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Ratings Chart for Oct. 23, 2008

October 24, 2008 4:41 PM

Prime Time Thursday Ratings

Game 2 of the World Series between the Rays and the Phillies declined 17% in adults 18-49 and 12% in total viewers from Game 1. Year-to-year, Thursday's game declined 25% in viewers from 2007's Game 2 between the Red Sox and the Rockies.

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

3.6 / 9

Ugly Betty

2.8 / 8

8.7 mil

Grey's Anatomy

5.4 / 13

14.5 mil

Life on Mars

2.4 / 6

7.9 mil

CBS

4.3 / 11

Survivor: Gabon

4.4 / 12

13.3 mil

CSI

5.5 / 13

19.5 mil

Eleventh Hour

3.1 / 8

11.8 mil

FOX

3.7 / 10

MLB Pre-Game

1.8 / 6

6.5 mil

World Series, Game 2: Rays vs. Phillies

4.0 / 11

12.8 mil

NBC

3.2 / 8

My Name is Earl

2.5 / 7

6.4 mil

Kath and Kim

2.2 / 6

5 mil

The Office

4.2 / 10

8 mil

SNL Weekend Update Thursday

4.0 / 9

8.8 mil

ER

3.2 / 8

8.8 mil

CW

1.5 / 4

Smallville

1.7 / 4

4.2 mil

Supernatural

1.3 / 3

3.3 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 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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