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Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, May 16, 2009

051609piechart-viewersComplete ratings and breakdown’s, including week-to-week comparisons, etc., follows after the jump.

Note: “Last Week” numbers in this week’s reports are based on final national data. Additionally, HH rating/share data for this evening was not available.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with 5.85 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 1.1/4 rating/share.

Last Week:

3.5/7 HH rating [#2]

5.17M viewers [#2]

1.1/4 A18-49 [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The Mentalist-REPEAT (4.86M viewers, 0.7/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The Mentalist-REPEAT (5.90M viewers, 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Harper’s Island):

Households – 3.1/6

Viewers – 4.60M

Adults 18-49 – 1.1/4

  • 10:00 p.m.: 48 Hours Mystery (6.79M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 4.5/9 to x.x/x

Viewers – 6.55M to 6.79M (+4%/+0.24M)

Adults 18-49 – 1.5/5 to 1.5/5 (n/c)

FOX followed in second place for the evening with 4.02 million viewers, but managed a first place finish among adults 18-49 with a 1.4/5 rating/share.

Last week:

3.9/8 HH rating [#1]

6.55M viewers [#1]

2.1/8 A18-49 rating [#1]

  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Cops & Cops (3.72M viewers, 1.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Last original episode numbers (4/25/2009 – 8:30pm):

Households – 2.5/5

Viewers – 3.92M

Adults 18-49 – 1.3/5

  • 9:00 p.m.: America’s Most Wanted (4.31M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (4/25/2009):

Households – 2.9/5 to x.x/x

Viewers – 4.50M to 4.31M (-4%/-0.19M)

Adults 18-49 – 1.4/5 to 1.4/5 (n/c)

Last week’s numbers (NASCAR Sprint Cup: Live From Darlington, S.C. – 7:37-11:50pm):

Households – 4.0/8

Viewers – 6.67M

Adults 18-49 – 2.1/8

NBC finished in third place for the evening with 3.55 million viewers, but was fourth among adults 18-49 with a 0.7/3 rating/share.

Last Week:

2.8/6 HH rating [#4]

4.16M viewers [#4]

0.8/3 A18-49 rating [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (3.37M viewers, 0.7/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Southland-REPEAT (2.76M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Law & Order-REPEAT (4.52M viewers, 0.9/3 A18-49 rating/share).

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with 3.52 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 1.2/4 rating/share.

Last Week:

3.1/6 HH rating [#3]

4.78M viewers [#3]

1.8/7 A18-49 rating [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Film: Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireREPEAT (4.50M viewers, 1.7/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (NBA Countdown – 8:00pm):

Households – 1.6/4

Viewers – 2.19M

Adults 18-49 – 0.5/2

Last week’s numbers (2009 NBA Playoffs: Game 3 – Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks – 8:12pm):

Households – 3.2/6

Viewers – 4.96M

Adults 18-49 – 1.9/7


Notes: 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 affiliates. (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 “48 Hours Mystery” will be reported in next weeks report for Saturday, May 23, 2009. Also keep in mind that because these are fast affiliate numbers, when the finals are released there may be noticeable changes.

Also, 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.

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