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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, May 17, 2007

CBS and ABC share the win for the evening, with CBS taking households and viewers, and ABC adults 18-49. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was the nights top-rated and most watched program.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 10.3/17 household rating and 15.97 million viewers, but had to settle for second among adults 18-49 with a 4.4/12 rating .

  • Last Week:
    • 10.1/17 HH rating [#1]
    • 15.61M viewers [#1]
    • 4.6/13 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Bob Barker: A Celebration of 50 Years on Television (9.4/16 HH rating, 14.34M viewers, 3.1/10 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (Survivor: Fiji):
      • Households – 8.5/15
      • Viewers – 13.77M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.4/14
  • 9:00 p.m.: The seventh season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (12.5/20 HH rating, 20.19M viewers, 6.1/16 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/18/2006):
      • Households – 15.8/24 to 12.5/20
      • Viewers – 25.40M to 20.19M
      • Adults 18-49 – 8.3/21 to 6.1/16
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 12.1/19 to 12.5/20
      • Viewers – 18.75M to 20.19M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.5/15 to 6.1/16
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9.0/15 HH rating, 13.38M viewers, 4.0/11 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (Without A Trace–season finale):
      • Households – 9.8/17
      • Viewers – 14.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/11

ABC followed in second place for the evening with an 9.9/16 household rating and 15.08 million viewers, but took first place among adults 18-49 with a 5.8/16 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 8.5/14 HH rating [#2]
    • 12.61M viewers [#2]
    • 4.8/14 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • Note: The numbers for the episode of Grey’s Anatomy and the Lost special are based on final nationals since the ‘Grey’s’ episode bled into the 10:00 p.m. hour and the Lost special was only 45 minutes.
  • 8:00 p.m.: The season finale of Ugly Betty (7.0/12 HH rating, 10.39M viewers, 3.5/11 A18-49 rating).
    • Season premiere to finale comparison (9/28/2006):
      • Households – 10.7/18 to 7.0/12
      • Viewers – 16.56M to 10.39M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.0/14 to 3.5/11
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.7/12 to 7.0/12
      • Viewers – 9.63M to 10.39M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/10 to 3.5/11
  • 9:00-10:15 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy (14.5/23 HH rating, 22.57M viewers, 9.1/23 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (Monday, 5/15/2006 – 9:00-11:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 14.2/21 to 14.5/23
      • Viewers – 22.50M to 22.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.9/22 to 9.1/23
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 13.0/21 to 14.5/23
      • Viewers – 19.58M to 22.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 7.8/21 to 9.1/23
  • 10:15-11:00 p.m.: The last half-hour of Lost: The Answers (6.0/10 HH rating, 9.12M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (Traveler – series premiere):
      • Households – 5.9/10
      • Viewers – 8.61M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.5/10

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.8/8 household rating, 7.49 million viewers and a 3.4/9 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.6/8 HH rating [#4]
    • 7.20M viewers [#4]
    • 3.4/10 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00-9:00 p.m.: The season three finale (two back-to-back episodes) of The Office (4.8/8 HH rating, 7.89M viewers, 3.8/12 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/11/2006 – 9:20-10:01 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.7/7 to 4.8/8
      • Viewers – 7.66M to 7.89M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/10 to 3.8/12
    • Week-to-week numbers (The Office – 8:42-9:23 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.3/7 to 4.8/8
      • Viewers – 7.17M to 7.89M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/11 to 3.8/12
    • Last week’s numbers (My Name Is Earl – 8:00-8:42 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.6/8
      • Viewers - 6.94M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/10
  • 9:00-10:00 p.m.: The hour-long sixth season finale of Scrubs (3.3/5 HH rating, 5.21M viewers, 2.7/7 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/16/2006 – 9:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.2/6 to 3.3/5
      • Viewers – 6.57M to 5.21M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.4/6 to 2.7/7
    • Week-to-week numbers (vs. 9:23 to 10:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 3.4/5 to 3.3/5
      • Viewers – 5.31M to 5.21M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/7 to 2.7/7
  • 10:00 p.m.: The 13th season finale of E.R. (6.3/11 HH rating, 9.37M viewers, 3.6/10 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/18/2006):
      • Households – 10.7/18 to 6.3/11
      • Viewers – 16.56M to 9.37M
      • Adults 18-49 – 7.1/20 to 3.6/10
    • Week-to-week numbers (vs. 9:53 – 11:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 6.3/11 to 6.3/11
      • Viewers – 9.39M to 9.37M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.8/11 to 3.6/10

Fox followed in fourth place for the evening with a 2.8/5 household rating, 3.86 million viewers and tied for fourth among adults 18-49 with a 1.5/4 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.6/9 HH rating [#3]
    • 9.01M viewers [#3]
    • 3.1/9 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m.: The theatrical presentation of The Day After Tomorrow (2.8/5 HH rating, 3.86M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? – 8:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 5.8/10
      • Viewers – 9.32M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/10
    • Last week’s numbers (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? – 9:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 5.4/9
      • Viewers – 8.70M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/8

The CW was left then in fifth place earning a 2.1/3 household rating and 3.38 million viewers but managed a fourth place tie among adults 18-49 with a 1.5/4 rating in the demo.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.0/3 HH rating [#5]
    • 3.35M viewers [#5]
    • 1.4/4 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The season six finale of Smallville (2.3/4 HH rating, 4.01M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/11/2006):
      • Households – 3.0/5 to 2.3/4
      • Viewers – 4.85M to 4.01M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/6 to 1.8/6
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.2/4 to 2.3/4
      • Viewers – 3.43M to 4.01M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.8/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: The season two finale of Supernatural (1.8/3 HH rating, 2.74M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/4/2006):
      • Households – 2.4/4 to 1.8/3
      • Viewers – 3.99M to 2.74M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.2/3
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.7/3 to 1.8/3
      • Viewers – 2.90M to 2.74M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3 to 1.2/3

Note: Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) are based on final nationals. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals, unless otherwise noted. The final rating for episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonights episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, May 24, 2007.

Also keep in mind that because these are fast national ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research and PIFeedback

  • matt

    my god wot a diiference in ratings for ER in terms of finale ratings for seasons 12 and 13! keep up the good work!

  • matt

    my god wot a diiference in ratings for ER in terms of finale ratings for seasons 12 and 13! keep up the good work!