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April 1, 2009
Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television in the last week (March 23-29) 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. 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions. Network averages Here is the number of viewers (in millions) that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for last week and for the season.
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August 19, 2009 | Associated Press
It's looking like CBS has a companion hit to go with "Two and a Half Men" on Monday nights. The audience for summer reruns of the sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" is up 52% over last summer. Nielsen Media Research figures released Tuesday showed that the series had nearly as many viewers as television's top-rated comedy, "Two and a Half Men." Summertime second runs are often when a show catches on. That happened last year with "NCIS" on CBS, which last week was the most popular drama on television.
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May 29, 2008 | From City News Service
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.
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July 9, 2008 | From City News Service
The ABC competition program "Wipeout" was the second most-watched prime-time show for the second consecutive week behind NBC's "America's Got Talent," despite a 5% drop in viewership from its premiere. "America's Got Talent" was the most-watched program for the second consecutive week with 12.04 million viewers, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. With four of the seven most-watched programs between June 30 and Sunday, CBS was the most-watched network for the fifth time in the 6-week-old television summer season, averaging 6.25 million viewers for its prime-time programming.
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July 9, 2008 | From City News Service
The ABC competition program "Wipeout" was the second most-watched prime-time show for the second consecutive week behind NBC's "America's Got Talent," despite a 5% drop in viewership from its premiere. "America's Got Talent" was the most-watched program for the second consecutive week with 12.04 million viewers, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. With four of the seven most-watched programs between June 30 and Sunday, CBS was the most-watched network for the fifth time in the 6-week-old television summer season, averaging 6.25 million viewers for its prime-time programming.
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June 1, 2009 | Tom O'Neil
Tina Fey's "30 Rock" has rocked this category for the last two years but now should be leery of new shows that haven't yet been nominated. Sometimes it takes a series a while to gain Emmy momentum. "Everybody Loves Raymond" was snubbed in its first two seasons, then won this category twice. Don't laugh off the Emmy hopes of "The Big Bang Theory," "How I Met Your Mother" or "Two and a Half Men."
BUSINESS
June 1, 2009
Weekly roundup of the top five in each category: TELEVISION Top shows, viewers 18 to 49 For week that ended May 24: American Idol (Wed.): Fox, 13.2 million viewers American Idol (Tues.): Fox, 11.3 million Two and a Half Men: CBS, 7.0 million Dancing With the Stars - Results: ABC, 6.8 million Rules of Engagement: CBS, 5.8 million Prime-time viewership For season through May 24: CBS: 11.7 million viewers Fox: 9.7 million ABC: 8.9 million NBC: 7.8 million Univision: 3.9 million Source: Nielsen Media Research -- MUSIC Albums Top sellers: Relapse: Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
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May 29, 2008 | From City News Service
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.
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