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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, May 22, 2008

With CBS out of the picture, it was time for ABC to shine courtesy the networks season finales of Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy, which were both off from their year-ago season finales, but still strong enough to easily carry the evening.

Elsewhere on the evening, the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance? put Fox in second place ahead of CBS which aired repeats and NBC which aired an episode of Deal or No Deal and the season premiere of Last Comic Standing.

Continue reading for a look at the night’s ratings including ratings charts for the two shows that had their season finale’s.

ABC finished in first place for the evening with a 9.9/16 household rating/share, 14.78 million viewers and a 5.5/16 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 7.8/13 HH rating [#2]
    • 11.68M viewers [#2]
    • 4.5/12 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Ugly Betty (6.2/11 HH rating/share, 8.75M viewers, 2.8/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.9/10 to 6.2/11
      • Viewers – 8.46M to 8.75M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/8 to 2.8/9
    • Season finale comparison (5/17/2007):
      • Households – 7.1/12 to 6.2/11
      • Viewers – 10.50M to 8.75M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/11 to 2.8/9
    • Season two average (9/27/2007 to 5/22/2008–18 episodes):
  • 9:00 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy (11.0/18 HH rating/share, 16.55M viewers, 6.3/16 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 10.5/16 to 11.0/18
      • Viewers – 15.55M to 16.55M
      • Adults 18-49 – 6.1/15 to 6.3/16
  • 10:00 p.m.: Another episode, the fourth season finale, of Grey’s Anatomy (12.4/21 HH rating/share, 19.10M viewers, 7.4/20 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season finale comparison (5/17/2007):
      • Households – 14.5/23 to 12.4/21
      • Viewers – 22.57M to 19.10M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.1/23 to 7.4/20
    • Season four average (9/27/2007 to 5/22/2008–17 episodes):
    • Last week’s numbers (Lost):
      • Households – 6.9/12
      • Viewers – 10.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.9/13

FOX followed in second place for the evening with a 5.2/9 household rating/share, 8.60 million viewers and a 3.4/10 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.7/8 HH rating [#4]
    • 7.49M viewers [#4]
    • 2.3/6 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The season four premiere of So You Think You Can Dance? (5.2/9 HH rating/share, 8.60M viewers, 3.4/10 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (5/24/2007 – 8-9pm – season three premiere):
      • Households – 5.9/11 to 5.2/9
      • Viewers – 9.51M to 8.60M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/12 to 3.4/10
    • Last week’s numbers (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? – 8pm):
      • Households – 5.3/9
      • Viewers – 8.42M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7
    • Last week’s numbers (Don’t Forget the Lyrics! – 9pm):
      • Households – 4.1/6
      • Viewers – 6.65M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 5.3/9 household rating/share, 8.08 million viewers and a 2.4/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.1/8 HH rating [#3]
    • 7.87M viewers [#3]
    • 3.5/9 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A 90-minute edition of Deal or No Deal (6.8/11 HH rating/share, 10.27M viewers, 2.5/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (My Name Is Earl – season four finale):
      • Households – 4.6/8
      • Viewers – 7.17M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9
  • 9:30 p.m.: The 90-minute sixth season premiere of Last Comic Standing (3.8/6 HH rating/share, 5.90M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (Wednesday, 6/13/2007 – 9-11pm):
      • Households – 4.4/8 to 3.8/6
      • Viewers – 6.94M to 5.90M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/8 to 2.4/6
    • Last week’s numbers (The Office – season four finale – 9-10pm):
      • Households – 5.0/8
      • Viewers – 8.21M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.2/10
    • Last week’s numbers (ER – season 14 finale – 10pm):
      • Households – 5.5/9
      • Viewers – 8.43M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.3/9

CBS followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.2/7 household rating/share, 6.19 million viewers and a 1.5/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 8.7/14 HH rating [#1]
    • 13.36M viewers [#1]
    • 3.4/9 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of The Big Bang Theory (2.9/5 HH rating/share, 4.26M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:30 p.m.: A repeat of How I Met Your Mother (3.0/5 HH rating/share, 4.46M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (4.5/7 HH rating/share, 6.53M viewers, 1.6/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – season eight finale):
      • Households – 11.2/17
      • Viewers – 18.06M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.9/12
  • 10:00 p.m.: And a repeat of Without a Trace (5.3/9 HH rating/share, 7.68M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share) ended the evening for CBS.
    • Last week’s numbers (Without a Trace – season six finale):
      • Households – 9.6/16
      • Viewers – 14.54M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/10

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.3/2 household rating/share, 1.95 million viewers and a 0.7/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.1/3 HH rating [#5]
    • 3.34M viewers [#5]
    • 1.4/4 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Smallville (1.4/3 HH rating/share, 2.19M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Smallville – season seven finale):
      • Households – 2.4/4
      • Viewers – 3.85M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: And a repeat of Supernatural (1.2/3 HH rating/share, 1.71M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating/share) ended the evening for The CW.
    • Last week’s numbers (Supernatural – season three finale):
      • Households – 1.9/3
      • Viewers – 3.00M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3
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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 “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, May 29, 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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