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ABC Picks Up ‘Samantha Who?’ as Ratings Growth Continues

October 30, 2007 10:29 AM

Samantha WhoABC has picked up a full season of its Christina Applegate sitcom “Samantha Who?,” the network confirmed, as last night’s ratings show continued growth for the series.

“Samantha” gained last night even though its top-rated lead-in “Dancing With the Stars” fell off a bit.

“Samantha” had a 4.9 rating—its highest number yet and up 9 percent from last week—among adults 18 to 49 in the preliminary Nielsen returns.

The growth shows the sitcom’s viewership isn’t strictly tied to “Dancing,” which was down a couple notches from last week to a 5.3. “Samantha” may have aided 10 p.m.’s “The Bachelor” as well, which leapt 15 percent from last week to a 3.8.

After ABC, which won the night in viewers and the demo, CBS had its second great week in a row for its comedy block. “How I Met Your Mother” had a season high with a 3.3, “The Big Bang Theory” had its best number since its premiere with a 3.6, “Two and a Half Men” had its best since February with a 5.1 and “Rules of Engagement” was up from last week to a 4.2. “CSI: Miami” also was up a couple notches to a 4.8.

For NBC, the song remained the same: “Chuck” (2.7), “Heroes” (4.9) and “Journeyman” (2.4) all matched their series lows. Fox had repeats. The CW’s comedy block was down slightly in some measures, with “Everybody Hates Chris” (1.0), “Aliens in America” (0.8), “Girlfriends” (1.0) and “The Game” (1.1).

UPDATE: Hold on, ABC's ratings changed more than usual in the national ratings. In the final tallies, "Samantha Who?" dropped to match last week's 4.5, "Dancing" dropped a notch to a 5.2 and "The Bachelor" fell to 3.6.


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Comments (6)


I would only worry if Heroes continued their lack of numbers from here on out. It looks like the writers of the show FINALLY decided to get the season going.

The CBS-owned station in Denver (KCNC) carried the game last night, not the ABC affiliate.


They should carry both programs these days with the ability of D.1, D.2, etc...

This is great news for fans of the show and sitcoms in general. Even with the update of a rating drop to match last weeks, it's still strong numbers and the added draw of a whole season to watch is definately more appealing.

Caryn - http://www.samanthawho.org


After watching that little girl (cheetah girl) get robbed on dancing with the stars tonight I won't watch the show ever again, too bad for the rest of the people that had talent.

Alek Klein:

Samantha Who? is one of the funniest shows on TV and Christina is sooooo funny. If you want to check out the Starter Kit from ABC you can check this link out:

It is mad funny!!

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