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Prime-Time TV Rankings

Reruns effective for CBS

August 06, 2008|Scott Collins | Times Staff Writer

With just a few of the many summer reality programs on rival networks catching fire, CBS found viewers gravitating toward repeats of shows such as "Two and a Half Men" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" for the week ending Sunday.

None of the CBS reruns ranked at the very top, either among total viewers or in the ad-friendly demographic of people aged 18 to 49. But in a weak season for the broadcasters, the repeats performed strongly enough last week to make CBS the most-watched network, averaging 6.3 million viewers in prime time, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

Among young adults, Fox narrowly held rivals at bay, thanks to a boost from "So You Think You Can Dance."

On cable, scripted dramas dominated the list of top programs. TNT's "The Closer" led the way with 7.4 million viewers. Others in the top 10 included USA's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Burn Notice" (4.9 million each).

AMC's Emmy-nominated ad-industry drama "Mad Men" slipped 38% from last week's Season 2 premiere, down to 1.3 million viewers.

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Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (July 28-Aug. 5) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 286 million potential viewers in the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.

*--* Program Network Viewers 1 America's Got Talent NBC 13.85 2 Wipeout ABC 9.70 3 Two and a Half Men CBS 9.34 4 So You Think Can Dance (Wed.) FOX 8.84 5 Criminal Minds CBS 8.70

6 So You Think Can Dance (Thu.) FOX 8.69 7 NCIS CBS 8.50 8 CSI: Miami CBS 8.44 9 60 Minutes CBS 8.08 10 CSI CBS 8.03

11 CSI: NY CBS 7.78 12 Flashpoint CBS 7.68 13 Primetime ABC 7.65 14 Celebrity Family Feud NBC 7.53 15 Old Christine CBS 7.50

16 NBC NFL Preseason (Sun.) NBC 7.45 17 House (Mon., 9 p.m.) FOX 7.42 18 Law & Order: SVU NBC 7.21 19 Big Brother 10 (Sun.) CBS 6.61 20 Big Brother 10 (Thu.) CBS 6.39

21 Bones (Mon., 8 p.m.) FOX 6.35 22 Primetime ABC 6.28 23 Numb3rs (9 p.m.) CBS 6.11 24 Nashville Star NBC 6.09 25 Big Brother 10 (Tue.) CBS 6.08

26 Dateline NBC (Mon.) NBC 5.92 27 Don't Forget Lyrics (Thu.) FOX 5.89 28 Greatest American Dog CBS 5.81 29 Cold Case (10 p.m.) CBS 5.76 30 I Survived a Japanese Game Show ABC 5.66

31 America's Funniest Home Videos ABC 5.64 32 Hopkins ABC 5.58 33 Dateline (Fri.) NBC 5.55 34 Baby Borrowers NBC 5.41 34 American Gladiators NBC 5.41

36 The Big Bang Theory CBS 5.37 37 Million Dollar Password CBS 5.31 38 Without a Trace CBS 5.27 39 How I Met Your Mother CBS 5.25 40 House FOX 5.24

41 America's Got Talent (Sat.) NBC 5.19 42 Family Guy FOX 5.06 43 Last Comic Standing 6 NBC 5.02 44 Ghost Whisperer CBS 4.99 45 The Simpsons (8:30 p.m.) FOX 4.96

46 Dateline (Sun, 9 p.m.) NBC 4.88 47 48 Hours Mystery CBS 4.79 47 Cops 2 FOX 4.79 49 So You Think You Can Dance Encore (Wed.) FOX 4.72

49 Fuego en la Sangre (Thu.) UNI 4.72

51 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC 4.58 51 American Dad FOX 4.58 53 Al Diablo con Guapos (Wed.) UNI 4.57 54 Al Diablo con Guapos (Mon.) UNI 4.56 55 America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back FOX 4.55

56 Al Diablo con Guapos (Tue.) UNI 4.54 57 Al Diablo con Guapos (Thu.) UNI 4.47 58 Fuego en la Sangre (Tue.) UNI 4.37 59 Law & Order NBC 4.30 60 Fuego en la Sangre (Mon.) UNI 4.21

61 20/20 (Fri.) ABC 4.17 62 Cops FOX 4.16 63 Most Outrageous Moments (8:30 p.m.) NBC 4.15 64 Fuego en la Sangre (Wed.) UNI 4.09 65 Swingtown CBS 4.06

66 Friday Night Smackdown CW 4.02 67 Wipeout (Sat.,. 9 p.m.) ABC 3.96 68 Wife Swap ABC 3.91 69 Law & Order: CI (Sat.) NBC 3.86 69 Fear Itself NBC 3.86

71 Al Diablo con Guapos (Fri.) UNI 3.84 71 Supernanny ABC 3.84 73 The Simpsons FOX 3.69 74 Ugly Betty ABC 3.57 74 Crimetime Saturday CBS 3.57

76 Fuego en la Sangre (Fri.) UNI 3.53 77 Grey's Anatomy (Thu., 9 p.m.) ABC 3.52 77 Most Outrageous Moments (8 p.m.) NBC 3.52 79 High School Musical (Mon.) ABC 3.49 80 Kitchen Nightmares (8 p.m.) FOX 3.48

81 Wanna Bet ABC 3.41 82 ABC Friday Movie of the Week ABC 3.39 83 Rosa de Guadalupe (Thu.) UNI 3.32 84 Wipeout (Sat., 8 p.m.) ABC 3.30 *--*

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