Press Release back to list
04.22.2008

CBS's SCRIPTED PROGRAMS DOMINATE SERIES PROGRAMMING

CBS's Has Three of the Top Five and Seven of the Top 10 Scripted Programs

  

"NCIS" is CBS's Top Program, Ranking No. 6 for the Week

  

CBS Wins Monday in Key Demos

  

"Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY" Post Best Adult 18-49 Ratings Since Their First-Run Return

 

            The return of CBS's first-run scripted series continued to dominate as the Network posted three of the Top Five and seven of the Top 10 scripted series, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending April 20, week 30 of the 2008-2009 television season.

 

NCIS, TWO AND A HALF MEN, CSI: NY, CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI: MIAMI, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (R) and RULES OF ENGAGEMENT comprised seven of the top 10 scripted programs.

 

            For the week in viewers: CBS (8.54m), FOX (8.75m), ABC (7.91m) and NBC (7.33m).  Season-to-date, CBS is second in viewers (10.46m), behind FOX (11.30m) and ahead of ABC (9.14m) and NBC (8.33m). 

 

            For the week in key demographics, CBS was second in adults 25-54 (3.0/08) and averaged a 2.3/07 in adults 18-49.  Season-to-date, CBS is second in adults 25-54 (3.8/09) and tied for second in adults 18-49 (3.0/08, with ABC). 

 

            For the week in households: CBS (5.6/09), FOX (5.3/09) ABC (5.2/09) and NBC (4.8/08, +17%).  Season-to-date, CBS is tied for first (6.7/11, with FOX) and +14% ahead of ABC (5.9/10) and +26% ahead of NBC (5.3/09). 

 

CBS's Weekly Highlights:

 

-- Monday, CBS was first in adults 25-54 (4.4/11), adults 18-49 (3.6/09) and second in both households (6.6/10) and viewers (10.22m). 

 

             TWO AND A HALF MEN was first in adults 25-54 (6.4/14), adults 18-49 (5.3/13), adults 18-34 (3.5/09) and second in both households (8.5/13) and viewers (13.94m).  TWO AND A HALF MEN was Monday's top rated program in adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. 

 

 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (P) (6.6/10, 10.40m) was first in adults 25-54 (4.9/11) and adults 18-49 (4.1/10), second in viewers.  Compared to the program's live plus same day first run average this season, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT was up +3% in adults 18-49 (from 4.0/09) and retained 96% of its households (from 6.9/10), 94% of both adults 25-54 (from 5.1/11) and viewers (from 11.02m). 

  

 NCIS was second in households (9.4/15), viewers (15.13m) and adults 25-54 (4.4/11).  Compared to the program's first run return last week, NCIS was up +7% in households (from 8.8/14), +2% in adults 25-54 (from 4.3/11), +3% in adults 18-49 (3.1/08 from 3.0/08) and added +1.08m viewers (from 14.05m, +8%). 

  

 CRIMINAL MINDS was second in households (8.2/13), viewers (12.98m), adults 25-54 (4.6/11) and adults 18-49 (3.5/09) - all behind "American Idol".  This is CRIMINAL MINDS's best delivery in adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since returning with first run episodes.  Compared to last week, CRIMINAL MINDS was up +5% in adults 25-54 (from 4.4/10) and +6% in adults 18-49 (3.3/08). 

 

 CSI: NY was first households (8.6/14), viewers (13.43m), adults 25-54 (4.8/12) and adults 18-49 (3.9/10).  This is CSI: NY's best delivery in viewers and adults 18-49 and matched the best adults 25-54 performance since returning from the first-run episodes.  Compared to last week, CSI: NY was up +8% in households (from 8.0/13), +12% in adults 25-54 (from 4.3/11), +22% in adults 18-49 (from 3.2/08) and added +1.05m viewers (from 12.38m, +8%). 

 

             SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA was first in households (7.3/13), viewers (12.01m), adults 25-54 (5.0/14) and adults 18-49 (3.9/12).  SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA was Thursday's  #1 program in households, viewers and adults 25-54.

 

CBS top programs of the week:  #6 NCIS (an average of 15.13m viewers), #7 TWO AND A HALF MEN (13.94m), #8 CSI: NY (13.43m), #10 CRIMINAL MINDS (12.98m), #11 SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA (12.01m), #13 60 MINUTES (10.75m), #15 CSI: MIAMI (R) (10.63m), #17 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (R) (10.48m), #18 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (P) (10.40m) and #27 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) (9.24m).

 

                       

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: PER2+    for    4/14/2008  -  4/20/2008                                            

 

                                                                                                            Persons 2+ (000)

1.         American Idol-Tuesday                                                            FOX    23646

2.         American Idol-Wednesday                                                       FOX    23339

3.         Dancing With the Stars                                                 ABC    17198

4.         Desperate Housewives                                                 ABC    15746

5.         Dancing With the Stars Results                                      ABC    15421

6.         NCIS                                                                                       CBS     15128

7.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                     CBS     13937

8.         CSI: NY                                                                                  CBS     13429

9.         Law and Order: SVU                                                               NBC    13268

10.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                               CBS     12978

11.       SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA                                                  CBS     12014

12.       Biggest Loser 5                                                                        NBC    11391

13.       60 MINUTES                                                                          CBS     10749

14.       ABC News: Democratic Presidential Debate                 (S)       ABC    10693

15.       CSI: MIAMI                                                                (R)       CBS     10628

16.       Hell's Kitchen                                                                           FOX    10560

17.       CSI                                                                              (R)       CBS     10476

18.       RULES OF ENGAGEMENT                                      (P)       CBS     10398

19.       Oprah's Big Give                                                                      ABC    10092

20.       Brothers & Sisters                                                                    ABC    10080

                                               

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A2554    for    4/14/2008  -  4/20/2008                    

 

                                                                                                                        Adults 25-54

1.         American Idol-Wednesday                                                                   FOX    10.1

2.         American Idol-Tuesday                                                                        FOX    10.0

3.         Desperate Housewives                                                             ABC    6.8

4.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                                 CBS     6.4

5.         Law and Order: SVU                                                                           NBC    5.6

6.         Dancing With the Stars                                                             ABC    5.4

7.         Hell's Kitchen                                                                                       FOX    5.1

8.         Biggest Loser 5                                                                                    NBC    5.0

8.         SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA                                                              CBS     5.0

10.       RULES OF ENGAGEMENT                                                  (P)       CBS     4.9

11.       CSI: NY                                                                                              CBS     4.8

12.       Office                                                                                                   NBC    4.7

12.       Dancing With the Stars Results                                                  ABC    4.7

14.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                                           CBS     4.6

15.       NCIS                                                                                                   CBS     4.4

15.       Brothers & Sisters                                                                                ABC    4.4

17.       Medium                                                                                                NBC    4.1

17.       Oprah's Big Give                                                                                  ABC    4.1

19.       HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER                                                          CBS     3.9

20.       CSI: MIAMI                                                                            (R)       CBS     3.8

                                               

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A1849    for    4/14/2008  -  4/20/2008

 

                                                                                                                        Adults 18-49

1.         American Idol-Tuesday                                                                        FOX    8.8

1.         American Idol-Wednesday                                                                   FOX    8.8

3.         Desperate Housewives                                                             ABC    5.5

4.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                                 CBS     5.3

5.         Office                                                                                                   NBC    5.0

 

6.         Hell's Kitchen                                                                                       FOX    4.7

6.         Law and Order: SVU                                                                           NBC    4.7

8.         Biggest Loser 5                                                                                    NBC    4.4

9.         RULES OF ENGAGEMENT                                                  (P)       CBS     4.1

9.         Dancing With the Stars                                                             ABC    4.1

11.       SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA                                                              CBS     3.9

11.       CSI: NY                                                                                              CBS     3.9

13.       Scrubs                                                                                                  NBC    3.7

14.       Dancing With the Stars Results                                                  ABC    3.6

15.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                                           CBS     3.5

16.       HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER                                                          CBS     3.4

16.       Brothers & Sisters                                                                                ABC    3.4

18.       Oprah's Big Give                                                                                  ABC    3.2

18.       Medium                                                                                                NBC    3.2

20.       NCIS                                                                                                   CBS     3.1

20.       Don't Forget the Lyrics                                                             FOX    3.1

20.       E.R.                                                                                                     NBC    3.1

 

*   *   *

 

 

Press Contacts:            

Ed Harrison                323/575-4254               ed.harrison@tvc.cbs.com

Jeremy Murphy            212/975-4577              jeremy.murphy@cbs.com

Press:

Ed Harrison
818-655-1584
ed.harrison@cbs.com

Jeremy Murphy
212-975-4577
jeremy.murphy@cbs.com