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Broadcast TV Ratings for Friday, September 5, 2008

Note: Due to the unavailability of the fast nationals last week, “Last Week” numbers in this week’s report are based on the final national numbers.

Additionally, household rating/share numbers were not available for this evening.

FOX finished in first place for the evening with 7.57 million viewers and a 2.0/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/6 HH rating [#1]
    • 5.21M viewers [#1]
    • 1.3/5 A18-49 rating [#t1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The two-episode season premiere of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (7.57M viewers, 2.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).

ABC followed in second place for the evening with 4.96 million viewers and was tied for second among adults 18-49 with a 1.4/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.5/5 HH rating [#4]
    • 3.54M viewers [#5]
    • 1.1/4 A18-49 rating [#t3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Stand Up to Cancer (3.81M viewers, 0.9/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (FILM – Win A Date with Tad Hamilton-REPEAT):
      • Households – 2.2/4
      • Viewers – 3.03M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.9/3
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos (4.42M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: 20/20 (6.65M viewers, 2.0/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.2/6 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 4.58M to 6.65M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4 to 2.0/6

The CW finished in third place for the evening with 4.72 million viewers, but managed a tie for second place among adults 18-49 with a 1.4/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.3/4 HH rating [#5]
    • 3.70M viewers [#4]
    • 1.3/5 A18-49 rating [#t1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: WWE Friday Night Smackdown! (4.72M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.3/4 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 3.70M to 4.72M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/5 to 1.4/5

CBS followed in fourth place for the evening with 3.32 million viewers and a 0.9/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.0/6 HH rating [#2]
    • 4.45M viewers [#2]
    • 1.1/4 A18-49 [#t3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Stand Up to Cancer (3.16M viewers, 0.7/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: CBS Fall Preview (3.38M viewers, 0.8/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:30 p.m.: A repeat of The New Adventures of Old Christine (2.98M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 (10:03) p.m.: And that was followed by the season, or perhaps series, finale of Swingtown (3.62M viewers, 1.2/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (Swingtown – 10:03-11pm):
      • Households – 2.6/5 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 3.65M to 3.62M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.1/4 to 1.2/4

NBC finished in fifth place for the evening with 4.36 million viewers and a 1.2/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.7/5 HH rating [#3]
    • 3.89M viewers [#3]
    • 1.1/4 A18-49 rating [#t3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Stand Up to Cancer (3.32M viewers, 0.8/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The special NFL Kick-Off (1.91M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Dateline (3.47M viewers, 0.9/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (9-11pm):
      • Households – 3.0/6 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 4.40M to 3.47M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4 to 0.9/3

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 “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” will be reported in next weeks report for Friday, September 12, 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.

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