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05.28.2008

CBS HAS 7 OF THE TOP 10 SCRIPTED PROGRAMS FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK

Finales of "Rules of Engagement" and "CSI: Miami" Deliver Largest Audiences of the Season

  

"Two and a Half Men" Ends Season with Its Best Deliveries Since November

  

Two-Hour Season Finale of "NCIS" Delivers Its Highest Ratings Since November -Opposite the Finale of "American Idol"

 

CBS had 7 of the top 10 scripted programs for the third straight week paced by the largest audiences of the season for the finales of RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and CSI: MIAMI and best deliveries since November for TWO AND A HALF MEN and NCIS, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending May 25, which included the final three days of the 2007-2008 television season.

 

For the week in viewers:  CBS (8.53m), FOX (12.48m), ABC (8.42m) and NBC (5.25m).  In the 2007-08 season (most current), CBS was second in viewers (10.52m), behind FOX (11.24m) and ahead of ABC (9.26m) and NBC (8.09m).

 

For the week in key demographics, CBS averaged a 2.7/08 in adults 25-54 and 2.1/06 in adults 18-49.   For the season, 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 (5.6/10), FOX (7.3/13), ABC (5.6/10) and NBC (3.5/06).  For the season in households, CBS was first (6.7/11), +2% ahead of FOX (6.6/11), +12% ahead of ABC (6.0/10) and +29% ahead of NBC (5.2/08). 

 

 CBS's Weekly Highlights:

 

-- Monday, CBS (7.8/12, 12.54m) was second in viewers, adults 25-54 (5.1/12), adults 18-49 (4.0/11), tied for second in adults 18-34 (2.5/07, with ABC).  This is CBS's best Monday delivery, with regularly scheduled first-run programming, since March 31, 2008 in households, viewers and adults 25-54. 

  

 TWO AND A HALF MEN was first in adults 25-54 (6.3/14), second in households (9.0/14), viewers (14.70m) and adults 18-49 (4.8/12).   This is TWO AND A HALF MEN's best delivery in both households and viewers since Nov. 26, 2007. 

 

 

 

 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT was second in households (7.6/11), viewers (12.29m), adults 25-54 (5.5/12) and adults 18-49 (4.3/10).  This is RULES OF ENGAGEMENT's best viewer delivery this season, second best households and adults 25-54 performances and best delivery in adults 18-49 since Nov. 12, 2007. 

  

 CSI: MIAMI was first in households (10.4/17), viewers (16.27m), adults 25-54 (5.9/14), adults 18-49 (4.5/12) and adults 18-34 (2.8/08).  This is CSI: MIAMI's best delivery in viewers this season, best households performance since Nov. 19, 2007 and best delivery in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since March 31, 2008. 

 

 NCIS (8:00-10:00 PM) was second in households (10.3/16), viewers (16.52m), adults 25-54 (5.0/12) and tied for second in adults 18-49 (3.4/09, with ABC).  This is NCIS's best households and viewers deliveries since Nov. 27, 2007 and best adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 performances since Nov. 20, 2007.

  

 THE PRICE IS RIGHT MILLION DOLLAR SPECTACULAR was second in households (4.9/08), viewers (7.59m), adults 25-54 (2.1/06) and adults 18-49 (1.8/05).  This is THE PRICE IS RIGHT MILLION DOLLAR SPECTACULAR's best Wednesday delivery this season in households and viewers, matches the best adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 performance. 

 

CBS top programs of the week:  #6 NCIS (an average of 16.52m viewers), #8 CSI: MIAMI (16.27m), #9 TWO AND A HALF MEN (14.70m), #10 CRIMINAL MINDS (13.15m), #11 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (12.29m), #12 CSI: NY (11.83m), #16 SHARK (10.27m), #22 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (7.99m), #23 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) (7.72m), #24 THE PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME (7.59m), #26 THE BIG BANG THEORY (7.34m), #27 60 MINUTES (R) (7.33m), #28 NUMB3RS (R) (7.04m), #29 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (R) (6.63m) and #30 COLD CASE (R) (6.53m). 

 

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: PER2+    for    5/19/2008  - 5/25/2008

 

                                                                                                            Persons 2+ (000)

1.         American Idol-Wednesday                                                       FOX    31661

2.         American Idol-Tuesday                                                            FOX    27061

3.         Dancing With The Stars Results                                                ABC    20122

4.         Dancing With The Stars                                                            ABC    19223

5.         Grey's Anatomy-Thu 9pm                                                         ABC    18092

6.         NCIS                                                                                       CBS     16524

7.         House-Monday 9p                                                                   FOX    16358

8.         CSI: MIAMI                                                                            CBS     16265

9.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                     CBS     14700

10.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                               CBS     13153

11.       RULES OF ENGAGEMENT                                                  CBS     12290

12.       CSI: NY                                                                                  CBS     11830

13.       Hell's Kitchen                                                                           FOX    11441

14.       Deal Or No Deal 5/22                                                  (S)       NBC    10333

15.       Bones-Monday 8p                                                                   FOX    10302

16.       SHARK                                                                                   CBS     10271

17.       Ugly Betty                                                                                ABC    8753

18.       Dancing With The Stars Special-5/20                            (R)(S)  ABC    8740

19.       So You Think You Can Dance-Thursday                      (P)       FOX    8739

20.       Law And Order                                                                        NBC    8573

                                               

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A2554    for    5/19/2008  -  5/25/2008

 

                                                                                                            Adults 25-54

1.         American Idol-Wednesday                                                       FOX    13.1

2.         American Idol-Tuesday                                                            FOX    11.8

3.         Grey's Anatomy-Thursday 9pm                                                ABC    8.0

4.         Dancing With The Stars Results                                                ABC    6.7

5.         House-Monday 9p                                                                   FOX    6.6

6.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                     CBS     6.3

7.         CSI: MIAMI                                                                            CBS     5.9

8.         Dancing With The Stars                                                            ABC    5.8

9.         Hell's Kitchen                                                                           FOX    5.6

10.       RULES OF ENGAGEMENT                                                  CBS     5.5

11.       NCIS                                                                                       CBS     5.0

12.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                               CBS     4.5

13.       CSI: NY                                                                                  CBS     4.2

14.       Bones-Monday 8p                                                                   FOX    4.1

15.       HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER                                              CBS     3.9

16.       So You Think You Can Dance-Thursday                      (P)       FOX    3.6

16.       Bachelorette, The                                                         (P)       ABC    3.6

18.       Ugly Betty                                                                                ABC    3.4

19.       SHARK                                                                                   CBS     3.3

19.       Nascar Sprint Cup                    Coca-Cola 600                        FOX    3.3

                                               

National Nielsen Rank for Demographic: A1849    for    5/19/2008  -  5/25/2008

 

                                                                                                            Adults 18-49

1.         American Idol-Wednesday                                                       FOX    11.4

2.         American Idol-Tuesday                                                            FOX    10.1

3.         Grey's Anatomy-Thu 9pm                                                         ABC    7.0

4.         House-Monday 9p                                                                   FOX    5.8

5.         Dancing With The Stars Results                                                ABC    5.4

6.         Hell's Kitchen                                                                           FOX    5.2

7.         TWO AND A HALF MEN                                                     CBS     4.8

8.         CSI: MIAMI                                                                            CBS     4.5

9.         Dancing With The Stars                                                            ABC    4.4

10.       RULES OF ENGAGEMENT                                                  CBS     4.3

11.       So You Think You Can Dance-Thursday                      (P)       FOX    3.5

12.       NCIS                                                                                       CBS     3.4

12.       Bones-Monday 8p                                                                   FOX    3.4

12.       CRIMINAL MINDS                                                               CBS     3.4

15.       HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER                                              CBS     3.3

 

16.       CSI: NY                                                                                  CBS     3.2

17.       Bachelorette, The                                                         (P)       ABC    2.9

18.       Ugly Betty                                                                                ABC    2.8

18.       BIG BANG THEORY, THE                                                    CBS     2.8

20.       Law And Order                                                                        NBC    2.6

 

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

 

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