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Primetime Broadcast Ratings August 11, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings August 11, 2008

NBC’s broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Olympics claimed the top slot in Nielsen’s ranking of primetime telecasts for Monday, August 11, 2008.

CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” and “CSI: Miami” rounded out the top three.

RANK NAME NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 SUM OLYM MON PRIME 1(S)-08/11/2008 NBC 30,173,000
2 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 8,068,000
3 CSI: MIAMI CBS 6,305,000
4 OLD CHRISTINE CBS 5,628,000
5 AL DIABLO CON GUAPOS MON UNI 5,112,000
6 FUEGO EN LA SANGRE MON UNI 4,849,000
7 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 4,819,000
8 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 4,623,000
9 TERMINATOR:SCC SP-8/11 9P(S)-08/11/2008 FOX 2,767,000
10 CRISTINA MON UNI 2,573,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (August 11, 2008)

Overall, NBC won the night with an average audience of 30.1 million viewers, while CBS took second place with 5.9 million average viewers.  Univision and FOX claimed third and fourth places — with 4.2 million and 2.5 million average viewers, respectively.  ABC followed in fifth place with an average audience of 2.2 million.