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Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings


  • Oh, Obama. Barack Obama set a new ratings record for presidential nomination acceptance speeches on Thursday, when his speech from Denver was seen by at least 38 million viewers. For some context, that makes it a bigger TV event than the Olympics opening ceremonies were — but it still couldn't beat some of last year's NFL football playoff games.
  • Speaking Greek. Greek set a ratings record with its season premiere on Tuesday. Its 1.6 million viewers were the ABC Family show's biggest audience ever.
  • A little less talent. NBC's America's Got Talent is still one of the biggest shows of the Summer, but it hit a low mark when it returned from an Olympics hiatus on Tuesday. Its 11 million viewers tied the season low for the show.
  • Tough win for tough jobs. NBC's America's Toughest Jobs was the network's first new series to premiere after heavy Olympics promotion, and it scored a narrow victory in its time slot on Monday with 7.3 million viewers.

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