Nielsen's top 20 prime-time TV shows

Following are the top 20 prime-time programs on broadcast TV for the week ended March 19, as measured in average total audience, according to Nielsen Media Research. (Data include same-day DVR playback.)

Only broadcasts of half an hour or longer are counted.

Total viewers in millions (- denotes tie, S denotes special, R denotes repeat, P denotes premiere):

1. American Idol (Tuesday) (Fox) 32.77

2. American Idol (Wednesday) (Fox) 28.09

3. Grey's Anatomy (ABC) 21.13

4. CSI: Miami (CBS) 19.01

5. The Unit (CBS) 18.07

6. NCIS (CBS) 17.55

7. Two and a Half Men (CBS) 17.37

8. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) 16.21

9. Deal or No Deal (Monday) (NBC) 15.52

10. 60 Minutes (CBS) 15.23

11. The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) (P) 15.09

12. Cold Case (CBS) 14.62

13. American Inventor (ABC) (P) 14.15

14. ER (NBC) 13.98

15. 24 (Fox) 13.72

16. The Loop (Fox) (S) 13.70 (Preview)

17. Desperate Housewives (ABC) (R) 13.55

18. Survivor: Panama-Exile Island (CBS) (S) 12.68

19. The New Adventures of Old Christine (S) 12.36 (Preview)

20. Deal or No Deal (Friday) (NBC) 12.23

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Grey's anatomy definetely deserves to be up there, best show on TV in my opinion
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First of all these rating in the article are only for one week... hence why Lost is not on the list, and Desperate Housewives has low ratings.... if you want the full story you have to find the full season averages, which are as follows;
AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY - 31.79
AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY - 29.60
CSI - 25.20
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - 22.53
GREY'S ANATOMY - 19.80
WITHOUT A TRACE - 18.73
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 18.57
SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA - 18.30
CSI: MIAMI - 17.95
SURVIVOR:PANAMA-EXILE IS. - 16.69
THE UNIT - 16.41
DEAL OR NO DEAL-MON - 15.84
TWO AND A HALF MEN - 15.46
LOST - 15.41
HOUSE - 15.26
NCIS - 15.16
DANCING W/STARS RESULTS - 14.81
COLD CASE - 14.60
LAW AND ORDER:SVU - 14.14
CSI: NY - 14.08
There are the top 20 Nielsen shows for this season. These ratings are season to date (04/16/06).
As for shows others have mentioned;
THE AMAZING RACE - averages about 8.0
FAMILY GUY - averages about 7.0

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LOST!
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What happened to Lost? How come it didn't make the cut? Last year, the top shows were Lost and Desperate Housewives. How come Desperate Housewives only has 13 million viewers? Didn't it have 20 million plus viewers last year? What happened? How come Lost didn't make the cut? What's going on here? However, I'm delighted to see Grey's Anatomy on the top three. It's a surprise hit for sure but it sure deserves all the praises that it's been getting. It's a wonderfully entertaining show!!!
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20 shows of 100% pure american crap! I hate all those shows!
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Ah, yes....a list that Family Guy fans can't manipulate....
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desperate housewives was a repeat..
they don't get the huge amount of viewers they usually get..

damn.. The glory days of ER are definately over, aren't they??
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?i heard lost gets like 20million viewera a week last year[i'm from ireland].same with desperate housewives.what happened?
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Yay for The Unit! Best new show!
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To me this doesn't seem right.
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The Amazing Race didn't make the cut? Aww...
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Wow...
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