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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, September 4, 2008

NBC finished in first place for the evening with a 7.5/12 household rating/share, 11.73 million viewers and a 4.7/13 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/5 HH rating [#4]
    • 5.00M viewers [#4]
    • 1.7/5 A18-49 rating [#t3]
  • Note: The following numbers, for NBC only, are based on the final numbers due to the live sporting event which started before primetime.
  • 7:00 p.m.: The season premiere of regular season football; NBC NFL Thursday Special: Washington Redskins at NY Giants (8.6/15 HH rating/share, 13.53M viewers, 5.4/17 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (NBC NFL Pre-Season: Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins):
      • Households – 2.0/4
      • Viewers – 2.80M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.8/3
  • 10:01 p.m.: 2008 Republican National Convention (5.5/9 HH rating/share, 8.66M viewers, 3.4/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (2008 Democratic National Convention):
      • Households – 3.9/6
      • Viewers – 6.10M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/6

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 4.2/7 household rating/share and 6.27 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 1.8/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.4/7 HH rating [#1]
    • 6.60M viewers [#1]
    • 2.0/6 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Big Brother 10 (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.46M viewers, 2.2/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (TUES, 9/2/2008 – 9pm):
      • Households – 4.2/6 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 6.46M to 6.46M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/6 to 2.2/7
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.8/6 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 5.97M to 6.46M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7 to 2.2/7
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (5.0/8 HH rating/share, 7.27M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share.
  • 10:00 p.m.: CBS News: Republican National Convention (3.4/6 HH rating/share, 5.08M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (CBS News: Democratic National Convention):
      • Households – 3.3/6
      • Viewers – 5.97M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7

FOX finished in third place for the evening with a 3.3/6 household rating/share and 5.27 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.4/7 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.7/6 HH rating [#3]
    • 5.66M viewers [#2]
    • 2.1/6 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The second season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 4.96M viewers, 2.2/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Moment of Truth – 8pm):
      • Households – 2.5/4
      • Viewers – 3.69M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: The second hour of the Kitchen Nightmares season premiere (3.5/5 HH rating/share, 5.58M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (Season one premiere – 9/19/2007 vs.  8-10pm):
      • Households – 4.2/7 to 3.3/6
      • Viewers – 6.61M to 5.27M
      • Adults 18-49 -3.1/8 to 2.4/7
    • Last week’s numbers (Moment of Truth – 9pm):
      • Households – 3.4/5
      • Viewers – 5.18M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/6

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.2/6 household rating/share, 4.43 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.8/6 HH rating [#2]
    • 5.44M viewers [#3]
    • 1.7/5 A18-49 rating [#t2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Ugly Betty (3.0/6 HH rating/share, 4.15M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Grey’s Anatomy (3.0/5 HH rating/share, 4.18M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: ABC News Vote ‘08: The Republican National Convention (3.6/6 HH rating/share, 4.97M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (ABC News Vote ‘08: The Democratic National Convention):
      • Households – 4.5/7
      • Viewers – 6.58M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.5/2 household rating/share, 2.12 million viewers and a 1.0/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.5/2 HH rating [#5]
    • 2.17M viewers [#5]
    • 0.7/2 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of the two-hour 90210 series premiere (1.5/2 HH rating/share, 2.12M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).
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 “NBC NFL Thursday Special: Washington Redskins at NY Giants” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, September 11, 2008. Also keep in mind that because these are fast national ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

Sources: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research. Daily ratings figures can be found at PIFeedback and Zap2It.