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Primetime Broadcast Ratings August 19, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings August 19, 2008

NBC’s broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Olympics again claimed the top slot in Nielsen’s ranking of primetime telecasts for Tuesday, August 19, 2008.

CBS’s “NCIS” and “Big Brother” rounded out the top three.

RANK NAME NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 SUM OLYM TUE PRIME 2(S)-08/19/2008 NBC 26,629,000
2 NCIS CBS 7,610,000
3 BIG BROTHER 10-TUE CBS 6,117,000
4 WIPEOUT ABC 5,214,000
5 AL DIABLO CON GUAPOS TUE UNI 4,668,000
6 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 4,555,000
7 PRIMETIME: MED MYST-8/19(S)-08/19/2008 ABC 4,376,000
8 FUEGO EN LA SANGRE TUE UNI 4,191,000
9 HOUSE-TUE 8P FOX 3,302,000
10 WANNA BET ABC 3,106,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (August 19, 2008)

Overall, NBC won the night with an average audience of 26.6 million viewers, while CBS took second place with almost 6.1 million average viewers.  ABC and Univision claimed third and fourth places — with just under 4.3 million and 4 million average viewers, respectively.  FOX followed in fifth place, drawing an average audience of almost 3.1 million viewers.