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Ratings Chart Attack! is the TV industry’s destination for a daily dose of prime-time ratings. Delivering the daily scoop on which shows are scoring. TVWeek’s Sergio Ibarra calls the winners and losers, and what it means to broadcast network programmers. From day-in, day-out ratings to long-view trends and noteworthy performances, Ratings Chart Attack! delivers.

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Primetime Preliminary Thursday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

1.9 / 5

Ugly Betty

1.9 / 5

6.8 million

Grey's Anatomy

2.2 / 6

6.8 million

Private Practice

1.5 / 4

4.7 million

CBS

3.7 / 10

Survivor

3.9 / 11

12.3 mil

CSI

4.3 / 11

17.8 mil

Eleventh Hour

2.9 / 8

11.7 mil

FOX

5.7 / 15

American Idol

7.0 / 19

20.7 mil

Hell's Kitchen

4.3 / 11

9.9 mil

No Programming

NBC

2.5 / 7

Secrets of the Furious Five

1.4 / 4

4.0 mil

Kath & Kim

1.5 / 4

3.4 mil

The Office

2.4 / 6

5.3 mil

30 Rock

2.9 / 7

6.3 mil

ER

3.3 / 9

8.7 mil

CW

0.7 / 2

Smallville

0.7 / 2

2.1 mil

Supernatural

0.8 / 2

1.9 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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