May 29, 2008 |
The season finale of "American Idol" enabled Fox to end CBS' four-week winning streak in the prime-time television ratings race, according to figures released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. With the week's two "American Idol" broadcasts finishing in their customary 1-2 position, Fox averaged 12.48 million viewers for its 15 1/2 hours of prime-time programming between May 19 and Sunday. The week included the final three days of the official 2007-08 television season, in which Fox finished first in total viewers for the first time in its history.
January 28, 2009 |
With last week's inaugural festivities depressing ratings for Fox's "American Idol," CBS managed to sneak away with a narrow ratings win for the week ending Jan. 25. The Wednesday "Idol" was the week's most-watched program, with 25.9 million viewers, according to figures published Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. But the Tuesday edition -- facing stiff competition from coverage of the inaugural balls for President Obama on ABC and the cable news networks -- delivered a lower-than-usual 22.8 million.
October 15, 2008 |
It's still early in the TV season, but CBS is shaping up as the network to beat. For the second straight week, the network won the prime-time ratings race in total viewers and in the advertiser-friendly young-adult demographics. For the week ending Sunday, CBS was No. 1 on five nights, according to figures published Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. The network had half of the top 10 shows, including the most-watched program with Thursday's Season 9 premiere of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (23.5 million viewers)
October 22, 2008 |
CBS won its third straight week in the prime-time ratings, propelled by strong showings for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "NCIS" as well as the fall's top new show, "The Mentalist." The network had half of the 10 most-watched shows -- including No. 1 "CSI" (19.3 million viewers) -- and won every night except Monday and Wednesday for the week ending Oct. 19, according to figures published Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. CBS was also first in the advertiser-friendly demographic of viewers ages 18 to 49. The network was the only network to post year-to-year gains in every category and was up 4% in viewers; its competitors all plunged by double digits.
January 30, 2008 |
During an otherwise glitz-free year in Hollywood, the Screen Actors Guild had its biggest audience Sunday since moving to cable television in 1998 -- but no one will confuse it with the Oscars. An estimated 6.1 million people watched the SAG Awards on either TNT or TBS, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. That's up from 5.8 million who watched the award show last year. During three years that it was televised on NBC, its biggest audience was 12.5 million.
July 30, 2008 |
Viewers didn't need the hard sell as AMC's "Mad Men" returned with record ratings on Sunday. The acclaimed '60s ad industry drama, which scored 16 Emmy nominations earlier this month, drew 2.1 million total viewers for the Season 2 premiere, according to figures released Tuesday from Nielsen Media Research. That was the series' highest tally, besting the 1.8 million logged for the premiere last July. "Mad Men," however, will face tougher challenges in the weeks ahead. Last season, the show's ratings drooped in September, once the broadcast networks returned with their fall series.