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Primetime Broadcast Ratings August 18, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings August 18, 2008

NBC’s broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Olympics again claimed the top slot in Nielsen’s ranking of primetime telecasts for Monday, August 18, 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 2(S)-08/18/2008 NBC 26,374,000
2 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 8,162,000
3 CSI: MIAMI CBS 6,380,000
4 OLD CHRISTINE CBS 5,749,000
5 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 5,468,000
6 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 5,429,000
7 AL DIABLO CON GUAPOS MON UNI 4,486,000
8 FUEGO EN LA SANGRE MON UNI 4,388,000
9 ABC MON MOVE-WK-8/18(S)-08/18/2008 ABC 3,140,000
10 CRISTINA MON UNI 2,662,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (August 18, 2008)

Overall, NBC won the night with an average audience of just under 26.4 million viewers, while CBS took second place with 6.3 million average viewers.  Univision and ABC claimed third and fourth places — with just under 3.9 million and 2.8 million average viewers, respectively.  FOX followed in fifth place, drawing an average audience of 2.3 million viewers.