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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, May 20, 2009

052009piechart-viewersFull ratings and breakdown’s, including week-to-week comparisons, etc., follows after the jump.

FOX finished in first place for the evening with a 15.6/26 household rating/share, 27.71 million viewers and a 9.5/27 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

9.4/15 HH rating/share [#1]
16.17M viewers [#1]
5.5/15 A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The two-hour eighth season finale of American Idol (15.6/26 HH rating/share, 27.71M viewers, 9.5/27 A18-49 rating/share).

Day-to-day numbers (regular episode/last performance show – Tues; 5/19/2009 – 8:00-9:05pm):

Households – 13.5/22 to 15.6/26 (+16%)
Viewers – 23.82M to 27.71M (+16%/+3.89M)
Adults 18-49 – 8.6/25 to 9.5/27 (+10.5%)

Week-to-week numbers (results show – 9:00-10:03pm):

Households – 14.0/22 to 15.6/26 (+11%)
Viewers – 24.67M to 27.71M (+12%/+3.04M)
Adults 18-49 – 8.7/22 to 9.5/27 (+9%)

Season finale comparison (5/21/2009 – 8:00-10:03pm – seventh season finale):

Households – 17.7/28 to 15.6/26 (-12%)
Viewers – 31.66M to 27.71M (-12.5%/-3.95M)
Adults 18-49 – 11.4/30 to 9.5/27 (-17%)

Last week’s numbers (Lie to Me – 8:00-9:00pm):

Households – 5.2/9
Viewers – 8.46M
Adults 18-49 – 2.6/8

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 7.0/12 household rating/share, 11.06 million viewers and a 2.8/8 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

6.7/11 HH rating/share [#2]
10.56M viewers [#2]
2.8/8 A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The fourth season finale of The New Adventures of Old Christine (3.8/7 HH rating/share, 5.65M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (8:30-9:00pm):

Households – 4.2/7 to 3.8/7 (-9.5%)
Viewers – 6.50M to 5.65M (-13%/-0.85M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6 to 1.6/5 (-20%)

Season finale comparison (MON; 3/31/2008 – 9:30-10:00pm – third season finale): Note: The enormous drop in viewership is due to last season’s finale airing out of hit show Two and a Half Men.

Households – 8.0/12 to 3.8/7 (-52.5%)
Viewers – 12.57M to 5.65M (-55%/-6.92M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.5/11 to 1.6/5 (-64%)

Last week’s numbers (Rules of Engagement):

Households – 4.0/7
Viewers – 6.30M
Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6

  • 8:30 p.m.: The first season finale of Gary Unmarried (3.7/6 HH rating/share, 5.55M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (5/6/2009):

Households – 4.3/7 to 3.7/6 (-14%)
Viewers – 6.66M to 5.55M (-17%/-1.11M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6 to 1.7/5 (-15%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The two-part fourth season finale of Criminal Minds (8.6/15 HH rating/share, 13.79M viewers, 3.4/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 8.4/13 to 8.6/15 (+2%)
Viewers – 13.37M to 13.79M (+3%/+0.42M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.4/9 to 3.4/9 (n/c)

Season finale comparison (5/21/2009 – 9:00-10:00pm – third season finale):

Households – 8.3/13 to 8.6/15 (+4%)
Viewers – 13.15M to 13.79M (+5%/+0.64M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.4/8 to 3.4/9 (n/c)

Last week’s numbers (CSI: NY – 10:00-11:00pm):

Households – 7.9/13
Viewers – 12.33M
Adults 18-49 – 3.2/9

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 3.7/6 household rating/share, 5.32 million viewers and a 1.3/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

4.1/7 HH rating/share [#4]
5.95M viewers [#4]
1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (3.4/6 HH rating/share, 4.96M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share). Note: This season aired previously on USA Network.

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.7/6 to 3.4/6 (-8%)
Viewers – 5.36M to 4.96M (-7.5%/-0.40M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3 to 1.0/3 (-9%)

  • 9:00 p.m: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (3.0/5 HH rating/share, 4.30M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m: Law & Order (4.7/8 HH rating/share, 6.70M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.3/9 to 4.7/8 (-11%)
Viewers – 7.90M to 6.70M (-15%/-1.20M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.2/6 to 1.9/5 (-14%)

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 2.2/4 household rating/share, 3.42 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

5.2/8 HH rating/share [#3]
8.31M viewers [#3]
3.7/10 A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2.2/4 HH rating/share, 3.42M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Lost: A Journey In Time – 8:00-9:00pm):

Households – 4.2/7
Viewers – 6.33M
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/8

Last week’s numbers (Lost – fifth season finale  – 9:00-11:00pm):

Households – 5.7/9
Viewers – 9.43M
Adults 18-49 – 4.4/11

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 0.9/1 household rating/share, 1.27 million viewers and a 0.4/1 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

1.8/3 HH rating/share [#5]
2.65M viewers [#5]
1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Film: Take the Lead (0.9/1 HH rating/share, 1.27M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (America’s Next Top Model – 12th season finale):

Households – 2.9/5
Viewers – 4.31M
Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6

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 27, 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.