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Ratings Chart for Sept. 24, 2008

September 25, 2008 3:39 PM

Prime Time Wednesday Ratings

NBC's "Knight Rider" debuted to somewhat disappointing ratings, placing third in its time period, despite the promotional push from the network and the huge ratings for its TV movie/backdoor pilot last season. Fox's "Do Not Disturb" dipped two-tenths of a ratings point from last week to an alarmingly low 1.3/3. "Disturb" has cropped up on several lists as the first casualty of the fall season, but no official word from Fox as of Wednesday afternoon. CBS' "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY" enjoyed 34% and 8% increases, respectively, over last year's premeires.

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

2.9 / 8

Dancing With the Stars

3.6 / 10

15.9 mil

Presidential Speech (9-9:15)

Not rated

David Blaine: Dive of Death (9:16-11:16)

2.6 / 7

7.1 mil

CBS

3.6 / 10

Old Christine

2.1 / 6

6.5 mil

Gary Unmarried

2.4 / 7

6.8 mil

Presidential Speech (9-9:15)

Not rated

Criminal Minds (9:15-10:15)

4.7 / 12

17 mil

CSI: NY (10:15-11:15)

4.0 / 11

14.6 mil

FOX

2.2 / 6

Bones

3.1/ 9

9.7 mil

Presidential Speech (9-9:15)

Not rated

'Til Death (9:15-9:45)

1.4 / 4

3.7 mil

Do Not Disturb (9:45-10:15)

1.3 / 3

3.6 mil

No Programming

NBC

2.5 / 7

Knight Rider

2.5 / 7

7.3 mil

Presidential Speech (9-9:15)

Not rated

America's Got Talent (9:15-10)

2.7 / 7

10.3 mil

Lipstick Jungle

2.4 / 6

6.3 mil

CW

1.6 / 4

America's Next Top Model

2.1 / 6

4.1 mil

90210

1.1 / 3

2.3 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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