CBS Wins Monday; Respectable Closing for ABC’s Boston Legal

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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CBS Wins, Respectable Closing for ABC’s Boston Legal
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Prime-Time Metered Market Monday Ratings:
CBS Wins, Respectable Closing for ABC’s Boston Legal
Monday 12/08/08
CBS   6.7/10
ABC 5.5/ 8
NBC 4.0/ 6
Fox    3.7/ 5
CW    1.8/ 3

Note: The comparisons to one year earlier were not available today.


Note: The fast national results for Monday will be posted at by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Monday, December 8, 2008.   

-Yesterday’s Winners:

A Charlie Brown Christmas R (ABC), Two and a Half Men (CBS), CSI: Miami (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Boston Legal (ABC)

-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox), Prison Break (Fox), Worst Week (CBS), Privileged (CW)

-Ratings Breakdown:

Without ABC’s formidable Dancing With the Stars in the competitive mix, CBS led this second Monday in December in the overnights with a 15 percent advantage over second-place ABC. In the distant No. 3 spot was NBC, followed by Fox and the CW.


ABC kicked-off the evening on a winning note with annual holiday repeat A Charlie Brown Christmas at a 6.7 rating/10 share in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. Competing CBS sitcoms The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother finished a close second, each with a 6.3/10 (and expected solid results among key adults 18-49 once the fast affiliate results are released). Next was NBC’s lackluster Chuck (4.4/ 7), Fox’s soon-to-relocate Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (3.5/ 5), which is destined for failure as the Friday anchor, and the CW”s Gossip Girl (2.3/ 4). Gossip Girl, of course, is dependent on the young female demos, not the overnights.


CBS dominated in the 9 p.m. half-hour care of Two and a Half Men at a healthy 9.6/14 — 52 percent above lead-in How I Met Your Mother. But lead-out Worst Week continues to squander the support, with a second-place 6.3/ 9 in the overnights at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, that put retention for Worst Week out of Two and a Half Men of 66 percent. ABC finished second overall in the hour, with the first half of the two-hour Boston Legal series-finale at a 6.5/10.


Also airing from 9-10 p.m. was NBC’s fading Heroes (4.9/ 7), which could be the fastest deteriorating established series currently in prime-time, Fox’s tired Prison Break (3.5/ 5) and a Monday edition of the CW’s Privileged, which dipped to a 1.4/ 2. Comparably, this is significantly below regularly scheduled occupant One Tree Hill.


CBS moved back into the 10 p.m. overnight winner’s circle, but a 9.0/14 for CSI: Miami pales in comparison to just one year earlier. Could it be we are finally tiring of wooden David Caruso? Second was the concluding half of the Boston Legal series-ender on ABC (6.9/12), followed by the second-to-last episode of NBC dud My Own Worst Enemy (2.6/ 4). Overall, the two-hour Boston Legal finale averaged a respectable 6.7/11 from 9-11 p.m., building by half-hour as follows:

Boston Legal (ABC)

 9:00 p.m.: 6.3/ 9 (#2)

 9:30 p.m.: 6.7/10 (#1)

10:00 p.m.: 6.8/11 (#2)
10:30 p.m.: 7.0/12 (#2)

Considering Boston Legal was never a true ratings success, you have to give ABC credit for keeping it on the air of four and one-half seasons. 

Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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-Solid Start for TNT’s Leverage:

The commercial free preview/premiere of Timothy Hutton drama Leverage opened on TNT with a solid 3.1 rating in households, 4.98 million viewers, 2.06 million adults 18-49 and 2.64 million adults 25-54 in the 10 p.m. hour on Sunday, Dec. 7. Comparably, this was the best delivery among adults 18-49 for any original series telecast on the cable network this season. Leverage debuts in its regularly scheduled Tuesday 10 p.m. time period tonight.