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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, March 16, 2008

ABC led the field Sunday night, but the network’s two new series Oprah’s Big Give and Here Come the Newlyweds continue to fade. The 9:00-11:00 time period in which both shows air was down nearly 2 million (1.99M) or 19% among viewers and 25% among adults 18-49 from the week prior as both shows (individually) failed to reach 10 million viewers.

Overall since their series premieres, ‘Big Give’ is down 5.97M or 38% among viewers and 32% among adults 18-49 and ‘Newlyweds’ is down 3.14M or 31% among viewers and 29% among A18-49.

Elsewhere on the evening, CBS and NBC remained consistent in second place and third place respectively, while Fox stayed back in fourth among total viewers, but managed a solid second place finish among A18-49 thanks to its comedy (repeat and original) lineup.

The CW, meanwhile, was nearly invisible in last place on the evening, with original episodes of Everybody Hates Chris and Aliens in America drawing just over 1 million (1.12M) and under 1 million (0.87M) respectively.

Keep in mind that The CW renewed Everybody Hates Chris. That should tell you all you need to know about the condition the struggling network is in.


ABC finished in first place for the evening with a 5.5/9 household rating/share, 9.01 million viewers and a 3.2/9 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.1/10 HH Rating/Share [#1]
    • 9.94M Viewers [#1]
    • 3.4/9 A18-49 Rating [#1]
  • 7:00 p.m.: America’s Funniest Home Videos (4.2/8 HH rating/share, 7.36M viewers, 2.3/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.0/7 to 4.2/8
      • Viewers – 6.65M to 7.36M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6 to 2.3/7
  • 8:00 p.m.: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (7.1/12 HH rating/share, 12.03M viewers, 4.1/12 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.3/12 to 7.1/12
      • Viewers – 12.41M to 12.03M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.1/11 to 4.1/12
  • 9:00 p.m.: Oprah’s Big Give (6.0/9 HH rating/share, 9.71M viewers, 3.6/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.4/11 to 6.0/9
      • Viewers – 11.88M to 9.71M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.0/10 to 3.6/9
  • 10:00 p.m.: That was followed by Here Come The Newlyweds (4.6/8 HH rating/share, 6.95M viewers, 2.9/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.5/9 to 4.6/8
      • Viewers – 8.76M to 6.95M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.5/9 to 2.9/8

CBS followed tied for second place for the evening with a 5.2/9 household rating/share, was alone in second among viewers with 7.98 million, and was tied for third adults 18-49 with a 2.0/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week
    • 5.4/9 HH Rating/Share [#2]
    • 8.16M Viewers [#2]
    • 1.9/5 A18-49 Rating [#4]
  • 7:00 p.m.: 60 Minutes (7.2/13 HH rating/share, 11.12M viewers, 2.0/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.8/14 to 7.2/13
      • Viewers – 11.74M to 11.12M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6 to 2.0/6
  • 8:00 p.m.: Big Brother 9 (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.25M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.1/7 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 6.37M to 6.25M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/6 to 2.3/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Cold Case (5.3/8 HH rating/share, 8.13M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: CBS’s edited broadcast of the Showtime series Dexter (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.42M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.4/7 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 6.63M to 6.42M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/5 to 1.8/5

NBC finished in a tie for second place for the evening with a 5.2/9 household rating/share, was alone in third among viewers with 7.76 million, and was tied for third among adults 18-49 with a 2.0/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.9/8 HH Rating/Share [#3]
    • 7.75M Viewers [#3]
    • 2.0/5 A18-49 Rating [#3]
  • 7:00 p.m: A two-hour edition of Dateline (5.1/9 HH rating/share, 8.06M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (March 2, 2008):
      • Households – 4.8/8 to 5.1/9
      • Viewers – 7.33M to 8.06M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/5 to 1.9/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order (4.7/7 HH rating/share, 7.16M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: And that was followed by a repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (5.3/9 HH rating/share, 7.74M viewers, 2.2/6 A18-49 rating/share).

FOX followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.2/5 household rating/share and 5.10 million viewers, but managed a solid second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.5/7 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/6 HH Rating/Share [#4]
    • 5.33M Viewers [#4]
    • 2.6/7 A18-49 Rating [#2]
  • 7:00 & 7:30 p.m.: A repeat of King of the Hill (2.1/4 HH rating/share, 3.30M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a repeat of American Dad (2.4/4 HH rating/share, 3.58M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: A repeat of The Simpsons (4.0/7 HH rating/share, 6.58M viewers, 3.0/9 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a new King of the Hill (3.6/6 HH rating/share, 5.98M viewers, 2.8/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (King of the Hill):
      • Households – 3.8/6 to 3.6/6
      • Viewers – 6.25M to 5.98M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/8 to 2.8/7
    • Last week’s numbers (The Simpsons – 8:00):
      • Households – 4.4/7
      • Viewers – 7.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.5/10
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: A repeat of Family Guy (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.74M viewers, 3.4/9 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a new episode of Unhitched (2.9/4 HH rating/share, 4.43M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (Unhitched):
      • Households – 3.2/5 to 2.9/4
      • Viewers – 5.14M to 4.43M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/6 to 2.3/6
    • Last week’s numbers (Family Guy – 9:00):
      • Households – 4.6/7
      • Viewers – 7.49M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/9

The CW was left in fifth place with a 0.7/1 household rating/share, 1.02 million viewers and a 0.4/1 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 0.9/1 HH Rating/Share [#5]
    • 1.24M Viewers [#5]
    • 0.5/1 A18-49 Rating [#5]
  • 7:00 p.m.: A repeat of America’s Next Top Model (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 1.09M viewers, 0.5/2 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Everybody Hates Chris (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 1.12M viewers, 0.5/1 A18-49 rating/share) and Aliens in America (0.6/1 HH rating/share, 871,000 viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (Everybody Hates Chris):
      • Households – 0.9/2 to 0.8/1
      • Viewers – 1.37M to 1.12M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.5/1 to 0.5/1
    • Week-to-week numbers (Aliens in America):
      • Households – 0.8/1 to 0.6/1
      • Viewers – 1.17M to 0.87M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.4/1 to 0.4/1
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: A repeat of Girlfriends (0.6/1 HH rating/share, 929,000 viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share) was followed up by a repeat of The Game (0.7/1 HH rating/share, 1.01M 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 “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will be reported in next weeks report for Sunday, March 23, 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.  Daily ratings figures can be found at PIFeedback and Zap2It.

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  • matt

    thought cw’s chris was a repeat

  • matt

    thought cw’s chris was a repeat

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com/ Russ T.C.

    Nope, it was a new episode Matt.

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com Russ T.C.

    Nope, it was a new episode Matt.