Nielsen Ratings/Historic/Network Television by Season/2000s

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This is a listing of the average top networks and shows for past television seasons in the 2000s.

Contents

2003–2004 Season

Network Rankings

# Households People 2+ Adults 18-49
1 CBS CBS CBS CBS NBC NBC
2 NBC NBC NBC NBC FOX FOX
3 ABC ABC FOX FOX CBS CBS
4 FOX FOX ABC ABC ABC ABC
5 WB WB WB WB WB WB
6 UPN UPN UPN UPN UPN UPN
7 PAX PAX PAX

Top Shows

Top 20 shows*

  1. American Idol FOX
  2. CSI CBS
  3. Survivor CBS
  4. The Apprentice NBC
  5. Friends NBC
  6. Monday Night Football ABC
  7. My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé FOX
  8. CSI: Miami CBS
  9. ER NBC
  10. Everybody Loves Raymond CBS
  11. Without a Trace CBS
  12. Law & Order NBC
  13. Two and a Half Men CBS
  14. 60 Minutes CBS
  15. Cold Case CBS
  16. Will & Grace NBC
  17. Average Joe NBC
  18. The Bachelor ABC
  19. Coupling NBC
  20. Fear Factor NBC

*September 22, 2003 through September 19, 2004, ranked by total viewers, all regular timeslots collapsed, including regular timeslot repeats


2004–2005 Season

Network Rankings

# Households People 2+ Adults 18-49
1 CBS CBS CBS CBS FOX FOX
2 NBC NBC ABC ABC CBS CBS
3 ABC ABC FOX FOX ABC ABC
4 FOX FOX NBC NBC NBC NBC
5 UPN UPN UPN UPN UPN UPN
6 WB WB WB WB WB WB
7 PAX PAX PAX

Top Shows

Top 20 shows*

  1. American Idol FOX
  2. CSI CBS
  3. Survivor CBS
  4. Desperate Housewives ABC
  5. CSI: Miami CBS
  6. Dancing with the Stars ABC
  7. Monday Night Football ABC
  8. Without a Trace CBS
  9. Everybody Loves Raymond CBS
  10. Two and a Half Men CBS
  11. The Apprentice NBC
  12. Lost ABC
  13. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC
  14. Cold Case CBS
  15. Grey's Anatomy ABC
  16. 60 Minutes CBS
  17. NCIS CBS
  18. The Amazing Race CBS
  19. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC
  20. ER NBC

*September 20, 2004 through September 18, 2005, ranked by total viewers, all regular timeslots collapsed, including regular timeslot repeats

2005–2006 Season

Network Rankings

# Households People 2+ Adults 18-49
1 CBS CBS CBS CBS FOX FOX
2 ABC ABC ABC ABC ABC ABC
3 NBC NBC FOX FOX CBS CBS
4 FOX FOX NBC NBC NBC NBC
5 WB WB Uni Univision Uni Univision
6 UPN UPN WB WB WB WB
7 Uni Univision UPN UPN UPN UPN
8 Tel Telemundo Tel Telemundo Tel Telemundo
9 i TF TF
10 TF i i

Top Shows

Top 20 shows*

  1. American Idol FOX
  2. CSI CBS
  3. Survivor CBS
  4. Desperate Housewives ABC
  5. Dancing with the Stars ABC
  6. CSI: Miami CBS
  7. Without a Trace CBS
  8. Monday Night Football ABC
  9. Grey's Anatomy ABC
  10. House, M.D. FOX
  11. 24 FOX
  12. Unan1mous FOX
  13. NCIS CBS
  14. Lost ABC
  15. Two and a Half Men CBS
  16. Deal or No Deal NBC
  17. CSI: NY CBS
  18. Cold Case CBS
  19. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC
  20. 60 Minutes CBS

*September 19, 2005 through September 17, 2006, ranked by total viewers, all regular timeslots collapsed, including regular timeslot repeats

2006–2007 Season

Network Rankings

# Households People 2+ Adults 18-49
1 CBS CBS CBS CBS FOX FOX
2 FOX FOX FOX FOX CBS CBS
3 ABC ABC ABC ABC ABC ABC
4 NBC NBC NBC NBC NBC NBC
5 Uni Univision Uni Univision Uni Univision
6 CW CW CW CW CW CW
7 Tel Telemundo Tel Telemundo Tel Telemundo
8 MNT MNT MNT MNT MNT MNT
9 ION ION TF TF
10 TF ION ION ION ION
11 AZA AZA AZA

Top Shows

Top 20 shows

  1. American Idol FOX
  2. Dancing with the Stars ABC
  3. CSI CBS
  4. Sunday Night Football NBC
  5. Survivor CBS
  6. Grey's Anatomy ABC
  7. Lost ABC
  8. House, M.D. FOX
  9. Without a Trace CBS
  10. CSI: Miami CBS
  11. King of Queens CBS
  12. 24 FOX
  13. NCIS CBS
  14. Desperate Housewives ABC
  15. Two and a Half Men CBS
  16. Heroes NBC
  17. Shark CBS
  18. Cold Case CBS
  19. CSI: NY CBS
  20. Rules of Engagement CBS

*September 18, 2006 through September 23, 2007, ranked by total viewers, all regular timeslots collapsed, including regular timeslot repeats

2007–2008 Season

Network Rankings

# Households People 2+ Adults 18-49
1 CBS CBS FOX FOX FOX FOX
2 FOX FOX CBS CBS NBC NBC
3 NBC NBC NBC NBC ABC ABC
4 ABC ABC ABC ABC CBS CBS
5 Uni Univision Uni Univision Uni Univision
6 CW CW CW CW CW CW
7 MNT MNT MNT MNT Tel Telemundo
8 Tel Telemundo Tel Telemundo MNT MNT
9 TF TF TF
10 ION ION ION ION ION ION
11 AZA AZA AZA

Top Shows

Top 20 shows*

  1. American Idol FOX
  2. Dancing with the Stars ABC
  3. Sunday Night Football NBC
  4. Survivor CBS
  5. CSI CBS
  6. Lost ABC
  7. House, M.D. FOX
  8. Heroes NBC
  9. NCIS CBS
  10. America's Got Talent NBC
  11. Two and a Half Men CBS
  12. CSI: Miami CBS
  13. The Amazing Race CBS
  14. Desperate Housewives ABC
  15. 60 Minutes CBS
  16. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC
  17. The Moment of Truth FOX
  18. Grey's Anatomy ABC
  19. Criminal Minds CBS
  20. Oprah's Big Give ABC

*September 24, 2007 through September 21, 2008, ranked by total viewers, all regular timeslots collapsed, including regular timeslot repeats