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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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

NBC finished in first place for the evening with a 5.1/9 household rating/share, 7.95 million viewers and a 2.2/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

4.8/8 HH rating/share [#1]
7.46M
viewers [#1]
1.8/6
A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m: America’s Got Talent (Recap) (4.4/8 HH rating/share, 6.93M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m: America’s Got Talent (6.7/11 HH rating/share, 10.87M viewers, 2.9/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 6.6/11 to 6.7/11 (+1.5%)
Viewers – 10.67M to 10.87M (+2%/+0.20M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.6/7 to 2.9/8 (+11.5%)

Episode-to-episode numbers (9:00-10:00pm – TUES; 8/25/2009):

Households – 7.0/12 to 6.7/11 (-4%)
Viewers – 11.46M to 10.87M (-5%/-0.59M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.1/9 to 2.9/8 (-6.5%)

  • 10:00 p.m: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (4.2/7 HH rating/share, 6.05M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 3.8/7 household rating/share, was tied for second among viewers with 5.53 million and was tied for third place among adults 18-49 with a 1.3/4 rating/share.

Last Week:

3.8/7 HH rating/share [#2]
5.66M
viewers [#3]
1.4/4
A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Special – Ted Kennedy: The Last Brother (3.2/6 HH rating/share, 4.60M viewers, 0.9/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds-REPEAT (3.8/6 HH rating/share, 5.65M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: CSI: NY-REPEAT (4.3/8 HH rating/share, 6.36M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 3.3/6 household rating/share, but managed a tie for second place among viewers with 5.53 million and was alone in second among adults 18-49 with a 1.9/5 rating/share.

Last Week:

3.7/6 HH rating/share [#3]
5.67M
viewers [#2]
1.6/5
A18-49 rating/share [#t2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Wipeout (4.3/8 HH rating/share, 7.56M viewers, 2.5/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (9:00-10:00pm – 8/12/2009):

Households – 3.4/6 to 4.3/8 (+26.5%)
Viewers – 6.18M to 7.56M (+22%/+1.38M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7 to 2.5/9 (+14%)

Last week’s numbers (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire):

Households – 4.5/8
Viewers – 6.87M
Adults 18-49 – 1.4/5

  • 9:00 p.m.: The series premiere of Crash Course (2.9/5 HH rating/share, 5.06M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Special – Remembering Ted Kennedy (2.8/5 HH rating/share, 3.97M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Primetime: Crime):

Households – 3.5/6
Viewers – 5.29M
Adults 18-49 – 1.6/5

FOX followed in fourth place for the evening with a 2.9/5 household rating/share and 4.43 million viewers, but managed a tie for third place among adults 18-49 with 1.3/4 rating/share.

Last Week:

2.7/5 HH rating/share [#4]
4.19M
viewers [#4]
1.6/5
A18-49 rating/share [#t2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Bones-REPEAT (2.9/5 HH rating/share, 4.50M viewers, 1.2/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Bones-REPEAT (2.9/5 HH rating/share, 4.35M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (8:00-10:00pm – Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage):

Households – 2.7/5
Viewers – 4.16M
Adults 18-49 – 1.6/5

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 0.8/1 household rating/share, 1.17 million viewers and a 0.5/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

0.8/1 HH rating/share [#5]
1.02M
viewers [#5]
0.4/1
A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model-REPEAT (0.9/2 HH rating/share, 1.25M viewers, 0.5/2 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model-REPEAT (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 1.09M viewers, 0.5/1 A18-49 rating/share).

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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 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 “America’s Got Talent” will be reported in next weeks report for Wednesday, September 2, 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.

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