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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 13, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 13, 2008

ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” claimed the number one spot on Nielsen’s ranking of the top-rated primetime telecasts on broadcast TV for Monday, October 13, 2008.

CBS dominated the rest of Nielsen’s top 10 list, with “Two And Half Men,” “CSI: Miami,” “Worst Week,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “How I Met Your Mother” claiming five of the nine remaining slots.

RANK PROGRAM NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 17,765,000
2 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 14,719,000
3 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,217,000
4 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 11,446,000
5 WORST WEEK CBS 9,754,000
6 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 9,337,000
7 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 9,249,000
8 HEROES NBC 8,753,000
9 BOSTON LEGAL ABC 8,015,000
10 FOX MLB NLCS GAME 4(S)-10/13/2008 FOX 7,705,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (September 13, 2008).

Overall, ABC won the night with an average audience of just over 13.5 million viewers, while CBS took second place with almost 11.6 million average viewers. FOX and NBC claimed third and fourth places with roughly 7.42 million and 7.39 million average viewers, respectively. Univision and the CW followed in fifth and sixth places with average audiences of roughly 4.2 million and 3.4 million viewers, respectively.