The Hallmark Hall Of Fame presentation of "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" was second in households (6.2/10) and viewers (9.82 million) and averaged a 2.2/05 in adults 25-54 and 1.5/04 in adults 18-49. Compared to the same night last year ("Sweet Nothings in My Ear"), CBS was up +15% in households (from 5.4/09), +5% in adults 25-54 (from 2.1/05), even in adults 18-49 and added +1.64m viewers (from 8.18 million, +20%).

Compared to the other shows that were on that evening the first new "Desperate Housewives" in four weeks earned an 8.5/13 - the night's biggest audience - at 9 p.m. CBS fell back to second with its movie "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler," 6.3/10. "The Celebrity Apprentice," 5.0/8, hold onto third for NBC. "Family Guy," 4.3/6, and "American Dad," 3.4/5, finished the night for FOX.

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

Here's a small thing to try and explain the figures to you: The most commonly cited Nielsen results are reported in two measurements: ratings points and share, usually reported as: "ratings points/share".

As of September 1, 2008, there are an estimated 114.5 million television households in the United States. A single national ratings point represents one percent of the total number, or 1,145,000 households for the 2006-07 season. Share is the percentage of television sets in use tuned to the program. For example, Nielsen may report a show as receiving a 9.2/15 during its broadcast, meaning that on average 9.2 percent of households were tuned in at any given moment. Additionally, 15 percent of all televisions in use at the time were tuned into this program (i.e. how many of those televisions were watching this particular show).

Nielsen re-estimates the number of households each August for the upcoming television season. The difference between rating and share is that a rating reflects the percentage of the total population of televisions tuned to a particular program while share reflects the percentage of televisions actually in use tuned to a particular program.

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