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‘Boston Legal’ Exits on High Note, but CBS Wins Monday

December 9, 2008 1:35 PM

ABC’s “Boston Legal” ended its five-season run last night with ratings that matched its season-premiere numbers, while CBS waltzed away with a nightly win thanks to its original comedies.

Boston Legal

“Legal” posted a 2.4 rating/6 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data. The show gained 10% from last week, but placed last in the 9 to 11 p.m. time period versus NBC and CBS. Its last episode matched its season premiere in adults 18-49.

ABC also presented its annual airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (3.8/10), which declined 17% from its showing last year.

ABC placed second with a 2.9/7.

CBS captured first place in ratings and viewers with an average 4.1/10 and 12.5 million viewers. “The Big Bang Theory” (3.7/10, 10.8 million), “How I Met Your Mother” (4.2/11, 10.5 million), “Two and a Half Men” (5.2/13, 15.6 million) and “CSI: Miami” (4.0/10, 13.6 million) all landed around average.

However, “Big Bang” hit its largest audience to date last night.

“Worst Week” (3.5/8, 10.6 million) did enjoy modest gains, increasing 9% from its last original episode.

NBC’s “Chuck” (2.4/6) and “Heroes” (3.6/9) were essentially flat from last week. “My Own Worst Enemy” (1.8/5) managed to stop the bleeding and posted a gain from the previous week of 13% after a seven-week decline.

NBC took third with a 2.6/7.

Fox’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” tumbled, declining 18% to a 1.8/5. “Prison Break” ticked down one-tenth of a ratings point to a 2.1/5.

Fox was fourth with a 2.0/5.

“Gossip Girl” (1.5/4) on The CW remained steady from last week, matching its 3.6/10 in the network’s target demographic of women 18-34. “Girl” continues to give “Privileged” (1.0/2) an assist as it subs in for “One Tree Hill.” Last night’s episode tied the show’s series highs in key demographics, which it set last week when it began airing behind “Gossip Girl.”

The CW took fifth with a 1.2/3.

Odds and Ends:

—In our weekly MyNetworkTV check-in, the network set another programming record with almost 2 million total viewers last week. MyNet beat The CW last week in total viewers for the second straight week.


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