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Broadcast TV Ratings for the Week Ending 5/20/2007

ABC took first place for the week among households and viewers, while FOX takes first place for the week among adults 18-49. ABC and The CW were the only networks to gain from last year’s time frame (the later based on an average of the two former networks–UPN and The CW). NBC was down the most, off by more than 25% across the board.

Compared to the year prior, ABC was up 6% among households, up 3% among viewers and down 9% among adults 18-49. CBS was down 12% among households, down 13% among viewers and down 18% among adults 18-49. FOX was down 9% among households, down 9% among viewers and down 13% among adults 18-49. NBC was down 25% among households, down 27% among viewers and down 29% among adults 18-49. And finally, The CW was up 21% among households, up 25% among viewers and up 27% among adults 18-49 (all compared against the combined averages of UPN and The WB).

ABC finished in first place with a 7.0/12 rating among households (7.80 million), first among viewers with a 3.8/10 rating (10.76 million) and second among adults 18-49 with a 3.6/11 rating (4.72 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 6.4/11 household rating, 7.10 million households – [#2]
    • 3.4/10 person 2+ rating, 9.61 million total viewers – [#3]
    • 3.2/10 A18-49 rating – 4.19 million demo viewers – [#3]
  • Last Year (May 15-21, 2006):
    • 6.7/11 household rating, 7.34 million households – [#3]
    • 3.7/10 person 2+ rating, 10.46 million total viewers – [#3]
    • 4.0/11 A18-49 rating – 5.20 million demo viewers – [#2]
  • Top Program
    • Grey’s Anatomy
      • 14.5/23 HH Rating, 16.180M households – [#2]
      • 8.0 P2+ Rating, 22.572M viewers – [#3]
      • 9.1/23 A18-49 Rating, 11.894M demo viewers – [#4]

CBS followed in second place with a 6.8/12 rating among households (7.59 million), second among viewers with a 3.7/10 rating (10.36 million) and third among adults 18-49 with a 2.8/8 rating (3.71 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 7.3/13 household rating, 8.10 million households – [#1]
    • 4.0/11 person 2+ rating, 11.30 million total viewers – [#1]
    • 3.2/10 A18-49 rating – 4.23 million demo viewers – [#2]
  • Last Year (May 15-21, 2006):
    • 7.8/13 household rating, 8.59 million households – [#1]
    • 4.3/11 person 2+ rating, 11.96 million total viewers – [#1]
    • 3.5/10 A18-49 rating – 4.52 million demo viewers – [#3]
  • Top program
    • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
      • 12.6/20 HH Rating, 14.064M households – [#5]
      • 7.2 P2+ Rating, 20.447M viewers – [#5]
      • 6.2/16 A18-49 Rating, 8.153M demo viewers – [#6]

FOX finished in third for the week with a 6.1/10 rating among households (6.77 million), third among viewers with a 3.6/10 rating (10.08 million) and first among adults 18-49 with a 3.9/12 rating (5.14 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 6.3/11 household rating, 6.98 million households – [#3]
    • 3.6/10 person 2+ rating, 10.25 million viewers – [#2]
    • 3.9/12 A18-49 rating – 5.11 million demo viewers – [#1]
  • Last Year (May 15-21, 2006):
    • 6.8/11 household rating, 7.46 million households – [#2]
    • 3.9/10 person 2+ rating, 11.04 million viewers – [#2]
    • 4.6/13 A18-49 rating – 5.93 million demo viewers – [#1]
  • Top program
    • American Idol – Wednesday
      • 16.5/25 HH Rating, 18.392M households – [#1]
      • 9.9 P2+ Rating, 28.504M viewers – [#1]
      • 10.8/27 A18-49 Rating, 14.138M demo viewers – [#1]

NBC followed in fourth for the week among households with a 4.7/8 rating (5.22 million), a 2.5/7 rating among viewers (7.02 million) and a 2.4/7 rating among adults 18-49 (3.13 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 4.5/8 household rating, 5.07 million households – [#4]
    • 2.4/7 person 2+ rating, 6.88 million total viewers – [#4]
    • 2.3/7 A18-49 rating – 3.02 million demo viewers – [#4]
  • Last Year (May 15-21, 2006):
    • 6.3/10 household rating, 6.99 million households – [#4]
    • 3.4/9 person 2+ rating, 9.58 million total viewers – [#4]
    • 3.3/9 A18-49 rating – 4.34 million demo viewers – [#4]
  • Top Program
    • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
      • 8.5/14 HH Rating, 9.524M households – [#15]
      • 4.5 P2+ Rating, 12.754M viewers – [#16]
      • 4.3/12 A18-49 Rating, 5.679M demo viewers – [#17]
        • Heroes was the networks top-rated show in this category, with a 5.3/13 A18-49 Rating, 6.923M demo viewers – [#8].

The CW finished in fifth for the week among households with a 2.0/3 rating (2.23 million), a 1.1/3 rating among viewers (3.09 million) and a 1.3/4 rating among adults 18-49 (1.70 million).

  • Last Week:
    • 2.0/3 household rating, 2.27 million households – [#5]
    • 1.1/3 person 2+ rating, 3.14 million total viewers – [#5]
    • 1.3/3 adults 18-49 rating – 1.67 million demo viewers – [#5]
  • Last Year (on UPN — (May 15-21, 2006):
    • 1.8/3 household rating, 1.99 million households – [#5]
    • 0.9/2 person 2+ rating, 2.66 million total viewers – [#5]
    • 1.1/3 adults 18-49 rating – 1.48 million demo viewers – [#5]
  • Last Year (on The WB — (May 15-21, 2006):
    • 1.5/2 household rating, 1.69 million households – [#6]
    • 0.8/2 person 2+ rating, 2.29 million total viewers – [#6]
    • 0.9/3 adults 18-49 rating – 1.20 million demo viewers – [#6]
  • Top Program
    • America’s Next Top Model
      • 4.2/7 HH Rating, 4.674M households – [#51]
      • 2.3 P2+ rating, 6.420M viewers – [#48]
      • 3.0/9 A18-49 rating

Top 10 broadcast TV shows for the week of 5/14/2007 to 5/20/2007 in terms of viewers, households and adults 18-49.

Viewers
Person 2+ Rating, Total Viewers

  1. American Idol – Wednesday
    • 9.9, 28,054,000
  2. American Idol – Tuesday
    • 8.5, 24,234,000
  3. Grey’s Anatomy
    • 8.0, 22,572,000
  4. House
    • 7.5, 21,188,000
  5. CSI
    • 7.2, 20,447,000
  6. Dancing With the Stars
    • 6.9, 19,582,000
  7. Desperate Housewives
    • 6.6, 18,821,000
  8. Dancing With the Stars: The Results
    • 6.5, 18,444,000
  9. CSI: Miami
    • 5.9, 16,630,000
  10. Bob Barker: A Celebration of 50 Years on TV
    • 5.1, 14,332,000

Households
Household Rating/Share, Total Households

  1. American Idol – Wednesday
    • 16.5/25, 18,848,000
  2. Grey’s Anatomy
    • 14.5/23, 16,835,000
  3. American Idol – Tuesday
    • 14.1/23, 14,479,000
  4. Dancing With the Stars
    • 13.0/21, 14,218,000
  5. CSI
    • 12.6/20, 13,930,000
  6. House
    • 12.4/19, 13,452,000
  7. Dancing With the Stars: The Results
    • 12.1/18, 12,766,000
  8. Desperate Housewives
    • 12.0/19, 12,298,000
  9. CSI: Miami
    • 10.9/18, 11,450,000
  10. Bob Barker: A Celebration of 50 Years on TV
    • 9.3/16, 10,967,000

Adults 18-49
A18-49 Rating/Share, Total Demo Viewers

  1. American Idol – Wednesday
    • 10.8/27, 14,138,000
  2. American Idol – Tuesday
    • 9.4/26, 12,307,000
  3. House
    • 9.2/23, 11,970,000
  4. Grey’s Anatomy
    • 9.1/23, 11,894,000
  5. Desperate Housewives
    • 7.2/17, 9,361,000
  6. CSI
    • 6.2/16, 8,153,000
  7. Dancing With the Stars
    • 5.4/14, 6,951,000
  8. Heroes
    • 5.3/15, 6,923,000
  9. CSI: Miami
    • 5.3/14, 6,857,000
  10. Lost
    • 5.2/14, 6,835,000

For those interested in viewing a ratings list of television programs that aired in primetime last week on ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, TEL and UNI, follow this link to be directed to the Los Angeles Times’ CalendarLive.com writeup.

Source: Final Numbers data from Nielsen Media Research