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Baseball Tackles Football; ‘Ex-List’ Can’t Top ‘Moonlight’

October 6, 2008 1:47 PM

ExBaseball took some steam away from football on Sunday, while CBS’ Friday premiere of “The Ex List” failed to best “Moonlight’s” launch numbers.

Airing partially against TBS’s broadcast of a 12-inning American Division series playoff contest between the Boston Red Sox and the Anaheim Angels, NBC’s coverage of Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Jacksonville Jaguars dipped 24% in the ratings among 18-49 year olds from last week’s Eagles-Bears matchup.

The football game drew a 4.8 rating/11 share, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data.

ABC’s “Housewives” ranked the as the highest rated show on Sunday night with a 5.8/13, down 18% week-to-week. That was the lowest rating ever for an original episode of the show.

Pending final national numbers to be released tomorrow, ABC was the nightly leader Sunday with a 4.1/10 nightly average. Ratings for the NFL game will probably rise with the final numbers.

The CW’s Sunday night lineup, which is programmed by Media Rights Capital, failed to improve on the slate it replaced. “In Harm’s Way” (0.3/1) and “Valentine” (0.4/1) tied the premieres of last year’s “Online Nation” and “Life is Wild.” “Easy Money” (0.4/1) tumbled 50% from a “Top Model” repeat in the slot a year ago.

CBS improved week-to-week on Sunday with all of its programming, but the ratings should be considered subject to change due to NFL overrun. The most-watched network of the night, CBS landed 13.5 million viewers on average. The network scored a (3.8/9) among 18- to 49-year old viewers.

On Friday, CBS debuted “The Ex List” (2.0/6) to moderate ratings. “List” declined 20% from the premiere of “Moonlight,” which previously held the time period. “Ghost Whisperer” (2.4/9) held steady from its year-to-year rating, while “Numb3rs” dipped 19%.

CBS rolled on to dominate the night with a 2.2/7 nightly rating and 8.1 million average viewers.
Fox took fourth place in adults 18-49 with its animation block, but led the night in males 18-34.
For Saturday, TBS baseball stole viewers away from college football on ABC (1.7/6), allowing Fox to pick up the slack and win the night with its “Cops” (1.6/6, 1.9/6) and “America’s Most Wanted” (2.0/6) lineup.

Fox led the night with a 1.9/6, followed by ABC with a 1.7/6, CBS with a 1.5/5 and NBC trailed with a 1.1/4.

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Comments (2)

CBS decision to cancel the tremendously popular and creatively brilliant Moonlight still reigns as the biggest blunder in recent television history.

We all miss this great, romantic and compelling series.

eydie:

wizard, i so agree with you. on top of the ex list just generally being a horrible show, the time slot is being boycotted by moonlight lovers, myself included. i won't watch anything in moonlight's time slot.

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