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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, September 18, 2008

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 6.3/11 household rating/share and 9.29 million viewers, but was second among adults 18-49 with a 2.3/7 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.6/9 HH rating [#1]
    • 8.50M viewers [#1]
    • 2.4/7 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (5.5/9 HH rating/share, 8.00M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Big Brother 10):
      • Households – 5.0/8
      • Viewers – 7.82M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/9
  • 9:00 p.m.: Another repeat of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (6.9/11 HH rating/share, 10.22M viewers, 2.5/7 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Buoyed by impressive numbers from two repeat episodes of ‘CSI’, the season one finale of Flashpoint (6.6/11 HH rating/share, 9.66M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share) posted the show’s best ratings to date.  Week-to-week, the show improved by 980,000/11% among viewers and 18% among adults 18-49.  While not officially renewed by CBS (the show originates out of Canada and CTV, who broadcasts the show in the country, has already picked it up for a second season), it’s highly likely that CBS will opt to pick the show up for another season.  The bigger question is where they would place it in the lineup and whether or not they keep it as a summer show.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.8/10 to 6.6/11
      • Viewers – 8.68M to 9.66M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/6 to 2.6/7

ABC followed in second place for the evening with a 3.7/6 household rating/share, but was third among viewers (5.42 million) and tied for third among adults 18-49 (1.8/5 rating/share).

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/6 HH rating [#t2]
    • 4.88M viewers [#4]
    • 1.5/4 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Ugly Betty (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 4.40M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Grey’s Anatomy (4.0/6 HH rating/share, 5.82M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: And that was followed by another repeat of Grey’s Anatomy (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.05M viewers, 2.2/6 A18-49 rating/share).

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 3.5/6 household rating/share, but was fourth among viewers with 5.24 million and tied for third among adults 18-49 with a 1.8/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/6 HH rating [#t2]
    • 5.05M viewers [#3]
    • 1.8/5 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: America’s Got Talent (6.3/11 HH rating/share, 9.83M viewers, 2.3/7 A18-49 rating/share) drew nearly identical ratings from the week prior and was the only new program NBC aired this evening.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.3/11 to 6.3/11
      • Viewers – 9.83M to 9.83M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/8 to 2.3/7
  • 8:30 p.m.: A repeat of My Name Is Earl (3.3/6 HH rating/share, 5.18M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: An hour-long repeat of The Office (3.0/5 HH rating/share, 4.44M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of E.R. (2.7/5 HH rating/share, 3.77M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).

FOX followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.4/6 household rating/share, but was a stronger second among viewers with 5.44 million, and an even stronger first among adults 18-49 with a 2.4/7 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/6 HH rating [#t2]
    • 5.75M viewers [#2]
    • 2.6/8 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Back-to-back episodes of Hole in the Wall (3.0/5 HH rating/share, 4.72M viewers, 2.0/6 A18-49 rating/share) fell by 680,000/13% among viewers and 13% among adults 18-49.
    • Last week’s numbers (Hole in the Wall):
      • Households – 2.7/5
      • Viewers – 4.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/7
    • Last week’s numbers (Hole in the Wall):
      • Households – 3.5/6
      • Viewers – 6.24M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/8
  • 9:00 p.m.: While it’s lead-in experienced week-to-week drops, Kitchen Nightmares (3.9/6 HH rating/share, 6.15M viewers, 2.8/8 A18-49 rating/share) managed to stay relatively more even from the week prior, dropping just 30,000 viewers and 3% from the week prior. While Kitchen Nightmare’s viewership is somewhat average, it’s A18-49 performance is not, and in fact, was the night’s most-watched program in the demo.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.7/6 to 3.9/6
      • Viewers – 6.18M to 6.15M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/8 to 2.8/8

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.5/4 household rating/share and 4.17 million viewers, but managed a solid tie for third place among adults 18-49 with a 1.8/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.3/2 HH rating [#5]
    • 1.86M viewers [#5]
    • 0.7/2 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The eighth season premiere of Smallville (2.7/5 HH rating/share, 4.38M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49 rating/share) started off The CW’s better-than average ratings.  Although it was off by a somewhat considerable 800,000/15% among viewers from last year’s premiere, the show retained nearly all of its A18-49 demographic, sliding just 5% in the key demo.
    • Season premiere comparison (9/27/2007):
      • Households – 3.1/5 to 2.7/5
      • Viewers – 5.18M to 4.38M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6 to 1.8/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: That was followed up by the fourth season premiere of Supernatural (2.3/4 HH rating/share, 3.96M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49 rating/share), which also drew impressive ratings.  In fact, the show posted series highs as it was up 990,000/33% among viewers and an even more impressive 50% among adults 18-49 from its year-ago premiere.  Also encouraging was its strong retention numbers of 90% among viewers and a full 100% among adults 18-49.  Contrast that to last year’s retention numbers for their first pairing (65%/63% on October 4, 2007) and you quickly see just how strong the pairing is.
    • Season premiere comparison (10/4/2007):
      • Households – 2.0/3 to 2.3/4
      • Viewers – 2.97M to 3.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/3 to 1.8/6
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 “America’s Got Talent” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, September 25, 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.

  • Scot

    I think it’s fantastic that after 8 years—HOW can it be 8 years?!–Smallville still has such a devoted following. I’m a fan, I’m a geek, I’ll admit it, LOL. Supernatural is growing into quite a nice little drama too. Here’s to many more seasons on the CW–now if they could only entice a few more total viewers to ensure their survival……..

  • Scot

    I think it’s fantastic that after 8 years—HOW can it be 8 years?!–Smallville still has such a devoted following. I’m a fan, I’m a geek, I’ll admit it, LOL. Supernatural is growing into quite a nice little drama too. Here’s to many more seasons on the CW–now if they could only entice a few more total viewers to ensure their survival……..