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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 28, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 28, 2008

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was the number one-ranked primetime telecast on broadcast TV for Tuesday, October 28, 2008.

CBS’s “NCIS” and “The Mentalist” rounded out the top three, claiming second and third places, respectively, in Nielsen’s ranking.

Rank Program Network Viewers (P2+)
1 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 17,445,000
2 NCIS CBS 17,258,000
3 MENTALIST, THE CBS 16,073,000
4 HOUSE FOX 13,498,000
5 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 12,192,000
6 GREAT PUMPKIN, C. BROWN(S)-10/28/2008 ABC 10,383,000
7 LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 9,329,000
8 BIGGEST LOSER 6 NBC 8,139,000
9 ELI STONE ABC 6,916,000
10 FRINGE FOX 5,664,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (October 28, 2008).

Overall, CBS won the night with an average audience of almost 15.2 million viewers, while ABC took second place with almost 11.7 million average viewers. FOX and NBC claimed third and fourth places with roughly 9.6 million and 8.5 million average viewers, respectively. Univision and the CW followed in fifth and sixth places with average audiences of roughly 4.8 million and 2.5 million average viewers, respectively.