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Reality television dominated the ratings last week, although "CSI" on CBS managed to claim 3rd place in the Household ratings, beating one of three nights of "American Idol" on Fox (although not in total audience). ABC’s "The Bachelor" and its follow-up claimed the next two spots.


Idol-fueled Fox claimed another easy victory in the 18-49 demo, followed by CBS, ABC, NBC, Univision, CW, a tie by MyNetworkTV and Telemundo, TeleFutura, Ion and Azteca America.

In HH it was CBS 7.0/12 edging Fox 6.5/11, then ABC 5.2/9, NBC 3.8/6, Univision 1.9/3, CW 1.2/2, MyNetworkTV 1.0/2, Telemundo 0.6/1, Ion 0.5/1, TeleFutura 0.3/1 and Azteca America 0.1/0.

Here are the week’s top 20 shows.

Nielsen Television Index Ranking Report

Network primetime (Live + SD) week of 03/02/09 – 03/08/09
Rank Program Network HH Rating HH Share 2+ Audience (000)
1 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 13.8 21 24309
2 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 13.1 21 22776
3 CSI CBS 12.7 20 20875
4 AMERICAN IDOL THU SP-3/5(S) FOX 12.2 19 21498
5 BACHELOR:AFTER FINAL ROSE(S) ABC 11.4 18 17466
6 BACHELOR, THE ABC 10.0 15 15477
7 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 9.2 13 15469
8 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 8.7 13 13646
9 60 MINUTES CBS 8.6 15 13309
9 CSI: MIAMI CBS 8.6 14 13418
9 NCIS CBS 8.6 13 13667
12 MENTALIST, THE CBS 8.1 12 12631
13 COLD CASE CBS 7.8 12 12617
13 ELEVENTH HOUR CBS 7.8 13 12050
15 BACHELOR:AFTR FINAL ROSE2(S) ABC 7.4 12 10903
16 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CBS 7.2 10 11822
17 CSI: NY CBS 7.1 12 10831
18 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 7.0 11 10315
18 SURVIVOR: TOCANTINS CBS 7.0 11 11850
20 GHOST WHISPERER CBS 6.9 13 11090


Source: The Nielsen Company