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Primetime Broadcast Ratings August 26, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings August 26, 2008

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” claimed the top spot in Nielsen’s ranking of primetime broadcast TV programs for Tuesday, August 26, 2008.

The telecast drew an average audience of 11.1 million viewers, while CBS’s “NCIS” and FOX’s “House” were ranked second and third, respectively, with 7.5 million and 6.8 million average viewers each.

Coverage of the second night of the Democratic National Convention on NBC and ABC also made the top ten.

RANK NAME NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC 11,118,000
2 NCIS CBS 7,453,000
3 HOUSE FOX 6,808,000
4 WIPEOUT ABC 6,325,000
5 BIG BROTHER 10-TUE CBS 6,284,000
6 DECISION ’08 DEM CONV TUE(S)-08/26/2008 NBC 5,976,000
7 AL DIABLO CON GUAPOS TUE UNI 5,317,000
8 FUEGO EN LA SANGRE TUE UNI 5,218,000
9 HOUSE-TUE 8P FOX 4,867,000
10 VOTE2008:DEM NAT CONV-TUE(S)-08/26/2008 ABC 4,758,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (August 26, 2008)

Overall, NBC won the night with an average audience of just over 9.2 million viewers, while FOX took second place with 5.8 million average viewers.  CBS and ABC claimed third and fourth places — with just over 5.7 million and 5 million average viewers, respectively.  Univision followed in fifth place with an average audience of just over 4.7 million viewers.