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Broadcast TV Ratings for Friday, September 19, 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.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 4.0/7 household rating/share and 5.90 million viewers and was tied for second among adults 18-49 with a 1.4/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.8/7 HH rating [#t1]
    • 5.74M viewers [#2]
    • 1.4/5 A18-49 [#t2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Ghost Whisperer (3.6/7 HH rating/share, 5.32M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Numb3rs (4.2/8 HH rating/share, 6.10M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: And that was followed by another repeat of Numb3rs (4.2/8 HH rating/share, 6.29M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).

FOX followed in a tie for second place for the evening with a 3.6/7 household rating/share, was alone in second among viewers with 5.62 million and was tied for second among adults 18-49 with a 1.4/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.8/7 HH rating [#t1]
    • 6.39M viewers [#1]
    • 1.7/6 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (3.8/7 HH rating/share, 5.93M viewers, 1.3/5 A18-49 rating/share) dropped a significant 1.18 million/18% among viewers and 24% among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.3/8 to 3.8/7
      • Viewers – 7.11M to 5.93M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/6 to 1.3/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (3.4/6 HH rating/share, 5.31M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share), also dropped from the week prior, but not as sharply as ‘5th Grader’ and even grew some from its lead-in among adults 18-49 (+15%).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.4/6 to 3.4/6
      • Viewers – 5.67M to 5.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.5/5

ABC finished in a tie for second place for the evening with a 3.6/7 household rating/share, but was third among viewers with 5.54 million viewers and a stronger first among adults 18-49 with a 1.5/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/6 HH rating [#3]
    • 5.04M viewers [#3]
    • 1.3/4 A18-49 rating [#t4]
  • Note: HH rating/share numbers for ABC for this evening were not available.
  • 8:00 & 9:00 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of America’s Funniest Home Videos (x.x/x HH rating/share, 5.45M viewers, 1.5/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (The ALMA Awards):
      • Households – 2.4/4
      • Viewers – 3.52M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.0/3
  • 10:00 p.m.: 20/20 (x.x/x HH rating/share, 5.74M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share) failed to hang on to last week’s audience, dropping 2.33 million/29% among viewers and 24% among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.2/9 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 8.07M to 5.74M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/6 to 1.6/5

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.2/6 household rating/share and 4.61 million viewers, but managed a tie for second among adults 18-49 with a 1.4/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.2/6 HH rating [#4]
    • 4.70M viewers [#4]
    • 1.4/5 A18-49 rating [#t2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The time period debut of America’s Toughest Jobs (2.2/4 HH rating/share, 3.34M viewers, 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share) fell flat.  The show was off a drastic 1.58 million/32% among viewers and 35% among A18-49 from its last newly aired episode.  Not good.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (9/15/2008 – 9pm):
      • Households – 3.0/5 to 2.2/4
      • Viewers – 4.92M to 3.34M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/4 to 1.1/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: Dateline (3.6/6 HH rating/share, 5.25M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating/share) rebounded nicely from its lead-in (+1.91 million/57% among viewers and +27% among adults 18-49) and was mostly even from the week prior.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.7/6 to 3.6/6
      • Viewers – 5.44M to 5.25M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/5 to 1.4/5

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.6/5 household rating/share and 4.39 million viewers, but managed a tie for second place among adults 18-49 with a 1.4/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.5/4 HH rating [#5]
    • 4.26M viewers [#5]
    • 1.3/4 A18-49 rating [#t4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: WWE Friday Night Smackdown! (2.6/5 HH rating/share, 4.39M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating), nearing in on its last telecast on The CW, kept the network in a strong position on the night among adults 18-49 and grew slightly from the week prior (+130,000/3% among viewers and +8% among adults 18-49).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.5/4 to 2.6/5
      • Viewers – 4.26M to 4.39M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4 to 1.4/5

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 26, 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.