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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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Full ratings and breakdown’s, including week-to-week comparisons, etc., follows after the jump.

Note: The following numbers are based on the final national numbers.

FOX finished in first place for the evening with a 9.6/15 household rating/share, 16.25 million viewers and a 5.5/15 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

8.9/14 HH rating/share [#1]
14.86M viewers [#1]
5.0/14 A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Lie to Me (5.4/9 HH rating/share, 8.68M viewers, 2.7/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 4.7/8 to 5.4/9 (+15%)
Viewers – 7.75M to 8.68M (+12%/+0.93M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.3/7 to 2.7/8 (+17%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: American Idol: Results Show (13.7/21 HH rating/share, 23.57M viewers, 8.3/20 A18-49 rating/share).

Day-to-day numbers (regular episode – Tues; 5/5/2009 – timepm):

Households – 13.4/21 to 13.7/21 (+2%)
Viewers – 23.41M to 23.57M (+1%/+0.16M)
Adults 18-49 – 8.3/23 to 8.3/20 (n/c)

Week-to-week numbers (results show):

Households – 13.2/20 to 13.7/21 (+4%)
Viewers – 22.37M to 23.57M (+5%/+1.20M)
Adults 18-49 – 7.7/19 to 8.3/20 (+8%)

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 7.3/12 household rating/share, 11.36 million viewers and a 2.9/8 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

6.8/11 HH rating/share [#2]
10.58M viewers [#2]
2.6/7 A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The New Adventures of Old Christine (4.4/8 HH rating/share, 6.45M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating/share).

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

Households – 4.5/8 to 4.4/8 (-2%)
Viewers – 7.17M to 6.45M (-10%/-0.72M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.1/7 to 1.9/6 (-9.5%)

  • 8:30 p.m.: Gary Unmarried (4.3/7 HH rating/share, 6.66M viewers, 2.0/6 A18-49 rating/share).

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

Households – 4.5/7 to 4.3/7 (-4%)
Viewers – 7.24M to 6.66M (-8%/-0.58M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7 to 2.0/6 (-9%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds (8.9/14 HH rating/share, 14.13M viewers, 3.3/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 8.5/13 to 8.9/14 (+5%)
Viewers – 13.61M to 14.13M (+4%/+0.52M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.3/8 to 3.3/8 (n/c)

  • 10:00 p.m.: CSI: NY (8.5/14 HH rating/share, 13.40M viewers, 3.3/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 8.1/14 to 8.5/14 (+5%)
Viewers – 12.50M to 13.40M (+7%/+0.90M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.2/9 to 3.3/9 (+3%)

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.2/7 household rating/share, but was fourth among both viewers (6.12 million) and adults 18-49 (1.6/4 rating/share).

Last Week:

4.3/7 HH rating/share [#4]
6.39M viewers [#3]
1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m: The eighth season premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (3.9/7 HH rating/share, 5.71M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share). Note: This season aired previously on USA Network.
  • 9:00 p.m: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (3.2/5 HH rating/share, 4.51M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m: Law & Order (5.5/9 HH rating/share, 8.14M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.2/9 to 5.5/9 (+6%)
Viewers – 7.82M to 8.14M (+4%/+0.32M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.2/6 to 2.3/6 (+5%)

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.0/6 household rating/share, but managed third place finishes among both viewers (6.18 million) and adults 18-49 (2.6/7 rating/share).

Last Week:

4.4/7 HH rating/share [#3]
6.67M viewers [#3]
2.4/7 A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The eighth season finale of Scrubs (3.5/6 HH rating/share, 5.07M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (TUES; 5/5/2009 – 8:00pm):

Households – 3.0/5 to 3.5/6 (+17%)
Viewers – 4.60M to 5.07M (+10%/+0.47M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6 to 2.1/6 (+10.5%)

Season finale comparison (NBC: THUR; 5/8/2008 – 8:30-9:00pm):

Households – 3.6/6 to 3.5/6 (-3%)
Viewers – 5.26M to 5.07M (-4%/-0.19M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7 to 2.1/6 (-16%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Lost (5.3/8 HH rating/share, 8.70M viewers, 4.0/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.6/8 to 5.3/8 (-5%)
Viewers – 9.04M to 8.70M (-4%/-0.34M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.1/10 to 4.0/10 (-2%)

  • 10:02 p.m.: The Unusuals (4.1/5 HH rating/share, 4.63M viewers, 1.6/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.3/6 to 4.1/5 (+24%)
Viewers – 4.86M to 4.63M (-5%/-0.23M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.6/4 (+7%)

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.7/3 household rating/share, 2.45 million viewers and a 1.1/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

1.8/3 HH rating/share [#5]
2.63M viewers [#5]
1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model (2.6/4 HH rating/share, 3.82M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 2.6/4 to 2.6/4 (n/c)
Viewers – 4.01M to 3.87M (-3.5%/-0.14M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6 to 1.7/5 (-6%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: 90210-REPEAT (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 1.09M viewers, 0.5/1 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, May 13, 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.