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Ratings Chart for Friday, Oct. 3

October 5, 2008 9:57 PM

Prime Time Preliminary Friday Ratings

CBS captured the night with three premieres, including the launch of "The Ex List," which declined 20% from the debut of "Moonlight" in its time slot last year. "Whisperer" premiered on par with last year's start, while "Numb3rs" took a 19% tumble year-to-year. The CW's new Friday night block of "Everybody Hates Chris" and "The Game" forced 20% and 43% declines for those shows against last year's debuts.

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

1.5 / 5

Wifeswap

1.3 / 5

3.8 mil

Supernanny

1.5 / 5

4.2 mil

20/20

1.9 / 6

6.8 mil

CBS

2.2 / 7

Ghost Whisperer

2.4 / 9

9.3 mil

The Ex List

2.0 / 6

6.9 mil

Numb3rs

2.1 / 7

8.1 mil

FOX

1.4 / 4

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

1.3 / 5

5.8 mil

Don't Forget the Lyrics!

1.4 / 4

4.4 mil

No Programming

NBC

1.4 / 4

America's Toughest Jobs

1.0 / 3

3.4 mil

Deal or No Deal

1.5 / 5

6.3 mil

Life

1.6 / 5

5.4 mil

CW

0.7 / 2

Everybody Hates Chris

0.8 / 3

2.1 mil

The Game

0.8 / 3

1.9 mil

America's Next Top Model

0.6 / 2

1.5 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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