CBS continues to dominate Friday nights, having the three most-watched programs on broadcast network television. Friday Night Lights made its broadcast network debut and unsurprisingly (at least to me) the numbers weren’t any more impressive than Lipstick Jungle’s were. Flashpoint won the hour resoundingly. I know, I know, people with DirecTV had already seen FNL, not to mention all the Internet downloading. But if you added up DTV and Internet downloading into last night’s broadcast numbers, Flashpoint still crushed it.

Flashpoint doesn’t have the critical praise (at least not yet) and Internet loving that FNL gets, but it succeeds where it’s important. A lot of people actually watch it.

Numb3rs ran up against the premiere of the last ten episodes of Battlestar Galactica and was still the most-watched program on broadcast television for the evening. BTW, for those interested we won’t see the BSG numbers until Monday or Tuesday. It will be interesting to see if BSG cracked 2 million viewers.

Of course Ghost Whisperer won the 8pm hour, but Howie Do It is performing better than I thought it would.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 10.52 2.5/8
NBC Howie Do It 6.06 1.8/6
FOX Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader 5.64 1.1/4
ABC Wife Swap 4.78 1.7/5
CW Everybody Hates Chris 1.55 0.6/2
8:30 CW The Game 1.70 0.8/2
9:00 CBS Flashpoint 10.38 2.3/7
FOX Don’t Forget the Lyrics 4.84 1.3/4
NBC Friday Night Lights 4.54 1.6/5
ABC Supernanny 4.36 1.6/5
CW 13: Fear is Real (R) 0.93 0.4/1
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 10.83 2.5/7
ABC 20/20 6.17 1.8/5
NBC Dateline 5.71 1.5/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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