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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, April 24, 2008

ABC’s returning dramas Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy (the nights most-watched program among adults 18-49) and Lost (now in its new post-Grey’s Anatomy timeslot) led ABC to a ratings victory last night among adults 18-49.  CBS however, was still stronger among total viewers, thanks to the nights most-watched program CSI.

The head-to-head battle of CSI and Grey’s Anatomy remains competitive, but both shows drew lower-than average numbers.  CSI was off the most (3.35 million/17% among viewers and 22% among adults 18-49), while Grey’s Anatomy was off by 1.66 million/9% among viewers and 11% among adults 18-49 from its last newly aired episode.  Curious as to how the two shows have done against each other?  Check out the following two CSI vs. Grey’s Anatomy charts–VIEWERS ||| ADULTS 18-49.

Lost debuted in its new 10:00 p.m. time slot to solid results.  Retention from its lead-in was a very impressive 87% among adults 18-49, and it grew in each category from its last newly aired episode: Households by 9%, Viewers by 870,000/8% and A18-49 by 20%.

Everything else seemed to be down on the evening, including the NBC’s comedies.  The Office suffered steep declines of 2.3 million/23% among viewers and 22% among adults 18-49.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 9.2/15 household rating/share and 14.41 million viewers, but was second among adults 18-49 with a 4.0/11 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 7.0/12 HH rating [#1]
    • 10.75M viewers [#1]
    • 3.0/9 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Survivor: Micronesia (7.9/13 HH rating/share, 12.98M viewers, 4.2/13 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.3/12 to 7.9/13
      • Viewers – 12.01M to 12.98M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/12 to 4.2/13
  • 9:00 p.m.: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (10.5/16 HH rating/share, 16.74M viewers, 4.6/11 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (April 10):
      • Households – 12.5/19 to 10.5/16
      • Viewers – 20.09M to 16.74M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.9/15 to 4.6/11
  • 10:00 p.m.: Without A Trace (9.2/15 HH rating/share, 13.50M viewers, 3.3/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (April 10):
      • Households – 9.7/16 to 9.2/15
      • Viewers – 14.49M to 13.50M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.8/10 to 3.3/9

ABC followed in second place for the evening with a 8.1/13 household rating/share and 12.33 million viewers, but managed a strong first place finish among adults 18-49 with a 4.8/13 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.3/6 HH rating [#4]
    • 4.79M viewers [#4]
    • 1.5/4 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Ugly Betty (6.0/10 HH rating/share, 8.52M viewers, 2.5/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (January 24):
      • Households – 6.1/10 to 6.0/10
      • Viewers – 8.88M to 8.52M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/8 to 2.5/8
  • 9:00 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy (10.7/16 HH rating/share, 16.02M viewers, 6.3/16 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (January 10):
      • Households – 11.6/17 to 10.7/16
      • Viewers – 17.68M to 16.02M
      • Adults 18-49 – 7.1/17 to 6.3/16
  • 10:00 (10:02) p.m.: Lost (7.6/13 HH rating/share, 12.33M viewers, 5.5/14 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (March 20 – 9:00):
      • Households – 7.0/12 to 7.6/13
      • Viewers -11.46M to 12.33M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.6/12 to 5.5/14
    • Last week’s numbers (Eli Stone – season one finale):
      • Households – 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 6.23M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6

FOX finished in third place for the evening with a 5.3/8 household rating/share and 8.64 million viewers, but was fourth among adults 18-49 with a 2.3/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.7/10 HH rating [#2]
    • 9.36M viewers [#2]
    • 2.8/8 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A two-hour edition of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (5.3/8 HH rating/share, 8.64M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (8:00-9:00):
      • Households – 5.6/10 to 5.3/8
      • Viewers – 9.24M to 8.64M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/8 to 2.3/6
    • Last week’s numbers (Don’t Forget the Lyrics!):
      • Households – 5.7/9
      • Viewers – 9.29M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/8

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.3/7 household rating/share and 6.53 million viewers, but managed a third place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.9/8 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.9/8 HH rating [#3]
    • 7.64M viewers [#3]
    • 3.4/10 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: My Name Is Earl (4.0/7 HH rating/share, 6.06M viewers, 2.3/7 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by the time period debut of Scrubs (3.5/6 HH rating/share, 5.30M viewers, 2.4/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (My Name Is Earl ):
      • Households – 4.4/8 to 4.0/7
      • Viewers – 6.87M to 6.06M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/9 to 2.3/7
    • Week-to-week numbers (Scrubs – 9:30):
      • Households – 4.4/7 to 3.5/6
      • Viewers – 7.19M to 5.30M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/10 to 2.4/7
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: The Office (4.6/7 HH rating/share, 7.56M viewers, 3.9/10 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by the time period debut of 30 Rock (3.5/5 HH rating/share, 5.54M viewers, 2.8/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (The Office):
      • Households – 5.8/9 to 4.6/7
      • Viewers – 9.86M to 7.56M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.0/13 to 3.9/10
    • Week-to-week numbers (30 Rock – 8:30):
      • Households – 4.2/7 to 3.5/5
      • Viewers – 6.50M to 5.54M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8 to 2.8/7
  • 10:00 (10:01) p.m.: E.R. (5.1/8 HH rating/share, 7.35M viewers, 2.9/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.3/9 to 5.1/8
      • Viewers – 7.82M to 7.35M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/9 to 2.9/8

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.8/3 household rating/share, 2.91 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.8/3 HH rating [#5]
    • 2.79M viewers [#5]
    • 1.1/3 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Smallville (2.1/4 HH rating/share, 3.56M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.3/4 to 2.1/4
      • Viewers – 3.61M to 3.56M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.4/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: Supernatural (1.5/2 HH rating/share, 2.27M viewers, 1.0/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (February 21):
      • Households – 2.0/3 to 1.5/2
      • Viewers – 3.23M to 2.27M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/3 to 1.0/2
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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: Crime Scene Investigation” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, May 1, 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.