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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fox’s American Idol led the network to another strong Tuesday night victory, along with Hell’s Kitchen, which continues to do well.

Elsewhere on the evening, the season five finale of The Biggest Loser and the return of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit put NBC in a comfortable second place on the evening.  The Biggest Loser held steady compared to last season’s finale, off just 2% among viewers and 4% among adults 18-49.  Overall, the fifth season of the series (16 episodes including tonight’s finale) averaged a solid 8.32 million viewers and a 3.3/8 rating/share among adults 18-49.

The return of the lowly rated comedy According to Jim dragged down ABC’s numbers some (third among viewers, tied for third among A18-49).  Dancing With the Stars: Results Show was down 2.00 million/12% among viewers and 6% among A18-49 from the week prior.

CBS was paced by NCIS, which attracted nearly 15 million viewers.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 10.2/16 household rating/share, 17.02 million viewers and a 6.7/17 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 10.4/16 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 17.85M viewers [#1]
    • 7.2/18 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol (13.7/22 HH rating/share, 22.97M viewers, 8.6/23 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 14.2/22 to 13.7/22
      • Viewers – 24.67M to 22.97M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.2/24 to 8.6/23
  • 9:00 p.m.: Hell’s Kitchen (6.6/10 HH rating/share, 11.08M viewers, 4.9/12 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (9:01-10:00):
      • Households – 6.5/11 to 6.6/10
      • Viewers – 11.21M to 11.08M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.3/13 to 4.9/12

NBC followed in second place for the evening with a 7.5/12 household rating/share, 11.91 million viewers and a 4.5/12 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.7/9 HH rating/share [#3]
    • 8.91M viewers [#3]
    • 3.4/9 A18-49 rating/share [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The season five finale of The Biggest Loser (6.8/10 HH rating/share, 11.24M viewers, 4.4/11 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season finale comparison (December 18, 2007):
      • Households – 7.2/12 to 6.8/10
      • Viewers – 11.42M to 11.24M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.6/13 to 4.4/11
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.6/9 to 6.8/10
      • Viewers – 9.00M to 11.24M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/9 to 4.4/11
    • Season five average (January 1 to April 15–16 episodes):
      • Households – 5.2/8
      • Viewers – 8.32M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.3/8
  • 10:00 p.m.: The return of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (8.8/14 HH rating/share, 13.27M viewers, 4.7/12 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (January 22):
      • Households – 8.4/14 to 8.8/14
      • Viewers – 12.98M to 13.27M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.6/12 to 4.7/12

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 6.2/10 household rating/share and 9.36 million viewers and was tied for third among adults 18-49 with 2.3/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 7.1/11 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 10.75M viewers [#2]
    • 2.5/6 A18-49 rating/share [#3]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: The return of According to Jim (2.7/4 HH rating/share, 3.86M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a repeat of According to Jim (2.5/4 HH rating/share, 3.71M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (March 11 – 9:00):
      • Households – 3.2/5 to 2.7/4
      • Viewers – 4.96M to 3.86M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.3/4
    • Last week’s numbers (Just for Laughs – 8:00):
      • Households – 3.4/6
      • Viewers – 5.16M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4
    • Last week’s numbers (Just for Laughs – 8:30):
      • Households – 3.5/5
      • Viewers – 5.41M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars: The Results (9.8/15 HH rating/share, 15.00M viewers, 3.4/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 11.1/17 to 9.8/15
      • Viewers – 17.02M to 15.00M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/9 to 3.4/8
  • 10:00 (10:02) p.m.: Boston Legal (6.2/10 HH rating/share, 9.29M viewers, 2.2/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.4/11 to 6.2/10
      • Viewers – 9.59M to 9.29M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/7 to 2.2/6

CBS followed in fourth place for the evening with a 5.8/9 household rating/share and 8.82 million viewers, but managed a tie for third place among adults 18-49 with a 2.3/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.4/8 HH rating/share [#4]
    • 8.26 viewers [#4]
    • 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (9.3/15 HH rating/share, 14.89M viewers, 3.1/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.8/14 to 9.3/15
      • Viewers – 14.05M to 14.89M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/8 to 3.1/8
  • 9:00 p.m.: Big Brother (4.3/6 HH rating/share, 6.47M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.1/6 to 4.3/6
      • Viewers – 6.18M to 6.47M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6 to 2.4/6
  • 10:00 p.m.: 48 Hours Mystery (3.7/6 HH rating/share, 5.09M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Secret Talents of the Stars):
      • Households – 3.1/5
      • Viewers – 4.58M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.1/2 household rating/share, 1.54 million viewers and a 0.6/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.1/2 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 1.77M viewers [#5]
    • 0.7/2 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Beauty and the Geek (1.1/2 HH rating/share, 1.51M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.2/2 to 1.1/2
      • Viewers – 1.91M to 1.51M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.9/2 to 0.7/2
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Reaper (1.2/2 HH rating/share, 1.57M viewers, 0.6/2 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 tonight’s episode of “American Idol” will be reported in next weeks report for Tuesday, April 22, 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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