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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Full ratings and breakdown’s, including week-to-week comparisons and my full analysis of individual programs, follows after the jump.

FOX finished in first place for the evening with a 9.4/15 household rating/share, 15.59 million viewers and a 5.2/15 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

10.3/17 HH rating/share [#1]
17.13M viewers [#1]
5.5/15 A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Lie to Me (5.1/9 HH rating/share, 7.87M viewers, 2.3/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (4/8/2009):

Households – 5.3/9 to 5.1/9 (-4%)
Viewers – 8.56M to 7.87M (-8%/-0.69M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/8 to 2.3/7 (-8%)

Last week’s numbers (Bones):

Households – 7.0/12
Viewers – 11.01M
Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9

  • 9:00 p.m.: American Idol: Results Show (13.7/21 HH rating/share, 23.30M viewers, 8.1/21 A18-49 rating/share).

Day-to-day numbers (regular episode – Tues; 4/21/2009 – 8:00-9:04pm):

Households – 13.9/22 to 13.7/21 (-1%)
Viewers – 23.96M to 23.30M (-3%/-0.66M)
Adults 18-49 – 8.2/23 to 8.1/21 (-1%)

Week-to-week numbers (results show):

Households – 14.0/22 to 13.7/21(-2%)
Viewers – 24.11M to 23.30M (-3%/-0.81M)
Adults 18-49 -8.2/21 to 8.1/21 (-1%)

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 6.3/10 household rating/share, 9.55 million viewers and a 2.5/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

6.0/10 HH rating/share [#2]
9.43M viewers [#2]
2.4/7 A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The New Adventures of Old Christine-REPEAT (3.6/6 HH rating/share, 5.19M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:30 p.m.: Gary Unmarried-REPEAT (3.7/6 HH rating/share, 5.54M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds-REPEAT (6.4/10 HH rating/share, 9.75M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds (8.9/15 HH rating/share, 13.55M viewers, 3.5/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (4/8/2009 – 9:00-10:00pm):

Households – 8.5/13 to 8.9/15 (+5%)
Viewers – 13.61M to 13.55M (-0%/-0.06M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.3/8 to 3.5/10 (+6%)

Last week’s numbers (CSI: NY):

Households – 7.8/13
Viewers – 12.14M
Adults 18-49 – 2.9/8

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.0/6 household rating/share and 5.79 million viewers, but was fourth among adults 18-49 with a 1.5/4 rating/share.

Last Week:

3.9/6 HH rating/share [#4]
5.68M viewers [#4]
1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m: Law & Order-REPEAT (3.8/7 HH rating/share, 5.71M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (3.8/6 HH rating/share, 6.11M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m: Law & Order-REPEAT (4.3/7 HH rating/share, 6.11M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.5/6 household rating/share and 5.35 million viewers, but managed a third place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.1/6 rating/share.

Last Week:

4.2/7 HH rating/share [#3]
6.74M viewers [#3]
2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Scrubs (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 4.66M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.2/6 to 3.1/5 (-3%)
Viewers – 5.06M to 4.66M (-8%/-0.40M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/7 to 1.8/6 (-10%)

  • 8:30 p.m.: Better off Ted (2.8/5 HH rating/share, 4.20 viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 2.9/5 to 2.8/5 (-3%)
Viewers – 4.62M to 4.20M (-9%/-0.42M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6 to 1.7/5 (-10.5%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The special Lost: The Story of the Oceanic 6 (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.99M viewers, 2.9/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Lost):

Households – 5.6/9
Viewers – 9.23M
Adults 18-49 – 4.0/10

  • 10:00 (10:02) p.m.: The Unusuals (3.3/6 HH rating/share, 4.97M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode (TUES; 4/21/2009):

Households – 3.8/6 to 3.3/6 (-13%)
Viewers – 5.81M to 4.97M (-14.5%/-0.84M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.6/5 (+7%)

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.9/7 to 3.3/6 (-15%)
Viewers – 6.01M to 4.97M (-17%/-1.04M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.8/5 to 1.6/5 (-11%)

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.8/3 household rating/share, 2.60 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

1.7/3 HH rating/share [#5]
2.36M viewers [#5]
1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model (2.7/5 HH rating/share, 3.97M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 2.6/4 to 2.7/5 (+4%)
Viewers – 3.78M to 3.97M (+5%/+0.19M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6 to 1.9/6 (+6%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: 90210-REPEAT (0.9/1 HH rating/share, 1.24M viewers, 0.6/2 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, April 29, 2009. Also keep in mind that because these are fast affiliate numbers, when the finals are released there may be noticeable changes.

And lastly, there may be some errors in the data due to rounding/human error. I’ll do my best to limit those mistakes and correct them in time for the next week’s report.

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.