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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, September 25, 2008

ABC finished in first place for the evening with a 10.1/16 household rating/share, 15.46 million viewers and a 6.0/15 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.7/6 HH rating [#2]
    • 5.42M viewers [#3]
    • 1.8/5 A18-49 rating [#t3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The third season premiere of Ugly Betty (6.6/11 HH rating/share, 9.77M viewers, 3.3/10 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (9/27/2007):
      • Households – 7.3/12 to 6.6/11
      • Viewers – 11.16M to 9.77M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/11 to 3.3/10
  • 9:00 p.m.: That was followed by the fifth season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy (11.8/18 HH rating/share, 18.30M viewers, 7.2/17 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Hour two of the fifth season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy (11.9/18 HH rating/share, 18.32M viewers, 7.5/18 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (9/27/2007 – fourth season premiere – 9-10pm vs. 9-11pm):
      • Households – 13.2/20 to 11.8/18
      • Viewers – 20.93M to 18.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 8.8/21 to 7.3/18

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 7.1/11 household rating/share, 11.74 million viewers and a 3.8/10 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.3/11 HH rating [#1]
    • 9.29M viewers [#1]
    • 2.3/7 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The season premiere of Survivor: Gabon (7.6/12 HH rating/share, 12.40M viewers, 4.4/12 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (6.1/10 HH rating/share, 9.40M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Flashpoint – first season finale):
      • Households – 6.6/11
      • Viewers – 9.67M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/7

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.8/8 household rating/share, 7.84 million viewers and a 3.6/9 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.5/6 HH rating [#3]
    • 5.24M viewers [#4]
    • 1.8/5 A18-49 rating [#t3]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Two episodes, including the fourth season premiere, of My Name Is Earl (3.9/6 HH rating/share, 6.40M viewers, 2.6/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (9/27/2007 – third season premiere – 8:00 & 8:30):
      • Households – 5.3/9 to 3.9/6
      • Viewers – 8.66M to 6.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.8/11 to 2.6/8
    • Last week’s numbers (America’s Got Talent):
      • Households – 6.4/11
      • Viewers – 10.03M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/8
  • 9:00 p.m.: The hour-long fifth season premiere of The Office (5.3/8 HH rating/share, 9.19M viewers, 4.9/11 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (9/27/2007 – fourth season premiere):
      • Households – 5.2/8 to 5.3/8
      • Viewers – 9.65M to 9.19M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.1/12 to 4.9/11
  • 10:00 (10:01) p.m.: The 15th season premiere of E.R. (5.1/8 HH rating/share, 7.92M viewers, 3.3/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (9/27/2007 – 14th season premiere):
      • Households – 6.4/11 to 5.1/8
      • Viewers – 9.92M to 7.92M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.1/11 to 3.3/8

FOX followed in fourth place for the evening with a 2.8/4 household rating/share, 4.33 million viewers and a 2.0/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.4/6 HH rating [#4]
    • 5.44M viewers [#2]
    • 2.4/7 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Two back-to-back episodes of Kitchen Nightmares (2.8/4 HH rating/share, 4.33M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Hole in the Wall – 8pm):
      • Households – 2.6/5
      • Viewers – 4.14M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6
    • Last week’s numbers (Hole in the Wall – 8:30pm) :
      • Households – 3.2/5
      • Viewers – 5.33M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7
    • Last week’s numbers (Kitchen Nightmares – 9pm):
      • Households – 3.9/6
      • Viewers – 6.15M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.4/4 household rating/share, 3.67 million viewers and a 1.5/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.5/4 HH rating [#5]
    • 4.17M viewers [#5]
    • 1.8/5 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Smallville (2.6/4 HH rating/share, 4.10M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (eighth season premiere):
      • Households – 2.6/5 to 2.6/4
      • Viewers – 4.34M to 4.10M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6 to 1.7/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: Supernatural (2.1/3 HH rating/share, 3.24M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (fourth season premiere):
      • Households – 2.3/4 to 2.1/3
      • Viewers – 3.96M to 3.24M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.3/3
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 “Grey’s Anatomy” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, October 2, 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.