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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, April 3, 2008

CBS’s returning dramas CSI (the nights most-watched show) and Without A Trace and Survivor combined to easily push CBS to the top spot on Thursday night, defeating its closest competition by more than 6 million viewers.

Fox fared well with its two-hour edition of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, which kept the network ahead of returning comedy My Name Is Earl on NBC (third place).

Speaking of ‘Earl’, the comedy returned with an hour long episode and posted a performance that was mostly even from its last newly aired episode (which was this past January).  Audience loss was minimized among total viewers (-250,000/-3%), though there could be some cause for concern among adults 18-49, where the show was off by 9%.

Elsewhere on the evening, back-to-back episodes of the ABC comedy Miss Guided–which included the season one finale–failed to improve upon prior performances and Eli Stone continues to falter without the help of an original installment of Lost.

The CW aired repeats of Smallville and Supernatural.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 9.9/16 household rating/share, 16.22 million viewers and a 4.6/13 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.3/10 HH rating [#2]
    • 9.75M viewers [#2]
    • 3.8/10 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Survivor: Micronesia (7.5/12 HH rating/share, 12.84M viewers, 3.9/11 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Wednesday, March 19):
      • Households – 6.7/11 to 7.5/12
      • Viewers – 11.56M to 12.84M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.8/11 to 3.9/11
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Thursday, March 13):
      • Households – 7.9/13 to 7.5/12
      • Viewers – 13.22M to 12.84M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.3/13 to 3.9/11
    • Last week’s numbers (NCAA Basketball Tournament – 7:00):
      • Households – 5.9/11
      • Viewers – 9.02M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/11
  • 9:00 p.m.: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (12.3/19 HH rating/share, 20.40M viewers, 5.8/15 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (January 10):
      • Households – 11.2/17 to 12.3/19
      • Viewers – 18.18M to 20.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.0/12 to 5.8/15
    • Last week’s numbers (NCAA Basketball Tournament – 9:51):
      • Households – 5.5/10
      • Viewers – 8.41M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/11
  • 10:00 p.m.: Without A Trace (9.8/17 HH rating/share, 15.40M viewers, 4.1/11 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (January 17):
      • Households – 8.8/15 to 9.8/17
      • Viewers – 13.29M to 15.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.4/9 to 4.1/11

FOX followed in second place for the evening with a 6.1/10 household rating/share, 9.99 million viewers and a 2.9/8 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.2/8 HH rating [#3]
    • 8.66M viewers [#3]
    • 2.8/8 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (6.1/10 HH rating/share, 9.99M viewers, 2.9/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (8-9:00):
      • Households – 5.1/9 to 6.1/10
      • Viewers – 8.54M to 9.99M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/7 to 2.9/8
    • Last week’s numbers (Don’t Forget the Lyrics! – 9:00):
      • Households – 5.3/8
      • Viewers – 8.95M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/8

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 3.7/6 household rating/share, 5.57 million viewers and a 2.6/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 7.4/12 HH rating [#1]
    • 11.78M viewers [#1]
    • 4.0/11 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-back original episodes of the returning My Name Is Earl (4.9/8 HH rating/share, 7.49M viewers, 3.1/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (January 10):
      • Households – 4.8/8 to 4.9/8
      • Viewers – 7.74M to 7.49M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.4/9 to 3.1/9
    • Last week’s numbers (Deal or No Deal):
      • Households – 7.1/12
      • Viewers – 11.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of The Office (3.3/5 HH rating/share, 4.89M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 & 10:30 p.m.: And that followed by another set of back-to-back repeats of The Office (2.9/5 HH rating/share, 4.34M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (The Celebrity Apprentice – seventh season finale – 9:00-11:00):
      • Households – 7.7/13
      • Viewers – 12.13M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.5/12

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.2/5 household rating/share, 4.63 million viewers and a 1.5/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.0/7 HH rating [#4]
    • 5.96M viewers [#4]
    • 1.9/5 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-back original episodes–the second of which being the first season finale–of Miss Guided (3.2/5 HH rating/share, 4.56M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Miss Guided – 8:00):
      • Households – 4.0/7
      • Viewers – 5.90M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6
    • Last week’s numbers (Miss Guided – 8:30):
      • Households – 3.8/6
      • Viewers – 5.58M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Lost (2.8/4 HH rating/share, 4.11M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Eli Stone (3.6/6 HH rating/share, 5.22M viewers, 1.6/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.4/7 to 3.6/6
      • Viewers – 6.53M to 5.22M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/5 to 1.6/4

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.4/2 household rating/share, 2.09 million viewers and a 0.8/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.1/3 HH rating [#5]
    • 3.30M viewers [#5]
    • 1.4/4 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Smallville (1.5/3 HH rating/share, 2.41M viewers, 0.9/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Smallville):
      • Households – 2.4/4
      • Viewers – 3.86M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Supernatural (1.3/2 HH rating/share, 1.76M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Reaper):
      • Households – 1.8/3
      • Viewers – 2.78M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3
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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 “CSI” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, April 10, 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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