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Top Shows in C3 Ratings for Premiere Week

Most of the top shows in program ratings are also the top shows when measured by commercial ratings, the yardstick used by ad buyers to guarantee their spots are being seen by the number of viewers they bargained for. The following chart shows commercial ratings, or C3, for the first week of the new broadcast season, which began Sept. 22, and compares them with the live-plus-same-day program ratings widely reported the day after a show airs.

(Adults 18 to 49, Week of Sept. 22)

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Rank Program Net C3 Live Plus Same Day
1 Grey's Anatomy ABC 6.97 7.4
2 Sunday Night Football NBC 6.49 6.9
3 Desperate Housewives ABC 6.35 7.1
4 CSI: Miami CBS 4.99 5.2
5 Dancing With the Stars ABC 4.86 5.3
6 Two and a Half Men CBS 4.72 5.3
7 House Fox 4.72 5.1
8 Heroes NBC 4.64 5.0
9 The OT Fox 4.59 4.9
10 Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC 4.46 4.5
11 The Office NBC 4.34 4.9
12 Brothers & Sisters ABC 4.32 4.6
13 Dancing With the Stars Special ABC 4.30 4.7
14 The Simpsons Fox 4.27 4.5
15 Criminal Minds CBS 4.26 4.7
16 Family Guy Fox 4.23 4.5
17 Fringe Fox 4.10 4.1
18 CSI: New York CBS 3.89 4.0
19 Survivor: Gabon CBS 3.81 4.5
20 How I Met Your Mother CBS 3.71 4.0
 
Source: Nielsen Media Research