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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, October 7, 2008

ABC finished in first place for the evening with a 8.4/13 household rating/share, 12.99 million viewers and a 3.6/9 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.9/9 HH rating/share [#3]
    • 8.85M viewers [#3]
    • 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Dancing With The Stars: The Results (9.0/14 HH rating/share, 13.44M viewers, 3.3/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (Dancing With The Stars: The Results – 9-10:01pm):
      • Households – 10.2/15 to 9.0/14
      • Viewers – 15.49M to 13.44M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/9 to 3.3/9
    • Last week’s numbers (Opportunity Knocks – 8-9pm):
      • Households – 3.8/6
      • Viewers – 5.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: ABC News Vote 2008: Presidential Debate (8.8/13 HH rating/share, 13.80M viewers, 4.0/9 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:30 p.m.: ABC News Vote 2008: Presidential Debate Analysis (6.3/10 HH rating/share, 9.64M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (People Magazine Challenge: Half Their Size – 10:01-11pm):
      • Households – 3.4/6
      • Viewers – 4.88M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/5

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 7.1/11 household rating/share and 11.24 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 2.9/7 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 9.7/15 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 15.05M viewers [#1]
    • 3.2/9 A18-49 rating/share [#t2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (9.7/15 HH rating/share, 15.69M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 11.3/18 to 9.7/15
      • Viewers – 18.03M to 15.69M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/10 to 3.7/10
  • 9:00 p.m.: CBS News Campaign ‘08: Presidential Debate (5.9/9 HH rating/share, 9.30M viewers, 2.7/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (The Mentalist):
      • Households – 9.8/15
      • Viewers – 15.48M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/9
  • 10:30 p.m.: CBS News Campaign ‘08: Presidential Debate Analysis (5.2/9 HH rating/share, 8.13M viewers, 2.2/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Without a Trace):
      • Households – 8.4/14
      • Viewers – 12.61M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/8

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 5.4/8 household rating/share and 8.63 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 3.2/8 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.5/9 HH rating/share [#4]
    • 8.24M viewers [#4]
    • 3.2/9 A18-49 rating/share [#t2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser: Families (4.8/7 HH rating/share, 7.49M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (8-10pm):
      • Households – 4.8/7 to 4.8/7
      • Viewers – 7.39M to 7.49M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/8 to 3.0/8
  • 9:00 p.m.: NBC News Decision ‘08: Presidential Debate (6.1/9 HH rating/share, 9.72M viewers, 3.6/8 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:30 p.m.: NBC News Decision ‘08: Presidential Debate Analysis (5.0/8 HH rating/share, 7.63M viewers, 2.7/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – 10-11pm):
      • Households – 7.0/12
      • Viewers – 10.39M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.8/11

Fox followed in fourth place for the evening with an 3.6/5 household rating/share, 5.75 million viewers and a 2.3/6 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 7.0/11 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 11.34M viewers [#2]
    • 4.8/13 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of House (4.0/6 HH rating/share, 6.32M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (House):
      • Households – 7.8/12
      • Viewers – 12.98M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.4/15
  • 9:00 p.m.: FOX News: Presidential Debate (3.2/5 HH rating/share, 5.17M viewers, 2.1/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Fringe – 9:01-10pm):
      • Households – 6.1/9
      • Viewers – 9.91M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.2/11

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.9/3 household rating/share, 2.69 million viewers and a 1.4/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.8/3 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 2.54M viewers [#5]
    • 1.3/3 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: 90210 (2.2/3 HH rating/share, 3.05M viewers, 1.7/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.2/4 to 2.2/3
      • Viewers – 3.25M to 3.05M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.7/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: Privileged (1.6/2 HH rating/share, 2.33M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.3/2 to 1.6/2
      • Viewers – 1.87M to 2.33M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.9/2 to 1.1/3
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 “NCIS” will be reported in next weeks report for Tuesday, October 14, 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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