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Ratings Chart for Monday, Dec. 22

December 23, 2008 11:39 AM

Prime Time Preliminary Monday Ratings

CBS placed first for the night, despite a lineup of repeats. NBC's second airing of "Momma's Boys" dropped 32% from its debut last Tuesday, but gained viewers through its two-hour telecast. "Momma's'" 10 p.m. hour (1.9/5) was the network's highest rated in seven weeks, up 19% from last week's episode of "My Own Worst Enemy." Family-friendly programming on ABC gave the network second place. Fox took third, NBC placed fourth and The CW placed fifth.

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

2.2 / 6

Shrek the Halls

2.0 / 6

7 mil

Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

2.2 / 6

7 mil

CBS

2.4 / 7

The Big Bang Theory

2.4 / 7

7.4 mil

How I Met Your Mother

2.5 / 7

7.1 mil

Two and a Half Men

3.5 / 10

11.8 mil

Worst Week

2.0 / 5

6.9 mil

CSI: Miami

2.0 / 5

8.5 mil

FOX

2.0 / 6

House

2.1 / 6

6.1 mil

Prison Break

1.9 / 5

5 mil

No Programming

NBC

1.7 / 5

Today Looks Back

1.5 / 5

6.2 mil

Momma's Boys

1.7 / 5

5 mil

CW

0.4 / 1

Gossip Girl

0.5 / 2

1.3 mil

One Tree Hill

0.3 / 1

0.9 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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