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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 3, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, October 3, 2008

CBS’s season premieres of “Ghost Whisperer” and “Numbers” were the number one- and number two-ranked primetime telecasts on broadcast TV for Friday, October 3, 2008.  “Ghost Whisperer” drew roughly 9.4 million average viewers, while “Numbers” drew an average audience of 8.2 million viewers.

ABC’s “20/20” rounded out the top three, with just over 6.8 million average viewers.

Two other premieres, CBS’s “The Ex List” (6.8 million viewers) and ABC’s “Supernanny” (4.2 million viewers), also made the top ten.

RANK NAME NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 GHOST WHISPERER CBS 9,447,000
2 NUMB3RS CBS 8,212,000
3 20/20-FRI ABC 6,840,000
4 EX LIST, THE CBS 6,793,000
5 DEAL OR NO DEAL-FRI NBC 6,349,000
6 SMARTER THAN 5TH GRADER FOX 5,956,000
7 LIFE NBC 5,543,000
8 FUEGO EN LA SANGRE FRI UNI 4,637,000
9 DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS FOX 4,347,000
10 SUPERNANNY ABC 4,201,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (October 3, 2008).

Overall, CBS won the night with an average audience of almost 8.2 million viewers, while FOX took second place with almost 5.2 million average viewers. NBC and ABC claimed third and fourth places with roughly 5.1 million and 4.9 million average viewers, respectively. Univision followed in fifth place with an average audience of roughly 3.9 million viewers.