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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Note: President Bush’s speech cut into about 15 minutes of prime time in the 9pm hour on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 7.9/13 household rating/share, 12.48 million viewers and a 3.5/10 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.8/8 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 7.07M viewers [#3]
    • 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The fourth season premiere of The New Adventures of Old Christine (4.4/7 HH rating/share, 6.70M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (2/4/2008 – 9:30pm):
      • Households – 6.2/9 to 4.4/7
      • Viewers – 9.43M to 6.70M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/8 to 2.1/6
  • 8:30 p.m.: The series premiere of Gary Unmarried (4.5/7 HH rating/share, 6.84M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The fourth season premiere of Criminal Minds (9.4/14 HH rating/share, 15.12M viewers, 4.2/11 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (9/26/2007):
      • Households – 8.2/13 to 9.4/14
      • Viewers – 12.66M to 15.12M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.5/9 to 4.2/11
  • 10:00 p.m.: The fifth season premiere of CSI: NY (9.8/16 HH rating/share, 15.55M viewers, 4.2/11 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (9/26/2007):
      • Households – 8.1/13 to 9.8/16
      • Viewers – 12.72M to 15.55M
      • Adults 18-49 -3.7/10 to 4.2/11

ABC followed in second place for the evening with a 6.7/11 household rating/share, 10.36 million viewers and a 2.9/8 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.0/5 HH rating/share [#4]
    • 4.24M viewers [#4]
    • 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars (10.3/17 HH rating/share, 15.57M viewers, 3.6/10 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Year-to-year numbers (9/26/2007):
      • Households – 11.1/18 to 10.3/17
      • Viewers – 16.81M to 15.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.1/12 to 3.6/10
  • 9:00 p.m.: The special David Blaine: Dive of Death (5.6/9 HH rating/share, 7.76M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share).

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 5.1/8 household rating/share, 7.87 million viewers and a 2.5/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.6/11 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 10.39M viewers [#1]
    • 2.7/8 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m: The season premiere of Knight Rider (4.5/7 HH rating/share, 7.30M viewers, 2.4/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (miniseries – MON; 2/17/2008 – 9-11pm):
      • Households – 7.1/11 to 4.5/7
      • Viewers – 12.72M to 7.30M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.0/12 to 2.4/7
  • 9:00 p.m: America’s Got Talent (6.5/10 HH rating/share, 10.23M viewers, 2.7/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (8-10pm):
      • Households – 7.5/12 to 6.5/10
      • Viewers – 12.24M to 10.23M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/9 to 2.7/7
  • 10:00 p.m: The second season premiere of Lipstick Jungle (4.3/7 HH rating/share, 6.08M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (THUR; 2/7/2008 – series premiere):
      • Households – 5.3/9 to 4.3/7
      • Viewers – 7.54M to 6.08M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/8 to 2.3/6

FOX followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.3/7 household rating/share, 6.85 million viewers and a 2.3/6 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.5/7 HH rating/share [#3]
    • 7.17M viewers [#2]
    • 2.5/5 A18-49 rating/share [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Bones (6.0/10 HH rating/share, 9.61M viewers, 3.1/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.2/10 to 6.0/10
      • Viewers – 9.84M to 9.61M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.3/10 to 3.1/9
  • 9:00 p.m.:‘Til Death (3.0/5 HH rating/share, 4.63M viewers, 1.7/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.1/5 to 3.0/5
      • Viewers – 4.89M to 4.63M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/5 to 1.7/4
  • 9:30 p.m.: Do Not Disturb (2.4/4 HH rating/share, 3.53M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.5/4 to 2.4/4
      • Viewers – 3.90M to 3.53M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.4/3

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.1/3 household rating/share, 3.20 million viewers and a 1.6/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.2/4 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 3.11M viewers [#5]
    • 1.6/4 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model (2.7/4 HH rating/share, 4.07M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.9/5 to 2.7/4
      • Viewers – 4.26M to 4.07M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/6 to 2.1/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of 90210 (1.6/2 HH rating/share, 2.34M viewers, 1.2/3 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 “Dancing With the Stars” will be reported in next weeks report for Wednesday, October 1, 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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