Ratings: 'CSI' beats baseball, wins the week

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The ratings for the week of Oct. 20-26 are in and — surprise, surprise — CBS’s CSI is the No. 1 show on television yet again, with 19.5 million viewers. Even America’s game couldn’t top the crime procedural (with new cast member Lauren Lee Smith, pictured): Fox’s four World Series broadcasts could only manage a high of 15.5 million viewers (Sunday’s game 4) and a low of 9.8 million viewers (Saturday’s game 3). Yep, Saturday nights are so dead, viewers aren’t even watching sports!

The rest of the Top 20, which you can view after the jump, was pretty predictable, filled out by ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives; a slew of CBS procedurals; Fox’s House; and, of course, nothing on NBC or The CW.

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1. CSI | CBS |19.5 million
2. Dancing with the Stars |ABC | 18.5 million
3. NCIS |CBS | 17.2 million
4. Dancing with the Stars | ABC |16.4 million
5. Desperate Housewives |ABC | 16.0 million
6. World Series: Game 4 |Fox |15.5 million
7. The Mentalist |CBS |15.3 million
8. Criminal Minds |CBS |15.0 million
9. Two and a Half Men |CBS |14.6 million
    World Series: Game 1 | Fox |14.6 million
11. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC |14.5 million
12. CSI: NY | CBS |14.4 million
13. CSI: Miami | CBS | 13.5 million
14. Survivor: Gabon | CBS | 13.3 million
15. House | Fox | 13.1 million
16. 60 Minutes | CBS | 12.8 million
      World Series: Game 2 | Fox | 12.8 million
18. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition | ABC | 12.3 million
19. Cold Case | CBS | 12.0 million
20. Eleventh Hour | CBS | 11.9 million

Of note out of the Top 20 was CBS’s new Friday night relationship dramedy CBS’s The Ex List, which attracted a meager 5.3 million viewers and registered as a series low. CBS promptly pulled the plug on the series. The CW’s Stylista
premiered to low numbers (2.3 million), which is unsurprising
considering the fact that it airs on the generally low-rated CW. Still,
it’s never a good thing when a show can only hold 53 percent of it’s
lead-in — in this case, the CW’s top show, America’s Next Top Model.

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1. CSI | CBS |19.5 million
2. Dancing with the Stars |ABC | 18.5 million
3. NCIS |CBS | 17.2 million
4. Dancing with the Stars | ABC |16.4 million
5. Desperate Housewives |ABC | 16.0 million
6. World Series: Game 4 |Fox |15.5 million
7. The Mentalist |CBS |15.3 million
8. Criminal Minds |CBS |15.0 million
9. Two and a Half Men |CBS |14.6 million
    World Series: Game 1 | Fox |14.6 million
11. Grey’s Anatomy | ABC |14.5 million
12. CSI: NY | CBS |14.4 million
13. CSI: Miami | CBS | 13.5 million
14. Survivor: Gabon | CBS | 13.3 million
15. House | Fox | 13.1 million
16. 60 Minutes | CBS | 12.8 million
      World Series: Game 2 | Fox | 12.8 million
18. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition | ABC | 12.3 million
19. Cold Case | CBS | 12.0 million
20. Eleventh Hour | CBS | 11.9 million

Of note out of the Top 20 was CBS’s new Friday night relationship dramedy CBS’s The Ex List, which attracted a meager 5.3 million viewers and registered as a series low. CBS promptly pulled the plug on the series. The CW’s Stylistapremiered to low numbers (2.3 million), which is unsurprisingconsidering the fact that it airs on the generally low-rated CW. Still,it’s never a good thing when a show can only hold 53 percent of it’slead-in — in this case, the CW’s top show, America’s Next Top Model.

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  • Adrien

    Why are you so surprised that CSI is number 1 yet again? Reality shows can only go so far before they become cliche and how long can a house wife really be desperate but crime unfortunately rules. If it bleeds it leads type mentality. Fortunately for CSI they have a brillant cast, writers will to take chances and a rabid legion of fans who follow the show but don’t get me on the clones cause NY and Miami suck.

  • Peter

    Wow, Greys has fallen sharply. It used to pull 20m regularly. Now it averages 14m & is out even in the Top 10.

  • ray ray

    Wow – Americans have really bad taste in television. REALLY BAD.

  • BklynGirl

    When will NCIS ever get credit for consistently being at the top of the ratings week after week?

  • phils fan

    Of course no one watched world series on saturday the game started at 10:30 and wasn’t over until 1:47

  • Simon

    Since I only watch CSI and NCIS regularly, I am so glad they are top of the ratings. They are well-written shows with a great cast and crew.

  • Anonymous

    It will be interesting to see if CSI can continue to rule the ratings without Grissom (probably not because AI will be on then).

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