Final 2009-10 Broadcast Primetime Show Average Viewership

Categories: Broadcast TV,Fall 2009 TV Schedule

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June 16th, 2010

Finally! We've got the 2009-10 season's ratings for broadcast primetime shows.

In a series of posts, I will post Live + Same Day adults 18-49 ratings, Live + Same Day viewership, plus Live + 7 day ratings. All of these posts will include measurements for only original episodes, not repeats, for all shows with at least 2 original telecasts.

If you'd like to see the same list of 2009-10 broadcast primetime shows ranked by adults 18-49 ratings click here.

2009-10 Broadcast Primetime Shows Ranked By Live + Same Day Average Viewership

Rank Show Net Day Time # Telecasts 18-49 rating (Live+SD) Avg. Viewers (000s, Live+SD)
1 American Idol-TUESDAY FOX Tue 8:00 PM 20 8.3 22,974
2 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX Wed VAR 20 7.7 21,951
3 CBS NFL NATL POST GUN CBS Sun VAR 7 6.3 19,509
4 NCIS CBS Tue 8:00 PM 24 4.1 19,327
5 Dancing with the Stars ABC Mon 8:00 PM 20 4.2 19,125
6 NBC Sunday Night Football NBC Sun VAR 14 7.2 18,738
7 Undercover Boss CBS Sun VAR 8 6.1 17,807
8 FOX NFL SUNDAY-POST GUN 1 FOX Sun VAR 8 6.5 16,827
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Tue 9:00 PM 24 3.5 16,082
10 Mentalist, THE CBS Thu VAR 23 3.4 15,368
11 Two and a Half Men CBS Mon 9:00 PM 22 4.9 14,945
12 CSI CBS Thu VAR 23 3.4 14,918
13 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC Tue VAR 18 3.1 14,811
14 Big Bang Theory, THE CBS Mon VAR 23 5.3 14,143
15 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC Sun 8:22 PM 14 4.9 13,852
16 Criminal Minds CBS Wed 9:00 PM 23 3.6 13,695
17 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC Thu 9:00 PM 22 4.8 13,259
18 Good Wife, THE CBS Tue VAR 23 2.7 13,123
19 60 Minutes CBS Sun VAR 31 2.4 13,075
20 Desperate Housewives ABC Sun 9:00 PM 23 4.2 12,823
21 OT, THE FOX Sun VAR 7 5.0 12,820
22 HOUSE FOX Mon VAR 21 4.9 12,763
23 CSI: NY CBS Wed VAR 23 3.0 12,662
24 CSI: MIAMI CBS Mon VAR 24 3.6 12,653
25 SURVIVOR: HEROES-VILLAINS CBS Thu 8:00 PM 12 3.9 12,599
26 SURVIVOR: SAMOA CBS Thu 8:00 PM 12 3.8 12,339
27 BACHELOR, THE ABC Mon 8:00 PM 9 4.0 11,597
28 Amazing Race 15 CBS Sun VAR 11 3.4 11,137
29 Amazing Race 16 CBS Sun VAR 11 3.2 10,404
30 Castle ABC Mon VAR 24 2.6 10,254
31 LOST ABC Tue 9:00 PM 15 4.3 10,084
32 BONES FOX Thu 8:00 PM 21 2.9 10,018
33 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun VAR 14 3.5 9,840
34 V ABC Tue VAR 5 3.4 9,747
35 Biggest Loser 8 NBC Tue VAR 12 3.7 9,614
36 COLD CASE CBS Sun VAR 20 2.2 9,550
37 Modern Family ABC Wed 9:00 PM 24 3.8 9,389
38 Glee FOX VAR VAR 17 4.0 9,335
39 24 FOX VAR VAR 20 2.9 9,308
40 ROMANTICALLY CHALLENGED ABC Mon 9:32 PM 4 2.4 9,270
41 Extreme Makeover:HM ED-8P ABC Sun VAR 24 2.7 9,255
42 Private Practice ABC Thu VAR 21 3.3 9,154
43 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC Sun VAR 23 2.9 9,067
44 Law And Order:SVU NBC Wed VAR 22 2.7 8,807
45 How I Met Your Mother CBS Mon 8:00 PM 24 3.5 8,729
46 Biggest Loser 9 NBC Tue VAR 19 3.4 8,660
47 NUMB3RS CBS Fri VAR 16 1.8 8,274
48 Human Target FOX VAR VAR 11 2.4 8,225
49 THREE RIVERS CBS Sun VAR 8 1.8 7,961
50 Rules of Engagement CBS Mon VAR 13 3.0 7,915
51 ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE CBS VAR VAR 18 2.9 7,821
52 OFFICE NBC Thu 9:00 PM 23 4.0 7,799
53 MEDIUM CBS Fri VAR 22 1.8 7,789
54 GHOST WHISPERER CBS Fri 8:00 PM 22 1.9 7,766
55 AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS ABC Sun VAR 23 2.0 7,678
56 Family Guy FOX Sun VAR 19 3.9 7,611
57 Lie To Me FOX Mon VAR 10 2.7 7,386
58 HELL'S KITCHEN FOX Tue 8:00 PM 4 3.5 7,385
59 APPRENTICE 9 NBC Sun 9:00 PM 11 2.8 7,372
60 FLASHFORWARD ABC Thu 8:00 PM 20 2.2 7,255
61 Simpsons FOX Sun VAR 23 3.4 7,092
62 Cougar Town ABC Wed 9:30 PM 24 2.9 7,011
63 Law And Order NBC VAR VAR 20 1.6 6,992
64 Dateline FRI NBC Fri VAR 25 1.5 6,913
65 MIDDLE, THE ABC Wed 8:30 PM 23 2.3 6,899
66 OLD CHRISTINE CBS Wed 8:00 PM 21 2.0 6,741
67 GARY UNMARRIED CBS Wed 8:30 PM 17 2.2 6,648
68 MIAMI MEDICAL CBS Fri 10:00 PM 8 1.3 6,604
69 FORGOTTEN, THE ABC Tue VAR 15 1.8 6,490
70 FIND MY FAMILY ABC Mon VAR 5 1.7 6,438
71 PARENTHOOD NBC Tue 10:00 PM 13 2.6 6,393
72 CLEVELAND FOX Sun VAR 19 3.1 6,384
73 HANK ABC Wed 8:00 PM 5 1.6 6,364
74 Who Do You Think You Are NBC Fri 8:00 PM 7 1.5 6,348
75 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-WED FOX Wed 8:00 PM 11 2.4 6,347
76 MERCY NBC Wed VAR 22 1.6 6,329
77 20/20-FRI ABC Fri 10:00 PM 32 1.7 6,274
78 SAT NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC Sat VAR 9 1.9 6,270
79 Fringe FOX Thu 9:00 PM 21 2.3 6,252
80 48 Hours Mystery CBS Sat VAR 28 1.4 6,130
81 JAY LENO SHOW-TUE NBC Tue 10:01 PM 18 2.0 6,032
82 CHUCK NBC Mon 8:00 PM 16 2.1 5,991
83 American Dad FOX Sun VAR 17 2.9 5,940
84 COPS 2 FOX Sat VAR 2 2.0 5,938
85 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-TUE FOX Tue VAR 10 2.4 5,933
86 30 ROCK NBC Thu VAR 20 2.8 5,880
87 MARRIAGE REF NBC VAR VAR 12 2.4 5,860
88 Minute To Win It NBC Sun 8:00 PM 9 1.9 5,754
89 V-TUE ABC Tue 10:02 PM 8 2.3 5,718
90 PRIMETIME:WHAT WOULD U DO ABC Fri 9:00 PM 3 1.8 5,684
91 DEEP END, THE ABC Thu 8:00 PM 6 1.4 5,351
92 TRAUMA NBC Mon 9:00 PM 18 1.7 5,247
93 HEROES NBC Mon VAR 17 2.3 5,206
94 JAY LENO SHOW-WED NBC Wed 10:01 PM 18 1.5 5,176
95 AMW: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK FOX Sat VAR 27 1.7 5,172
96 JAY LENO SHOW-FRI NBC Fri 10:01 PM 16 1.3 5,152
97 COMMUNITY NBC Thu VAR 24 2.1 4,990
98 EASTWICK ABC Wed VAR 11 1.7 4,952
99 J. OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTN ABC Fri 9:00 PM 5 1.7 4,924
100 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun 7:30 PM 15 1.8 4,898
101 COPS FOX Sat 8:00 PM 23 1.6 4,831
102 Shark Tank ABC VAR VAR 8 1.5 4,814
103 SNL WKND UPDATE-PRIME NBC Thu 8:00 PM 2 1.8 4,800
104 JAY LENO SHOW-THU NBC Thu 10:01 PM 18 1.5 4,763
105 Dateline SUN-7PM NBC Sun VAR 11 1.0 4,700
106 JAY LENO SHOW-MON NBC Mon 10:01 PM 20 1.4 4,668
107 Supernanny ABC Fri 8:00 PM 12 1.3 4,617
108 PARKS AND RECREATION NBC Thu 8:30 PM 23 2.1 4,599
109 UGLY BETTY ABC VAR VAR 18 1.4 4,482
110 PAST LIFE FOX Thu 9:00 PM 2 1.3 4,409
111 SAT NIGHT FTBL PRE-GAME ABC Sat 8:00 PM 9 1.1 4,284
112 SONS OF TUCSON FOX Sun VAR 3 2.0 4,117
113 HAPPY TOWN ABC Wed 10:01 PM 3 1.3 4,037
114 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS NBC Fri 8:00 PM 3 1.2 3,848
115 Kitchen Nightmares FOX Fri VAR 9 1.6 3,816
116 SCRUBS ABC Tue 9:00 PM 7 1.6 3,791
117 WIFE SWAP ABC Fri 8:00 PM 6 1.2 3,675
118 Vampire Diaries CW Thu 8:00 PM 20 1.7 3,600
119 ABC SATURDAY MOVIE ABC Sat 8:00 PM 2 1.2 3,545
120 SCRUBS-TUE 8PM ABC Tue 8:00 PM 2 1.3 3,490
121 AMERICA'S Top Model-8 CW Wed 8:00 PM 11 1.5 3,288
122 AMERICA'S Top Model 7 CW Wed 8:00 PM 9 1.5 3,279
123 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA P1SUS NBC Sun 7:00 PM 15 0.9 3,230
124 BETTER OFF TED ABC Tue 9:30 PM 7 1.1 2,928
125 Supernatural CW Thu 9:00 PM 20 1.2 2,641
126 TIL DEATH-SUN 7:30P FOX Sun VAR 8 1.0 2,619
127 BETTER OFF TED-TUE 8:30PM ABC Tue 8:30 PM 3 1.0 2,554
128 BROTHERS FOX Fri 8:00 PM 4 0.9 2,397
129 Smallville CW Fri 8:00 PM 21 1.0 2,375
130 One Tree Hill-MON CW Mon 8:00 PM 21 1.1 2,278
131 DOLLHOUSE FOX Fri VAR 9 0.8 2,172
132 TIL DEATH-SUN 7P FOX Sun VAR 15 0.8 2,157
133 TIL DEATH FOX Fri 8:31 PM 3 0.7 2,153
134 BROTHERS-SUN 7P FOX Sun VAR 7 0.8 2,066
135 Gossip Girl-MON CW Mon 9:00 PM 21 1.1 2,018
136 Life Unexpected CW Mon VAR 13 0.9 2,012
137 90210 CW Tue 8:00 PM 20 0.9 1,820
138 MELROSE PLACE CW Tue 9:00 PM 16 0.7 1,292
139 FLY GIRLS CW Wed 9:00 PM 7 0.4 1,022
140 HIGH SOCIETY CW Wed 9:30 PM 8 0.4 883

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VAR = various timeslots

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. 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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