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ABC’s ‘Samantha’ Stumbles, CW’s ‘Gossip’ Helps ‘Privileged’

December 2, 2008 1:59 PM

With another season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” over, its former lead-out, “Samantha Who,” tumbled to a series low, while The CW’s “Privileged” posted a series high positioned behind “Gossip Girl.”

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Two back-to-back episodes of “Samantha Who” posted a 2.2 rating/5 share and a 2.1 rating/5 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data.

“Samantha’s” back-to-back episodes declined 24% and 28%, respectively, from last week’s post-“Dancing” episode.

Holiday specials filled the 8 o’clock hour, with the second year pairing of “Shrek the Halls” (3.3/9) and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (3.8/9) dropping dramatically from the duo’s strong showing last year, off 54% and 44%.

“Boston Legal” was average with a 2.3/6. ABC took second with a 2.7/7.

CBS finished first with repeats, ending the night with a 2.9/7 and 9.9 million viewers.

The CW’s “Gossip Girl” (1.5/4) stayed essentially flat with its last original episode two weeks ago, drawing a 3.5/9 in the network’s key demographic of women 18-34.

“Privileged” (1.0/2) settled in to the post-“Gossip” slot, boosting the show to a series high in women 18-34 with a 2.4/6, a 26% increase over its last showing on Tuesday.

The CW was fifth with a 1.2/3.

Fox’s “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” woke up and moved the needle substantially for the first time in two months, increasing 22% from last week to a 2.2/6. “Prison Break” was flat with a 2.1/5.

Fox took fourth with a 2.2/5.

NBC’s “Heroes” increased slightly from its multi-week holding pattern, lifting a tenth of a ratings point to a 3.6/8. “My Own Worst Enemy” continued its decline for the seventh week in a row, down a tenth of a point to a 1.7/4. “Chuck” (2.5/6) moved up by a tenth of a point from last week, but earned its largest audience in nearly a year with 7.2 million. NBC was third with a 2.6/6.

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