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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, October 15, 2008

NBC finished in first place for the evening with a 5.7/9 household rating/share, 9.09 million viewers and a 3.2/8 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.6/6 HH rating/share [#4]
    • 6.02M viewers [#4]
    • 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m: Knight Rider (4.9/8 HH rating/share, 7.65M viewers, 2.3/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.2/7 to 4.9/8
      • Viewers – 6.86M to 7.65M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/7 to 2.3/7
  • 9:00 p.m: NBC News Decision ‘08: Presidential Debate (6.4/9 HH rating/share, 10.34M viewers, 3.9/9 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (The Biggest Loser – 9-10pm):
      • Households – 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 6.56M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/7
  • 10:30 p.m: NBC News Decision ‘08: Presidential Debate Analysis (5.3/9 HH rating/share, 8.19M viewers, 2.9/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Lipstick Jungle – 10-11pm):
      • Households – 3.4/6
      • Viewers – 4.76M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/5

ABC followed in a tie for second place for the evening with a 5.4/8 household rating/share, but was alone in second among both viewers (8.26 million) and adults 18-49 (2.5/6 rating/share).

  • Last Week:
    • 4.2/7 HH rating/share [#3]
    • 6.25M viewers [#3]
    • 2.2/6 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Pushing Daisies (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.29M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.6/6 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 5.50M to 6.29M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6 to 1.9/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: ABC News Vote 2008: Presidential Debate (6.2/9 HH rating/share, 9.66M viewers, 2.9/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Private Practice):
      • Households – 5.1/8
      • Viewers – 7.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/7
  • 10:30 p.m.: ABC News Vote 2008: Presidential Debate Analysis (5.3/9 HH rating/share, 8.00M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Dirty Sexy Money):
      • Households – 4.0/7
      • Viewers – 5.85M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5

CBS finished in a tie for second place for the evening with a 5.4/8 household rating/share, was third among viewers with 8.16 million viewers and was tied for third among adults 18-49 with a 2.4/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 8.4/14 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 13.09M viewers [#1]
    • 3.6/10 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The New Adventures of Old Christine (5.2/9 HH rating/share, 7.74M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.0/8 to 5.2/9
      • Viewers – 7.53M to 7.74M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7 to 2.1/6
  • 8:30 p.m.: Gary Unmarried (5.2/8 HH rating/share, 7.71M viewers, 2.4/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.9/8 to 5.2/8
      • Viewers – 7.36M to 7.71M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/6 to 2.4/7
  • 9:00 p.m.: CBS News Campaign ‘08: Presidential Debate (5.8/9 HH rating/share, 8.91M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Criminal Minds):
      • Households – 10.2/16
      • Viewers – 16.19M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.3/11
  • 10:30 p.m.: CBS News Campaign ‘08: Presidential Debate Analysis (4.5/7 HH rating/share, 6.80M viewers, 2.1/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (CSI: NY):
      • Households – 10.1/17
      • Viewers – 15.87M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.3/12

FOX followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.7/7 household rating/share and 7.26 million viewers, but managed a slightly stronger tie for third place among adults 18-49 with a 2.4/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.6/7 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 7.40M viewers [#2]
    • 2.4/7 A18-49 rating/share [#2]
  • Note: Due to the live sporting event, the following numbers, for FOX only, are based on the final national numbers.
  • 8:00-8:18 p.m.: FOX MLB NLCS Game 5: Pregame (3.4/6 HH rating/share, 5.11M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Bones):
      • Households – 6.5/11
      • Viewers – 10.56M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.4/10
  • 8:18-11:38 p.m.: FOX MLB NLCS Game 5: Philadelphia Philies at Los Angeles Dodgers (5.1/8 HH rating/share, 8.03M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (‘Til Death – 9:01pm):
      • Households – 2.9/5
      • Viewers – 4.61M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/4
    • Last week’s numbers (‘Til Death – 9:30pm):
      • Households – 2.5/4
      • Viewers – 3.81M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/3

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.6/3 household rating/share, 2.44 million viewers and a 1.1/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.1/3 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 2.87M viewers [#5]
    • 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: An America’s Next Top Model clip-show (2.2/4 HH rating/share, 3.18M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week numbers (America’s Next Top Model):
      • Households – 2.9/5
      • Viewers – 3.94M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of 90210 (1.7/3 HH rating/share, 1.70M viewers, 0.9/2 A18-49 rating/share) ended the evening for The CW.
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 “The New Adventures of Old Christine” will be reported in next weeks report for Wednesday, October 22, 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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