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Posted by: Dax Sep 25 2007, 12:51 PM

Ratings: Those Dancing Stars Dominate Yet Again

There's a lot to cover for this Monday, so let's rip into the ratings:

• Dancing with the Stars topped the evening, averaging 21.2 million total viewers over its 90-minute run. (That's on par with its previous season-opener.) Lead-out The Bachelor, however, dropped its partner, managing just 9.56 mil (a 500K dip from Officer and a Gentlemen's debut).

• CBS' comedy lineup did as follows: Mother, 8.27 mil, down 2.2 mil from last year's launch; The Big Bang Theory, 9.58 mil, a marked increase on HIMYM's lead-in; Two and a Half Men, 13.45 mil; and Rules of Engagement, 12.09 mil.

• Over on NBC, Chuck got his geek on to the tune of 9.3 million. That led into Heroes, which with 14.12 mil nearly matched its series premiere, and certainly improved on last May's season-ender. Journeyman (9.5 mil) then let slip nearly a third of its lead-in.

• Fox's Prison Break (7.27 mil) slipped a bit from its premiere, while 31 percent fewer people decided to return to K-Ville (6.16 mil).

• The night's No. 2 powerhouse, CSI: Miami, launched its new season with 14.8 mil, a drop of 2.4 mil from a year ago.

Posted by: Dax Sep 26 2007, 11:32 AM

Ratings: Prancing Stars, Cranky House Are Tops

This first "real" Tuesday of the new ratings season, as Dancing with the Stars' all-male revue averaged 18.34 million total viewers over its 90-minute run:

8 pm/ET
NCIS' shinier, happier backstage mood paid off on-screen, as the show (13.65 mil) outperformed last year's premiere by 530 thou. Bones (8.25 mil) was down 16 percent versus its own previous opener. With about three mil, Beauty and the Geek kissed off about 340K week-to-week.

9 pm
House's season premiere fared a hair better than last year's, with 18.13 million viewers. (What's more, it did much better in key demos than the older-skewing DWTS.) The Unit (10.73 mil) recruited 1.4 mil fewer than last fall. The arrival of the CW's Reaper (3.22 mil) improved upon its Geek lead-in (Veronica Mars' previous two season premieres got 3.3 million...).

10 pm
SVU topped the hour with 21.1 mil, albeit a 16 percent premiere-to-premiere plunge. CBS' Cane got some sugar from 11.1 mil, which was good enough to best Boston Legal, which got a 9:30 head start and drew 10.3 mil (a 1.3 mil dip from its '06 opener). Here's a Legal question: Does that show have the wackiest, most conspicuous (and borderline nauseating) camerawork or what?


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Heroes Uses Loophole to Supe Up Premiere Ratings

Forget invisibility and super-healing. NBC has discovered the power to inflate the ratings for Heroes' season premiere, seizing a new Nielsen rule that allows a network to add in the audience for any same-week rebroadcast. NBC will re-air the Heroes episode this Saturday night, and as long as the hour features the exact same commercial content — an easy requirement in this case, as Nissan was the eppy's sole sponsor — its numbers can be bundled into the 14.12 mil recorded on Monday.

But pay attention: Not only does the Peacock get to puff up Heroes' tally, it also won't get dinged for the typically lousy Saturday hour that normally would have sucked up prime-time space. "Theoretically, [NBC is] doing nothing wrong," ABC's research chief tells Variety. "But morally, they're playing with the weekly averages. You could see where this could lead to abuse."
Posted by: Dax Sep 27 2007, 12:50 PM

Ratings: Bionic Woman Gives Addison a Scare

This Wednesday, as DWTS' first results show topped the night with 16.62 million total viewers:

8 pm/ET
Kid Nation was a distant second with 7.61 mil, a 15 percent drop from its premiere. Similarly, Fox's twofer of Back to You (7.54 mil) and 'Til Death (6.2 mil) each shed 20 percent of their previous audiences. Top Model (4.85 mil) saw 300K take a catwalk.

9 pm
Private Practice (14.4 mil) came away with a slight lead over Bionic Woman (13.6 mil) in total viewers, though Jaime Sommers drew a slightly sexier demo. (Note: The Grey's eppy that laid the foundation for the spin-off drew 21 mil. Apples, oranges, I know.) Criminal Minds was No. 3 with 12.7 mil (a 23 percent plunge from a year ago). Gossip Girl (2.55 mil) was down 30 percent from its debut.

10 pm
CSI: NY delivered 12.7 mil (down 21 percent from last fall's opener), followed by ABC's superfun Dirty Sexy Money (10.4 mil, aka not-so-super retention out of PP) and NBC's Life (10.15 mil, but the time period's leader in the 18-49 demo).


Posted by: Dax Sep 29 2007, 10:42 PM

Ratings: CSI Teaches Anatomy a Lesson

Round 1 last fall went to the Seattle Grace gang; not so this time. Thursday's ratings rundown:

8 pm/ET
Survivor: China topped the hour with 14.16 million total viewers, a drop of a mil from its premiere. Ugly Betty's season-opener (11.05 mil) was up from its freshman finale but off six mil from its year-ago debut. NBC's Earl (8.52 mil) was down about 500K from its previous premiere. Smallville veritably matched last fall's return with 5.08 mil.

9 pm
With 24.9 million viewers, CSI outperformed its 2006 opener by some 13 percent and in doing so trumped Grey's Anatomy, which returned to an audience of 20.5 mil (down from last fall's 25.15 mil). Though Grey's fared better among the key demos, that is Grissom & Co.'s largest-ever margin of victory over the ABC titan. The Office (9.67 mil) improved on its previous premiere by 670 thou.

10 pm
Without a Trace embraced anew its Thursday time slot with 16.7 million viewers, just shy of its last (Sunday-night) season-opener but nearly two mil better than Shark did here a year ago. ABC's Big Shots (11.6 mil) shot down 43 percent of its Grey's lead-in, but still bested ER (which with 9.93 mil was way off last fall's 15.5 mil).

Posted by: Dax Sep 30 2007, 02:46 PM

Ratings: Moonlight Can't Come Close to Home

This Friday's ratings recap:

Numbers was the top-rated program of the night with 9.16 million total viewers, a 20-percent plunge from its year-ago season premiere. In a close second was Las Vegas, whose two-hour opener averaged 9.12 mil (just a hair off last year's).

Like Numbers, Ghost Whisperer (8.65 mil) was down — 14 percent — from last fall's premiere. CBS' new 9 o'clock Friday series, Moonlight, was sampled by 8.63 mil, demostrating solid retention out of J.Love yet well short of underappreciated time slot predecessor Close to Home's most recent opener (in both total viewers and key demos).

Fox's K-Ville "encore" was watched by 2.6 mil, better than the numbers Nashville was putting up.

Posted by: blosslover Sep 30 2007, 04:23 PM

Nielsens ratings for Sept. 17 — 23


Broadcast: Top 20
Rank Season average Show name Network Viewers in millions

1. 7 Dallas vs. Chicago NBC 19.0

2. X Survivor: China CBS 15.4

3. 7 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 14.1

4. 26 Cold Case CBS 12.7

5. 13 Deal or No Deal (Mon) NBC 11.7

6. 26 Shark CBS 11.4

* 26 60 Minutes CBS 11.4

8. 23 Without a Trace CBS 11.3

9. 19 Two and a Half Men CBS 10.8

* 78 Family Guy Fox 10.8

11. 56 Football Night Pt. 3 NBC 10.3

12. 46 Deal or No Deal (Wed) NBC 9.9

13. 15 CSI: Miami CBS 9.7

14. 78 The Simpsons Fox 9.6

15. 23 The OT Fox 9.5

* New Back to You Fox 9.5

17 X Kid Nation CBS 9.4

18. 21 CSI: NY CBS 9.2

19. 18 Desperate Housewives ABC 9.0

20. n/a K-Ville Fox 8.9


Broadcast: Tops among 18-49-year-olds
Rank Season average Show name Network Viewers in millions

1. 7 Dallas vs. Chicago NBC 10.2

2. 78 Family Guy Fox 7.3

3. X Survivor: China CBS 6.5

4. 78 The Simpsons Fox 6.2

5. 56 Football Night Pt. 3 NBC 5.4

6. 23 The OT Fox 5.3

7. 7 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 5.2

8. n/a King of the Hill Fox 4.9

9. n/a The Biggest Loser NBC 4.4

* n/a Big Brother (Tues) CBS 4.4

* n/a K-Ville Fox 4.4

12. n/a Prison Break Fox 4.3

13. 19 Two and a Half Men CBS 4.2

14. New Back to You Fox 4.1

* 26 Cold Case CBS 4.1

* 13 Deal or No Deal (Mon) NBC 4.1

17. n/a Kitchen Nightmares Fox 4.0

* X Kid Nation CBS 4.0

* 18 Desperate Housewives ABC 4.0

20. n/a Last Comic Standing NBC 3.8



Cable: Top 15
Rank Show name Network Viewers in millions

1. Redskins vs. Eagles ESPN 11.6

2. Hannah Montanta (Fri, 8:30 p.m.) Disney 5.1

3. WWE Raw (Mon, 10 p.m.) USA 4.8

* Burn Notice USA 4.8

5. WWE Raw (Mon, 9 p.m.) USA 4.6

6. College Football ESPN 4.5

7. Freaky Friday Disney 4.3

* Holes Disney 4.3

9. Saving Grace TNT 4.2

10. Cory in the House Disney 4.1

11. Hannah Montana (Sun, 7:30 p.m.) Disney 4.0

12. The Hills MTV 3.8

* Jeff Dunham Comedy 3.8

14. Sharkboy & Lavagirl Disney 3.7

15. House of Payne (Wed, 10 p.m.) TBS 3.6

* House of Payne (Wed, 10:30 p.m.) TBS 3.6

* Law & Order TNT 3.6


Spotlight: Tops among ages 50-plus
Rank Show name Network Viewers in millions

1. 60 Minutes CBS 8.2

2. Cold Case CBS 8.1

3. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 7.9

4. Shark CBS 7.6

5. Survivor: China CBS 7.2

6. Dallas vs. Chicago NBC 7.0

* Without a Trace CBS 7.0

8. Deal or No Deal (Mon) NBC 6.6

9. Two and a Half Men CBS 6.0

10. Deal or No Deal (Wed) NBC 5.8

Source: Nielsen Media Research, week of Sept. 17-23
Posted by: Dax Oct 1 2007, 12:46 PM

This Sunday, as NBC's prime-time football coverage averaged about 13.6 million total viewers:

• Extreme Makeover: Home Edition drew 11.67 million over its two hour run, finishing strongly with 14 mil in the 8 o'clock hour. Still, its return was off from last fall's by about 1.8 mil.

• CW Now (780,000) and Online Nation (698 thou) continue to make those year-ago Everybody Hates Chris repeats look stellar.

• Housewives was the night's best performer, welcoming just shy of 19 mil back to Wisteria Lane. (That's a 20-percent drop from its previous premiere, but on par with the May finale.) Interestingly, the added competition heated up Cold Case (13.55 mil) to the tune of 1.25 mil additional heads.

• At 10, the champ was Brothers & Sisters (with 13.3 mil, down 17 percent from its series debut), followed by football and then Shark (11.43 mil, barely down from a week ago).

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Grey's Anatomy is this TV season's most expensive show for advertisers to buy into, commanding on average $419,000 per 30-second spot, says an Advertising Age survey. Last fall's titleholder was Desperate Housewives, which drew $394K.

Rounding out this year's top five are NBC's Sunday Night Football ($358,000), The Simpsons ($315,000), Heroes ($296,000) and the ladies of Wisteria Lane ($270,000).

Come January, Grey's riches could look like peanuts compared to what American Idol stands to reap. Ad Age hears that Idol is asking for anywhere from $500,000 to $700,000 per :30, depending on when during the season the commercial gets slotted. The next round of 24, meanwhile, is said to be looking at $300K per incredulous plot twist spot.

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Saturday's "controversial" Heroes rebroadcast drew about 3.6 mil, I hear, but the actual tally of unique, nonduplicated viewers (to be added to last Monday's audience) isn't expected until Tuesday.
Posted by: Dax Oct 2 2007, 01:05 PM

Heroes Peters Out 15 Percent

This Monday, as a two-hour (!) Dancing with the Stars averaged 20.34 million total viewers:

8 pm/ET
Placing second was Chuck (8.22 million), albeit down a mil from its debut. CBS' Mother (7.88 mil, -400K) and Big Bang (8.58 mil, down a mil) each slipped. Prison Break held steady with 7.22 mil. The CW's Everybody Hates Chris (2.58 mil) was up 140 thou from last fall's premiere, while lead-out Aliens in America (with 2.33 mil) did not at all "terror"-bly, matching All of Us' 2006 opener.

9 pm
CBS' Men (13.4 mil) was on par with last week, but Rules (10.5 million) disengaged some 1.5 mil viewers. Drawing 11.94 mil, Heroes saw 15 percent of its premiere audience fly away. (Is Peter's new storyline using leftover Black Donnellys scripts and sets? I digress.) K-Ville (5.48 mil) KO'd another 680 thou. Girlfriends (2.6 mil) was down 150K from its previous premiere, but The Game (2.99 mil) was up 400,000.

10 pm
CSI: Miami dominated with 14.87 million, followed by The Bachelor (9.57 mil, down 10 percent from its premiere) and Journeyman (8.39 mil, slipping 11 percent).


Posted by: Dax Oct 4 2007, 03:14 PM

Ratings: NCIS Clubs Cavemen and House Parties

Tuesday's ratings recap, here and now:

8 pm/ET
NCIS dominated the hour with 16.26 million total viewers, a massive 19 percent week-to-week surge. (It was also NCIS' most-watched outing since last Dec. 12.) ABC's Cavemen-Carpoolers combo placed second with about 9 mil each. Bones (7.89 mil) and Beauty and the Geek (2.66 mil) each lost around 350 thou.

9 pm
With 17.28 million viewers, House dealt the DWTS results show (15.7 mil, dipping 902K) some bad medicine, in total viewers and key demos. Up 600,000 from its season opener, The Unit came in third with 11.34 mil. Reaper (2.82 mil) reaped 400 thou fewer souls than in its debut.

10 pm
Law & Order: SVU (11.7 mil) topped... yet dropped (400K). Boston Legal (10.94 mil) gained 640 thou week-to-week to best CBS' Cane (whose ratings soured 17 percent from the premiere).

Lastly, an update on Heroes' season premiere, which now — factoring in Saturday's replay — can boast an audience of 17 million (up from the original 14.1 mil). That adjustment, thanks to a new rule now under review by Nielsen, helped NBC tie ABC for that week in the 18-49 demographic.

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Ratings: Daisies Blooms, Addison Beats on Jaime

This Wednesday's ratings recap:

8 pm/ET
ABC's Pushing Daisies pushed all comers to the side, premiering to 12.83 million total viewers and also dominating in the key demos. Deal or No Deal placed second (with 11 mil), followed by Kid Nation (7.5 mil, down another 110 thou) and Fox's sitcombo of Back to You (6.58 mil, down a mil) and 'Til Death (holding steady with 6.22 mil). Top Model (4.52 mil) dropped another 330K.

9 pm
Surging 1.7 mil from its season premiere, Criminal Minds came out on top with 14.4 million viewers (albeit a No. 3 finish in demos). Private Practice (12.3 mil) dipped 15 percent from its debut yet stayed on top of Bionic Woman (10.94 mil), which itself slipped 19 percent. Gossip Girl (2.8 mil) got people talking again, inching up a quarter-mil.

10 pm
CSI: NY won the hour with the same tally as last week, 12.7 mil. ABC's Dirty Sexy Money saw 670,000 cash out yet kept ahead of NBC's listing Life, which with 8.8 mil was down 13 percent.





Posted by: blosslover Oct 5 2007, 10:04 PM

Top Chef 3: Miami's Wednesday finale served up 3.1 million viewers, a 25 percent increase from the Season 2 closer and the time slot's most-watched basic-cable program.

Ratings: 30 Rocks On, Big Shots Shrinks

This Thursday's ratings:

8 pm/ET
Survivor topped the hour with 14.06 million total viewers, which is on par with last week. Betty bungled 1.25 mil to deliver 9.78 mil. While NBC's Earl (eight mil) dipped 520K, lead-out 30 Rock returned to 7.38 mil, a 53 percent surge from its first-season finale. ("SeinfeldVision" does work!) Smallville (4.56 mil) was down 520 thou.

9 pm
CSI (20.8 mil, down 16 percent from its mondo premiere) again trumped Grey's (18.13 mil, -2.3 mil), albeit not in the key demos. The Office (8.49 mil) lost more than a mil, while Supernatural (2.97 mil) fell short of last season's opener by 800,000.

10 pm
Without a Trace won the race with 14.5 mil, albeit a 13 percent week-to-week drop. ER (8.99 mil) saw a mil check out, yet this week bested ABC's Big Shots, which due to massive second-half tune-out plunged to 8.66 mil.

And some ratings from last week...


The week's top 20:
Broadcast: Top 20
Rank Season average Show name Network Viewers in millions

1. 1 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 25.2
2. 2 Dancing With the Stars (Mon) ABC 21.2
3. 3 Grey's Anatomy ABC 20.9
4. 4 Desperate Housewives ABC 19.3
5. X Dancing With the Stars (Tues) ABC 18.5
6. 5 House Fox 18.3
7. 6 Heroes NBC 17.0
8. X Dancing With the Stars results ABC 16.8
9. 8 Without a Trace CBS 16.7
10. 9 CSI: Miami CBS 15.1
11. 6 Sunday Night Football NBC 15.0
12. 10 Private Practice ABC 14.4
13. 10 Extreme Makeover: Home Ed ABC 14.3
14. 12 Survivor: China CBS 14.1
15. 12 Bionic Woman NBC 13.9
* 12 NCIS CBS 13.9
17 16 Cold Case CBS 13.7
18. 15 Two and a Half Men CBS 13.6
19. 17 Brothers & Sisters ABC 12.8
* 20 60 Minutes CBS 12.8


Broadcast: Tops among 18-49-year-olds
Rank Season average Show name Network Viewers in millions

1. 3 Grey's Anatomy ABC 11.6
2. 1 CSI CBS 10.7
3. 5 House Fox 10.2
4. 4 Desperate Housewiv ABC 9.9
5. 6 Heroes NBC 9.6
6. 6 Sunday Night Football NBC 8.1
7. 2 Dancing W Stars Mon ABC 7.6
8. 12 Bionic Woman NBC 7.5
9. 10 Private Practice ABC 6.8
10. n/a The Office NBC 6.6
11. 17 Brothers & Sisters ABC 6.5
12. X Dancing W Stars Tue ABC 6.3
* n/a Law & Order: SVU NBC 6.3
* 10 Extreme Makeover ABC 6.3
* 15 Two and a Half Men CBS 6.3
16. 8 Without a Trace CBS 6.1
* 9 CSI: Miami CBS 6.1
* 12 Survivor: China CBS 6.1
19. n/a Big Shots ABC 5.9
* n/a Rules of Engagement CBS 5.9


Cable: Top 15
Rank Show name Network Viewers in millions

1. Titans vs. Saints ESPN 10.8
2. High School Musical 2 Disney 6.0
3. Rock of Love VH1 5.4
4. Sky High Disney 5.3
5. Auburn vs. Florida ESPN 4.9
6. WWE Raw Mon, 9 USA 4.8
7. WWE Raw Mon, 10 USA 4.7
8. NASCAR Nextel ESPN2 4.1
9. The Hills MTV 3.7
10. House of Payne Wed TBS 3.6
11. Drama Queen Disney 3.4
* House of Payne Wed TBS 3.4
13. W. Virgina vs. S. Florida ESPN2 3.3
* Back at the Barnyard Nickelodeon 3.3
* House of Payne (Wed, 10:30 p.m.) TBS 3.3
* Sneak Peek: Phineaus Disney 3.3


Spotlight: New series by age
Rank Show name Network Median age

Youngest

1. Gossip Girl CW 22.8
2. Reaper CW 32.7
3. Kitchen Nightmares Fox 39.0
4. Kid Nation CBS 41.3
5. Bionic Woman NBC 43.4

Oldest

1. Cane CBS 55.0
2. Moonlight CBS 52.0
3. Dirty Sexy Money ABC 47.7
4. Private Practice ABC 47.7
5. Big Bang Theory CBS 46.8
Posted by: Dax Oct 6 2007, 02:05 AM

Tuesday, October 2, 2007
ABC is the most-watched network in the fall season's first week
Primetime ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Dancing With the Stars' power a ratings victory.

By STEVE GORMAN
Reuters Life!

ABC, seeking to reignite a ratings turnaround that faltered last year, finished the first week of the new broadcast season as the No. 1 U.S. network in prime time, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

Buoyed by such hits as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Dancing with the Stars," ABC ranked as the most watched network overall for the week ended Sept. 30 and tied with NBC for first place among viewers aged 18 to 49, the group most prized by advertisers.

The 18-49 ranking for NBC, which has struggled to shake off its own three-year long ratings slump, comes with an asterisk, though. NBC benefited from a Nielsen rule change that allowed it to add viewers to last Monday's season premiere of "Heroes" from a Saturday replay of the show.

Starting this season, Nielsen agreed that viewers watching a repeat in the same week as the original broadcast could be counted in the ratings tally as long as the replay carries the same advertising content.

NBC enjoyed the added benefit of being able to factor out what otherwise would have been a low-rated hour of TV from its weekly ratings average.

The return of "Grey's Anatomy" ended up as the week's highest-rated single show in the 18-49 demographic. Going head to head with ABC's hit medical drama, the CBS powerhouse cop series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" scored the week's biggest total audience with its season premiere.

ABC had the most watched new series so far this season with the debut of its "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff, "Private Practice," but NBC's sci-fi action remake, "Bionic Woman," was No. 1 in the 18-49 race among new shows.

Those two shows, and ABC's male ensemble drama "Big Shots," were the only new programs to crack Nielsen's top 20 by either measure during the first week.

After two years of solid growth, the Walt Disney Co-owned ABC stumbled in the ratings last season, due in part to the loss of its highly watched "Monday Night Football" franchise, which moved to sister sports network ESPN.

General Electric Co-controlled NBC, has languished in the Nielsens since longtime comedy favorites "Friends" and "Frasier" ended their runs in 2004.

All four major networks – ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox – posted year-to-year ratings declines for the first week of the 2007-08 season, which broadcast executives attribute to rapidly changing viewing habits.

In particular, industry experts point to the growing use of digital video recorders (DVRs) such as TiVo, which let viewers easily save their favorite shows and watch them at their leisure.

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viewer numbers in millions

1 CSI/CBS 25.22
2 Dancing With the Stars (Mon)/ABC 21.25
3 Grey's Anatomy (Thur)/ABC 20.93
4 Desperate Housewives/ABC 19.32
5 Dancing With the Stars (Tue)/ABC 18.51
6 House/Fox 18.31
7 Heroes/NBC 16.97
8 Dancing With the Stars Results (Wed)/ABC 16.81
9 Without a Trace/CBS 16.68
10 CSI: Miami/CBS 15.08
11 Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia at New York Giants/NBC 15.01
12 Private Practice/ABC 14.41
13 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition/ABC 14.25
14 Survivor: China/CBS 14.15
15 The Bionic Woman/NBC 13.91
16 NCIS/CBS 13.89
17 Cold Case/CBS 13.71
18 Two and a Half Men/CBS 13.58
19 Brothers & Sisters/ABC 12.83
20 60 Minutes/CBS 12.82
21 CSI: NY/CBS 12.72
22 Criminal Minds/CBS 12.66
23 Rules of Engagement/CBS 12.23
24 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/NBC 12.12
25 Shark/CBS 11.34
26 Cane/CBS 11.21
27 Ugly Betty/ABC 11.16
28 Big Shots/ABC 11.10
29 The Unit/CBS 10.70
30 Dirty Sexy Money/ABC 10.44
31 Boston Legal/ABC 10.30
32 Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick/NBC 10.13
33 Life/NBC 9.95
34 ER/NBC 9.92
35 The Office/NBC 9.66
36 The Big Bang Theory/CBS 9.52
37 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition/ABC 9.42
38 Numb3rs/CBS 9.38
39 Las Vegas/NBC 9.28
40 The Bachelor/ABC 9.23
41 Chuck/NBC 9.21
42 Journeyman/NBC 9.16
43 Deal or No Deal (Wed)/NBC 9.05
44 Ghost Whisperer/CBS 8.72
45 My Name Is Earl/NBC 8.66
46 Moonlight/CBS 8.54
47 The Simpsons/Fox 8.51
48 Bones/Fox 8.40
49 How I Met Your Mother/CBS 8.12
50 Family Guy/Fox 7.98
51 Football Night in America/NBC 7.89
52 Kid Nation/CBS 7.62
53 Deal or No Deal (Fri)/NBC 7.53

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ABC dances to first win in 12 years

(City News Service)

Thanks to an additional 90 minutes of "Dancing With the Stars," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Desperate Housewives," ABC was the most-watched network during television's premiere week for the first time since 1995, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

ABC had four of the five most-watched prime-time programs between Sept. 24 and Sunday, and averaged 11.9 million viewers for its prime-time lineup, edging CBS' 11.82 million.

The three "Dancing With the Stars" episodes ranked second, fifth and eighth for the week.

The Wednesday "Dancing With the Stars" results show gave a boost to the premiere of "Private Practice," which followed it. The "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff drew 14.41 million viewers, making it the week's most-watched new series, edging NBC's "Bionic Woman," which drew 13.91 million viewers opposite it to finish second among the new series. However, "Bionic Woman" was the week's most-watched new series among viewers ages 18 to 49.

Viewership was down among all four major broadcast networks compared with last season's premiere week. NBC's viewership fell 10%, CBS' 9%, Fox's 8% and ABC's 3%.

Network officials say a major reason for the change is the increase in Nielsen's sample size of households with digital video recorders from 8.5% to 20%. The weekly figures only count viewership until 3 a.m. the morning after a program airs. Viewership figures will rise when statistics from all playbacks within seven days of airing become available.

For the fourth time in five years, CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was the most-watched program during premiere week, drawing 25.22 million viewers, recapturing the title from last year's winner, "Grey's Anatomy."

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Posted by: Dax Oct 8 2007, 03:26 PM

Fans Keep Friday Night Date
Fridays ratings, at a glance:

8 pm/ET
Ghost Whisperer was up a hair over its premiere, with 8.7 million total viewers. A Pushing Daisies encore drew 4.3 mil for ABC. (How did Daisies fare on Roush's, Ausiello's and Rochell's lists of top five new shows? Check out our updated Fall Preview Guide.)

9 pm
Moonlight led the hour with 8.25 mil, again showing strong retention out of GW. The long-awaited return of the highly acclaimed Friday Night Lights tied CBS' bloodsucker in the key demos, and with 6.48 million total viewers was up 200 thou over its Season 1 finale. Repeats of Private Practice and K-Ville delivered 4.9 mil and 3.33 mil, respectively.

10 pm
CBS' Numbers was up (with 9.53 mil), while NBC's Las Vegas (7.41 mil) was down 18 percent from last week's opener. (Did I mention that David Krumholtz will be celeblogging for TVGuide.com? Niiiice.)

Entering the mix next Friday: ABC's Women's Murder Club and Men in Trees.

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Criminal Intent Cops Good Ratings (for USA)

The season premiere of the transplanted Law & Order: Criminal Intent delivered 3.8 million total viewers to USA Network and was cable's most-watched entertainment telecast for Thursday, says the Reporter. CI fell shy of the 3.98 mil who caught the debut of time-slot predecessor Burn Notice, yet gave the cabler 98 percent better numbers in the 18-49 category versus a year ago. USA also touts the outing as cable's best-performing Thursday entertainment telecast airing opposite major network programming in two seasons.

L&O: CI last fall premiered to 11.57 mil on NBC, and wrapped that season with a finale audience of 9.25 mil.

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Ratings: The CW's Lazy Sunday Continues

This Sunday, as NBC's football coverage tackled 16 percent more total viewers, with an audience of 15.8 million:

7 pm/ET
While CW Now (852,000) and Online Nation (762,000) posted "gains" of 72K and 64K, respectively...

8 pm
The CW's Life Is Wild premiered to 1.64 million viewers. (Perspective check: Girlfriends and The Game were putting up Sunday-night tallies of about 2.7 mil a year ago.) Extreme Makeover: Home Edition matched last week's 11.66 million. How about that master bedroom suite? Sweet.

9 pm
Housewives dominated with 17.41 mil, down 1.6 mil week-to-week. (Anyone else see that Gaby "confession" coming down Broadway?) Cold Case (12.82 mil) slipped 700 thou.

10 pm
Brothers & Sisters — aka the show with that shameful "Justin's funeral" on-air promo (I pity the poor spoilerphobes) — slid 1.1 mil to 12.21 mil. Shark (11.2 mil) dipped 230K.





Posted by: Dax Oct 9 2007, 02:55 PM

Time-tripping Journeyman Stumbles

This Monday, as Dancing with the Stars averaged 19.32 million total viewers (a week-to-week dip of a million):

8 pm/ET
CBS' Mother/Big Bang combo placed second, drawing 8.03 mil (+150K) and 8.36 mil (-200K), respectively. Prison Break (7.21 mil) came in third, followed by Chuck (7.12 mil, slipping 13 percent). Everybody Hates Chris (2.63 mil) was on par with last week, but Aliens in America (2.1 mil) deported 230 thou from its debut. Side note: Prison Break is pre-empted next week by baseball, and returns Oct. 22.

9 pm
CBS' Men (12.98 mil) lost 400,000 viewers, but lead-out Rules of Engagement (10.7 mil) inched up 200K — and mind you that was with the intimation of a David Spade sex tape. Dropping to 10.75 mil, Heroes is now down 24 percent from its season-opener but, NBC notes, is still winning the hour in 18-49. K-Ville (5.39 mil), Girlfriends (2.5 mil) and The Game (2.8 mil) each matched last week's tallies.

10 pm
CSI: Miami retained No. 1 with 14.14 million, up 730 thou from last week. Across its 90-minute run, The Bachelor averaged 9.9 mil (but only managed 8.7 mil during the 10 o'clock hour). Journeyman (6.94 mil) saw 17 percent of its audience call a time-out, putting the Peacocker in Studio 60 territory.

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First full-season pickup: CW's Gossip Girl.
Posted by: blosslover Oct 10 2007, 06:08 PM

First wow on Gossip Girl and I do like the show. Margaret Colin is guest starring on tonight's episode.

Ratings: Cavemen's Fire Cools Off
This Tuesday, at a glance:

8 pm/ET
NCIS (16.1 million total viewers) continued as champ, veritably matching last week's numbers. Up 430K, Bones (8.32 mil) this time placed second, as ABC's Cavemen (7 mil) and Carpoolers (7.36 mil) each dropped about 20 percent from their debuts. Beauty and the Geek (3.16 mil) inched up a half mil.

9 pm
House (17.7 mil, up 420 thou) kept up its fancy footwork, besting Dancing with the Stars (16 mil) in both viewers and the key demos. The Unit (11.13 mil) dipped a bit, as did Reaper (2.65 mil, down 170,000).

10 pm
SVU (12.2 mil) was up 500 thou, Boston Legal held steady with 11 mil, and Cane (9.1 mil) said adios to another 140K.

Nielsens ratings for Oct. 1 — 7

The week's top 20:

Broadcast: Top 20
Rank Season average Show name Network Viewers in millions
1. 1 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 21.0
2. 2 Dancing With the Stars ABC 20.2
3. 3 Grey's Anatomy ABC 18.5
4. 5 Chicago vs. Green Bay NBC 18.3
5. 4 Desperate Housewives ABC 17.8
6. 6 House Fox 17.4
7. 9 NCIS CBS 16.4
8. 7 Dancing With the Stars results ABC 15.9
9. 10 CSI: Miami CBS 14.7
10. 11 Criminal Minds CBS 14.6
11. 7 Without a Trace CBS 14.2
12. 11 Survivor: China CBS 14.1
13. 14 Two and a Half Men CBS 13.2
14. 18 Pushing Daisies ABC 13.0
* 14 Cold Case CBS 13.0
16. 18 CSI: NY CBS 12.7
17. 14 Private Practice ABC 12.4
18. 11 Heroes NBC 12.0
19. 20 Brothers & Sisters ABC 11.9
20. 14 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC 11.8

Broadcast: Tops among 18-49-year-olds
Rank Season average Show name Network Viewers in millions
1. 3 Grey's Anatomy ABC 10.0
* 5 Chicago vs. Green Bay NBC 10.0
3. 6 House Fox 9.4
4. 4 Desperate Housewives ABC 8.9
5. 1 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 8.4
6. 11 Heroes NBC 7.3
7. 2 Dancing With the Stars ABC 6.8
8. n/a The Office NBC 6.0
* 14 Two and a Half Men CBS 6.0
10. 14 Private Practice ABC 5.9
* 11 Survivor: China CBS 5.9
* n/a Law & Order: SVU NBC 5.9
* 10 CSI: Miami CBS 5.9
14. 18 Pushing Daisies ABC 5.7
* 7 Dancing With the Stars results ABC 5.7
* 20 Brothers & Sisters ABC 5.7
17. 14 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC 5.5
18. n/a Bionic Woman NBC 5.4
19. n/a Family Guy Fox 5.2
20. 18 CSI: NY CBS 5.1


Cable: Top 15
Rank Show name Network Viewers in millions
1. Patriots vs. Bengals ESPN 11.8
2. Indians vs. Yankees 3 TBS 8.5
3. Yankees vs. Indians 2 TBS 7.6
4. Yankees vs. Indians 1 TBS 6.7
5. Angels vs. Red Sox 2 TBS 6.4
6. Angels vs. Red Sox 1 TBS 5.5
7. Cubs vs. D'backs TBS 5.1
8. WWE Raw (Mon, 10 p.m.) USA 4.8
9. D'backs vs. Cubs 3 TBS 4.7
10. Phillies vs. Rockies 3 TBS 4.5
* WWE Raw (Mon, 9 p.m.) USA 4.5
11. Padres vs. Rockies TBS 4.0
12. Halloweentown Disney 3.9
* Rock of Love VH1 3.9
* The Hills MTV 3.9
15. Naked Bros. Band: Battle of the Bands Nickelodeon 3.8
* Law & Order: CI USA 3.8

Spotlight: Tos among African-Americans
Rank Show name Network Viewers in millions
1. Chicago vs. Green Bay NBC 2.5
2. The Game CW 2.3
3. NFL Post Game CBS 2.2
4. Girlfriends CW 2.0
5. CSI: Miami CBS 1.9
* Grey's Anatomy ABC 1.9
7. Dancing With the Stars ABC 1.8
* CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 1.8
9. Without a Trace CBS 1.7
10. Law & Order: SVU NBC 1.6

Source: Nielsen Media Research, week of Oct. 1-7

Posted by: Dax Oct 11 2007, 01:27 AM

Well worth reading (on Week 1 vs. Week 2) -- http://www.thefutoncritic.com/rant.aspx?id=20071009

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A few miscellaneous ratings highlights from wherever and whenever:

• This week's Monday Night Football barnburner between the Bills and Cowboys gave ESPN the honor of the most-watched cable television outing of 2007 to date. MNF sacked the record held by High School Musical 2.

• Dexter (889,000 total viewers) dipped a bit from its premiere, but lead-out Brotherhood (517,000) saw a 30 percent boost, thanks to the elimination of a seven-minute break between the Showtime shows.

• TBS' coverage of MLB's divisional playoffs averaged 5.3 million viewers, giving the 31-year-old cabler its best week ever. (And they say everyone hits their prime at age 27.)

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Anti-Heroes Backlash Closes Ratings Loophole

Having considered the squawking of NBC rivals, Nielsen has disabled a new rule that allowed the Peacock to combine the audience Heroes drew with the original Sept. 24 airing of its season premiere and the heads added from a Sept. 29 rebroadcast (featuring 100 percent identical ad content). "NBC's actions were completely consistent with [our] reporting policy," Nielsen says in a statement. "However, [we] received a significant amount of feedback... in which concern was expressed regarding the consequences of this processing change." Namely, that NBC not only got to goose Heroes' Monday numbers but also "delete" what would have been a lousy Saturday hour. As a result, NBC's tally for that week let it claim a tie (in the 18-to-49 demo) with ABC.

Nielsen, though, is undeterred in its quest to "give clients increased flexibility in how ratings are produced: With all the options available to report time-shifted viewing, there is a need for increased flexibility in how linear programming is reported." Ya think?


Posted by: Dax Oct 11 2007, 12:12 PM

Ratings: Daisies Wilts a Bit

This Wednesday's ratings overview:

8 pm/ET
ABC's Pushing Daisies, with a hair over 10 million total viewers, was down 21 percent from its debut, yet held the lead in key demos. Behind Deal or No Deal (12.5 mil, +1.5 mil), Kid Nation (seven mil) sent another 500,000 home, while Fox's Back to You held steady (at 6.55 mil) and lead-out 'Til Death (6.48 mil) was up a bit. Top Model (5.3 mil) rebounded from last week's drop with an 800-thou increase.

9 pm
Criminal Minds (14.47 mil) and Private Practice (12.2 mil) matched last week's numbers, with PP again dominating the 18-to-49 (and apparently cake-craving) crowd. Bionic Woman (10.1 mil) slowed down to the tune of another 840 thou, and is now off 25 percent from its premiere. Gossip Girl (2.87 mil), the new season's first pickup, was up a scooch.

10 pm
CSI: NY (13.3 mil) gained 600,000 viewers week-to-week, while Dirty Sexy Money (8.86 mil) and Life (8.14 mil) lost 900K and 660K, respectively.

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NBC ordered additional scripts for their four new hour-longs: Chuck, Bionic Woman, Life, and Journeyman.

CBS ordered additional scripts for Cane.

And CW, for Aliens in America.

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This is interesting - from http://time-blog.com/tuned_in/2007/10/t ... s_t_1.html

Last week I (and a few of you) expressed surprise that HBO renewed TMYLM, with a Sunday-night viewing average of 910,000. (My surprise, at least, was pleasant.) Not long after I hit "post," I got an e-mail from HBO publicity contending that the show's cumulative audience--counting On Demand, DVR viewings and reruns during the week--was much bigger: 3.2 million.

I'm always skeptical when networks--HBO, Showtime, CNN, whoever--volunteer "cumulative" ratings (if I hold my arms up, I am cumulatively over 6 feet tall). But I asked HBO to offer the same stats for some other current HBO shows, for an apples-to-apples comparison. Here are the numbers (pardon my formatting ineptitude), and if nothing else, it's an interesting TV 101 insight into what HBO chooses to carry and why:

Big Love: 5.8 million (40% Sunday premiere / 60% other plays)
Entourage: 5.6 million (55/45)
The Wire: 4.4 million (40/60)
John from Cincinnati: 3.8 million (40/60)
TMYLM: 3.2 million (30/70)
Curb Your Enthusiam: 3.0 million (35/65)
Flight of the Conchords: 2.7 million (40/60)

Only 30% of TMYLM's viewers, according to HBO, watch the "live" debut. ("It's a show people want to watch privately, I imagine," the publicist theorized dryly. I also wonder if the fact that episodes air a week early On Demand encourages that format.)

JFC fans will note that your show was canned, with 600,000 more viewers. One possible reason: David Milch is a genius, and he notoriously spends like one--the show's production costs, and reported overruns, likely more than offset the edge in viewers over TMYLM, with all those economical interior sets. (And prosthetics aren't that expensive.)

And pay-cable networks program with different goals in mind: if you subscribe to watch only one show, your money still spends the same. So a show can justify itself by drawing the right audience--say, younger viewers for FOTC, or women for TMYLM (from the only female creator in HBO's historically Y-chromosome lineup). Arli$$ famously stayed on the air for years, with relatively few fans (none of them critics), because enough people told HBO they got the network for that show and nothing else. Go figure.

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Stuff like this won't be interesting every week, but for the first one...


TiVo Announces Premiere Week Ratings

- Grey's Anatomy Dominates Premiere Week 'Total Viewing' Rankings, NFL Football the Most Watched 'Live' Program -

- Data Shows Significant Amount of Time-Shifted Viewing with the Exception of Sporting Events -

ALVISO, Calif., Oct. 11 -- TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in advertising solutions and television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced the fall television premiere week most watched shows in live, time-shifted and total viewing, according to TiVo viewers.

The ratings, generated using TiVo's Stop||Watch™ service, which tracks consumer viewing behavior on a second-by-second basis in both Live and Timeshifted viewing context, revealed that Grey's Anatomy, with a total rating of 27.2%, was the most watched show in Total and Time-shifted viewing during premiere week ending Sunday, September 30, 2007. It also ranked first on TiVo's Top Season Pass™ list, as recently reported by the company. Sunday night's NFL Football earned top honors as the most watched Live viewing program with a 10.1% live rating.

The Stop||Watch data also revealed that Private Practice, Bionic Woman, and Dirty Sexy Money were the only premiere shows to crack the Top 5 on any given night -- all three were among the Top 5 on Wednesday night. Both Private Practice and Bionic Woman were also the only two programs to make the Top 50 Season Pass rankings.

"What is extremely interesting is that with the exception of sports programs nearly two-thirds of all viewing during premiere week was done on a Time-shifted basis," said Todd Juenger, Vice President & General Manager, TiVo Audience Research & Measurement. "The high amount of time-shifting viewing highlights the importance of not simply measuring a program's success based on overnight ratings. Instead, it's critical to also factor in time-shifting viewing, considering it represented two-thirds of the audience for most of these programs." Mr. Juenger noted that five shows which made the Top 5 Viewed rankings also appeared on TiVo's Top 10 Season Pass list -- Grey's Anatomy, House, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Heros and The Office.

TiVo's Season Pass feature allows subscribers to regularly record their favorite shows each time the program airs regardless of the time, while automatically skipping repeats and without the use of tapes or timers.

TiVo Stop||Watch ratings service data is derived from a daily, aggregate, anonymous, stratified random sample of 20,000 TiVo units -- from which the second-by-second "clickstream" of behavior and viewership is collected and assessed.

Premiere Week Top 5 Programs (1)

RANK TITLE NETWORK Date Live Rating Recorded Rating Total TiVo Rating

SORTED BY TOTAL RATING

1 Grey's Anatomy ABC 09/27/07 7.399% 19.865% 27.264%

2 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 09/27/07 6.369% 13.656% 20.025%

3 Desperate Housewives ABC 09/30/07 7.248% 12.491% 19.739%

4 Survivor: China CBS 09/27/07 5.117% 10.339% 15.456%

1 Heroes NBC 09/24/07 5.216% 9.911% 15.127%

SORTED BY LIVE RATING

18 NFL Football NBC 09/30/07 8.378% .668% 9.046%

1 Grey's Anatomy ABC 09/27/07 7.399% 19.865% 27.264%

3 Desperate Housewives ABC 09/30/07 7.248% 12.491% 19.739%

2 Dancing With the Stars ABC 09/24/07 6.821% 7.551% 14.372%

2 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 09/27/07 6.369% 13.656% 20.025%

SORTED BY TIME-SHIFTED RATING

1 Grey's Anatomy ABC 09/27/07 7.399% 19.865% 27.264%

2 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 09/27/07 6.369% 13.656% 20.025%

3 Desperate Housewives ABC 09/30/07 7.248% 12.491% 19.739%

4 Survivor: China CBS 09/27/07 5.117% 10.339% 15.456%

7 The Office NBC 09/27/07 4.048% 10.183% 14.231%

Premiere Week Top 5 Shows Daily (2)

Monday, September 24, 2007

TITLE NETWORK Live Rating Time-shifted Rating Total TiVo Rating

Heroes NBC 5.2% 9.9% 15.1%

Dancing With the Stars ABC 6.8% 7.5% 14.3%

CSI: Miami CBS 4.0% 6.6% 10.7%

Two and a Half Men CBS 3.5% 6.6% 10.2%

Prison Break FOX 2.5% 5.2% 7.8%

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

TITLE NETWORK Live Rating Time-shifted Rating Total TiVo Rating

House FOX 4.9% 9.0% 14.0%

Dancing With the Stars ABC 6.1% 6.4% 12.5%

Boston Legal ABC 4.5% 4.3% 8.8%

NCIS CBS 3.4% 5.0% 8.4%

Bones FOX 2.5% 4.5% 7.1%

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

TITLE NETWORK Live Rating Time-shifted Rating Total TiVo Rating

Dancing With the Stars ABC 5.5% 5.3% 10.8%

Private Practice ABC 5.6% 4.2% 9.9%

Bionic Woman NBC 4.3% 3.8% 8.2%

Dirty Sexy Money ABC 4.7% 2.0% 6.7%

Criminal Minds CBS 3.3% 3.0% 6.3%

Thursday, September 27, 2007

TITLE NETWORK Live Rating Time-shifted Rating Total TiVo Rating

Grey's Anatomy ABC 7.3% 19.8% 27.2%

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS 6.3% 13.6% 20.0%

Survivor: China CBS 5.1% 10.3% 15.4%

The Office NBC 4.0% 10.1% 14.2%

ER NBC 4.2% 7.0% 11.2%

Friday, September 28, 2007

TITLE NETWORK Live Rating Time-shifted Rating Total TiVo Rating

Las Vegas NBC 4.3% 7.0% 11.3%

NUMB3RS CBS 2.5% 6.4% 8.9%

Ghost Whisperer CBS 2.3% 5.2% 7.6%

Moonlight CBS 2.2% 3.2% 5.5%

20/20 ABC 2.5% 1.5% 4.0%

Saturday, September 29, 2007

TITLE NETWORK Live Rating Time-shifted Rating Total TiVo Rating

Saturday Night Live NBC 3.2% 3.6% 6.9%

College Football ABC 4.2% 0.5% 4.7%

48 Hours Mystery CBS 1.6% 1.2% 2.9%

Chuck NBC 1.5% 0.9% 2.5%

Cane CBS 1.3% 0.9% 2.3%

Sunday, September 30, 2007

TITLE NETWORK Live Rating Time-shifted Rating Total TiVo Rating

Desperate Housewives ABC 7.25% 12.49% 19.74%

Brothers & Sisters ABC 5.28% 6.58% 11.86%

NFL Football NBC 8.38% 0.67% 9.05%

Shark CBS 3.03% 4.36% 7.39%

Cold Case CBS 3.35% 3.50% 6.86%

(1) TiVo ARM preliminary data compiled from week of Monday, September 24 -- Sunday, September 30, 2007.

(2) TiVo ARM preliminary data compiled from week of Monday, September 24 -- Sunday, September 30, 2007.


Posted by: amy Oct 11 2007, 04:48 PM

Fantastic! Thanks Dax! I was wondering when TiVo viewing would get reported.
Posted by: blosslover Oct 15 2007, 11:46 AM

Ratings: ABC's Shots Rebounds, But....
This Thursday, in a jiffy:

8 pm/ET
Survivor led with 14 million total viewers, on par with last week. In second, Betty (10.35 mil) was up 570,000. Behind 5th Grader, NBC's Earl (7.75 mil) dipped 250K, but lead-out 30 Rock (6.61 mil) slipped 770 thou. Smallville (4.75 mil) gained 190K.

9 pm
CSI (19.64 mil) slipped more than a mil but yet again bested Grey's (18.65 mil) in viewers, while ABC's soaper was off the charts in the key demos. The Office (8.9 mil) rebounded from last week's slide with a 410K increase. Supernatural (3.23 mil) was up 260 thou.

10 pm
Without a Trace dominated with 13.6 mil, but after another drop is now off 18 percent from its premiere. ABC's Big Shots (9.25 mil) rebounded from last week's plunge with a 600K gain, but was crippled by second-half tune-out to the tune of three million. ER placed third with 8.4 mil (down 600 thou).

Ratings: ABC's Murder Club Kills the Competition

The premiere of the new ABC drama Women's Murder Club was Friday's most-watched program — with 10.8 million total viewers — as well as the evening's No. 1 performer among the 18-49 demo. What's more, it gave ABC its best Friday audience since May 2006.

Elsewhere:

• Trailing Deal or No Deal, Ghost Whisperer (8.76 mil) matched last week's numbers. 20/20 was a distance fourth (behind Fox's playoffs coverage, which averaged 7.46 mil for the night).

• Opposite WMC at 9, Moonlight (7.3 mil) was down 950 thou. Friday Night Lights (5.42 mil) lost 16 percent of its season-premiere audience.

• Numbers topped the 10 o'clock hour in total viewers (9.1 mil, down 430K), while the returning Men in Trees (7.06 mil) was tops with the 18-49 crowd. With 7.13 mil, Las Vegas dipped 270 thou.

Ratings: NBC Sunday Night Football Gets Sacked

7 pm/ET
The CW continues to see how low the Nielsens go, with CW Now (863,000) and Online Nation (593 thou) each down another 160K.

8 pm
Extreme Makeover (12.16 mil) was up a half mil. NBC's Sunday Night Football averaged 7.2 mil across the night, aka less than half of last week's audience. (Perhaps people had their fill from CBS' Dallas-New England matchup?) Life Is Wild (1.04 mil) dropped another 600 thou.

9 pm
Housewives rebounded from last week's slip and dominated with 18.6 mil viewers (+1.2 mil) and in the demos. Cold Case, based on the fast overnights, appears to be up almost two mil, with 14.74 mil.

10 pm
Brothers & Sisters (12.7 mil) gained a half mil, while Shark (12 mil) was up 800K.

And in new show news...

Good News for Back to You, and K-Ville, Too

On the heels of the announcement that Fox has cut back its order for Amy Sherman-Palladino's midseason comedy The Return of Jezebel James from 13 to just seven total episodes comes word that the network has picked up two additional scripts for the ratings-challenged K-Ville. Variety is also reporting that Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton's Back to You is due for a full-season pickup by Fox, perhaps coming as early as this week.
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Posted by: blosslover Oct 16 2007, 07:45 PM

Ratings: ABC Says, "Samantha Woo-hoo!"

This Monday, as Dancing with the Stars averaged 19.19 million total viewers and Fox's baseball coverage drew 9.6 mil:

8 pm/ET
NBC's Chuck placed second with 8.23 million, up 1.1 mil week-to-week, besting CBS' Mother (7.96 mil) and Big Bang Theory (8.15 mil), each of which slipped just a hair. The CW's Chris (2.57 mil) was on par with last week, while Aliens in America (2.23 mil) saw a slight gain.

9 pm
Samantha Who? helped ABC win the hour, hooking up with 14.9 million viewers in its debut. (That's better retention out of DWTS than The Bachelor was delivering.) CBS' Men (13.8 mil) rebounded from last week's dip with an 800K surge, while lead-out Rules of Engagement (11 mil) gained 300 thou. At 11.26 mil, Heroes was up a half mil (and again dominated the demos). Girlfriends (2.4 mil) and The Game (2.64 mil) showed little movement.

10 pm
CSI: Miami and Speedle's strange little "return" was watched by 15.4 mil, a 10 percent week-to-week increase. Bachelor trailed with 9.3 mil (down 600 thou). Journeyman ceased its decline and held steady with seven mil.

DVR Ratings Might Not Perform CPR on Dying Shows

Will time-shifting viewers ride to the rescue of NBC's time-tripping Journeyman? As the first batch of live-plus-seven DVR ratings are digested, network Nielsen-crunchers are careful not to suggest that the observed "lifts" could bring a flatlining show back to life.

While 15 shows saw increases in the million-viewer-plus range, Bionic Woman, Journeyman and Private Practice were the only freshman series to enjoy any measurable increase. Outside of those three, however, no boosts were noted "that would save a show or make a show look even stronger," Fox's scheduling chief tells the Hollywood Reporter. NBC's own research chief echoes that cautious optimism (skepticism?), warning that live-plus-seven "is not the magic bullet that will make a struggling program into a success. They're not going to get a miracle."
Posted by: blosslover Oct 17 2007, 04:35 PM

Ratings: NCIS Is Tuesday's MVP

This Tuesday's ratings recap:

8 pm/ET
NCIS set a new season high by surging eight percent to 17.4 million total viewers. Placing a distant second was the onset of Fox's playoffs coverage, which averaged 11.75 mil for the night (up 1.5 mil from a year ago's Mets-Cards match-up). In third, Cavemen matched last week's tally (6.92 mil), while Carpoolers (6.96 mil) dropped off another 400K. Beauty and the Geek (3.55 mil) was up 400 thou.

9 pm
With House not taking appointments this week, DWTS (17.03 million) was up a full mil. In third behind baseball, The Unit (12.3 mil) surged 11 percent to its own season high. Reaper reaped a 600-thou week-to-week increase.

10 pm
SVU (12.5 mil) saw a 300K gain and ruled the demos. Boston Legal (10.22 mil, -780 thou) and Cane (8.5 mil, -600 thou) each slipped, with Cane now down 23 percent from its debut.

Posted by: blosslover Oct 18 2007, 11:26 PM

Ratings: Bionic Woman Loses More Power

This Wednesday's ratings recap:

8 pm/ET
While placing a distant second to Deal or No Deal in total viewers, Pushing Daisies (9.75 million, down 250,000) maintained its lead in key demos. Behind Kid Nation (7.9 mil, up 900K), Fox's Back to You (6.9 mil, +350 thou) and 'Til Death (6.98 mil, +500K) both saw gains. Top Model (4.97 mil) dismissed 300 thou.

9 pm
Criminal Minds (14.9 mil) copped another 430,000 viewers, though Private Practice (11.8 mil, down 400 thou) was No. 1 in demos. Bionic Woman (8.52 mil) shorted out to the tune of another 1.6 mil, and is now down 37 percent from its debut. Gossip Girl (2.42 mil) lost 450K.

10 pm
CSI: NY (13.85 mil) added 500K, Dirty Sexy Money (8.83 mil) held steady, and Life (7.65 mil) lost another 490 thou.


DVRs Now Give One in Five Homes Pause; Plus, Average TV Viewing Time Drops
New data released by Nielsen Media Research says that DVR penetration has risen to 20.5 percent, up from 17.2 percent in May and eight percent back in January 2006, when them fancy boxes first merited a long hard look at.

Nielsen's sample of 12,000 homes also found that the average daily time spent in front of the tube dropped a minute from last year's record high — and for the first time in a decade, 4:34. Meanwhile, the amount of daily household time spent with TV(s) on held steady at 8 hours and 14 minutes, though prime-time viewing dipped two minutes to 1:52.
Posted by: Dax Oct 19 2007, 01:17 AM

Ausiello -

Add Private Practice and The Big Bang Theory to the list of freshman shows getting full-season orders. Additionally, CBS has given the green light to a full season of The Unit.

An ABC spokesperson confirms that the network picked up Private Practice's back-nine, for a grand total of 22 episodes. The gradually-improving Grey's spin-off ranks as the No. 1 new show of the season in adults 18-49.

CBS, meanwhile, confirmed the extensions of Big Bang and The Unit, the latter of which notched its best ratings since February with this week's episode. Big Bang's no slouch either, consistently building on its How I Met Your Mother lead-in.

Reaction? Are you guys as stoked as me about The Unit sticking around?!

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I think this was the first indication I'd seen anywhere that The Unit might NOT have been having a full season- I didn't know it was only a half-hearted renewal...



Posted by: DarknessReigns Oct 19 2007, 05:26 PM

Have to say I'm pleasantly surprised at the strong showing in the ratings so far this season for NCIS. A solid top ten show. And this week I think both NCIS and The Unit took advantage of the absence of House (with FOX covering the MLB playoffs). Not much is ever said or made about the success of NCIS in the press or much anywhere it seems. It may not get much hype or press, but people ARE watching.

Also, once again, this season, House is indeed showing it's a top show all on it's own. It may owe a lot to Idol for getting it's start, but it's the show/cast itself now that keeps people tuning in.
Posted by: Dax Oct 22 2007, 02:30 PM

I'd said three airings... Khan said two... he wins.

Viva Laughlin is the first (scripted- let's not count Fox's Nashville or CW's youtube-raiding-whatchamacallit) cancellation of the season, even though it was the last new fall show to premiere... a CSI rerun gets the Sunday slot next week, and Amazing Race is set to go on 11/4.

futoncritic -- "Viva's" 1.2 adults 18-49 rating last night marked the worst first-run series performance on the network since "Armed & Famous's" final broadcast on 1/24/07 (1.4 rating).

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Thursday: Viva, ER!

This Thursday, as Fox's playoffs coverage averaged 11.6 million total viewers:

8 pm/ET
Survivor held steady with 13.93 million viewers, and Ugly Betty (9.62 mil) placed third with a 730,000 drop. Earl (7.26 mil) and 30 Rock (6.28 mil) slipped 500K and 330K, respectively. Smallville (5.06 mil) saw another 310 thou increase.

9 pm
CSI (20.8 mil) rebounded from last week's dip with a 1.1 mil surge, while Grey's (17.7 mil, down 950K), as usual, was No. 1 in demos. The Office (8.5 mil) dropped 400 thou. Supernatural (3.06 mil) was down 170K.

10 pm
ER came out on top this week with an audience of 10.01 mil, and was No. 1 in demos to boot. That's all thanks to the sneak peek at CBS' Viva Laughlin, which at 8.83 mil delivered only 65 percent of Without a Trace's usual viewership. (Oh, and Viva lost a good 25 percent of its audience as the hour danced on.) Big Shots mustered up 8.34 mil, a 900 thou drop.

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Friday Ratings: American Band... Eh, Not So Great

8 pm/ET
Trailing the time-slot leader Deal or No Deal, Ghost Whisperer (8.92 million total viewers) was up 160,000 week-to-week and won the demos. The two-hour launch of Fox's Next Great American Band averaged 3.57 mil, putting it in fifth place behind both hours of the CW's Smackdown thing.

9 pm
Women's Murder Club (9.67 mil) repeated as the hour's champ, but lost 10 percent of its premiere audience and had to settle for tying Moonlight (7.77 mil, +470K) for the lead in demos. Friday Night Lights (5.48 mil) matched last week's tally.

10 pm
With 9.72 mil viewers, Numbers was Friday's most-watched program, gaining 620 thou. Las Vegas (7.51 mil) was up 380K, while Men in Trees (6.42 mil) slipped 640K from its season-opener.

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Ratings: Baseball Playoffs Hit a Home Run

This Sunday, Fox's baseball coverage was the night's most-watched program, averaging 18.09 million total viewers and dominating in the demos in all instances (except opposite Housewives). NBC's football game, meanwhile, drew 11.8 mil, a 64 percent improvement upon last week. Elsewhere:

7 pm/ET
As CW Now held steady with 892,000, an Aliens in America repeat (1.28 mil) more than doubled what Online Nation was getting.

8 pm
Extreme Makeover (13.56 mil was up 1/4 mil. Viva Laughlin placed a distant fourth with 6.76 mil. With a stronger lead-in, Life Is Wild (1.58 mil) gained 540K.

9 pm
Housewives (17.78 mil) slipped 820 thou. Cold Case delivered 11.44 mil.

10 pm
Brothers & Sisters (11.92 mil) dropped 780K but still came in second in both viewers and the demos. Shark (10.93 mil) lost a mil week-to-week.
Posted by: Dax Oct 24 2007, 05:01 PM

Ratings: CBS' Mother Is Crazy and Hot

This Monday, as Dancing with the Stars (21.16 million total viewers) enjoyed a two-mil week-to-week bump:

8 pm/ET
CBS' How I Met Your Mother hit a season high with 8.6 mil (up 640 thou; I give much credit to exemplary guest star/CWPF Abigail Spencer); lead-out Big Bang (8.7 mil) in turn was up 550K. Prison Break (7.55 mil) claimed third with a 340K increase, as Chuck (7.14 mil) slipped more than a mil. The CW's Chris matched last week's 2.53 mil, while Aliens (2.35 mil) inched up a hair.

9 pm
Samantha Who? again helped ABC top the hour, delivering 14.35 million viewers (down 550 thou from its debut) at the 9:30 mark. CBS' Men stayed put with 13.7 mil, while Rules (10.8 mil) slipped a bit. Heroes (10.7 mil) bested Samantha in the demos but was down 560,000 in total viewers. K-Ville (6.12 mil) surged 13 percent from its previous airing.

10 pm
Both CSI: Miami (15.48 mil) and The Bachelor (9.2 mil) showed little movement, but Journeyman (6.27 mil) started slip-sliding again, with a 730K drop.

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Ratings: Strong Bones, Grim Reaper

This Tuesday's ratings report card:

8 pm/ET
NCIS took no prisoners, delivering 17.09 million total viewers (down 310,000 from last week's season high). In a distant second, Bones drew a season's-best 8.82 mil, up 500K from its previous outing. ABC's Cavemen (6.55 mil) dropped 370 thou, but Carpoolers inexplicably crept up 400K. Beauty and the Geek (3.2 mil) dipped 350 thou.

9 pm
In a real barn burner (at least among total viewers), House edged out Dancing with the Stars, 17.87 mil (up 170K) to 17.82 mil (surging 800K). (Fox, however, destroyed ABC in the demos.) The Unit (10.85 mil) shed 1.4 mil, while Reaper plunged 700 thou to an all-time low of 2.57 mil.

10 pm
SVU topped the slot with 12.16 mil, but dipped 340 thou week-to-week. A special 20/20 fared 700,000 better than the latest Boston Legal. With another 500K drop, Cane (7.98 mil) is now down 28 percent from its debut.

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ABC Says: Play It Again, Sam... antha

Having already extended full-season pickups to a pair of freshman hits — Private Practice and Pushing Daisies — ABC seems poised to go for a hat trick, having ordered an additional half-dozen scripts of Samantha Who?, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In its first two weeks, the Christina Applegate starrer has averaged 14 million-plus viewers, demonstrating strong retention from that dancing-and-fainting celebs show.


Posted by: blosslover Oct 31 2007, 06:45 PM

Ratings: World Series Sox It to 'Em
This Wednesday, as the launch of Fox's World Series coverage averaged 16.67 million total viewers, the best Game 1 tally in three years (since Cards/Red Sox):

8 pm/ET
Pushing Daisies placed second with 9.46 mil, down 300K week-to-week and 26 percent from its debut. NBC's Phenomenon conjured up 8.43 mil, topping Kid Nation (8.03 mil, up 130 thou). Top Model (4.72 mil) slipped a quarter mil.

9 pm
It was business as usual for Criminal Minds (14.93 mil) and Private Practice (11.77 mil, No. 1 in demos). Bionic Woman slowed down by another 740 thou, and is now off 43 percent from its premiere. (That said, NBC points out that despite the baseball coverage, Jaime maintained her grip on key demos.) Gossip Girl (2.55 mil) gained 130K.

10 pm
CSI: NY this week won the hour with 13.64 mil, down 210K. Likewise, Dirty Sexy Money (8.56 mil, -270K) and Life (6.85 mil, -800 thou) also took hits.

Ratings: One Earl of an Outing!

This Thursday, as Fox's World Series Game 2 coverage averaged 15.64 million total viewers:

8 pm/ET
Survivor topped the first hour of baseball, with 14.15 million viewers (up 200K week-to-week). Betty (9.84 mil) also saw an increase. My Name Is Earl (8.23 mil) gained a mil week-to-week and soared 33 percent in the demos, while lead-out 30 Rock (6.53 mil) was up a quarter mil. Smallville (4.5 mil) came down to earth with a drop of 560 thou.

9 pm
Opposite a CSI rerun (14.75 mil), Grey's bested baseball by drawing 17.95 mil. A plain ol' regular 30-minute edition of The Office (8.98 mil) did nearly 500 thou better than last week. Lead-out Scrubs (7.03 mil) fell 1.4 mil shy of its 2006 premiere, yet was up six percent in the demos. Supernatural (3.27 mil) inched up 210 thou.

10 pm
Trailing baseball, Without a Trace delivered 12.75 mil. ER (9.12 mil) slipped 890K but still deflated Big Shots (8.08 mil, down 260K, and shedding two mil plus in its second half-hour).

Ratings: Ghost Whisperer Scares Up More Heads

This Friday at a glance:

8 pm/ET
Nipping at the heels of Deal or No Deal, Ghost Whisperer (9.87 million total viewers) surged 950,000 week-to-week and dominated the demos. Again in fifth place (behind a Grey's repeat and CW's wrestling game thing), The Next Great American Band (2.87 mil) slipped 700K from its premiere.

9 pm
Women's Murder Club topped the hour with 8.9 mil (down 770 thou), but Moonlight (8.56 mil, up 800K) reclaimed the lead in demos. Friday Night Lights (5.88 mil) gained 400,000.

10 pm
Numbers (9.68 mil) was on par with last week and was also tops in demos. Las Vegas (8.18 mil) saw a 670-thou increase, while Men in Trees (6.5 mil) was up a hair.


Ratings: World Series Completes Its Grand Slam
How much is Fox wishing that the Red Sox didn't lay waste to the Rockies in such short order? This Sunday, the final night of Fox's World Series coverage averaged 17.6 million total viewers — a 21 percent increase over last year's Game 4. Elsewhere:

7 pm/ET
CW Now (735,000) dropped another 17 percent.

8 pm
Extreme Makeover: HE delivered 14 mil, up 460 thou. A CSI repeat (9.4 mil) fared 38 percent better than Viva Laughlin a week ago. Life Is Wild (1.1 mil) sank another 480K.

9 pm
Both Housewives (18.1 mil, +320K) and Cold Case (11.72 mil, +280K) saw gains.

10 pm
Brothers & Sisters (12.75 mil) rebounded from last week's dip with an 830 thou surge. Shark (10.27 mil) lost 660K.

Ratings: ABC's Samantha Is Red-hot

This Monday, as Dancing with the Stars delivered 21.57 million total viewers (up 400K week-to-week):

8 pm/ET
CBS' Mother (holding steady with 8.55 mil)-Big Bang (8.92 mil, up 220K) combo claimed second, followed by Chuck (down a hair to 7.03 mil). The CW's Chris matched last week's 2.5 mil, while lead-out Aliens (2.11 mil) dipped 240 thou.

9 pm
Samantha Who? (15.36 mil) surged a full mil to best its premiere audience. Across the dial, CBS' Men (14.1 mil) and Rules (11.2 mil) each gained 400K. Heroes (10.45 mil) shed another quarter-mil, while Girlfriends (2.24 mil) and The Game (2.4 mil) showed little movement.

10 pm
As CSI: Miami (15.2 mil) dipped 280 thou, some of Samantha's goodness rubbed off on The Bachelor (10.6 mil), which grew 15 percent. Journeyman (5.93 mil) slipped 340K.

Ratings: Charlie Brown Still Does Great

This Tuesday's ratings:

8 pm/ET
While NCIS was tops with 16.33 million total viewers (down 760K week-to-week), It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown carved out an audience of 11.44 mil — nearly doubling the latest draws of Cavemen and Carpoolers (which took the week off) — and was No. 1 in demos. Bones (8.85 mil) was up a hair from last week's season high, while Geek (2.27 mil) dipped 930 thou.

9 pm
Dancing with the Stars (18.6 mil) this week claimed the largest audience, stealing some 750,000 viewers from House (17.15 mil). The Unit (10.5 mil) slid 150K, while Reaper hit another new low at 2.52 mil.

10 pm
Opposite an SVU rerun, Boston Legal surged 1.54 mil to 11.76 million and came out on top in the demos. Even Cane (8.06 mil) saw a gain, of 400 thou.

ABC Stays Dirty, The CW Sows More Reaper

ABC has ordered an additional three scripts for two more of its freshman series: Dirty Sexy Money (woo-hoo!) and... Carpoolers (who knew!). Thus far this season, ABC has picked up Private Practice and Pushing Daisies for full seasons, ordered six more Samantha Who? scripts and, well, done nothing yet about improving Cavemen.

Elsewhere, the CW has picked up three additional scripts for Reaper, while Aliens in America, sources tell the Reporter, is set to stay in production beyond its original 13-episode order in hopes of getting a full-season ride.
Posted by: Manifan Nov 1 2007, 12:50 AM

These breakdowns are very confusing to me. It's almost impossible to figure out which shows are at the top of the ratings unless one sits down and writes out the numbers. Is there a place for dummies like me to find out simple 1-100 ratings?
Posted by: Dax Nov 1 2007, 01:51 AM

Yeah...

I fell behind again, sorry...

I'll get some weekly ratings up soon. In the meantime, um, hit USAToday.com or...

It was odd, the LA Times Calendar section is lacking the full rankings it used to give. Sucky...
Posted by: Cheryl Nov 17 2007, 11:13 PM

Hey now! How about a ratings update just for kicks! thumbsup.gif

For Thursday, 11/15:

Thursday's tallies at a glance:

8 pm/ET
Survivor (14.76 million total viewers) and Betty (10.73 mil) were both down a hair. Behind 5th Grader, Earl (7.97 mil) gained 310K, but 30 Rock (6.47 mil) slipped 140 thou. Smallville (4.49 mil) dipped 110K.

9 pm
At 21.29 mil, CSI was down 600K from last week's crossover. Grey's placed second with 19.28 mil, but was No. 1 in demos. The Office (8.86 mil) saw a 570 thou increase, while Scrubs (6 mil) dropped 320K. Supernatural (2.89 mil) was down a hair.

10 pm
Trace was on top with 14.49 mil, down an understandable 33 percent from last week. ER surged more than a mil to 9.52 mil, while Women's Murder Club (8.93 mil) bested Big Shots' last tally by 310K.
Posted by: Dax Nov 20 2007, 01:55 PM

Sigh. I have big shiny plans to do a huge catch-up on the ratings grabs soon.


Posted by: Dax Dec 1 2007, 06:34 PM

21 pages of articles back on TVGuide's Our Take page... Catching up, all of November. Watch this:

10/31 Ratings: Halloween Scares off Viewers

This Wednesday's ratings:

8 pm/ET
Pushing Daisies topped the hour in demos and with 8.58 million total viewers, but with another 900K drop is now down 33 percent from its debut. Placing second was Kid Nation (6.89 mil, down 1.1 mil) followed by NBC's Phenomenon, which averaged 6.18 mil over its two-hour run — a 25 percent plunge from last week's premiere.

9 pm
Criminal Minds led in viewers (14.69 mil, down 230 thou) while Private Practice (11.23 mil, slipping 540K) was No. 1 in demos.

10 pm
CSI: NY led with 13.5 mil (down a hair week-to-week). Dirty Sexy Money (8.38 mil) dipped a bit, while Life (5.75 mil) plummeted 1.1 mil.

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11/1 Ratings: Grey's Admits More Viewers

This Thursday's ratings:

8 pm/ET
Survivor topped the hour with 14.3 million total viewers, up a hair from last week. Ugly Betty held steady with 9.9 mil. Behind 5th Grader, the hour-long Earl drew 7.3 mil, down 900K. Smallville (4.31 mil) dipped 200 thou.

9 pm
With CSI (18.75 mil) plunging 1.25 mil from its last fresh outing, Grey's (18.76 mil) gained 800K and seems to have barely edged out the crime drama in total viewers this week (as well as the usual demos). The Office (8.4 mil, -580K) and Scrubs (6.68 mil, -350K) each slipped. Supernatural matched last week's 3.28 mil.

10 pm
Without a Trace (14.6 mil) surged 1.8 mil from last week's baseball-impaired audience. ER followed with 9.07 mil. Big Shots averaged nine mil, wrapping its hour with just 6.8 mil.

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11/2 Ratings: Numbers Adds Another Big Win

This Friday's ratings:

8 pm/ET
Nipping at Howie Mandel's heels, Ghost Whisperer placed second in total viewers with 9.13 million (dipping 738K), but was No. 1 in demos. Debuting in its earlier time slot, Men in Trees (5.88 mil) was down 626 thou from its last 10 o'clock outing. Fox's Great American Band dropped another 560K to 2.3 mil — that's now half of what CW's Smackdown is averaging from 8 to 10.

9 pm
Women's Murder Club surged 569,000 to 9.47 mil, but was bested by Moonlight (7.57 mil, -991K) in the demos. Friday Night Lights (5.45 mil) slipped 430 thou.

10 pm
Numbers was tops in viewers (9.24 mil, -437K) and demos, while Las Vegas (7.49 mil) edged out 20/20 (7.42 mil) in the race for second.

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11/5 Ratings: Chuck Spies an Increase

This Monday, as Dancing with the Stars averaged about* 21.06 million total viewers:

* Damn you, ABC and your 9:45 end times.

8 pm/ET
Both CBS' Mother (8.87 mil, +320K) and Big Bang Theory (9.68 mil, +740K) saw increases. In third was Prison Break (7.84 mil across its two-hour, twist-filled return), followed by Chuck (7.66 mil, which enjoyed the biggest bump of the night, nine percent). The CW's Chris (2.44 mil) was down a hair, while Aliens (1.78 mil) lost 330K (... who are now watching it on Sundays?).

9 pm
CBS' Men (14.08 mil) and Rules (11.02 mil) matched last week's tallies. Samantha Who? presumably did well, but because of ABC's greedy time-shifting shenanigans, who can tell? At 9.83 mil, Heroes dropped another 620 thou. Girlfriends (1.99 mil, -250K) and The Game (2.25 mil, -150K) both dipped.

10 pm
CSI: Miami (14.09 mil) lost 1.1 mil, The Bachelor... no idea, and Journeyman (5.25 mil) shed another 680K.

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11/6 Ratings: NCIS Cops Second-best Audience Ever

Tuesday at a glance:

8 pm/ET
The final numbers are now in, and NCIS drew its second-largest audience ever — 18.28 million total viewers, adding almost two mil week-to-week. Bones was a distant second with 9.58 mil (up 730K), yet delivered a season high. Behind Biggest Loser was ABC's combo of Cavemen (4.9 mil) and Carpoolers (5.5 mil), each of which plunged some 23 percent. Geek (2.62 mil) gained 350 thou.

9 pm
Dancing with the Stars (16.96 mil) slipped 1.6 mil. (Perhaps those who vowed to abstain after Sabrina's exit meant business?) House surged 920K to 18.07 mil, while The Unit (11 mil) added a half mil. Reaper dipped 120 thou to hit another new low (2.4 mil).

10 pm
SVU (11.75 mil, -410K), Boston Legal (10.97 mil, -790K) and Cane (7.83 mil, -230K) were all down.

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11/7 Ratings: CMA Awards a Winner, Bionic Nightmare

Wednesday, as ABC's broadcast of the CMA Awards matched last year's audience of 15.9 million total viewers and dominated in the key demos:

8 pm/ET
Kid Nation (7.15 million, up 250 thou) was a distant second, followed by Fox's sitcombo of Back to You (6.38 mil, -520K) and 'Til Death (6.48 mil, -500K). Behind Phenomenon (6.1 mil), Top Model (5.07 mil) gained 350K.

9 pm
Criminal Minds was down a hair, to 14.54 mil. Bionic Woman dropped another 1.34 mil, and at 6.44 mil viewers placed just barely ahead of Kitchen Nightmares (6.36 mil). Gossip Girl held steady at 2.5 mil.

10 pm
CSI: NY drew 12.87 mil, losing the same 630,000 viewers that Life (rising to 6.41 mil) seemed to gain.

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11/8 Ratings: Without a Doubt, CSI Crossover Pays off

This Thursday's ratings recap:

8 pm/ET
Survivor topped the hour with 14.9 million total viewers, adding 600 thou from last week. Ugly Betty's wedding had 10.9 mil RSVP, a million-head gain. Behind 5th Grader was NBC's combo of Earl (7.66 mil, +360K) and 30 Rock (6.61 mil, up a Jack Donaghy hair). Smallville (4.6 mil) saw a 290K increase.

9 pm
The CSI half of the Without a Trace crossover drew 21.9 million, a 17 percent increase on CSI's previous audience. Grey's placed second (but tops in demos) with 19.3 mil (up 540 thou). The Office (8.29 mil) was down a bit, while Scrubs (6.36 mil) discharged 320K. Supernatural barely delivered 3 mil, a 280K drop.

10 pm
Tremendously jacked up by the CSI merge, Without a Trace had an audience of 21.39 mil, a 47 percent week-to-week gain. Big Shots (an inflated 8.62 mil) dipped 280K but still bested ER (which sank 650 thou to 8.42 mil).

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11/9 Ratings: J.Love's Ghost Draws the Most

Friday's ratings recap:

8 pm/ET
Ghost Whisperer (9.93 million) surged 800K week-to-week to not just best Deal or No Deal (for time-slot bragging rights) but in fact win the entire night in total viewers. Men in Trees (6.16 mil) was up 280 thou (and how about that cliff-hanger?!). Though still in fifth place, The Next Great American Band (2.69 mil) gained 392K.

9 pm
Women's Murder Club was No. 1 in viewers (9.7 mil, up 230K), while Moonlight (7.97 mil, up 395K) was tops in demos. Trailing Lyrics (6.3 mil), Friday Night Lights (5.6 mil) inched up 150 thou.

10 pm
Numbers (9.91 mil) saw a 671,000 increase, while 20/20 (7.044 mil, -376K) and Las Vegas (7.038 mil, -453K) both slipped.

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Posted by: Dax Dec 1 2007, 06:54 PM

11/11 Ratings: Amazing Race Slows Down

This Sunday, as NBC's coverage of the Colts-Chargers game averaged 14.7 million total viewers (up a half mil from last week's Cowboys-Eagles):

7 pm/ET
CW Now (1.08 million) gained 292K, while this week's Aliens repeat (940 thou) was up a hair.

8 pm
Extreme Makeover placed No. 2 with 11.1 mil, down 1.5 mil. The Amazing Race drew 10.5 mil, a 24 percent plunge from the premiere. Life Is Wild (1.35 mil) inched up 280K.

9 pm
Housewives sacked football in the demos and matched last week's audience of 18.54 mil. Cold Case (12.9 mil) chilled out to the tune of 540 thou.

10 pm
Brothers & Sisters (12.52 mil) gained 270K, while Shark delivered 11.47 mil.

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11/12 Ratings: Heroes Powers Back Up

This Monday, as Dancing with the Stars partnered with an audience of 21.8 million total viewers (up 740,000 week-to-week):

8 pm
In the No. 2 spot, both CBS' Mother (8.58 mil) and Big Bang (9.39 mil) dipped 290K. Chuck came in third with 7.55 mil (down a hair), while Prison Break's fast-tracked "fall finale" (7.19 mil) dropped 650 thou. The CW's Chris (2.7 mil, +380K) and Aliens (2.2 mil, +440K) both saw gains.

9 pm
Samantha Who? delivered an impressive 14.34 mil, but was down a mil from its last decipherable 30-minute numbers. CBS' Men (14.17 mil) was up a hair, while lead-out Rules (11.53 mil) gained 510K. With an audience of 11.07 mil, Heroes rebounded from its slide with a 13 percent surge and bested ABC in demos. K-Ville sank to 4.73 mil, down 22 percent from its last fresh outing. Both Girlfriends (2.2 mil, +200 thou) and The Game (2.55 mil, +300K) were up.

10 pm
CSI: Miami added 1.27 mil to top the hour with 15.36 mil. The Bachelor (9.16 mil) dropped the same 900 thou that Journeyman (6.22 mil) seemed to pick up.

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11/13Ratings... for Tuesday

This Tuesday's rundown:

8 pm/ET
NCIS topped the hour with 17.43 million total viewers, an 850K drop from last week's big surge. Bones came in second with 9.11 mil, down 470 thou. Behind Biggest Loser was ABC's combo of Cavemen (4.6 mil) and Carpoolers (5.15 mil), each of which slipped about 300K. Geek (2.43 mil) slipped 190,000.

9 pm
DWTS' results show (you done us proud, Cam!) drew 17.46 mil, a half-mil gain. At 16.9 mil, House was down 1.1 mil (but dominated the demos). The Unit (11.03 mil) and Reaper (2.42 mil) matched last week's tallies.

10 pm
SVU (12.49 mil, +750K) and Boston Legal (11.76 mil, +800K) both saw increases, while Cane (7.3 mil) resumed its slide, losing another 530 thou.

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11/14 Ratings: Criminal Minds Leaves Addison Hanging

Lots to talk about with this Wednesday's ratings, so let's jump into it!

8 pm/ET
Pushing Daisies topped the hour in total viewers (8.88 million) and demos, growing 300 thou from its last fresh entry. Kid Nation (7.53 mil, up 380K) placed second, followed by Fox's Back to You (7.3 mil) and 'Til Death (7.36 mil), each of which gained about 900K. Behind Phenomenon, Top Model (5.35 mil) added 280 thou and hit a season high in demos.

9 pm
Criminal Minds surged 1.16 mil to deliver its largest audience (15.7 mil) since Feb. 7, as well as top Private Practice (11.45 mi, up 220K) for the first time ever in the demos. Kitchen Nightmares drew a series high of 6.98 mil, followed by Bionic Woman (6.3 mil, down another 140 thou). Gossip Girl (2.93 mil) gained 430 thou to enjoy its best outing since the premiere.

10 pm
CSI: NY inched up 170K, to 13.04 mil, and won the demos. Dirty Sexy Money (8.2 mil) dipped 180 thou, while NBC's Life came to life with a 530K increase.

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11/15 Ratings: CBS Sweeps Another Thursday
Thursday's tallies at a glance:

8 pm/ET
Survivor (14.76 million total viewers) and Betty (10.73 mil) were both down a hair. Behind 5th Grader, Earl (7.97 mil) gained 310K, but 30 Rock (6.47 mil) slipped 140 thou. Smallville (4.49 mil) dipped 110K.

9 pm
At 21.29 mil, CSI was down 600K from last week's crossover. Grey's placed second with 19.28 mil, but was No. 1 in demos. The Office (8.86 mil) saw a 570 thou increase, while Scrubs (6 mil) dropped 320K. Supernatural (2.89 mil) was down a hair.

10 pm
Trace was on top with 14.49 mil, down an understandable 33 percent from last week. ER surged more than a mil to 9.52 mil, while Women's Murder Club (8.93 mil) bested Big Shots' last tally by 310K.

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11/16 Ratings: Howie Mandel's Deal Can't Be Beat
This Friday's ratings:

8 pm/ET
With Ghost Whisperer (9.45 million) slipping 482K, Deal or No Deal (10.66 mil) this week topped the hour (as well as the night) in total viewers. (J.Love's demos, though, remain spectacular.) In third, Men in Trees (6.4 mil) inched up 238 thou. Trailing Smackdown, Next Great American Band (2.48 mil) dipped 207K.

9 pm
Women's Murder Club (8.94 mil) plunged 758K, yet still bested demo-god Moonlight (8.2 mil, up 234K) in viewers. At 5.96 mil, Friday Night Lights saw a 360 thou increase.

10 pm
Numbers (10.24 mil, up 329K) was tops in viewers and demos, followed by Las Vegas (6.73 mil, -304K) and 20/20 (6.44 mil, -607K).

--- (darn, sometimes he skips Sundays...)

11/19 Ratings: Samantha Who?, CSI: Miami Highs

This Monday, as Dancing with the Stars drew 23.09 million total viewers (a 1.3 mil week-to-week gain):

8 pm/ET
CBS' sitcoms placed second, with Mother matching last week's 8.55 mil but Big Bang (8.02 mil), now in strike-dictated repeats, quieting down 16 percent. Chuck (7.8 mil) was up 250K, while the CW's Chris (2.15 mil, -550 thou) and Aliens (1.37 mil, -830K) were down.

9 pm
Samantha Who? hit a new series high of 15.43 mil, gaining a mil-plus week to week. Both CBS' Men (14.46 mil, +290K) and Rules (12.17 mil, +640K) saw gains. After last week's bump, Heroes (10.73 mil) dipped again, and K-Ville (4.7 mil) showed no movement. Girlfriends (1.8 mil, -400 thou) and The Game (2.37 mil, -180K) slipped.

10 pm
CSI: Miami added 860 thou to hit a season high of 16.22 mil. The Bachelor finale surged 26 percent to 11.6 mil. Journeyman (5.75 mil) dropped another 470K.

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Dexter Makes a Killing for Showtime

Wow. I thought I was the only one who was psyched to see the serial killer's kid sis go on her first date with Special Agent Lundy. But no, apparently not. Sunday's installment of Dexter was the most-watched episode of a Showtime series ever. It drew 1.23 million viewers at 9 pm/ET and a total of 1.63 million when you add in its 11 pm broadcast. It was also up a whopping 41 percent from the previous week. Dag, can you imagine the numbers it's gonna get when Dex is forced to kill his psycho girlfriend Lila? ('Cause you just know he's gonna have to.) — Ben Katner

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11/20 Ratings: Debriefed Bachelor Unseats SVU
This Tuesday's recap:

8 pm/ET
NCIS was on top, matching last week's 17.38 million total viewers. In second was ABC's pair of Charlie Brown specials, with Thanksgiving (9.96 mil) outperforming last year's airing by 600K and doubling Cavemen's usual draw. Bones (8.74 mil) was down 370 thou, while geek (2.56 mil) inched up 130K.

9 pm
Dancing with the Stars' penultimate results show drew 20.74 mil, a week-to-week gain of 3.28 mil and an 11 percent improvemnt on the same episode last season. House held steady with 16.8 mil, while The Unit (10.7 mil) dipped 330K.

10 pm
The Bachelor: After the Chain-yanking Final Rose outpaced SVU, 12.76 mil to 11.66 mil. Cane (7.64 mil) enjoyed a 340K gain.

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11/26 Ratings: Dancing's Big Jump, Chuck's In Luck

This Monday's ratings:

8 pm/ET
Dancing with the Stars drew 24.74 million total viewers, a week-to-week increase of 1.65 mil and a 25 percent improvement over last season's final performance night. Chuck placed second with 8.36 mil, its largest audience since Oct. 1 and its best demos since the series premiere. How I Met Your Mother (8.07 mil) dipped 480K. The CW's Chris (2.28 mil, +130K) and Aliens (1.89 mil, +520K) each saw gains.

9 pm
CBS' Men (15.3 mil) was up 840 thou, while lead-out Rules (11.6 mil) dropped 570K. Samantha Who? (12.63 mil) was down 18 percent, and new lead-out Notes from the Underbelly only held onto 8.25 mil. Delivering 11.86 mil, Heroes soared 11 percent to an eight-week high. Girlfriends (2.28 mil, +480K) and The Game (2.8 mil, +430K) both were up.

10 pm
CSI: Miami was on top with 15.45 mil, a 770K drop. Journeyman (6.18 mil) edged out October Road (six mil), which shed 360 thou from last Thursday's season premiere.

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11/28 Ratings: Shrek Ogre-powers the Competition

Here are this Wednesday's numbers. Tuesday's ratings, which I didn't get around to crunching yesterday, can be found in comments:

8 pm/ET
Welcoming 21.07 million total holiday guests to the swamp, ABC's Shrek the Halls special was far, far and away the night's most-watched program and tops in demos. Lead-out Grinch didn't flinch much, holding onto 18.74 mil of that audience. NBC's Rockefeller tree special did nine mil, followed by Kid Nation (7.3 mil), a pair of 'Til Deaths (six mil) and Top Model (5.03 mil, up 1.4 mil).

9 pm
Criminal Minds topped the hour with 16.26 mil (up 440 thou), and was No. 1 in demos. Bolstered by the 'toons, Pushing Daisies was up 2.6 mil, to 10.18 mil. Kitchen Nightmares (seven mil) hit an all-time high, while Bionic Woman's season (series?) finale fell just shy of six mil, shedding another 300K. Gossip Girl flirted with three mil, its second-largest audience to date.

10 pm
CSI:NY dropped 330K but led the pack with 14.03 mil. Dirty Sexy Money (see Cheers & Jeers) followed with 7.15 mil (up 630K), while Life (6.26 mil) slipped 670 thou.

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11/29 Ratings: Survivor Snuffs Many, Many Repeats

Not much to look at here, kids, with sweeps over and precious little fresh fare to be had. But just out of habit, some digits:

• Survivor: China was the night's most-watched program, with 13.8 million total viewers (a 1.4 mil increase over Thanksgiving night).

• Both My Name Is Earl (6.6 mil, down 17 percent) and 30 Rock (5.8 mil, down 670 thou) took hits. Scrubs (5.9 mil) was down just a hair.

• In the 10 o'clock hour, a Without a Trace repeat (9.86 mil) topped a fresh ER (8.62 mil), which in turn made mincemeat out of ABC's increasingly less-Big Shots (now down to barely six mil). Hurry, Charisma!

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Posted by: Dax Dec 1 2007, 07:13 PM

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10/1-10/8

CBS scores 9 of top 20, ABC has 8, NBC only 2, Fox but 1

RANK PROGRAMS Network # OF PERSONS (LIVE+SD) (million) HH RATING (LIVE+SD)

1 CSI CBS 21.0 12.8
2 Dancing with the Stars - Mon ABC 20.2 13.1
3 Greys Anatomy-Thu 9PM ABC 18.5 12.5
4 NBC Sunday Night Football NBC 18.3 11.2
5 Desperate Housewives ABC 17.8 11.2
6 House FOX 17.4 10.3
7 NCIS CBS 16.4 10.2
8 Dancing with the Stars Results - Tue ABC 15.9 10.4
9 CSI: Miami CBS 14.7 9.8
10 Criminal Minds CBS 14.6 9.5
11 Without a Trace CBS 14.2 9.3
12 Survivor: China CBS 14.1 8.5
13 Two and a Half Men CBS 13.2 8.2
14 Pushing Daisies ABC 13.0 8.3
15 Cold Case CBS 13.0 8.4
16 CSI: NY CBS 12.7 8.3
17 Private Practice ABC 12.4 8.3
18 Heroes NBC 12.0 7.0
19 Brothers & Sisters ABC 11.9 8.0
20 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC 11.8 7.1

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10/8-10/14

CSI wins # of viewers (barely), Dancing wins Ratings - CBS places 10 shows in Top 20, But ABC takes 3 out of the Top 5 spots.

RANK PROGRAMS ORIG # OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+SD) (million) HH RATING (LIVE+SD)

1 CSI CBS 19.79 12.4
2 Dancing w/Stars: Monday ABC 19.62 12.8
3 Grey's Anatomy ABC 19.03 12.3
4 Desperate Housewives ABC 18.89 11.8
5 House FOX 18.03 10.8
6 60 Minutes CBS 17.22 11.3
7 Dancing w/Stars: Results ABC 16.36 10.7
8 NCIS CBS 16.35 10.4
9 Criminal Minds CBS 14.55 9.3
10 CSI: Miami CBS 14.45 9.6
11 Survivor: China CBS 14.22 8.6
12 Cold Case CBS 13.87 9.1
13 Without a Trace CBS 13.61 8.9
14 CSI: NY CBS 13.43 8.8
15 Two and a Half Men CBS 13.01 8.1
16 Deal or No Deal - Wed NBC 12.57 8.0
17 Brothers & Sisters ABC 12.51 8.2
18 Private Practice ABC 12.42 8.2
19 Law & Order: SVU NBC 12.30 8.4
20 Extreme Makeover: Home Ed. ABC 12.22 7.3

Addison vs. Jamie Sommers? Pssh. Private Practive was the #18 show, Bionic Woman #29. Sunday Night Football doesn’t crack top 20 for NBC.

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10/15-10/21

The Eye again has the number one show with CSI. Dancing with the Stars is ABC’s star and the Housewives are ahead of Grey’s too. The Red Sox coming back from being down 3-1 and forcing a game 7 was good for Fox with 3 spots in the Top 20. The Red Sox winning and heading to the World Series is even better.

RANK PROGRAMS ORIG # OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+SD) (000) HH RATING (LIVE+SD)

1 CSI CBS 21219 12.9
2 DANCING W/THE STARS-MON ABC 19403 12.8
3 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 7(S) FOX 19154 11.7
4 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 18214 11.5
5 GREYS ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 18035 12.0
6 NCIS CBS 17550 10.9
7 DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU ABC 17304 11.5
8 CSI: MIAMI CBS 15592 10.5
9 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 15028 9.5
10 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 14424 9.9
11 SURVIVOR: CHINA CBS 14026 8.5
12 CSI: NY CBS 13994 9.0
13 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED. ABC 13725 8.4
14 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 13693 8.8
15 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 7-PRE(S) FOX 13319 8.4
16 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 13290 8.3
17 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 5(S) FOX 13101 8.5
18 OT, THE FOX 12644 8.1
19 LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 12508 8.4
20 DEAL OR NO DEAL-WED NBC 12406 7.8

Note to all you Addison lovers, on a HH ratings basis Private Practice was tied for 20th but we go with viewers. Fear not, she’s still stomping all over the #44 (ratings-wise) Jamie Sommers’ Bionic Woman.

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10/22-10/28

Though the World Series was a brief affair with the Red Sox besting the Rockies in a four game sweep, all four games made the top 20, plus the pregame of game four. Sunday’s finale placed second on the list by total viewers and adding in House, Fox had 4 shows in the top 10. Mark Cuban’s last stand on DWTS was the week’s #1 show.

RANK PROGRAMS ORIG # OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+SD) (000) HH RATING (LIVE+SD)

1 DANCING W/THE STARS-MON ABC 21,371 13.7
2 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 4 FOX 20,945 12.6
3 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 18,280 11.8
4 GREYS ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 18,175 12.2
5 HOUSE FOX 18,106 10.8
6 DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU ABC 18,061 11.8
7 NCIS CBS 17,264 10.9
8 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 2 FOX 16,950 11.1
9 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 1 FOX 16,897 10.5
10 CSI: MIAMI CBS 15,665 10.4
11 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 15,046 9.6
12 CSI CBS 14,958 9.5
13 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED. ABC 14,390 8.6
14 SURVIVOR: CHINA CBS 14,192 8.5
15 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 3 FOX 14,055 8.5
16 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 13,944 8.7
17 CSI: NY CBS 13,820 8.9
18 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 13,682 9.2
19 FOX WORLD SERIES GM4-PRE FOX 13,380 8.5
20 60 MINUTES CBS 13,048 8.6

Samantha Who? is the only new show in the top 20 this week, and is charging fast at the heels of Two and a Half Men for top ranked comedy — on a HH ratings basis, it’s already there.

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10/29-11/4

RANK PROGRAMS ORIG # OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+SD) (000) HH RATING (LIVE+SD)

1 DANCING W/THE STARS-MON ABC 21,434 14.1
2 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 19,309 12.6
3 60 MINUTES CBS 19,241 11.9
4 CSI CBS 19,060 11.9
5 DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU ABC 18,862 12.3
6 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 18,579 11.8
7 HOUSE FOX 17,297 10.3
8 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 16,454 10.2
9 NCIS CBS 16,334 10.4
10 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 14,937 9.5
11 CSI: MIAMI CBS 14,852 9.8
12 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 14,576 9.7
13 SURVIVOR: CHINA CBS 14,439 8.5
14 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 14,180 9.8
15 COLD CASE CBS 13,885 9
16 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 13,725 8.5
17 AMAZING RACE 12 CBS 13,718 8.3
18 CSI: NY CBS 13,400 8.7
19 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED. ABC 13,039 7.8
20 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 12,314 7.5

Nielsen seems to have chosen not to include the Sunday CBS NFL Post Game in the broadcast ratings because it ran only 5 minutes into prime-time, but it was the #1 primetime broadcast show of the week.

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11/5-11/11

CBS’ CSI and Without a Trace took the top 2 spots. On a viewers basis, CBS had three shows in the top 10, ABC had five, and FOX and NBC had one each. With no Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as a lead in, 60 Minutes fell from the #3 spot last week all the way to #16.

RANK PROGRAMS ORIG Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000) HH Rating/Share (LIVE+SD)

1 CSI CBS 21,943 13.7/20
2 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 21,685 13.8/23
3 DANCING W/THE STARS-MON ABC 20,467 13.5/20
4 GREY'S ANATOMY ABC 19,501 12.5/19
5 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 18,632 11.9/18
6 HOUSE FOX 18,173 10.8/16
7 NCIS CBS 18,149 11.4/17
8 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 17,325 10.8/18
9 DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU ABC 17,061 11.4/17
10 CMA AWARDS(S) ABC 15,950 10.0/16
11 EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED. ABC 15,026 8.8/13
12 SURVIVOR: CHINA CBS 14,862 8.7/14
13 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 14,650 9.2/14
14 CSI: MIAMI CBS 14,066 9.5/16
15 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 13,798 8.5/12
16 60 MINUTES CBS 13,123 8.7/14
17 CSI: NY CBS 12,919 8.4/14
18 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 12,858 8.9/13
19 COLD CASE CBS 12,778 8.1/12
20 BROTHERS & SISTERS ABC 12,352 8.5/14

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11/12-11/18

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars took the top spot, followed by last week’s winner CSI, and Grey’s Anatomy. ABC took 3 out of the Top 5 spots, but CBS took 12 out of 20! NBC had 2 spots but would have only one (Law & Order: SVU) if not for Sunday Night Football.

RANK PROGRAMS ORIG # OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+SD) (000)

1 DANCING W/THE STARS-MON ABC 21,811
2 CSI CBS 21,365
3 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 19,605
4 DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU ABC 17,586
5 NCIS CBS 17,392
6 HOUSE FOX 16,950
7 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 15,734
8 CSI: MIAMI CBS 15,459
9 SURVIVOR: CHINA CBS 14,679
10 60 MINUTES CBS 14,633
11 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 14,474
12 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS 14,406
13 COLD CASE CBS 14,120
13 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 14,120
15 SAMANTHA WHO? ABC 13,697
16 CSI: NY CBS 13,126
17 SHARK CBS 12,651
18 LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 12,479
19 AMAZING RACE 12 CBS 11,863
20 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS(S) ABC 11,813

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11/19-11/25

What Were They Thinking?

I understand that sweeps are important and Nielsen can call the CBS and ABC Thanksgiving episodes of CSI and Grey’s Anatomy “Thanksgiving Specials”, but what’s so special about losing about a third of your normal viewership? Especially in light of the WGA strike, I still don’t understand the decision by CBS & ABC to air new episodes on Thanksgiving night after people are exhausted by a day of NFL and stuffing their faces.

RANK Network PROGRAMS HH RATING (LIVE+SD) Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000)

1 ABC DANCING W/THE STARS-MON 14.7 22,849
2 NBC NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 13.4 21,810
3 ABC DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU 13.0 20,955
4 ABC DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES 11.5 18,638
5 CBS NCIS 10.8 17,341
6 FOX HOUSE 10.0 16,887
7 CBS 60 MINUTES 10.5 16,134
8 CBS CRIMINAL MINDS 9.6 15,884
9 CBS CSI: MIAMI 10.4 15,832
10 ABC EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED. 8.5 15,034
11 CBS CSI - THANKSGIVING SP(S) 8.5 14,749
12 CBS CSI: NY 8.9 14,556
13 ABC SAMANTHA WHO? 9.5 14,384
14 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY SP-11/22(S) 8.3 14,111
15 CBS TWO AND A HALF MEN 8.5 13,913
16 CBS COLD CASE 8.4 12,983
17 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK 7.9 12,907
18 ABC BACHELOR:AFTER FINAL ROSE(S) 8.5 12,304
19 ABC BROTHERS & SISTERS 8.3 12,254
20 CBS WITHOUT A TRACE-THANKS SP(S) 7.5 12,213

Posted by: blosslover Dec 1 2007, 07:31 PM

Thanks Dax for the catching up with all of that information.

BL (who got her computer back last night...hurrah!)
Posted by: Dax Dec 5 2007, 02:20 PM

Ratings: Friday's Numbers... Better Late Than Never?

Playing catch-up here, as we wait for the "indefinitely delayed" Monday ratings:

Friday:
• ABC's presentation of the super-creepy The Polar Express duked it out with Deal or No Deal for the night's most-watched honor, both delivering around 10.35 million total viewers, but ABC besting NBC in demos.
• Next Great American Band (2.16 mil) dipped another 450 thou.
• Friday Night Lights drew 5.66 mil, an 800K decrease.
• Opposite a Numbers repeat, 20/20 topped the 10 pm hour with 7.29 mil (up 860 thou) vs. Las Vegas' 7.25 mil (up 660K).

Sunday:
• The CW's Now (958,000) gained 143 thou, while lead-out Life Is Wild (1.26 mil) was up a hair.
• Extreme Makeover topped the 8 o'clock hour with 14.5 mil, a 39 percent surge from last week's double-header. Amazing Race (11.19 mil) in turn lost nearly a mil.
• NBC's Steelers-Bengals gamecast averaged 12.6 mil, down 6.4 mil from last week's Eagles-Patriots.
• Housewives (20.59 mil, +2.02 mil) and Brothers & Sisters (12.66 mil, +140K) both saw increases. How about that Ken Olin cliff-hanger?! Noooo!

More on Sunday -

OK, after watching Sunday's episode, I get it: Marc Cherry's plum is ripe for the watching again. So I don't blame Nielsen's families for tuning in in droves to learn that Tom Scavo (presumably) got swept away by a natural disaster. The dramedy was watched by 20.6 million 18- to 49-year-old viewers, giving it a 7.7 rating/17 share in the demo and its best overall numbers since November sweeps 2006. ABC kicked ass before and after the whirlwind, too, winning at 8 pm/ET with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (14.5 million, 4.9/11) and at 10 with Brothers & Sisters (12.7 million, 4.8/12). Only at 8:30 did Fox surge ahead: Its Bowl Championship Series Selection Show, while down from last year, tackled 10.8 million viewers for 4.3 rating and a 10 share.

Speaking of twisters, the first night of the cabler's wack Wizard of Oz revamp blew away the competition to become its most-watched broadcast ever. Attracting more than 6.3 million viewers, it did even better than Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, the previous record-holder. — Ben Katner

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Ratings: Samantha Misses Dancing's Lift

8 pm
With ABC's Charlie Brown Christmas encore topping the hour (with 9.3 million total viewers), Chuck placed second with 8.36 mil, a 120K increase from last week's impressive outing. Everything else was repeats, with House (8.3 mil) nipping at Chuck's heels and delivering the best demos.

9 pm
Without the Dancing stars to give her a lift, Samantha Who? is missing her certain something, this week dropping 40 percent to 7.52 mil. Similarly, Notes fron the Underbelly (5.5 mil) shed 33 percent. Heroes' ersatz "season finale" fell just shy of 11 mil, dipping 860 thou week-to-week.

10 pm
A CSI: Miami repeat was No. 1 with 10.1 mil, followed by Life (6.6 mil, 420K better than Journeyman's most-recent journey) and October Road (5.25 mil, down 750K).


Posted by: Dax Dec 6 2007, 02:13 PM

Ratings: Double Deal Dominates

This Wednesday's ratings:

8 pm/ET
Averaging 11.48 million total viewers over its two-hour run, Deal or No Deal topped both the 8 and 9 o'clock hours. At 8, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town placed second with 9.44 mil, and was No. 1 in demos. Kid Nation (7.2 mil, -100K) and Top Model (4.62 mil, -421K) both dipped.

9 pm
Versus a Criminal Minds repeat, Private Practice (10.36 mil) surged 23 percent from its last outing. Gossip Girl (2.49 mil) slipped a half mil.

10 pm
A CSI: NY repeat came out on top with 10.32 mil, followed by Dirty Sexy Money (6.91 mi, -238K) and a revived Life (7.64 mi, up 22 percent from a week ago).

And Tuesday's highlights:

8 pm
Rudolph was the night's most-watched program, with 14.36 million viewers. It was followed by Bones (8.2 mil) and Funniest Videos repeats. Biggest Loser did 7.08 mil in its first hour. Geek's finale (2.48 mil) was actually down a hair from last week.

9 pm
Hour 2 of Loser drew 9.57 mil, good for third behind House and NCIS repeats. Far behind a warmed-over Grey's, Reaper (2.64 mil) was up almost 400 thou.

10 pm
SVU (11.73 mil) was down 560K. Boston Legal (8.58) was off three mil from its last outing. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show brought up the (thonged) rear with 7.44 mil.
Posted by: Dax Dec 7 2007, 01:21 PM

Ratings: Big Gains for CSI, Grey's
Thursday's numbers at a glance:

8 pm/ET
Survivor inched up 250K and this week topped the hour with 14.05 million total viewers. Ugly Betty followed with 9.34 mil, a 1.8 mil increase. Behind 5th Grader, Earl (7.39 mil) was up 790 thou, while lead-out 30 Rock matched last week's 5.78 mil.

9 pm
CSI (18.66 mil) and Grey's both enjoyed 27 percent gains from their last fresh eppys. Coming off an(other) Office repeat, Scrubs (4.87 mil) dropped a full mil.

10 pm
Trace was No. 1 in viewers (12.66 mil, +530K), but Barbara's Fascinating People topped the demos (and with 11.67 mil, all but doubled Big Shots' last audience). ER came in third with 8.12 mil, a half-mil drop.

Posted by: Erik Dec 8 2007, 05:05 AM

What happened to Boston Legal? I know it was off for two weeks, but to lose three million viewers while showing a new episode? Is this common place?
Posted by: Gatekeeper Dec 8 2007, 05:12 AM

QUOTE(Dax @ Dec 6 2007, 02:13 PM) *
8 pm
Rudolph was the night's most-watched program, with 14.36 million viewers. It was followed by Bones (8.2 mil) and Funniest Videos repeats. Biggest Loser did 7.08 mil in its first hour. Geek's finale (2.48 mil) was actually down a hair from last week.

Oh yeah! Go Rudolph. It's nice to see a holiday classic can still draw in the viewers. bunny1.gif bunny1.gif bunny1.gif
Posted by: Dax Dec 8 2007, 01:39 PM

>> What happened to Boston Legal? I know it was off for two weeks, but to lose three million viewers while showing a new episode? Is this common place?

It happens, but here, I'd say... losing the Dancing with the Stars lead-in... being preceeded by a Grey's rerun (of the Thanksgiving show- real recent, yet also smart to repeat since numbers were down on it on Thanksgiving...).

It's not a big deal.
Posted by: Dax Dec 18 2007, 02:26 PM

Ratings: When Duel Clashed with Choirs....
Monday's numbers, at a glance:

• A House repeat won the 8 o'clock hour with a hair under eight million total viewers, besting fresh reality (oxymoron?) fare from both ABC (Duel) and NBC (Clash of the Choirs). Clash averaged 7.93 mil over its two-hour run, while the 90-minute Duel delivered 7.68 mil.

• K-Ville (5.34 mil, +230K), Underbelly (4.99 mil, +430K) and October Road (5.68 mil, +480K) all enjoyed week-to-week increases.

• CSI: Miami dominated the night with 13.95 mil, a 150 thou dip. Journeyman (4.36 mil) was down 21 percent in what may be its penultimate outing.

Posted by: 2buddy4u Dec 18 2007, 07:47 PM

Dax, have you seen any ratings for Cane?? The show's not great, but it has held my interest and been somewhat entertaining. Just curious!
Posted by: Dax Dec 19 2007, 12:53 AM

Here's a Nov. 19 analysis of Cane's situation - http://tvbythenumbers.com/2007/11/19/ca ... ancel/1829

Last of 13 aired tonight. I don't think it's got much of a chance of a renewal... (and I'm glad- Nestor Carbonell is free to return to Lost, then...)
Posted by: 2buddy4u Dec 19 2007, 01:31 AM

Thanks for the info Dax.
Posted by: Dax Dec 20 2007, 04:17 PM

The second season finale of Showtime's "Dexter" smashed records for the premium cable network.

Sunday (Dec. 16) night's "Dexter" drew 1.4 million total viewers in its first 9 p.m. airing, making it the most-watched single airing audience ever for a Showtime series.

The previous record was held by the Nov. 18 episode of "Dexter," which drew 1.23 million, a small boost from the 1.21 million who watched a 2004 telecast of "Soul Food."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show's 10 p.m. encore drew an addition 382,000 viewers.

Last December's season one "Dexter" finale attracted 1.2 million, with 148,000 tuning in for the same-night encore.

"Dexter" hasn't been officially renewed for a third season, though it's darned near impossible to imagine Showtime not picking up its highest rated show, which just earned a Golden Globe nomination for leading man Michael C. Hall.

In addition, CBS revealed earlier this month that recycled (and heavily edited) episodes of "Dexter" will probably be a strike-time strategy on the network, though no timetable has been set for that already controversial move.

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Ratings: DWTS Partners with 20.9 Mil; Mother Sparkles

Monday's ratings highlights:

8 pm/ET
Dancing with the Stars returned to an audience of 20.9 million total viewers, down a bit from the Season 6 kickoff. Both The Big Bang Theory (9.11 mil) and How I Met Your Mother: Pre-Britney Edition (9.73 mil) were up 14 percent from their last fresh episodes. Canterbury's Law (5.66 mil) dropped 25 percent of its premiere audience.

9 pm
Opposite the last 30 minutes of DWTS, Two and Half Men (14.03 mil) was down 1.3 mil from its last new ep. The Bachelor did 8.96 mil, a 600 thou slip from the previous edition's debut. New Amsterdam pulled 7.3 mil, down another 17 percent. Girlicious (1.57 mil) dipped a hair.

10 pm
Medium (9.9 mil) surged 700K to best a CSI: Miami repeat and the 10 o'clock hour of Bachelor.


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Hope no one was watching that Canterbury's law show....it's not looking good!

Canterbury's Verdict is In, and Jezebel's Out?
Looks like the verdict is in on Canterbury's Law.


Sources confirm to TVGuide.com that after two low-rated outings on Monday night, Fox is banishing the Julianna Margulies-led courtroom drama to Friday nights, beginning March 28. The show's already seen the last of its unhappy Mondays.

It's unclear what this means for Fox's The Return of Jezebel James, which tanked in its debut last week.

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Ratings: Idol vs. Dancing! Bif! Bam! Oof!

Ali vs. Frazier. David vs. Goliath. Isaiah vs. Dempsey. Tuesday night gave television its first-ever faceoff between American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. The result? Idol walked away with an easy win in the 9 o'clock hour of head-to-head action, delivering 26.8 million total viewers to DWTS' 15.17 mil. (For the night, AI did an even 27 — down 2.4 mil from last week as well as year-over-year — while Dancing averaged 16.8 mil over its 90-minute run.)

Elsewhere:

• Biggest Loser (7.85 mil) was up a hair, while Big Brother (5.48 mil) was down 480K.
• One Tree Hill (2.92 mil) gained 470 thou.
• Jericho slipped just a bit, to 5.78 mil.
• Miss/Guided debuted to 10 mil.
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Is anyone still watching "New Amsterdam"?

I quit before the end this week. An honor killing in an Indian family?! Puleeze, if you're gonna write about Muslims have the balls to call them Muslims! It had potential and then totally lost me.
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amy wrote:Is anyone still watching "New Amsterdam"?

I quit before the end this week. An honor killing in an Indian family?! Puleeze, if you're gonna write about Muslims have the balls to call them Muslims! It had potential and then totally lost me.
I'm still watching. I can't help it.......I'm in love with that guy that plays Amsterdam and I'm a sucker for the romance part of him finding 'the one'. Sigh...... The procedural part of the show is killing me though. I definitely thought this week's about the Indian family was the weakest one yet. But what's keeping me glued is his relationship with the lady doctor. I couldn't believe they actually consummated their relationship already. I was like.......WTF??? Because that is like...if she really is 'the one', then doesn't that mean he could die??? The two actors playing those roles have fabulous chemistry. I just wish the show was more about them and less about the crime of the week.

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I have New Amsterdam on my DVR for the past 2 weeks and plan on catching up with them this weekend.

Thank you so much Cheryl for posting the ratings info. ;)
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Here's the ratings for Weds. and Thurs.: :popcorn:

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Ratings: The Truth Hurts Special Survivor
The Nielsens have spoken:


8 pm/ET
CBS' annual moved-because-of-March Madness installment of Survivor topped the hour in total viewers (11.6 million), but got trounced by Moment of Truth (10.9 mil) in the key demos. Top Model matched last week's 3.8 mil.

9 pm
American Idol delivered 26.1 mil. Supernanny did seven mil, while Big Brother had one of its bigger Wednesday's outings, with 6.2 mil.

10 pm
Law & Order placed No. 1 with 10.5 mil. Men in Trees flirted with six mil. (Am I the only one totally zzzzing over Cash? Or am I just humbled by his abs?)

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Ratings: Basketball Scores for CBS

This Thursday's numbers:


8 pm/ET
Deal or No Deal won the hour in total viewers (10.2 million), but CBS' NCAA tourney coverage started its night by topping the demos. Behind 5th Grader, Miss Guided made its Thursday debut to 6.34 mil. Smallville (3.41 mil) dropped 400K.

9 pm
Lost was No. 1 in viewers (11.28 mil, down 600 thou) and demos. The second hour of hoops followed with 9.8 mil. With 8.6 mil, Celeb Apprentice was up 500K and bested Lyrics. Reaper (2.95 mil) inched up 150 thou.

10 pm
Basketball led in demos, but Eli Stone (7.5 mil) had the most viewers. Lipstick Jungle gave the lawyer a scare, though, surging 25 percent to 7.09 mil.



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3:50 AM - Mar 28, 2008 #9

Wednesday's ratings. :mad1:

Ratings for Idol, Men in Trees and More

No clever headline, just numbers:

8 pm/ET
Moment of Truth (9.98 million total viewers) easily topped the hour but was down 600K from last week's boffo outing. Big Brother (six mil) dropped 700 thou, while Top Model (3.47 mil) dipped 230K.

9 pm
American Idol held steady with 25.42 mil, down just a hair week-to-week. Supernanny (5.8 mil) plunged lots.

10 pm
Behind Law & Order and CSI: NY repeats, Men in Trees (5.61 mil) slipped 220 thou and was last in demos. Next week: Morgan Fairchild to the rescue! Get your shoulderpads out!

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