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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ratings for the final night of performances on American Idol were strong, with the series drawing just as many viewers from the year prior.  Elsewhere on the evening, the season finale of Dancing With the Stars kept ABC in a competitive second place, while CBS was a close second place with two episodes of NCIS, including the season finale, and the season/series finale of Shark.

And lastly, The CW aired the season one finale of Reaper, which posted slight gains from the week prior.

Continue reading for a look at the nights complete ratings, plus full season ratings charts for the four show’s that had their season finales.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 10.9/17 household rating/share, 19.34 million viewers and a 7.6/20 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 10.6/16 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 18.19M viewers [#1]
    • 7.1/19 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol (14.8/23 HH rating/share, 26.07M viewers, 9.7/27 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 14.4/23 to 14.8/23
      • Viewers – 24.77M to 26.07M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.0/25 to 9.7/27
    • Tuesday finale comparison (5/22/2007):
      • Households – 14.9/24 to 14.8/23
      • Viewers – 25.24M to 26.07M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.7/27 to 9.7/27
  • 9:00 (9:03) p.m.: Hell’s Kitchen (7.1/11 HH rating/share, 12.60M viewers, 5.6/14 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.5/10 to 7.1/11
      • Viewers – 11.31M to 12.60M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.1/13 to 5.6/14

ABC followed in second place for the evening with a 10.6/17 household rating/share, 16.26 million viewers and a 4.1/11 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.6/11 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 9.83M viewers [#2]
    • 2.5/7 A18-49 rating/share [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Monday’s Dancing With the Stars (6.0/10 HH rating/share, 8.89M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (According to Jim – 8pm):
      • Households – 3.0/5
      • Viewers – 4.22M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4
    • Last week’s numbers (According to Jim – 8:30pm):
      • Households – 3.0/5
      • Viewers – 4.45M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: The season finale of Dancing With the Stars (12.9/20 HH rating/share, 19.94M viewers, 5.3/14 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (9-10pm):
      • Households – 11.1/17 to 12.9/20
      • Viewers – 16.99M to 19.94M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.1/10 to 5.3/14
    • Season finale comparison (11/27/2007)
      • Households – 16.1/24 to 12.9/20
      • Viewers – 24.88M to 19.94M
      • Adults 18-49 – 6.4/15 to 5.3/14
    • Season finale comparison (5/22/2007)
      • Households – 15.0/23 to 12.9/20
      • Viewers – 22.96M to 19.94M
      • Adults 18-49 – 6.7/17 to 5.3/14
    • Season average (3/17/2008 to 5/20/2008–20 episode)
    • Last week’s numbers (Women’s Murder Club – season one finale/series finale):
      • Households – 5.5/9
      • Viewers – 7.91M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5

CBS finished in third place for the evening with a 9.2/14 household rating/share, 14.42 million viewers and a 3.1/8 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 7.2/12 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 11.07 viewers [#2]
    • 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (9.5/15 HH rating/share, 14.98M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 9.5/15 to 9.5/15
      • Viewers – 14.88M to 14.98M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9 to 3.0/8
  • 9:00 p.m.: Another episode, the fifth season finale, of NCIS (11.0/17 HH rating/share, 17.72M viewers, 3.8/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season finale comparison (5/22/2007):
      • Households – 9.0/14 to 11.0/17
      • Viewers – 14.14M to 17.72M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.4/10 to 3.8/9
    • Season five average (9/25/2007 to 5/20/2008–19 episodes):
  • 10:00 p.m.: The second season finale/series finale of Shark (7.1/11 HH rating/share, 10.55M viewers, 2.5/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.5/10 to 7.1/11
      • Viewers – 10.00M to 10.55M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5 to 2.5/6
    • Season finale comparison (5/3/2007):
      • Households – 8.2/13 to 7.1/11
      • Viewers – 12.50M to 10.55M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/8 to 2.5/6
    • Season two average (9/23/2007 to 5/20/2008–16 episodes):

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.0/5 household rating/share, 4.53 million viewers and a 1.6/4 rating/share among a adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.8/8 HH rating/share [#4]
    • 7.16M viewers [#4]
    • 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Original and repeat episodes of Most Outrageous Moments (2.5/4 HH rating/share, 4.04M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Most Outrageous Moments – 8pm):
      • Households – 2.6/4
      • Viewers – 3.95M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3
    • Last week’s numbers (Most Outrageous Moments-REPEAT – 8:30pm):
      • Households – 2.6/4
      • Viewers – 4.05M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2.6/4 HH rating/share, 3.86M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Another repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (4.0/6 HH rating/share, 5.69M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – season nine finale):
      • Households – 7.6/13
      • Viewers – 11.50M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.8/10

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.4/2 household rating/share, 2.22 million viewers and a 1.0/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.2/2 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 1.76M viewers [#5]
    • 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Reaper (1.1/2 HH rating/share, 1.75M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Beauty and the Geek – season five finale):
      • Households – 1.2/2
      • Viewers – 1.68M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.7/2
  • 9:00 p.m.: The season one finale of Reaper (1.7/3 HH rating/share, 2.69M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.4/2 to 1.7/3
      • Viewers – 2.08M to 2.69M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.9/2 to 1.2/3
    • Season one average (9/25/2007 to 5/20/2008–18 episodes):
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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 tonight’s episode of “American Idol” will be reported in next weeks report for Tuesday, May 27, 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.