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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, February 24, 2008

ABC’s coverage of the 80th Annual Academy Awards led the network to an easy win on Sunday night, but year-to-year, the awards show was off by a disappointing 8.16 million or 20% among viewers and 24% among adults 18-49 (click here for a list of winners).

Elsewhere on the evening, Fox was the only major net to program effectively, with its two-hours of NASCAR coverage and repeats of The Simpsons putting the network in a solid second place finish for the evening.

CBS finished in third place for the evening, with Big Brother continuing to perform poorly, while another re-purposed episode of the Showtime hit Dexter showed promise in its second week, growing from its lead-in among adults 18-49.


ABC finished in first place for the evening with a 15.5/24 household rating/share, 25.71 million viewers and a 8.4/20 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.6/11 HH Rating/Share [#1]
    • 11.11M Viewers [#1]
    • 3.7/9 A18-49 Rating [#2]
  • Note: Due to the live-nature of the awards show, and because they extended past the 11:00 primetime hour, the following numbers, for ABC only, are based on the final national numbers.
  • 7:00 p.m.: Barbara Walters Oscars Special (7.7/13 HH rating/share, 11.69M viewers, 3.2/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Year-to-year numbers (February 25, 2007):
      • Households – 9.4/15 to 7.7/13
      • Viewers – 14.54M to 11.69M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.7/12 to 3.2/9
    • Last week’s numbers (America’s Funniest Home Videos):
      • Households – 5.0/8
      • Viewers – 8.90M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8
  • 8:00 p.m.: Oscars Red Carpet 2008 (13.3/21 HH rating/share, 21.54M viewers, 6.3/17 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Year-to-year numbers (February 25, 2007):
      • Households – 16.7/26 to 13.3/21
      • Viewers – 27.10M to 21.54M
      • Adults 18-49 – 8.9/22 to 6.3/17
    • Last week’s numbers (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition):
      • Households – 7.8/12
      • Viewers – 13.49M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.6/11
  • 8:30-11:38 p.m.: The 80th Annual Academy Awards (18.7/29 HH rating/share, 32.01M viewers, 10.7/26 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Year-to-year numbers (February 25, 2007 – 8:30-11:59):
      • Households – 23.6/37 to 18.7/29
      • Viewers – 40.17M to 32.01M
      • Adults 18-49 – 14.1/33 to 10.7/26
    • Last week’s numbers (Brothers & Sisters):
      • Households – 5.7/9
      • Viewers – 8.50M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/7

Fox followed in second place for the evening with a 5.4/8 household rating/share, 9.59 million viewers and a 3.7/9 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.3/7 HH Rating/Share [#4]
    • 7.30M Viewers [#4]
    • 3.2/8 A18-49 Rating [#3]
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: A two-hour edition of a NASCAR Overrun (6.0/9 HH rating/share, 10.70M viewers, 4.0/10 A18-49 rating/share)
    • Last week’s numbers (Nascar: Daytona 500 – 3:41-7:00):
      • Households – 10.2/20
      • Viewers – 17.75M
      • Adults 18-49 – 6.5/23
    • Last week’s numbers (Nascar: Daytona 500 Post Show – 7:00-7:30):
      • Households – 6.7/12
      • Viewers – 11.76M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.5/14
    • Last week’s numbers (The Simpsons – 8:00):
      • Households – 4.4/7
      • Viewers – 7.77M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/9
    • Last week’s numbers (King of the Hill – 8:30):
      • Households – 3.7/6
      • Viewers – 6.45M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/7
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of A repeat of The Simpsons (4.4/6 HH rating/share, 7.33M viewers, 3.1/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Family Guy – 9:00):
      • Households – 4.3/7
      • Viewers – 7.29M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/8
    • Last week’s numbers (American Dad – 9:30):
      • Households – 3.3/5
      • Viewers – 5.35M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/6

CBS finished in third place for the evening with a 4.8/7 household rating/share, 7.40 million viewers and a 2.0/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week
    • 5.4/9 HH Rating/Share [#3]
    • 9.22M Viewers [#3]
    • 2.1/5 A18-49 Rating [#4]
  • 7:00 p.m.: 60 Minutes (7.0/12 HH rating/share, 10.51M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.1/13 to 7.0/12
      • Viewers – 12.50M to 10.51M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/5 to 1.8/5
  • 8:00 p.m.: Big Brother 9 (3.6/6 HH rating/share, 5.72M viewers, 2.2/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.1/6 to 3.6/6
      • Viewers – 6.58M to 5.72M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/5 to 2.2/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Cold Case (4.5/7 HH rating/share, 6.90M viewers, 1.9/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Cold Case):
      • Households – 6.0/9
      • Viewers – 9.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/5
  • 10:00 p.m.: CBS’s edited broadcast of episode two of the Showtime series Dexter (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.47M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (season one premiere):
      • Households – 5.2/9 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 8.21M to 6.47M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6 to 2.0/5

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.1/5 household rating/share, 4.73 million viewers and a 1.3/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.9/9 HH Rating/Share [#2]
    • 10.00M Viewers [#2]
    • 4.0/10 A18-49 Rating [#1]
  • 7:00 p.m.: Four back-to-back repeats of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 4.73M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (American Gladiators – 7:00-9:00):
      • Households – 3.8/6
      • Viewers – 7.33M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/8
    • Last week’s numbers (Knight Rider – 9:00-11:00):
      • Households – 7.1/11
      • Viewers – 12.72M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.0/12

The CW was left in fifth place with a 0.7/1 household rating/share, 0.98 million viewers and a 0.4/1 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 0.6/1 HH Rating/Share [#5]
    • 0.84M Viewers [#5]
    • 0.3/1 A18-49 Rating [#5]
  • 7:00 & 7:30 p.m.: CW Now (0.5/1 HH rating/share, 634,000 viewers, 0.3/1 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a repeat of Everybody Hates Chris (0.6/1 HH rating/share, 943,000 viewers, 0.3/1 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (CW Now):
      • Households – 0.5/1 to 0.5/1
      • Viewers – 0.66M to 0.63M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.3/1 to 0.3/1
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Another repeat of Everybody Hates Chris (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 1.26M viewers, 0.5/1 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a repeat of Aliens in America (0.7/1 HH rating/share, 1.12M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: A repeat of Girlfriends (0.7/1 HH rating/share, 980,000 viewers, 0.3/1 A18-49 rating/share) was followed up by a repeat of The Game (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 964,000 viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).
GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Note: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on fast national data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final rating for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonights episode of “The 80th Annual Academy Awards” will be reported in next weeks report for Sunday, March 2, 2008.

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