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Primetime Broadcast Ratings July 22, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings July 22, 2008

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” claimed the top slot by an unusually wide margin in Nielsen’s ranking of primetime broadcast TV programs for July 22, 2008.   The show drew an audience of 13.2 million viewers Tuesday night.

ABC’s “Wipeout” and CBS’s “NCIS” came in second and third, respectively, with 9.9 million viewers and 8.5 million viewers each.

RANK NAME NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC 13,236,000
2 WIPEOUT ABC 9,985,000
3 NCIS CBS 8,524,000
4 CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD NBC 7,276,000
5 PRIMETIME: FAMILY SECRETS ABC 6,721,000
6 LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 6,601,000
7 BIG BROTHER 10-TUE CBS 6,073,000
8 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 5,695,000
9 I SURVED-JAPANESE GM SHOW ABC 5,548,000
10 HOUSE FOX 5,204,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (July 22, 2008)

Overall, NBC won the night — with an average audience of 9,074,000 viewers, while ABC took second place with 7,442,000 average viewers.  CBS came in third with 6,764,000 viewers.  FOX and Univision trailed distantly in fourth and fifth places — with 4,478,000 and 4,078,000 average viewers, respectively.