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Friday Night Bites: CBS’s ‘Moonlight’ Rises

October 1, 2007 9:51 AM

MoonlightCBS’s vampire detective drama “Moonlight” premiered Friday night and helped the network win the evening alongside returning series “Ghost Whisperer” and “Numb3rs.”

The downside: across-the-board viewership declines resulted in lower-rated time-period returns compared to last year.

“Ghost Whisperer” came back to a 2.4 rating (down 25 percent among adults 18 to 49 in the preliminary Nielsens), “Moonlight” had a 2.5 (down 25 percent from the premier of “Close to Home” in the time period a year ago) and “Numb3rs” also had a 2.5 (down 19 percent). CBS notes that DVR penetration continues to increase and that Fridays are the most time-shifted night.

NBC came in second with the two-hour premiere of Tom Selleck-infused "Las Vegas" (2.4, down 23 percent from last season's one-hour October premiere)

ABC was third with repeats and “20/20” (1.8). Fox was fourth with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (1.4) and a repeat. The CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” (1.6) had its best rating since March.

Also: Hoping to gain some additional sampling, networks posted some encore presentations of its key freshman and returning premieres this weekend.

NBC’s “Chuck” drew the highest number on Saturday night, picking up a 1.5 rating among adults 18 to 49. CBS’s “Moonlight”—repeating a mere day after its premiere—got the biggest percentage compared to its original number with a 1.3. NBC’s controversial “Heroes” repeat got a 1.0. Fox’s “K-Ville” had a 0.9 on Friday. CBS’s “Cane” pulled a 0.8 on Saturday.

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Comments (4)

Donna John:

Love this show. Should not be canceled until time/night changes are tried...am really intrigued by what may happen next. Mick St. John is Hot!!!! Really cool actor Totally absorbing show!!!

REVA:

I REALLY LIKE THE SHOW MOONLIGHTING IT JUST WAS A DIFFERENT SHOW THEN ALL THE LAW SHOWS AND MICK ST JOHN IS VERY HOT HE REALLY MADE THE SHOW ALONG WITH HIS CO STAR I HOPE YOU WILL BRING THIS SHOW BACK ON AS FAR AS PRICE RIGHT IT BELONG DAY TIME

marie:

I love moonlight very enjoyable show .& the fam.we all look forward to moonlight every week its different then everything on tv ., mick st john is hot , hes very cute and and the whole vampire reminds me of another show I use to love in the 80's (( "forever night" ) Det.nick night-played by Geraint Wyn Davies-- "" Now, he wants to be mortal again, to repay society for his sins, to emerge from his World of Darkness, from his endless Forever Night -""- his partner Det. Don Schanke , played by John Kapelos. loved that show . so I hope moonlighting stays on ,enjoying really looking foward to seeing it along with ghost whispers ,moonlight mick st john hang in there , my fam and I look forward to seeing the you and the show for I hope a few more years .

Debbie:

I really like the CBS show, Moonlighting. I am intrigued by the characters and I'm interested to see what happens next. Besides, Mick StJohn, is hot. Please do not cancel this show. Try another time slot or different night of the week before throwing in the towel on this one.

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