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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The season finale of American Idol matched last year’s finale, leading Fox to a dominant first place finish on the evening.

Other finales that aired last night were Criminal Minds and CSI: NY on CBS, Law & Order on NBC and Boston Legal on ABC.

Continue reading for a look at the entire night’s ratings, including full season charts for the five shows that had their season finales.

FOX finished in first place for the evening with a 17.3/27 household rating/share, 30.60 million viewers and a 11.0/29 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 9.3/15 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 15.30M viewers [#1]
    • 5.6/15 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol (17.3/27 HH rating/share, 30.60M viewers, 11.0/29 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 14.6/22 to 17.3/27
      • Viewers – 24.86M to 30.60M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.2/22 to 11.0/29
    • Season finale comparison (5/23/2007):
      • Households – 17.8/28 to 17.3/27
      • Viewers – 30.73M to 30.60M
      • Adults 18-49 – 11.5/31 to 11.0/29
    • Season seven average (1/15/2008 to 5/21/2008–42 episodes):
    • Last week’s numbers (‘Til Death – 8pm):
      • Households – 3.8/7
      • Viewers – 5.90M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7
    • Last week’s numbers (Back to You – 8:30pm):
      • Households – 4.6/6
      • Viewers – 7.06M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 6.9/11 household rating/share, 10.79 million viewers and a 2.7/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.9/11 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 10.56M viewers [#2]
    • 2.5/7 A18-49 rating/share [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular (5.0/8 HH rating/share, 7.69M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.8/8 to 5.0/8
      • Viewers – 7.23M to 7.69M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.8/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: The season three finale of Criminal Minds (8.2/13 HH rating/share, 12.96M viewers, 3.3/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.3/13 to 8.2/13
      • Viewers – 12.88M to 12.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/7 to 3.3/8
    • Season finale comparison (5/16/2007):
      • Households – 8.3/13 to 8.2/13
      • Viewers – 13.21M to 12.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/9 to 3.3/8
    • Season three average (9/26/2007 to 5/21/2008–20 episodes):
  • 10:00 p.m.: The season four finale of CSI: NY (7.5/12 HH rating/share, 11.71M viewers, 3.1/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.7/12 to 7.5/12
      • Viewers – 11.86M to 11.71M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/8 to 3.1/8
    • Season finale comparison (5/16/2007):
      • Households – 8.6/14 to 7.5/12
      • Viewers – 13.07M to 11.71M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.0/10 to 3.1/8
    • Season four average (9/26/2007 to 5/21/2008–21 episodes):

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.4/7 household rating/share, 6.29 million viewers and a 1.7/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.1/8 HH rating/share [#3]
    • 7.63M viewers [#3]
    • 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m: Back-to-back repeats of Law & Order (3.8/6 HH rating/share, 5.21M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Deal or No Deal – 8-10pm):
      • Households – 4.8/8
      • Viewers – 7.22M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/5
  • 10:00 p.m: The season 18 finale of Law & Order (5.9/10 HH rating/share, 8.45M viewers, 2.5/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.8/10 to 5.9/10
      • Viewers – 8.46M to 8.45M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/7 to 2.5/7
    • Season finale comparison (5/18/2007):
      • Households – 6.4/12 to 5.9/10
      • Viewers – 9.23M to 8.45M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/8 to 2.5/7
    • Season 18 average (1/2/2008 to 5/21/2008–18 episodes):

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 2.9/5 household rating/share, 4.18 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.2/7 HH rating/share [#4]
    • 6.64M viewers [#4]
    • 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share [#3]
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of Lost (2.2/4 HH rating/share, 3.09M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Wife Swap):
      • Households – 4.0/7
      • Viewers – 6.28M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7
    • Last week’s numbers (Supernanny):
      • Households – 3.8/6
      • Viewers – 5.89M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/6
  • 10:00 p.m.: The season four finale of Boston Legal (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.37M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.8/8 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 7.80M to 6.37M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6 to 1.5/4
    • Season finale comparison (Tuesday, 5/29/2007):
      • Households – 6.7/11 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 9.93M to 6.37M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8 to 1.5/4
    • Season four average (9/25/2007 to 5/21/2008–20 episodes):

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.2/2 household rating/share, 1.65 million viewers and a 0.6/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.2/4 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 3.27M viewers [#5]
    • 1.6/4 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of Farmer Wants a Wife (1.2/2 HH rating/share, 1.65M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (America’s Next Top Model – season 10 finale – 8pm):
      • Households – 3.2/5
      • Viewers – 4.75M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/7
    • Last week’s numbers (Farmer Wants a Wife – 9pm):
      • Households – 1.3/2
      • Viewers – 1.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.9/2
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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 tonight’s episode of “American Idol” will be reported in next weeks report for Wednesday, May 28, 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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