Dealing out the top spot in the 8pm hour was peacock employee and germaphobe Howie Mandel and the ladies of Deal or No Deal escaping the lead of former break out FOX hit Prison Break, which has stumbled to the number two slot. Saving the day for NBC in the 9 o’clock, HEROES, which promised and delivered once again an ample dose of “ARE YOU F’ING KIDDING ME?!” CSI: MIAMI solved some of the ratings problems for CBS last night and help to secure the number two slot of the night. Despite a less that studious performance by STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP at 10, NBC took the night as the most viewed for the 18-49 demo.
For the complete Neilsen ratings (18-49) stick around after the jump . . .
How do I read these ratings?
A Nielsen rating may look like this:
8pm – NBC – TVgasm The TV Show – 10.0/18
Focus on the 10.0/18. The RATING, 10.0, on the left represents the actual number of households that watched a show. One rating point equals 1,102,000 households. The SHARE, 18, on the right represents the show’s proportion of the total households watching television at that time.
For example, TVgasms TV Show has a 10 rating/18 share. That means 11,020,000 households are tuned in to the show and 18% of all the households with a TV turned on are watching that show.
Ratings and Share are customarily broken down for various DEMOs — a demographic grouping of viewers, like 18-49 adults or 2-12 children or 18-34 women, etc. Advertisers, and therefore networks, covet the 18-49 adult demo, and so tend to concentrate on that number.