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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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FOX finished in first place for the evening with a 11.1/17 household rating/share, 19.54 million viewers and a 7.3/18 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:
11.0/17 HH rating/share [#1]
19.31M viewers [#1]
7.4/18 A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol-WED (15.0/23 HH rating/share, 26.97M viewers, 10.1/25 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 14.3/22 to 15.0/23 (+5%)
Viewers – 25.90M to 26.97M (+4%/+1.07M)
Adults 18-49 – 9.8/25 to 10.1/25 (+3%)

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

Households – 13.7/20 to 15.0/23 (+9%)
Viewers – 25.54M to 26.97M (+6%/+1.43M)
Adults 18-49 – 9.8/24 to 10.1/25 (+3%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Lie to Me (7.1/11  HH rating/share, 12.11M viewers, 4.4/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (series premiere):

Households – 7.2/11 to 7.1/11 (-1%)
Viewers – 12.37M to 12.11M (-2%/-0.26M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.9/12 to 4.4/10 (-10%)

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 5.6/9 household rating/share and 8.61 million viewers, but fell to fourth place among adults 18-49 with a 2.0/5 rating/share.

Last Week:
7.0/11 HH rating/share [#2]
10.96M viewers [#2]
2.9/7 A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: CBS Evening News With Katie Couric (4.2/6 HH rating/share, 6.45M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (The New Adventures of Old Christine):

Households – 4.7/7
Viewers – 7.29M
Adults 18-49 – 2.1/6

  • 8:30 p.m.: The New Adventures of Old Christine-REPEAT (3.3/5 HH rating/share, 4.97M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Gary Unmarried):

Households – 4.4/7
Viewers – 6.97M
Adults 18-49 – 2.2/5

  • 9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds-REPEAT (6.7/10 HH rating/share, 10.63M viewers, 2.5/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Criminal Minds):

Households – 8.7/13
Viewers – 13.82M
Adults 18-49 – 3.4/8

  • 10:00 p.m.: CSI: NY-REPEAT (6.2/10 HH rating/share, 9.49M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (CSI: NY):

Households – 7.6/12
Viewers – 11.58M
Adults 18-49 – 2.9/7

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.6/7 household rating/share, but managed a third place finish among viewers with 7.62 million and a better second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 3.0/7 rating/share.

Last Week:

6.2/10 HH rating/share [#3]
10.41M viewers [#3]
4.5/11 A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: LOST-REPEAT (3.7/6 HH rating/share, 5.28M viewers, 1.8/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (LOST: Destiny Calls):

Households – 5.2/8
Viewers – 8.51M
Adults 18-49 – 3.3/9

  • 9:00 p.m.: LOST (6.4/10 HH rating/share, 11.07M viewers, 4.8/11 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (season five premiere):

Households – 6.6/10 to 6.4/10 (-3%)
Viewers – 11.35M to 11.07M (-2%/-0.28M)
Adults 18-49 – 5.0/12 to 4.8/11 (-4%)

  • 10:00 (10:02) p.m.: The Thursday debut of Life on Mars (4.0/7 HH rating/share, 6.51M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode (THUR; 11/20/2008):

Households – 5.1/9 to 4.0/7 (-22%)
Viewers – 7.77M to 6.51M (-16%/-1.26M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7 to 2.3/6 (-8%)

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.7/7 household rating/share, was fourth among viewers with 7.15 million and back to third among adults 18-49 with a 2.1/5 rating/share.

Last Week:
4.3/7 HH rating/share [#4]
6.35M viewers [#4]
1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m: Knight Rider (3.8/6 HH rating/share, 6.13M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.2/5 to 3.8/6 (+19%)
Viewers – 4.93M to 6.13M (+24%/+1.20M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.9/5 (+27%)

  • 9:00 p.m: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (4.4/7 HH rating/share, 6.44M viewers, 1.9/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m: Law & Order (5.9/10 HH rating/share, 8.89M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.6/9 to 5.9/10 (+5%)
Viewers – 8.27M to 8.89M (+7%/+0.62M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.4/6 to 2.6/7 (+8%)

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 0.8/1 household rating/share, 1.02 million viewers and a 0.4/1 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:
0.8/1 HH rating/share [#5]
1.09M viewers [#5]
0.5/1 A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Privileged-REPEAT (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 1.07M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (13–Fear is Real):

Households – 0.9/1
Viewers – 1.36M
Adults 18-49 – 0.5/1

  • 9:00 p.m.: 90210-REPEAT (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 0.98M 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 affiliate 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 affiliate numbers. (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, February 4, 2009. Also keep in mind that because these are fast affiliate ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

Source: Fast Affiliate/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research. Daily ratings figures can be found at PI Feedback, Zap2It and TV by the Numbers.