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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 1, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 1, 2008

CBS’s “CSI:NY” and “Criminal Minds” were the number one- and number two-ranked primetime telecasts on broadcast TV for Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” rounded out the top three.

Three ABC premieres also made the top ten: “Private Practice,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” and “Pushing Daisies.”

RANK NAME NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 CSI: NY CBS 14,878,000
2 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 14,780,000
3 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT-WED NBC 12,693,000
4 BONES FOX 10,034,000
5 PRIVATE PRACTICE ABC 8,163,000
6 KNIGHT RIDER NBC 7,766,000
7 DIRTY SEXY MONEY ABC 7,020,000
8 GARY UNMARRIED CBS 6,915,000
9 OLD CHRISTINE CBS 6,801,000
10 PUSHING DAISIES ABC 6,333,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (October 1, 2008).

Overall, CBS won the night with an average audience of almost 12.2 million viewers, while NBC took second place with almost 8.6 million average viewers. ABC and FOX claimed third and fourth places with roughly 7.2 million and 7 million average viewers, respectively. Univision and the CW followed in fifth and sixth places with average audiences of roughly 4.4 million and 2.8 million viewers, respectively.