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Primetime Broadcast Ratings July 16, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings July 16, 2008

CBS’s “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: NY” were the number one- and number three-ranked primetime telecasts on broadcast TV for Wednesday, July 16, 2008. 

FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” was sandwiched between the two, in second place.

NBC’s back-to-back telecasts of “Baby Borrowers” claimed the 5th and 10th spots, while two Univision programs, “Al Diablo Con Guapos” (#7) and “Fuego en la Sangre” (#9), also made the top ten.

RANK NAME NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 9,260,000
2 SO YOU THINK CN DANCE-WED FOX 9,010,000
3 CSI: NY CBS 8,601,000
4 PRIMETIME: CRIME ABC 6,440,000
5 BABY BORROWERS NBC 5,934,000
6 BIG BROTHER 10-WED CBS 5,756,000
7 AL DIABLO CON GUAPOS WED UNI 4,657,000
8 CELEBRITY CIRCUS NBC 4,547,000
9 FUEGO EN LA SANGRE WED UNI 4,164,000
10 BABY BORROWERS 8P NBC 4,017,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (July 16, 2008)

Overall, FOX won the night — with an average audience of 9,010,000 viewers, while CBS took second place with 7,872,000 average viewers.  NBC and ABC claimed distant third and fourth places — with 4,840,000 and 4,759,000 average viewers, respectively.