American IdolDancing With the Stars, NCIS and The Mentalist led overall viewing for the week ending March 29.  NBC placed only one show in the most-watched top twenty list, ER, at number twenty.

The more important (but unheralded) weekly rankings among 18-49 year olds look a bit different.  Some of the information is in the chart below, but several shows that don’t make the overall top twenty are in the top ten among 18-49 year olds; Hell’s Kitchen, The Office, Family Guy, The Biggest Loser and Lost  you can view the full 18-49 top twenty show rankings and see for yourself.  Please note, if you don’t see an 18-49 ranking in the table below it just means the show was not among the top 26 shows with adults 18-49 that we saw the rankings for.

Nielsen Top Twenty Shows by viewers for the week ending March 29, 2009:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD) 18-49 Rank
1 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 26,025 14.7 23 1
2 AMER IDL THU RSLT SP-3/26(S) S FOX 23,102 13.2 21 2
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 20,339 12.9 19 4
4 NCIS CBS 17,832 11.2 17 12
5 MENTALIST, THE CBS 17,620 11.2 18 13
6 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS P ABC 16,117 10.3 16 14
7 GREY’S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 16,101 10.4 16 3
8 60 MINUTES CBS 14,442 9.0 15 25
9 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 14,358 8.8 13 22
10 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,674 8.6 14 11
11 CSI: NY CBS 12,636 8.1 14
12 AMAZING RACE 14 CBS 11,986 7.1 11 16
13 COLD CASE CBS 11,856 7.4 11
14 TWO AND A HALF MEN R CBS 11,146 7.0 10 19
15 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 2(S) S CBS 10,996 6.9 13 9
16 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HM ED-8P ABC 10,840 6.6 10 20
17 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP SA-2(S) S CBS 10,606 6.6 12 17
18 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP TH 2(S) S CBS 10,375 6.7 12 15
19 24 FOX 10,370 6.1 9 23
20 E.R. NBC 10,355 6.7 11 21

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

All numbers above based on live plus same day DVR viewing.

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