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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 17, 2008

1 minute read | October 2008

CBS’s “Ghost Whisperer” (8.97 million average viewers) and “Numbers” (8.67 million average viewers) were the number one- and number two-ranked primetime broadcasts for Friday, October 17, 2008. 

The premiere of NBC’s “Crusoe” rounded out the top three, with almost 7.4 million average viewers.

RANKPROGRAMNETWORKVIEWERS (P2+)
1GHOST WHISPERERCBS8,974,000
2NUMB3RSCBS8,676,000
3CRUSOENBC7,383,000
420/20-FRIABC6,935,000
5EX LIST, THECBS6,293,000
6LIFENBC5,894,000
7SMARTER THAN 5TH 10/17-9P(S)-10/17/2008FOX5,616,000
8SMARTER THAN 5TH GRADERFOX5,187,000
9SUPERNANNYABC5,116,000
10WIFE SWAPABC4,954,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (October 17, 2008).

Overall, CBS won the night with an average audience of almost 8.0 million viewers, while NBC took second place with almost 6.9 million average viewers. ABC and FOX claimed third and fourth places with roughly 5.7 million and 5.4 million average viewers, respectively. Univision followed in fifth place with an average audience of roughly 4.2 million viewers.

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