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James Hibberd

CBS’s 'Power' Loss

August 9, 2007 10:47 AM

CBS’s new Drew Carey game show “Power of 10” dropped 26 percent from its Tuesday preview last night to post a 2.0 rating among adults 18 to 49. The show tied for 7th place for the night and matched an NBC repeat of “Most Outrageous Moments” for the 8 p.m. hour.

CBS calls the outing “very solid,” noting the show was first among viewers for the hour and that it marks the network’s best time-period numbers since May. “Power” has also lacked a power lead-in and has had to self start.

If the downward trend continues, however, what does it mean for Carey’s “Price Is Right”? Probably nothing. Daytime is a different audience. Critics say Carey makes a good host. Could just be Darnell is right and viewers are tiring of the quiz show format.

Meanwhile, Fox won the night with “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.8) and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” (3.2), which were the highest-rated shows. “Lyrics” had a higher number than NBC’s “The Singing Bee” for the first time this week.

NBC was second with “Moments,” “Last Comic Standing” (2.5) and “Dateline” (2.4). CBS was third with “Power” and repeats. ABC was fourth, averaging only 0.8 for the night, running comedy repeats and running off a couple “Knights of Prosperity” episodes (0.7 and 0.8) along with “The Nine” (0.7). The CW was sixth with repeats.


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Comments (2)

Myke Perrey:

I think Power of Ten is the best game show to come along in a while. If the Ghost Whisperer wasn't doing so well, I'd like to see how it would do on Friday night. Having a $1Mil win on the first episode might be a blessing and a curse...it made the second show with two $1,000 wins look weak by comparison. But Drew is doing a good job and will only get better. He'll do fine on The Price Is Right.

Dave L:

I still say Frew is doing a great job and Rome was not built in a day I know he'll only get better,GREAT JOB DREW!!! hope it lasts as long as you want it to keep up the GREAT JOB!!-- Dave in Detroit

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