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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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FOX finished in first place for the evening with a 11.0/17 household rating/share, 19.31 million viewers and a 7.4/18 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:
16.4/25 HH rating/share [#1]
29.85M viewers [#1]
11.6/29 A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol-WED (14.3/22 HH rating/share, 25.43M viewers, 9.6/25 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 16.4/25 to 14.3/22 (-13%)
Viewers – 30.32M to 25.43M (-16%/-4.89M)
Adults 18-49 – 11.8/30 to 9.6/25 (-19%)

Day-to-day numbers (TUES; 1/20/2009):

Households – 12.1/18 to 14.3/22 (+18%)
Viewers – 22.27M to 25.43M (+14%/+3.16M)
Adults 18-49 – 9.0/22 to 9.6/25 (+7%)

  • 9:00 (9:03) p.m.: The series premiere of Lie to Me (7.7/12  HH rating/share, 13.19M viewers, 5.2/13 A18-49 rating/share).

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 7.0/11 household rating/share and 10.96 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 2.9/7 rating/share.

Last Week:
7.3/11 HH rating/share [#2]
11.35M viewers [#2]
2.9/7 A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The New Adventures of Old Christine (4.8/7 HH rating/share, 7.44M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 4.7/7 to 4.8/7 (+2%)
Viewers – 7.17M to 7.44M (+4%/+0.27M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.9/5 to 2.1/6 (+10.5%)

  • 8:30 p.m.: Gary Unmarried (4.5/7 HH rating/share, 7.07M viewers, 2.2/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 4.5/7 to 4.5/7 (n/c)
Viewers – 6.96M to 7.07M (+2%/+0.11M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.1/5 to 2.2/5 (+5%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds (8.7/13 HH rating/share, 13.86M viewers, 3.5/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 8.7/13 to 8.7/13 (n/c)
Viewers – 13.78M to 13.86M (+1%/+0.08M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.2/8 to 3.5/9 (+9%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: CSI: NY (7.7/12 HH rating/share, 11.75M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 8.0/13 to 7.7/12 (-4%)
Viewers – 12.67M to 11.75M (-7%/-0.92M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.2/8 to 3.0/8 (-6%)

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 6.2/10 household rating/share and 10.41 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 4.5/11 rating/share.

Last Week:
2.9/5 HH rating/share [#4]
4.48 viewers [#4]
1.7/4 A18-49 rating/share [#t3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The special LOST: Destiny Calls (2.9/5 HH rating/share, 4.48M viewers, 1.7/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The fifth season premiere of LOST (6.8/10 HH rating/share, 11.66M viewers, 5.2/12 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (THUR; 1/31/2008):

Households – 9.4/14 to 6.8/10 (-28%)
Viewers – 16.14M to 11.66M (-28%/-4.48M)
Adults 18-49 – 6.7/17 to 5.2/12 (-22%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: That led into hour two of the LOST premiere (6.4/10 HH rating/share, 11.08M viewers, 5.0/13 A18-49 rating/share).

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.3/7 household rating/share, 6.35 million viewers and a 1.9/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:
4.0/6 HH rating/share [#3]
6.02M viewers [#3]
1.7/4 A18-49 rating/share [#t3]

  • 8:00 p.m: Knight Rider (3.3/5 HH rating/share, 4.98M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.4/5 to 3.3/5 (-3%)
Viewers – 5.38M to 4.98M (-7%/-0.40M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.6/4 to 1.5/4 (-6%)

  • 9:00 p.m: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (3.8/6 HH rating/share, 5.57M viewers, 1.7/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m: Law & Order (5.5/9 HH rating/share, 8.49M viewers, 2.5/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.5/9 to 5.5/9 (n/c)
Viewers – 8.26M to 8.49M (+3%/+0.23M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6 to 2.5/7 (+9%)

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 0.8/1 household rating/share, 1.09 million viewers and a 0.5/1 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:
0.7/1 HH rating/share [#5]
1.13M viewers [#5]
0.5/1 A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: 13–Fear is Real (0.9/1 HH rating/share, 1.36M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 0.9/1 to 0.9/1 (n/c)
Viewers – 1.44M to 1.36M (-6%/-0.08M)
Adults 18-49 – 0.6/1 to 0.6/2 (n/c)

  • 9:00 p.m.: 90210-REPEAT (0.6/1 HH rating/share, 0.82M viewers, 0.4/1 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 “American Idol” will be reported in next weeks report for Wednesday, January 28, 2009.

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 Zap2It, PI Feedback and TV by the Numbers.