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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, May 13, 2008

American Idol rebounded and Hell’s Kitchen turned out another strong performance to lead Fox to a comfortable win last night among households, viewers and adults 18-49.  Elsewhere on the night saw three season finales: ABC’s Women’s Murder Club, NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The CW’s Beauty and the Geek.  Continue reading for a look at the nights complete ratings, plus full season ratings charts for the three show’s that had their season finales.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 10.6/16 household rating/share, 18.19 million viewers and a 7.1/19 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 9.6/15 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 16.25M viewers [#1]
    • 6.7/18 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol (14.0/22 HH rating/share, 23.97M viewers, 8.6/24 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 12.6/20 to 14.0/22
      • Viewers – 21.76M to 23.97M
      • Adults 18-49 – 8.4/23 to 8.6/25
  • 9:00 (9:02) p.m.: Hell’s Kitchen (7.1/11 HH rating/share, 12.40M viewers, 5.5/14 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (9:02):
      • Households – 6.5/10 to 7.1/11
      • Viewers – 11.00M to 12.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.2/13 to 5.5/14

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 7.2/12 household rating/share with a 11.07 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 2.4/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.9/11 HH rating/share [#3]
    • 10.62 viewers [#3]
    • 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (9.4/15 HH rating/share, 14.72M viewers, 3.0/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.9/14 to 9.4/15
      • Viewers – 14.04M to 14.72M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/8 to 3.0/9
  • 9:00 p.m.: Shark (6.7/10 HH rating/share, 10.20M viewers, 2.1/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.6/10 to 6.7/10
      • Viewers – 10.05M to 10.20M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/5 to 2.1/5
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of Criminal Minds (5.6/9 HH rating/share, 8.29M viewers, 2.2/6 A18-49 rating/share).

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 6.6/11 household rating/share and 9.83 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.5/7 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 8.4/13 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 12.44M viewers [#2]
    • 3.0/8 A18-49 rating/share [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: According to Jim (3.0/5 HH rating/share, 4.28M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (4/29/08):
      • Households – 2.8/5 to 3.0/5
      • Viewers – 3.92M to 4.28M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3 to 1.3/4
    • Last week’s numbers (Dancing With the Stars Special: Judges’ All-Time Top 10):
      • Households – 7.2/11
      • Viewers – 10.58M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7
  • 8:30 p.m.: Another episode of According to Jim (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 4.56M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars: The Results (11.0/17 HH rating/share, 16.62M viewers, 4.0/10 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 12.0/18 to 11.0/17
      • Viewers – 18.38M to 16.62M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.4/11 to 4.0/10
  • 10:00 (10:02) p.m.: The season one finale of Women’s Murder Club (5.8/10 HH rating/share, 8.46M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (10:02 p.m.):
      • Households -5.6/9 to 5.8/10
      • Viewers – 8.02M to 8.46M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5 to 2.1/6
    • Season one average (10/12/2007 to 5/13/2008 – 13 episodes):

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.8/8 household rating/share, 7.16 million viewers and a 2.3/6 rating/share among a adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.2/7 HH rating/share [#4]
    • 6.24M viewers [#4]
    • 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Most Outrageous Moments (2.6/4 HH rating/share, 3.97M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.5/4 to 2.6/4
      • Viewers – 4.01M to 3.97M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/4 to 1.2/3
  • 8:30 p.m.: A repeat of Most Outrageous Moments (2.7/4 HH rating/share, 4.10M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (4.1/6 HH rating/share, 6.13M viewers, 1.9/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: The season nine finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (7.6/13 HH rating/share, 11.32M viewers, 3.8/10 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.0/12 to 7.6/13
      • Viewers – 10.53M to 11.32M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/10 to 3.8/10
    • Season finale comparison (5/22/2007):
      • Households – 6.9/11 to 7.6/13
      • Viewers – 10.28M to 11.32M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.1/11 to 3.8/10
    • Season nine average (9/25/2007 to 5/13/2008 – 18 episodes):

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.2/2 household rating/share, 1.76 million viewers and a 0.8/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.4/2 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 2.05M viewers [#5]
    • 0.9/2 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The season five finale of Beauty and the Geek (1.1/2 HH rating/share, 1.53M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.1/2 to 1.1/2
      • Viewers – 1.66M to 1.53M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.7/2 to 0.7/2
    • Season finale comparison (12/4/2007):
      • Households – 1.7/3 to 1.1/2
      • Viewers – 2.49M to 1.53M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3 to 0.7/2
    • Season five average (3/11/2008 to 5/13/2008 – 10 episodes):
  • 9:00 p.m.: Reaper (1.4/2 HH rating/share, 1.99M viewers, 0.9/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.6/2 to 1.4/2
      • Viewers – 2.51M to 1.99M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.0/3 to 0.9/2
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, May 20, 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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