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TV Ratings: The Big Bang Theory again bests Two and a Half Men, CBS wins

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August 25th, 2009

CBS' Big Bang Theory

Scoreboard CBS FOX Uni ABC NBC CW
rating: Adults 18-49 2.3/7 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.4/1
Rating: Adults 18-34 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.6/5 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.23 4.43 3.45 3.72 5.02 .86

For the third consecutive week, a repeat of The Big Bang Theory was the night's most-watched program with adults 18-49 (2.8/8 rating/share, 8.32M viewers) edging out a repeat of  Two and a Half Men which was the night's most-watched program overall (2.7/8, 9.30M).  Earlier in the night CBS aired an hour of How I Met Your Mother reruns (2.1/7, 5.71M) and closed the night out at 10pm with a repeat CSI: Miami (1.9/5, 7.16M).

Second place FOX ran repeats of House (1.6/5, 4.62M) and Lie To Me (1.4/4, 4.23M).

NBC had the season (and probably series) finale of Great American Road Trip came in third at 8pm (1.4/4, 4.79M), a repurposed from USA airing of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (1.1/3, 4.49M) and Dateline NBC (1.4/4, 5.8M).

ABC went with a repeat of Dating in the Dark (1.1/4, 3.47M), the season (and perhaps series) finale of Dating in the Dark (1.7/5m 4.18M) and a repeat of Castle (1.0/3, 3.52M).  Dating in the Dating had a pretty good run while it had The Bachelorette as a lead-in, but didn't do so well without it.  On The other hand, the 1.7/5 was ABC's best performance for the night and considering how bad ABC has done this summer, a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 probably looks pretty good.

CW ran reruns of One Tree Hill (0.4/1, .95M) and Gossip Girl (0.3/1, .78M).

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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