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Ratings Chart for Oct. 22, 2008

October 23, 2008 12:49 PM

Prime Time Preliminary Wednesday Ratings

The first game of the World Series led the night, despite declines of 17% against last year's Game 1 between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies.

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

2.3 / 6

Pushing Daisies

1.9 / 5

5.7 mil

Private Practice

3.0 / 7

7.8 mil

Dirty Sexy Money

2.0 / 5

5.9 mil

CBS

3.4 / 9

Old Christine

2.4 / 7

8 mil

Gary Unmarried

2.5 / 7

7.8 mil

Criminal Minds

4.0 / 10

14.7 mil

CSI: NY

3.9 / 10

14.2 mil

FOX

4.3 / 11

MLB Pre-Game

3.6 / 10

9.7 mil

World Series, Game 1: Rays vs. Phillies

4.5 / 12

14.6 mil

NBC

1.9 / 5

Knight Rider

2.1 / 6

7.2 mil

Deal or No Deal

1.9 / 5

7.6 mil

Lipstick Jungle

1.6 / 4

4.2 mil

CW

1.6 / 4

America's Next Top Model

2.1 / 6

4.4 mil

Stylista

1.2 / 3

2.5 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 114.5 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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