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Ratings Chart for Sept. 28, 2008

September 29, 2008 10:54 AM

Prime Time Preliminary Sunday Ratings

ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers and Sisters" both took downward dips in the ratings during their season premieres (down 7% and 6%, respectively, year-to-year), landing at their lowest ever scores. CBS' "The Amazing Race" also tumbled substantial from last year's start, down 28%. "Race" premiered after a high-rated Patriots-Colts game in 2007. The Eagles-Bears game on NBC dropped 22% from last week's Packers-Cowboys matchup.

 

7

7:30 8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

4.4 / 11

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

2.2 / 7

7.2 mil

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

3.7 / 9

11.9 mil

Desperate Housewives

7.0 / 16

18.4 mil

Brothers and Sisters

4.7 / 12

12.4 mil

CBS

2.6 / 7

60 Minutes

2.1 / 6

12.1 mil

Amazing Race 13

3.1 / 8

10.3 mil

Cold Case

2.7 / 6

11.2 mil

The Unit

2.6 / 6

9.7 mil

FOX

4.6 / 12

NFL Overrun

8.0 / 24

20 mil

The OT

4.5 / 13

11 mil

The Simpsons

4.4 / 12

9.3 mil

King of the Hill

3.3 / 8

7 mil

Family Guy

4.5 / 10

9.2 mil

American Dad

3.2 / 7

6.9 mil

No Programming

NBC

5.2 / 13

Football Night in America

1.8 / 5

4.9 mil

Football Night in America

2.8 / 8

7 mil

Football Night in America

4.9 / 13

12.9 mil

NFL Football: Eagles vs. Bears

6.3 / 15

16.3 mil

CW

0.6 / 2

One Tree Hill

0.6 / 2

1.4 mil

Privileged

0.6 / 1

1.2 mil

America's Next Top Model

0.7 / 2

1.4 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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