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Broadcast TV Ratings for the Week of 2/19-2/25/2007

Though down slightly compared to last season, FOX was still able to take the week across all main categories. Helped by their telecast of this year’s Academy Awards, ABC finishes in a strong second place.

Compared to the year prior, FOX was down 3% among total households, 4% among total viewers and 8% among adults 18-49. ABC was up 16% among total households, up 16% among total viewers and up 20% among adults 18-49. CBS was up 9% among total households, up 12% among total viewers and up 5% among adults 18-49. NBC was down 55% among total households, 59% among total viewers and 54% among adults 18-49 (only because they aired the Olympics this time last year). And lastly, compared to the average of UPN and The WB last season, The CW was up 7% among total households, 11% among total viewers and 31% among adults 18-49.


FOX was first for the week in households (8.7/14 rating, 9.72 million), total viewers (5.3/13 rating, 14.95 million) and among adults 18-49 (6.0/16 rating, 7.85 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 7.2/11 household rating, 7.97 million households – [#2]
    • 4.3/11 person 2+ rating, 12.22 million viewers – [#2]
    • 5.0/13 A18-49 rating – 6.59 million demo viewers – [#1]
  • Last Year (February 20 – February 26, 2006):
    • 9.1/14 household rating, 9.99 million households – [#2]
    • 5.5/13 person 2+ rating, 15.55 million viewers – [#2]
    • 6.6/17 A18-49 rating – 8.57 million demo viewers – [#1]
  • Top program
    • American Idol – Wednesday
      • 17.2/26 HH Rating, 19.193M households – [#2]
      • 10.7 P2+ Rating, 30.462M viewers – [#2]
      • 12.3/31 A18-49 Rating, 16.070M demo viewers- [#2]

ABC was third for the week in households (8.1/13 rating, 9.05 million) and total viewers (4.6/12 rating, 13.03 million) but managed to barely slip by CBS for second among adults 18-49 (4.7/12 rating, 6.18 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 6.1/10 household rating, 6.80 million households – [#3]
    • 3.4/8 person 2+ rating, 9.56 million total viewers – [#3]
    • 3.6/10 A18-49 rating – 4.73 million demo viewers – [#2]
  • Last Year (February 20 – February 26, 2006):
    • 7.1/11 household rating, 7.82 million households – [#3]
    • 4.0/10 person 2+ rating, 11.28 million total viewers – [#3]
    • 4.0/10 A18-49 rating – 5.17 million demo viewers – [#3]
  • Top Program
    • 79th Annual Academy Awards
      • 23.6/37 HH Rating, 26.317M households – [#1]
      • 14.2 P2+ Rating, 40.172M viewers – [#1]
      • 14.1/33 A18-49 Rating, 18.411M demo viewers – [#1]

CBS was first for the week in households (7.2/11 rating, 7.98 million) and total viewers (3.9/10 rating, 11.19 million) but was third among adults 18-49 (3.2/8 rating, 4.15 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 7.8/13 household rating, 8.72 million households – [#1]
    • 4.3/11 person 2+ rating, 12.28 million total viewers – [#1]
    • 3.5/9 A18-49 rating – 4.54 million demo viewers – [#3]
  • Last Year (February 20 – February 26, 2006):
    • 6.6/10 household rating, 7.32 million households – [#4]
    • 3.6/9 person 2+ rating, 10.03 million total viewers – [#4]
    • 3.0/8 A18-49 rating – 3.94 million demo viewers – [#4]
  • Top program
    • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
      • 13.0/19 HH Rating, 14.503M households – [#7]
      • 7.7 P2+ Rating, 21.780M viewers – [#7]
      • 6.6/18 A18-49 Rating, 8.829M demo viewers – [#7]

NBC was fourth for the week in households (5.2/8 rating, 5.84 million), total viewers (2.8/7 rating, 7.95 million) and among adults 18-49 (2.6/7 rating, 3.44 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 5.6/9 household rating, 6.22 million households – [#4]
    • 3.0/8 person 2+ rating, 8.64 million total viewers – [#4]
    • 3.0/8 A18-49 rating – 3.86 million demo viewers – [#4]
  • Last Year (February 20 – February 26, 2006):
    • 11.8/18 household rating, 13.05 million households – [#1]
    • 7.0/16 person 2+ rating, 19.51 million total viewers – [#1]
    • 5.7/14 A18-49 rating – 7.40 million demo viewers – [#2]
  • Top Program
    • Deal or No Deal – Monday
      • 10.8/16 HH Rating, 12.018M households – [#9]
      • 6.2 P2+ Rating, 17.624M viewers – [#9]
      • 4.8/12 A18-49 Rating, 6.327M demo viewers – [#15]
        • Heroes was the networks highest rated program in this key demo (6.0/14 A18-49 rating, 7.878M demo viewers – [#9])

The CW was fifth for the week in households (1.9/3 rating, 2.16 million), total viewers (1.1/3 rating, 3.02 million) and among Adults 18-49 (1.2/3 rating, 1.55 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 2.2/3 household rating, 2.47 million households – [#5]
    • 1.2/3 person 2+ rating, 3.44 million total viewers – [#5]
    • 1.4/4 adults 18-49 rating – 1.83 million demo viewers – [#5]
  • Last Year — The WB (February 20 – December 26, 2006):
    • 1.9/3 household rating, 2.08 million households – [#5]
    • 1.0/2 person 2+ rating, 2.80 million total viewers – [#5]
    • 1.2/3 adults 18-49 rating – 1.51 million demo viewers – [#5]
  • Last Year — UPN (February 20 – December 26, 2006):
    • 1.8/3 household rating, 1.96 million households – [#6]
    • 0.9/2 person 2+ rating, 2.63 million total viewers – [#6]
    • 1.0/2 adults 18-49 rating – 1.28 million demo viewers – [#6]
  • Top Program
    • Friday Night Smackdown
      • 3.3/6 household rating, 3.624 million households – [#73]
      • 1.9 P2+ rating, 5.423M viewers – [#75]
      • 1.8/6 A18-49 rating

Top 10 broadcast TV shows for the week of 2/19/2007 to 2/25/2007 in terms of viewers, households and adults 18-49.

Viewers
Person 2+ Rating, Total Viewers

  1. 79th Annual Academy Awards
    • 14.2, 40,172,000
  2. American Idol – Wednesday
    • 10.7, 30,462,000
  3. American Idol – Tuesday
    • 10.4, 29,533,000
  4. Grey’s Anatomy
    • 9.7, 27,394,000
  5. Road to the Oscars 2007
    • 9.6, 27,098,000
  6. American Idol – Thursday
    • 8.6, 24,444,000
  7. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • 7.7, 21,780,000
  8. CSI: Miami
    • 6.8, 19,231,000
  9. Deal or No Deal – Monday
    • 6.2, 17,624,000
  10. Two and a Half Men
    • 5.8, 16,560,000

Households
Household Rating/Share, Total Households

  1. 79th Annual Academy Awards
    • 23.6/37, 26,317,000
  2. American Idol – Wednesday
    • 17.2/26, 19,193,000
  3. Grey’s Anatomy
    • 16.9/25, 18,814,000
  4. Road to the Oscars 2007
    • 16.7/26, 18,582,000
  5. American Idol – Tuesday
    • 16.5/25, 18,413,000
  6. American Idol – Thursday
    • 14.1/21, 15,698,000
  7. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • 13.0/19, 14,503,000
  8. CSI: Miami
    • 12.2/20, 13,591,000
  9. Deal or No Deal – Monday
    • 10.8/16, 12,018,000
  10. Two and a Half Men
    • 10.4/15, 11,571,000

Adults 18-49
Adult 18-49 Rating, Total Demo Viewers

  1. 79th Annual Academy Awards
    • 14.1/33, 18,411,000
  2. American Idol – Wednesday
    • 12.3/31, 16,070,000
  3. American Idol – Tuesday
    • 11.8/30, 15,413,000
  4. Grey’s Anatomy
    • 11.6/27, 15,212,000
  5. American Idol – Thursday
    • 9.1/23, 11,948,000
  6. Road to the Oscars 2007
    • 8.9/22, 11,593,000
  7. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • 6.8/16, 8,829,000
  8. Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special
    • 6.0/16, 7,890,000
  9. Heroes
    • 6.0/14, 7,878,000
  10. CSI: Miami
    • 5.9/15, 7,761,000

For those interested in viewing a ratings list of all the television programs that aired in primetime last week on ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC and UNI, follow this link.

Source: Final Numbers data from Nielsen Media Research