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2008-2009 Television Season

The 2008-2009 television season is the 63rd network season in the United States television history. It began on Monday, September 22, 2008 and ended on Sunday, May 31, 2009. The effective start date of the 2008-09 season for the purposes of audience measurement was September 27, 2008 through September 25, 2009.

Demographic Estimates

Universe estimates used to calculate a program or network's rating within that particular demographic for the 2008-09 television season. See the complete 2008-2009 universe estimates.

DemographicPopulationShare
Households114,456,650
Persons 2+289,950,000
Persons 2-1140,760,00014.1%
Persons 12-1724,710,0008.52%
Persons 18+224,480,00077.4%
Persons 18-2428,790,0009.93%
Persons 18-3468,170,00023.5%
Persons 18-49131,970,00045.5%
Persons 25-54124,340,00042.9%
Persons 35-64119,070,00041.1%

Media Market Estimates

Top 10 designated market areas by number of television homes for the 2008-2009 season. See the complete 2008-2009 Nielsen DMA ranking.

RankMarketTV HomesShare
1New York7,433,8206.495%
2Los Angeles5,654,2604.94%
3Chicago3,492,8503.052%
4Philadelphia2,950,2202.578%
5Dallas-Fort Worth2,489,9702.176%
6San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose2,476,4502.164%
7Boston-Manchester2,409,0802.105%
8Atlanta2,369,7802.071%
9Washington-Hagerstown2,321,6102.028%
10Houston2,106,2101.84%

Events

2008

October

  1. After the First 48 premieres on A&E.
  2. Real Housewives of Atlanta premieres on Bravo.
  3. Ghost Adventures premieres on Travel Channel.

November

  1. Fox News Live premieres on Fox News.
  2. Unsung premieres on TV One.

December

  1. Bone Collector premieres on Outdoor Channel.

2009

January

  1. MLB Network is launched.
  2. Special Report with Bret Baier premieres on Fox News.
  3. Golf Central Pre-Game premieres on Golf Channel.
  4. E! After Party premieres on E!.
  5. Hannity premieres on Fox News.
  6. Chopped premieres on Food Network.
  7. Options Action premieres on CNBC.

February

  1. RuPaul's Drag Race premieres on VH1.
  2. Disney XD is launched.

March

  1. Ancient Aliens premieres on History.
  2. AMTV is launched as Music Feed.

April

  1. Dateline Mystery premieres on NBC.

May

  1. Cars.TV is launched.
  2. Comedy.TV is launched.
  3. ES.TV is launched.
  4. Justice Central is launched.
  5. MyDestination.TV is launched.
  6. Pets.TV is launched.
  7. Recipe.TV is launched.
  8. House Hunters International premieres on HGTV.
  9. Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres on Bravo.

July

  1. Watch What Happens Live premieres on Bravo.
  2. Pawn Stars premieres on History.
  3. Way Too Early premieres on MSNBC.

August

  1. Shark Tank premieres on ABC.

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