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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, May 15, 2008

Because so many shows (7) had their season finales last night, I’ve included ratings charts (for the entire  season) of each show, and you’ll find the decline/increase from the year ago numbers in parentheses below (HH= Households, V= Viewers and A18-49= Adults 18-49).  Don’t forget to click through the jump for even more analysis.

CBS took households and viewers on the strength of the season finales of CSI (Households: -12%, Viewers: -13%/2.72M, Adults 18-49: -24%) and Without a Trace (HH: -2%, V: +2%/0.23M, A18-49: -8%), but the network fell to third place among adults 18-49.  That left ABC in first among A18-49 courtesy original episodes of its lineup, while NBC managed to just sneak into second among A18-49 courtesy the season finales of My Name Is Earl (HH: nc, V: +3%/0.19M, A18-49: nc), The Office (HH: +4%, V: +2%/0.19M, A18-49: +5%), and E.R. (HH: -14%, V: -12%/1.12M, A18-49: -8%). Fox stayed consistent in fourth place with its gameshow lineup, while The CW saw slight gains from the week prior courtesy season finales of Smallville (HH: nc, V: -9%/0.38M, A18-49: -6%) and Supernatural (HH: +6%, V: +8%/0.21M, A18-49: nc).

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 8.7/14 household rating/share and 13.36 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 3.4/9 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 9.5/16 HH rating [#1]
    • 15.03M viewers [#1]
    • 4.3/12 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (5.3/9 HH rating/share, 7.81M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Survivor: Micronesia):
      • Households – 7.5/13
      • Viewers – 12.62M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.1/12
  • 9:00 p.m.: The eighth season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (11.1/17 HH rating/share, 17.73M viewers, 4.7/12 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 11.4/18 to 11.1/17
      • Viewers – 18.07M to 17.73M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.0/13 to 4.7/12
    • Season finale comparison (5/17/2007 – season seven finale):
      • Households – 12.6/20 to 11.1/17
      • Viewers – 20.45M to 17.73M
      • Adults 18-49 – 6.2/16 to 4.7/12
    • Season eight average (9/27/2007 to 5/15/2008 — 17 episodes):
  • 10:00 p.m.: The sixth season finale of Without a Trace (9.6/16 HH rating/share, 14.54M viewers, 3.6/10 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 9.8/16 to 9.6/16
      • Viewers – 14.67M to 14.54M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.8/10 to 3.6/10
    • Season finale comparison (5/10/2007 – season five finale):
      • Households – 9.8/17 to 9.6/16
      • Viewers – 14.31M to 14.54M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/11 to 3.6/10
    • Season six average (9/27/2007 to 5/15/2008 — 17 episodes):

ABC followed in second place for the evening with a 7.8/13 household rating/share and 11.68 million viewers, but managed a stronger first place finish among adults 18-49 with a 4.5/12 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 7.7/13 HH rating [#2]
    • 11.62M viewers [#2]
    • 4.4/12 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Ugly Betty (5.9/10 HH rating/share, 8.47M viewers, 2.7/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.6/9 to 5.9/10
      • Viewers – 7.98M to 8.47M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/7 to 2.7/8
  • 9:00 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy (10.3/16 HH rating/share, 15.18M viewers, 5.9/15 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 10.5/16 to 10.3/16
      • Viewers – 16.03M to 15.18M
      • Adults 18-49 – 6.4/16 to 5.9/15
  • 10:00 (10:02) p.m.: Lost (7.2/12 HH rating/share, 11.40M viewers, 5.0/14 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.6/11 to 7.2/12
      • Viewers – 10.78M to 11.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.7/13 to 5.0/14

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 5.1/8 household rating/share and 7.87 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 3.5/9 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.4/7 HH rating [#t3]
    • 6.58M viewers [#4]
    • 2.8/8 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The fourth season finale of My Name Is Earl (4.6/8 HH rating/share, 7.13M viewers, 3.0/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.1/7 to 4.6/8
      • Viewers – 6.06M to 7.13M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/8 to 3.0/9
    • Season finale comparison (5/10/2007 – season three finale):
      • Households – 4.6/8 to 4.6/8
      • Viewers – 6.94M to 7.13M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/10 to 3.0/9
    • Season four average (9/27/2007 to 5/15/2008 — 22 episodes):
    • Last week’s numbers (Scrubs – season seven finale):
      • Households – 3.6/6
      • Viewers – 5.26M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7
  • 9:00 p.m.: The one-hour third season finale of The Office (5.0/8 HH rating/share, 8.07M viewers, 4.1/10 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.6/7 to 5.0/8
      • Viewers – 7.16M to 8.07M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/9 to 4.1/10
    • Season finale comparison (5/17/2007 – second season finale – 8-9pm):
      • Households – 4.8/8 to 5.0/8
      • Viewers – 7.88M to 8.07M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/12 to 4.1/10
    • Season four average (9/27/2007 to 5/15/2008 — 14 episodes):
    • Last week’s numbers (30 Rock – season two finale):
      • Households – 3.5/5
      • Viewers – 5.45M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/7
  • 10:00 (10:01) p.m.: The 14th season finale of E.R. (5.5/9 HH rating/share, 8.39M viewers, 3.3/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.3/9 to 5.5/9
      • Viewers – 7.55M to 8.39M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/8 to 3.3/9
    • Season finale comparison (5/17/2007):
      • Households – 6.4/11 to 5.5/9
      • Viewers – 9.51M to 8.39M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/10 to 3.3/9
    • Season 14th average (9/27/2007 to 5/15/2008 — 19 episodes):

FOX followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.7/8 household rating/share, 7.49 million viewers and a 2.3/6 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.4/7 HH rating [#t3]
    • 6.98M viewers [#3]
    • 2.0/5 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (5.3/9 HH rating/share, 8.32M viewers, 2.2/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.9/8 to 5.3/9
      • Viewers – 7.82M to 8.32M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6 to 2.2/7
  • 9:00 p.m.: Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.66M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.9/6 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 6.16M to 6.66M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5 to 2.3/6

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.1/3 household rating/share, 3.34 million viewers and a 1.4/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.1/3 HH rating [#5]
    • 3.25M viewers [#5]
    • 1.3/4 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The seventh season finale of Smallville (2.4/4 HH rating/share, 3.76M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.5/4 to 2.4/4
      • Viewers – 3.99M to 3.76M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/5 to 1.7/5
    • Season finale comparison (5/17/2007):
      • Households – 2.4/4 to 2.4/4
      • Viewers – 4.14M to 3.76M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6 to 1.7/5
    • Season three average (9/27/2007 to 5/15/2008 — 20 episodes):
  • 9:00 p.m.: The third season finale of Supernatural (1.9/3 HH rating/share, 2.93M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.6/3 to 1.9/3
      • Viewers – 2.54M to 2.93M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.0/3 to 1.2/3
    • Season finale comparison (5/17/2007):
      • Households – 1.8/3 to 1.9/3
      • Viewers – 2.72M to 2.93M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3 to 1.2/3
    • Season seven average (10/4/2007 to 5/15/2008 –16 episodes):
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 “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, May 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.

  • Tyler

    Ugly Betty and My Name Is Earl are above water again! It’s nice to see Betty getting a more healthy 8.5ish million, although it’s far from out of the woods.

    And Grey’s Anatomy just keeps taking beatings… Ouch.

  • Tyler

    Ugly Betty and My Name Is Earl are above water again! It’s nice to see Betty getting a more healthy 8.5ish million, although it’s far from out of the woods.

    And Grey’s Anatomy just keeps taking beatings… Ouch.

  • j

    Somebody finally noticed Supernatural. That show rocks. All the other shows are that night were great too.

  • j

    Somebody finally noticed Supernatural. That show rocks. All the other shows are that night were great too.