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July 2008 Archives

‘Swingtown’ Shift Doesn’t Result in Ratings Boost

July 28, 2008 2:36 PM

Swingtown

Animation repeats led a blah weekend, while CBS’ “Swingtown” moved to the no-man’s land of Friday night with a low time-period premiere.

“Swingtown” debuted in the 10 p.m. Friday time period, pulling in a 1.4/5 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers.

Friday’s showing was off 13% from last Thursday’s episode of “Swingtown,” but was on par with “Flashpoint’s” numbers in that time slot last week.

NBC won Friday with a 1.4 rating/5 share, followed by CBS and The CW tied for second with a 1.3 rating/5 share. Fox was fourth with a 1.2 rating/5 share and ABC placed fifth with a 1.1 rating/4 share.

Saturday held zero surprises, as Fox, with its 1.5 rating/6 share, led the pack with “Cops” (1.3/6, 1.4/6) and “America’s Most Wanted” (1.6/6).

Buzz around CBS’ mixed martial arts matches appeared to have cooled, as the second MMA prime-time special drew a 1.0/4, down 47% from May’s headline-grabbing Kimbo Slice/James Thompson fight.

CBS placed second with a 0.9 rating/4 share, ABC third with a 0.8 rating/3 share and NBC fourth with a 0.7 rating/3 share.

ABC’s “High School Musical: Get in the Picture” (1.0/3) dropped a tick on Sunday from last week’s disappointing debut. Meanwhile, Fox’s “Animation Domination” block did just that, leading the network to a 1.8 rating/5 share first-place finish.

NBC was second with a 1.7 rating/5 share. CBS took third with a 1.4 rating/4 share, with an average “Big Brother” (2.0/6).

ABC placed fourth with a 1.3 rating/4 share, and The CW was fifth with a 0.3 rating/1 share.

Meanwhile, Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert in 3-D” gave the cable channel a hefty lift, as 5.9 million tuned in for the program, making it Saturday’s most watched show in total viewers. “Montana” was ahead of the second most watched show of the night, NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU,” by 23%.

'Dance' Parties on Atop Ratings

July 24, 2008 1:44 PM

“So You Think You Can Dance?” led Fox to a substantial victory Wednesday, while NBC’s “Baby Borrowers” slipped to a low watermark in the ratings.

“Dance” and Fox pulled in a 2.9 rating/9 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

The show slipped a tick from last week.

“Big Brother” (2.1/7) increased 17% from last week’s soft time-period premiere, and CBS placed second with a 1.8 rating/6 share.

ABC was third with a 1.7 rating/5 share, and NBC was fourth with a 1.5 rating/5 share.
NBC’s “Baby Borrowers” (2.0/6) dipped 17% from last week’s series low.

The CW was fifth with a 0.4 rating/1 share.

'Wipeout' Washes Away Competition

July 23, 2008 4:11 PM

ABC’s “Wipeout” regained its footing after sliding last week to a series low against the MLB All-Star Game, while “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” dropped further from last week’s series low.

“Wipeout” posted a 3.7/12 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen research. That’s right on par with its summer average, and up 16% from last week. “Japanese Game Show” dipped two ticks week-to-week, landing with a 2.1/6, down 19% from its previous summer average.

“Primetime: Family Secrets” (2.2/7) declined 8% from last week’s start. ABC placed first with a 2.7 rating/8 share.

NBC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.8/6) was off 10% from its summer average, while “America’s Got Talent” (3.4/10) landed slightly ahead of par. NBC took second with a 2.3 rating/7 share.

Fox nabbed third with repeats with a 1.8 rating/5 share, and CBS was fourth with a 1.7 rating/5 share. “Big Brother” (2.2/6) rated flat from last week.

The CW was fifth with a 0.5 rating/1 share.

ABC Marks Worst Monday in 3 Years

July 22, 2008 11:22 AM

High School Musical

Debuts on ABC clunked in the ratings, as the Monday premiere of “High School Musical: Get in the Picture” slid even further than its lackluster debut on Sunday.

Going up against mostly repeats, “Musical” landed a tiny 0.9/3 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers.

That’s down 18% from Sunday’s start, and fourth for the hour. “Wanna Bet?” (1.1/3) also launched Monday, taking the fourth-place spot in its hour, too.

“The Mole” was also down 13% week-to-week with its lowest original showing. ABC placed fourth with a 1.1 rating/3 share, its weakest Monday performance in three years.

Repeats from CBS and Fox won the night, as both tied for first place with a 2.2 rating/7 share.

Third-place NBC was average with “American Gladiators” (1.8/6), “Nashville Star” (1.6/5) and “Dateline” (1.6/5). The network landed a 1.7 rathing/5 share for the night.

The CW was fifth with a 0.5 rating/2 share.

‘High School’ Flunks Premiere Night

July 21, 2008 11:00 AM

High School Musical

ABC’s “High School Musical: Get in the Picture” hit a sour note in the ratings during its premiere last night, finishing fourth in its hour.

“Musical” pulled in a 1.1/3 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen data. That makes it ABC’s second lowest-rated premiere this summer, a tick ahead of the canceled “Dance Machine.”

ABC finished fourth for the night with a 1.3 rating/4 share.

Fox and NBC shared first place, with animation repeats on Fox and a new episode of “Dateline” (1.9/6) on NBC. Both ended the night with a 1.5 rating/5 share.

CBS was third with a 1.4 rating/4 share and The CW was fifth with a 0.3 rating/1 share.

On Friday, CBS’ “Flashpoint” (1.5/5) declined 21% from last week’s premiere. First-place The CW body-slammed the night with “Friday Night Smackdown” (1.6/6), up 33% from last week to its highest showing since March 2007.

ABC and CBS tied for second with a 1.3 rating/5 share, and NBC and Fox tied for fourth with a 1.2 rating/5 share.

Fox’s “Cops” (1.4/6, 1.7/7) and “America’s Most Wanted” (1.7/6) captured Saturday, giving Fox a first-place 1.6 rating/6 share for the night. The rest of the nets placed as follows: NBC was second with a 0.9 rating/3 share and ABC and CBS tied for third with a 0.8 rating/3 share.

CBS Hits 'Dog' Days of Summer

July 18, 2008 10:28 AM

So You Think You Can Dance?

“Greatest American Dog” had a ruff second week, declining 24% from its shaky premiere, while Fox rolled on with “So You Think You Can Dance.”

CBS’ “Dog” scratched up a 1.6/6 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. “Swingtown” (1.6/5) also dipped a tick from last week. CBS finished second Thursday with a 1.7 rating/5 share.

First-place Fox, with a 2.2 rating/7 share, aired “Dance” (2.7/8, down 10% from last week) and “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” (1.7/6, down 19%).

With a close third-place finish, NBC, with a 1.6 rating/5 share, brought on an average “Last Comic Standing” (1.9/6) and a frightening 1.0/3 for “Fear Itself.”

ABC’s (1.8/5) “Hopkins” showed a pulse, increasing 20% from last week. ABC was fourth with a 1.3 rating/4 share, while The CW was fifth with a 0.5 rating/2 share.

‘Dance’ Does Its Thing in Ratings

July 17, 2008 12:12 PM

Celebrity CircusFox cruised to another nightly ratings victory Wednesday with “So You Think You Can Dance,” while the rest of the networks bottomed out with “Baby Borrowers,” “Celebrity Circus” and “Big Brother.”

“Dance” averaged a 3.0/10 in the 18- to 49-year-old demo in preliminary Nielsen data, down two ticks from last week. Fox finished first with a 3.0 rating/10 share.

CBS’ “Big Brother” (1.8/6) tied its lowest rating ever during Wednesday’s time-period premiere. CBS took second with a 1.9 rating/6 share.

Close behind in third, NBC, with its 1.8 rating/6 share, scored series lows for “Baby Borrowers” (2.4/7) and the season finale of “Celebrity Circus” (1.6/5). “Baby” slipped 17% from last week, while “Circus” tumbled 16%.

“Borrowers,” however, was the second-highest rated show of the night.

ABC was fourth with a 1.5 rating/5 share, while The CW was fifth with a 0.4 rating/1 share.

All Star Game Scores in Ratings

July 16, 2008 12:44 PM

All Star Game

Fox’s coverage of Major League Baseball’s All Star Game definitely picked off ratings from other shows, sending “Wipeout” and “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” to series lows last night.

A record-setting 15-inning affair, the All Star Game captured a 4.5 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen data. That’s up 10% in the demo from last year’s outing. These numbers are time zone-adjusted, so shares weren’t available.

The Summer Classic also increased 16% year-to-year in total viewers with 14.5 million.

Fox finished first with a 4.2 rating.

ABC’s “Wipeout” (3.1/10) slipped 18% from its previous summer average and “Japanese” (2.4/7) dropped 14%. ABC took second with a 2.7 rating/8 share.

Third-place NBC, with a 2.2 rating/7 share, had average showings from “Celebrity Family Feud” (2.0/7) and “America’s Got Talent” (3.1/9).

CBS’ “Big Brother” (2.2/6) Tuesday start faltered from last year, dipping 15%. CBS was fourth with a 1.6 rating/5 share.

The CW was fifth with a 0.5 rating/2 share.

Score One for Scripted Shows

July 15, 2008 9:55 AM

Scripted repeats on Fox and CBS ended up besting new reality shows from ABC and NBC Monday night in the ratings.

Fox won the night in the 18- to 49-year-old demo with a 2.1 rating/6 share, with CBS a close second with a 2.0 rating/6 share, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

Third-place NBC, with a 1.6 rating/5 share, brought in an average “American Gladiators” (1.7/5) and a below-average “Nashville Star” (1.5/4), tying its lowest rating to date. “Dateline” (1.6/5) was average, too.

ABC, with its 1.4 rating/4 share, had reality repeats and a new “Mole” (1.6/4), which was on par for the show.

The CW took fifth with a 0.4 rating/1 share.

CBS’ ‘Dog’ Wins Hour by Cold, Wet Nose

July 11, 2008 3:34 PM

Greatest American Dog

CBS’ debut of “Greatest American Dog” last night carried the hour, but the numbers weren’t much to howl about. The show was the third-lowest rated premiere this summer, off 9% from the start of “Pirate Master” in the same time slot last year.

“Dog” scratched up a 2.1 rating and an 8 share in the 18-49 year old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. The show won the 8 p.m. hour by a cold, wet nose and also inspired several thousand dog puns in ratings stories across America. “Swingtown” pulled in a 1.7/5, off 19% from its summer average.

CBS finished second with a 2.0/6 share to place second in the ratings for the night.

Fox, unsurprisingly, took first with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” (2.0/7) and “So You Think You Can Dance?” (3.0/9). “Dance” increased ratings sizably from last week, but the 4th of July week tends to suck away viewers to begin with.

Fox ended the night with a 2.5 rating/8 share.

NBC was third with an on-par “Last Comic Standing” (2.1/6), and ended the night with a 1.8 rating/6 share.

ABC took fourth with a 1.1 rating/4 share and The CW brought up the rear with a 0.7 rating/2 share.

Fox Dances to Wednesday Win

July 10, 2008 2:09 PM

So You Think You Can Dance?

“So You Think You Can Dance?” won yet another night for Fox, while NBC’s “The Baby Borrowers” held steady from last week.

“Dance” was on par (as was a majority of the night’s programming), landing a 3.1/10 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers.

Fox finished first for Wednesday night with a 3.1 rating/10 share.

NBC floated even with “Baby Borrowers” (2.8/8) and “Celebrity Circus” (1.9/6), landing second with a 2.1 rating/7 share.

CBS took third with a 1.6 rating/5 share, ABC was fourth with a 1.5 rating/5 share and The CW placed fifth with a 0.4 rating/1 share.




'Hell's' Season Ends on High Note

July 9, 2008 1:01 PM

Wipeout

“Hell’s Kitchen” sliced and diced past “Wipeout” as Tuesday’s highest-rated show, but just by a knife’s edge.

Fox’s “Kitchen,” which concluded its season last night, pulled in a 4.1/11 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen data. Up 11% from last week, this season of “Kitchen” was its highest-rated yet.

Combined with the season finale of “The Moment of Truth” (2.0/6, up 11%), Fox finished the night tied for first with a 3.0 rating/9 share.

ABC also saw a 3.0 rating/9 share for the night, thanks to “Wipeout” (4.0/13, up 11%). “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” (2.8/8) and “Primetime: Outsiders” (2.3/6) were around par.

NBC, in third place for the night with a 2.5 rating/7 share, got average showings from “Celebrity Family Feud” (2.0/6) and “America’s Got Talent” (3.3/9).

CBS took fourth with a 1.5 rating/4 share, and The CW was fifth with a 0.4 rating/1 share.

ABC’s ‘Bachelorette’ Has Rosy Season Finale

July 8, 2008 6:50 PM

The Bachelorette“The Bachelorette” banked a summer season high with Monday night’s season finale, up almost a full ratings point from last week’s rating.

ABC dominated the night with “Bachelorette” (3.3/10) and the special “After the Rose” (3.6/10), giving ABC a 3.4 rating/10 share for the night in the preliminary Nielsen data among 18- to 49-year-olds.

Fox and CBS tied for second with repeats, raking in a 2.1 rating/6 share.

NBC was fair with an average “American Gladiators” (1.9/6), while “Nashville Star” (1.5/4) drooped 17% from its summer average. “Dateline” posted a 1.8/5, giving NBC a fourth-place finish with a 1.7 rating/5 share.

The CW was fifth with a 0.5 rating/1 share.

‘Smackdown,’ Fireworks Spark Slim Fourth of July Ratings

July 7, 2008 12:50 PM

Macy's FireworksFireworks and fighting led the Fourth of July in the ratings Friday.

The CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” (1.1/5) tied NBC’s “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks” (1.1/6) and CBS’ “Boston Pops Fireworks” (1.1/5) as the highest-rated show of a low night among 18- to 49-year-old viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

“Macy’s” dropped 50% from last year’s Wednesday showing, while the “Pops” plopped by 27%, but it was a Friday and a national holiday to boot.

The CW took first place Friday with a 1.1 rating/5 share, followed by NBC (1.0 rating/5 share), CBS and Fox (0.9 rating/4 share) and ABC (0.7 rating/3 share).

As for the rest of the weekend, cop shows led Fox to a Saturday win, with two episodes of “Cops” (1.5/6, 1.5/6) and “America’s Most Wanted” (1.6/6). Fox posted a 1.6 rating/6 share. NBC finished second with a 0.9 rating/3 share and ABC and CBS trailed in a tie with a 0.6 rating/2 share.

Sunday saw NBC capture the gold with Olympic trials (1.7/6) and “Dateline” (2.2/6), in a field light on original competitors. NBC ended the night with a 2.0 rating/6 share.

ABC finished second with a 1.8 rating/6 share, Fox third with a 1.6 rating/5 share and CBS fourth with a 1.3 rating/4 share.

CBS’ “Million Dollar Password” (1.3/4) dipped 24% from last week.

The CW was fifth with a 0.4 rating/1 share.

‘Dance’ Wins Wednesday, ‘Baby’ Crawls On

July 3, 2008 1:03 PM

BabyThe kids stayed in the picture as NBC’s “The Baby Borrowers” held steady from last week’s solid debut, while “So You Think You Can Dance?” boosted Fox to a nightly win.

“Borrowers” brought in a 2.8/8 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen research, a tick down from last week. “Celebrity Circus” (1.9/6) was on par. NBC finished second with a 2.0 rating/6 share.

Fox’s “Dance” (3.2/10) ended a tenth of a point up from last week, leading Fox to an easy first-place finish with a 3.2 rating/10 share.

CBS placed third with a 1.7 rating/5 share, ABC was fourth with a 1.5 rating/5 share and The CW took fifth with a 0.4 rating/1 share.

Mixed Results for ABC Game Shows

July 2, 2008 12:39 PM

WipeoutABC’s “Wipeout” held steady from last week’s solid debut, while “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” dropped 16% in last night’s ratings.

As I desperately try to resist the easy “‘Wipeout’ didn’t wipeout” analogy, ABC’s “Wipeout” dipped just 5% from last week, landing at a 3.5/12 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

“I Survived a Japanese Game Show” (2.6/8) and “Primetime: The Outsiders” (2.1/6) both fell 16% from last week. “Game Show” also lost 26% of its lead-in from “Wipeout.” ABC finished second for Tuesday night with a 2.7 rating/6 share, tied with Fox.

“Hell’s Kitchen” (3.6/11) remained steady from last week, while “Moment of Truth” (1.8/6) dropped 25% from its most recent showing two weeks ago.

NBC narrowly captured the top spot of the night with a 2.8 rating/9 share, with an on-par “America’s Got Talent” (3.3/10) and “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.9/7), which slipped 17% from last week’s premiere.

CBS took fourth with a 1.5/5, and The CW was fifth with a 0.4/1.

ABC’s Reality, CBS’ Repeats Tie for 1st

July 1, 2008 12:26 PM

BacheloretteReruns ran on par with ABC’s fresh reality, as CBS’ Monday repeats tied with ABC to win the night in the ratings.

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” scored a 2.3/8 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen research. That’s down 8% from last week, but nearly on par with its season average.

A special “Men Tell All” episode of “The Bachelorette” pulled in a 2.6/7, while “The Mole” stayed flat with a 1.6/5.

ABC ended the night with a 2.2 rating/7 share.

Also scoring a 2.2/7 for the night, CBS saw its “Two and a Half Men” (2.7/8) rank as Monday’s highest-rated show, edging out the “Men Tell All” episode by a tenth of a percentage point.

Fox, with drama repeats, placed a close third with a 2.1/7.

NBC’s “American Gladiators” (1.8/6) was average, while “Nashville Star” (1.5/4), now in its fourth week on broadcast TV, continued to slide from its premiere, down 17% from last week. NBC landed in fourth with a 1.6 rating/5 share.

The CW was fifth with repeats, ending with a 0.4 rating/1 share.