 18-49.   And CBS led the night with its all-repeat lineup of comedies and CSI: Miami.  Earlier in the night How I Met Your Mother aired back to back repeats between 8p-9p averaging a 1.6/5 and 4.82 million for the hour.

The CSI: Miami rerun  (1.8/5, 6.61M) battled with NBC's Dateline (1.8/5, 6.62M) at 10pm.  A repeat of Castle (1.0/3, 3.45M) was a distant third at 10pm.  Earlier in the night ABC saw Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1.4/4, 6.97M)  fall over 10% from last Monday in the demo. Diehard Millionaire fans will chalk that up to a preseason Monday Night Football game on ESPN.

ABC's Dating in the Dark (1.8/5, 4.60M) isn't doing as well without The Bachelorette lead-in, but isn't doing badly with expectations adjusted for summer (and a mostly woeful summer at that, for ABC).

FOX ran with reruns of House (1.5/5, 4.66M) and Lie To Me (1.3/4, 4.02M).

Besides Dateline, NBC ran The Great American Road Trip (1.4/5, 4.51M) and the new-ish (ran on USA already, but not NBC) Law & Order:  Criminal Intent (1.2/3, 4.93M).

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

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All numbers are Live+SD.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. 

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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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