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Flash Ratings Chart for Sept. 17, 2008

September 18, 2008 11:31 AM

Prime Time Preliminary Wednesday Ratings

"America's Got Talent" enjoyed an upswing week-to-week, rising two-tenths of a ratings point. Fox's "Bones" also increased from last week, up 7%, while Fox's comedies "'Til Death" and "Do Not Disturb" dipped 17% and 16%, respectively, from last week's premieres. The CW's "America's Top Model" improved one-tenth of a ratings point from last Wednesday.

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

1.3 / 4

Wife Swap

1.3 / 4

3.8 mil

20/20: The Royal Family

1.3 / 4

4.4 mil

CBS

1.9 / 5

Old Christine

1.3 / 4

4.5 mil

Old Christine

1.4 / 4

4.7 mil

Criminal Minds

2.2 / 6

8.6 mil

CSI: NY

2.2 / 6

8 mil

FOX

2.5 / 7

Bones

3.2 / 10

9.7 mil

'Til Death

1.9 / 5

5.1 mil

Do Not Disturb

1.6 / 4

4.1 mil

No Programming

NBC

2.7 / 8

America's Got Talent

3.1 / 9

12 mil

Law & Order: CI

2.1 / 6

7.1 mil

CW

1.6 / 4

America's Next Top Model

2.1 / 6

4.2 mil

90210

1.1 / 3

2 mil

No Programming

Source: Nielsen Media Research

*Ratings are specified in the 18-to 49-year-old demographic and viewership in P2+.

A note about ratings: Ratings are expressed as percentages of Nielsen's estimated 112.8 million U.S. television households. The first number, the rating, is a percentage of households tuned into a specific program at a specific time.

The second number, the share, is a percentage of households with televisions in use tuned into that same program. For example, if a show obtains a 10.2/16, this means that 10.2% of all U.S. households tuned into the program at some point during the broadcast. Meanwhile, 16% of all households watching television during the time period viewed the program at some point. Ratings are broken down further by demographic, as networks sell advertising time based on the makeup of the audience.

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