Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008
ABC averaged an 8.4 rating/13 share in primetime -- although those numbers will change some because of the live debate and the fact that "Dancing" aired at 8 p.m. in the eastern half of the country and 9 p.m. Pacific time. CBS took second at 7.1/11. NBC's 5.4/8 was good enough for third. FOX, 3.6/5, came in fourth, and The CW trailed with a 1.9/3.
The adults 18-49 victory also went to ABC, which scored a 3.6 rating in the demo. NBC finished second at 3.2, followed by CBS at 2.9. FOX averaged 2.3 and The CW 1.4.
"NCIS" drew a 9.7/15 for CBS at 8 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" (and local programming out West) put ABC in second at 9.0/14. "The Biggest Loser" snagged third for NBC, beating a "House" rerun, 4.0/6, on FOX. The CW got a 2.2/3 from "90210."
The debate took over the airwaves at 9 p.m. ABC earned a 9.3/13 for the hour (that number includes the "Dancing" results on the West Coast). NBC, 6.1/9, narrowly beat CBS, 5.9/9, for second. FOX's debate coverage finished fourth, while "Privileged" posted a 1.6/2 for The CW.
ABC scored a 7.0/11 at 10 p.m. with the conclusion of the debate and analysis. CBS, 5.5/9, moved in front of NBC, 5.4/9, for the hour.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.