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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 20, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 20, 2008

ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” was the number one-ranked primetime broadcast for October 20, 2008.  The telecast drew almost 18.5 million average viewers Monday evening.

CBS’s “Two And A Half Men” (14.6 million average viewers) and “CSI: Miami” (13.5 million average viewers) rounded out the top three programs for the night.

Rank Program Network Viewers (P2+)
1 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 18,497,000
2 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 14,630,000
3 CSI: MIAMI CBS 13,505,000
4 WORST WEEK CBS 9,875,000
5 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 9,636,000
6 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 9,446,000
7 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 9,331,000
8 HEROES NBC 8,510,000
9 BOSTON LEGAL ABC 8,137,000
10 CHUCK NBC 6,872,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (October 20, 2008).

Overall, ABC won the night with an average audience of almost 13.7 million viewers, while CBS took second place with just over 11.7 million average viewers. NBC and FOX claimed third and fourth places with roughly 7 million and 5.2 million average viewers, respectively. Univision and the CW followed in fifth and sixth places with average audiences of roughly 4.4 million and 3.4 million viewers, respectively.