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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, September 1, 2008
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Primetime Broadcast Ratings, September 1, 2008

 NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” and “America’s Toughest Jobs” were the number one- and number three-ranked primetime telecasts on broadcast TV for Monday, September 1, 2008.

CBS’s special edition of “Two and a Half Men” was sandwiched between the two, in second place.

CBS’s coverage of Hurricane Gustav also made the top ten.

RANK NAME NETWORK VIEWERS (P2+)
1 DEAL OR NO DEAL-MON NBC 10,964,000
2 TWO AND A HALF MEN-SPC(S)-09/01/2008 CBS 7,834,000
3 AMERICA’S TOUGHEST JOBS NBC 7,139,000
4 PRISON BREAK FOX 6,531,000
5 OLD CHRISTINE-SPC(S)-09/01/2008 CBS 5,950,000
6 AL DIABLO CON GUAPOS MON UNI 5,531,000
7 FUEGO EN LA SANGRE MON UNI 5,163,000
8 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER-SPC(S)-09/01/2008 CBS 4,748,000
9 BIG BANG THEORY, THE-SPCL(S)-09/01/2008 CBS 4,737,000
10 CBS NEWS SP:GUSTAV-R.CONV(S)-09/01/2008 CBS 4,019,000
Source: The Nielsen Company (September 1, 2008)

Overall, NBC won the night with an average audience of just over 9 million viewers, while FOX took second place with 6.5 million average viewers. CBS and Univision claimed third and fourth places — with more than 5.2 million and 4.5 million average viewers, respectively. ABC followed in fifth place with an average audience of slightly less than 2.5 million viewers.