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New CBS, Fox Shows Push ‘Dancing’ to No. 2 Spot

March 31, 2009 11:52 AM

Strong performances by CBS and Fox edged out ABC’s “Dancing”-“Castle” combo Monday night, leaving ABC out of first place for the first time since its new lineup debuted four weeks ago.

The Big Bang Theory

A two-hour “Dancing With the Stars” averaged a 4.8 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 and 21.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers. Last night’s episode was down 4% from last week and marked its lowest performance this spring, though it still ranked as the No. 2 show of the night and the most watched. At 10 p.m. “Castle” (2.5/7, 9.8 million) remained flat from last week, tying its lowest rating since its series premiere.

The ABC series did not show drastic changes from last week. It was the return of new episodes on CBS and Fox that performed strongly enough to take the top spots.

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (3.8/11, 9.8 million) was up one-tenth of a rating point from its last original episode two weeks ago. At 8:30 p.m. “How I Met Your Mother” (3.9/10, 9.2 million) was up 34% from its telecast in an earlier slot last week, but remained flat with its regular timeslot performance two weeks ago. “Two and a Half Men” (5.1/12, 14.4 million) was up 6% over its last original episode two weeks ago and came in as the night’s highest-rated show, while “Rules of Engagement” (4.1/10, 11 million) was up slightly with a stronger “Men” lead-in. In the 10 p.m. slot, “CSI: Miami” (3.9/18, 13.4 million) was in line with recent telecasts.

On Fox, a new episode of “House” (4.7/13, 12.2 million) was down 4% from its most recent original episode two weeks ago. At 9 p.m., “24” (3.7/9, 11.2 million) was up 9% over last week, scoring the same rating as two weeks ago when it also had a new “House” as a lead-in.

NBC’s “Chuck” (2.0/6, 5.6 million) reached a new series low, with last night’s episode coming in 20% below the show’s season-to-date average. “Heroes” (3.1/7, 6.3 million) posted a 7% increase from last week, while “Medium” (2.5/7, 7.3 million) was up 14%.

The CW’s “Gossip Girl” (1.2/3, 2.5 million) was up 9% over last week and had some of its strongest performances among young adults since January. “One Tree Hill” (1.2/3, 2.3 million) came in flat with last week. The network averaged a 2.5/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox claimed the top spot in the ratings (4.2/11, 11.7 million), followed by CBS (4.1/11, 11.9 million). ABC came in third (4.0/10), but finished with the most viewers (16.8 million). NBC had a 2.5/7 (6.4 million), while The CW finished with a 1.2/3 (2.4 million).

‘Trek’ Cameos Send ‘Family Guy’ Soaring

March 30, 2009 11:52 AM

NCAA March Madness coverage helped CBS take the top spot Sunday night, but it was Fox’s “Family Guy,” featuring guest appearances by the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” that generated the night’s highest rating.

Family Guy

Fox’s “Family Guy” claimed the No. 1 spot for the night with a 4.2 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode, up 14% from the week before, comes in as the series’ highest-rated episode since November. At 8 p.m., a new “The Simpsons” (3.1/9, 6.6 million) was up one-tenth of a rating point from last week, as was “American Dad” (3.0/7, 6 million) at 9:30 p.m. Fox ran encore episodes of “American Dad” and “King of the Hill” in the 7 p.m. hour and “The Simpsons” at 8:30 p.m.

CBS had 17 minutes of NCAA men’s basketball coverage overrun into the 7 p.m. hour, giving “60 Minutes” a 3.3 /10 (13.4 million). “The Amazing Race” (3.8/10, 13 million) was up 6% from its performance last week. “Cold Case” (2.8/7, 11.7 million) was up 16% from last week, when the show aired mostly in the 10 p.m. hour due to NCAA runover. At 10 p.m. “The Unit” scored a 2.5/6 (10.3 million). Due to the nature of live coverage, figures for CBS may change once NCAA runover is factored into final numbers released later today.

NBC had some runover from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, scoring a 2.2/7 (9.1 million). “Kings” (1.3/3, 4.4 million) remained flat from last week’s episode, while a two-hour “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.2/8, 8.5 million) was up 7%. NBC’s final figures also are likely to change in the final Nielsen numbers due to the golf overrun.

ABC kicked off its night with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.3/7, 8.1 million), followed by a two-hour “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (3.5/9, 10.8 million). Both shows were up from last week’s performances (up 21% and 9%, respectively). At 10 p.m. “Desperate Housewives” was a repeat.

The CW aired a repeat of “Jericho” and the film “War Games.”

For the night: CBS shot to the top with a 3.1/8 (12.1 million), followed by ABC (2.8/7, 9 million), Fox (2.6/7, 5.4 million), NBC (2.5/7, 7.7 million) and The CW (0.4/1, 1.1 million).

‘Idol’ Boosts ‘Kitchen’ as ‘Motherhood’ Has Solid Debut

March 27, 2009 11:13 AM

Fox’s “American Idol” did wonders for “Hell’s Kitchen” on Thursday, while viewers welcomed ABC’s “In the Motherhood” with a solid reception.

Hell's Kitchen

A results episode of “American Idol” scored a 7.4 rating/21 share among adults 18-49 and 22.4 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. After being delayed for a night to accommodate President Barack Obama’s Tuesday press conference, Thursday’s “Idol” was down 15% from its results show performance last Wednesday, but up 4% from its most recent Thursday telecast earlier this month. At 9 p.m., “Hell’s Kitchen” (4.7/11, 10.9 million) was up 42% from its performance last week, thanks to the hefty “Idol” lead-in. Last night’s episode currently ranks as the highest-rated since the season premiere, but it may come in as second highest after final numbers are released.

ABC’s premiere of “In the Motherhood” (2.1/6, 6.7 million) was solid considering the strong competition from college basketball and “Idol.” Last night’s episode matched the season-to-date time-period average set by “Ugly Betty” in the half-hour and edged out established comedy “My Name Is Earl” on NBC. “Motherhood” also matched the network’s premiere of “Better Off Ted” last Wednesday. At 8:30 p.m., “Samantha Who?” (2.1/6, 6.5 million) returned in a new time period, remaining flat from its lead-in but showing slight decreases from previous season averages on Mondays and Tuesdays. A new “Grey’s Anatomy” (5.5/13, 15.8 million) was up 10% from last week to rank as the top scripted show of the night, while “Private Practice” (3.8/10, 10.5 million) was up 9%.

CBS’ primetime coverage of NCAA March Madness college basketball scored a 3.5/9 (10.1 million) from 8-11 p.m. Due to the nature of live programming, ratings may change after final numbers are released.

NBC’s “My Name Is Earl” (2.0/6, 5.9 million) fell victim to the “Idol”-NCAA-“Motherhood” competition, dipping 20% from its performance last week. Following an encore of “The Office,” a new “Office” (4.3/11, 8.4 million) was up 8% from last week and a new “30 Rock” (3.4/8, 7.2 million) was up 6%. The penultimate episode of “ER” (3.5/9, 10.2 million) was up 9% from its performance last week and on par with its previous season average.

On The CW, new episodes of “Smallville” (1.5/4, 3.7 million) and “Supernatural” (1.2/3, 3.2 million) both were down one-tenth of a rating point from their performances last week.

For the night: Fox led the way (6.1/16, 16.6 million), followed by ABC (3.8/10, 11 million), CBS (3.5/9, 10.1 million), NBC (3.1/8, 7.8 million) and The CW (1.4/4, 3.5 million).

Winning ‘Idol’ Sends ‘Chopping Block,’ ‘Lost’ to New Lows

March 26, 2009 11:48 AM

Fox’s “American Idol” posted solid gains Wednesday night, while ratings for NBC’s “The Chopping Block” may lead the show itself to the chopping block.
Chopping Block

A two-hour “Idol,” featuring the top 10 finalists singing Motown hits, finished with a 9.1 rating/24 share among adults 18-49 and 25.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Having shifted from its Tuesday-night slot to accommodate for President Barack Obama’s press conference, last night’s episode was up 12% from last week’s Tuesday-night performance show and up 5% from its Wednesday-night results show.

In its third week, NBC’s “Chopping Block” (0.9/2, 2.6 million) scored its lowest rating to date, down 25% from last week’s episode. “Life” (1.4/3, 4.3 million) took a 7% dip from last week, while “Law & Order” (2.2/6, 7.2 million) was up 5%.

At 9 p.m., ABC’s “Lost” (4.0/10, 8.8 million) was the second highest-rated show of the night and the top scripted program, but scored its lowest rating ever for an original episode, excluding clip shows. The network opened the night with a new “Scrubs” (2.0/6, 5.3 million) and “Better Off Ted” (1.8/5, 4.7 million), the latter down 14% from its series premiere last week. At 10 p.m., “Life on Mars” (2.1/6, 5.7 million) was up 17% from last week.

CBS aired a special recap episode of “Survivor” (2.3/6, 8.2 million) in order to accommodate NCAA college basketball coverage. Last night’s episode was down 44% from the series’ last original episode two weeks ago, and comes in as the lowest-rated of this season and tied with last Thanksgiving’s episode as the lowest-rated ever. “Survivor,” however, was on par with the regular timeslot performance of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Gary Unmarried,” and trailed only “Idol” to be the No. 2 show in the hour. Compared with last week, “Criminal Minds” (3.4/8, 14 million) was up one-tenth of a rating point, while “CSI: NY” (3.0/8, 12.6 million) was down 9%.

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (1.4/4, 2.8 million) took an 18% dip from last week. (Both “Top Model” and “Chopping Block” had increased competition from “Idol.”) At 9 p.m. “90210” was a repeat.

For the night: “Idol” gave Fox (9.1/24, 25.6 million) the top spot for the night, followed by CBS (2.9/8, 11.6 million), ABC (2.7/7, 6.5 million), NBC (1.5/4, 4.7 million) and The CW (0.9/2, 1.8 million).

Obama Effect Boosts Tuesday Night Ratings

March 25, 2009 10:52 AM

President Barack Obama’s primetime schedule shuffle served as a strong lead-in across the broadcast networks, while reality competition series on NBC and ABC benefited greatly from an “Idol”-less night. Dancing With the Stars

For the four major broadcast networks combined, live coverage of President Obama’s press conference from 8-9 p.m. EDT Tuesday drew a total 21.1 household rating among the overnight metered markets and a combined 7.9 rating/24 share among adults 18-49 and 31.3 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. NBC (2.2/7, 8.3 million) had the highest rating for the hour, with ABC (2.0/6, 8.7 million) and CBS (2.0/6, 9.9 million) tied for second, followed by Fox (1.7/5, 4.3 million). Final numbers for the broadcast networks will be sustained when Nielsen releases updated figures later Wednesday.

From 9-11 p.m., NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (4.1/11, 9.8 million) benefited greatly from President Obama’s press conference, which shuffled Fox’s “American Idol” to Wednesday night. Last night’s “Loser” was up 28% from its 8-10 p.m. airing last week and was the highest-rated episode in eight weeks, pending updates from Nielsen.

ABC, meanwhile, aired a “Dancing With the Stars” results show (3.7/10, 15.7 million) followed by the season finale of “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (2.7/7, 8.5 million). Both shows posted gains from last week, with “Dancing” up 32% from its first results show of the season and “Primetime” up 23%.

On CBS, “NCIS” (3.9/10, 17.5 million) was up 26% from last week, while “The Mentalist” (3.8/10, 17.5 million) had a 15% bump.

Fox aired a repeat of “House” in the 9 p.m. hour.

In the 8 p.m. hour, The CW aired a new “Reaper” (1.0/3, 2.5 million) against President Obama’s press conference. Last night’s episode came in as a new season high, up 11% from last week. With a “90210” repeat at 9 p.m., the network averaged a 0.8/2 among women 18-34 for the night.

For the night: NBC (3.5/9, 9.3 million) finished on top while CBS (3.2/9, 15 million) took the most viewers, followed by ABC (2.8/8, 11 million), Fox (1.6/5, 4.2 million) and The CW (0.6/2, 1.7 million).

‘Dancing’ Steps All Over Competition; NBC Dramas Drop

March 24, 2009 10:53 AM

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” reigned supreme Monday night, while NBC’s “Heroes” and “Medium” hit new lows.

From 8-10 p.m., ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” scored a 4.9 rating/13 share among adults 18-49 and 20.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was off 8% from the week before. A new episode of “Castle” (2.7/7, 9.8 million) dipped 7% from last week, but that difference may grow larger once final numbers are released later today that factor out “Dancing’s” two-minute overrun into the 10 p.m. hour.

Heroes

NBC’s Monday-night dramas were all low, with “Chuck” (2.1/6, 6.1 million) matching its previous series low and remaining flat from its last original episode. “Heroes” (2.9/7, 6.5 million) and “Medium” (2.2/6, 6.6 million) both hit new series lows, down 26% and 19%, respectively, from their season-to-date averages. “Heroes,” however, has averaged a 23% increase in the demo for the first five months of the TV season once live-plus-seven-day figures are factored.

CBS aired a special “How I Met Your Mother” (2.9/8, 7.4 million) at 8 p.m., posting a 26% decrease from last week’s airing in its regular 8:30 p.m. slot. A repeat of “Mother” aired at 8:30 p.m., followed by an encore “Two and a Half Men” at 9 p.m. Without a new “Men” lead-in, “Rules of Engagement” (3.4/8, 9.4 million) was down 15% while retaining 97% of its lead-in. At 10 p.m., “CSI: Miami” (4.0/10, 13.5 million) was up 5% from last week’s episode.

Fox aired a repeat of “House,” followed by a new “24” (3.4/8, 10.3 million), which was down 8% from last week.

On The CW, “Gossip Girl” (1.0/3, 2.2 million) and “One Tree Hill” (1.1/3, 2.3 million) were down 17% and 8%, respectively, from last week. Overall the network averaged a 2.2/5 among women 18-34.

For the night: ABC finished on top for the night with a 4.2/11 (16.7 million), followed by CBS (3.4/9, 10.3 million), Fox (3.0/8, 9 million), NBC (2.4/6, 6.4 million) and The CW (1.1/3, 2.2 million).

'60 Minutes,' NCAA Basketball Give CBS the Win Sunday

March 23, 2009 11:20 AM

CBS’ coverage of NCAA March Madness and President Barack Obama’s interview with “60 Minutes” gave the network a slight edge over the competition to win Sunday night, while NBC’s “Kings” dropped to some not-so-royal numbers.

60 Minutes

CBS’ coverage of NCAA men’s basketball spilled over into primetime by 52 minutes, delaying programming in the Eastern and Central time zones. For the 7 p.m. hour, which was dominated by basketball, the network scored a 4.4 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 and 15.5 million viewers. (For more ratings information on March Madness coverage, click here.) In the 8 p.m. hour, “60 Minutes” (4.1/11, 16.2 million) benefited from President Obama’s appearance and NCAA basketball to post an 86% increase over last week. “The Amazing Race” scored a 3.2/8 (11.6 million), up one-tenth of a point from last week, while “Cold Case” finished with a 2.4/6 (10.8 million), down 17% from last week in its delayed hour.

NBC’s “Kings” (1.3/3, 4.6 million) took a 19% fall from its weak debut last week. From 9-11 p.m., “The Celebrity Apprentice” (2.9/7, 7.3 million) was up one-tenth of a rating point from last week. “Apprentice” showed strong growth throughout its run, picking up pace in its second hour and improving by 55% in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour compared with the 9 p.m. half-hour. NBC opened the night with “Dateline” (1.5/5, 6.6 million), up 36% from last week, and finished the night with an average of 2.1/6 (6.5 million) in fourth place.

ABC was a close second with a 3.4/9 (10.5 million). “America’s Funniest Home Videos” pulled a 1.9/6 (7.1 million), while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” added to its lead-in to finish with a 3.1/8 (9.8 million). A shocking “Desperate Housewives” leading to Nicollette Sheridan’s departure from the series scored a 4.9/12 (14.7 million), off 4% from its performance last week and down 13% from the show’s season-to-date average. ABC finished the night with “Brothers & Sisters” (3.5/9, 10.4 million).

Fox’s full animation lineup finished with an average 2.4/6 (4.9 million). In the 8 p.m. hour, “The Simpsons” (3.0/8, 6.2 million) and “King of the Hill” (2.6/7, 5.5 million) were both up a bit from last week (7% and 4%, respectively). A new “Family Guy” scored a 3.7/9 (7.4 million) and “American Dad” wrapped up the night with a 2.9/7 (5.8 million), both shows flat from last week. The network aired repeats of “Dad” and “Hill” in the 7 p.m. hour.

The CW averaged a 0.3/1 (0.9 million) with a repeat of “Jericho” and a presentation of feature film “The Mod Squad.”

March Madness Brings TV Ratings Tie

March 20, 2009 10:58 AM

ABC’s Thursday-night lineup squared off against CBS’ March Madness college basketball and the result was a tie.

Grey's Anatomy

A new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC scored a 4.9 rating/12 share and 14.4 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. “Grey’s” was down a tenth of a point from last week’s episode and scored its lowest original rating. It still topped the night as the highest rated show.

ABC’s “Private Practice” (3.6/10, 10 million) posted a 9% increase over last week, but still dipped 10% from its previous season-to-date average. While both shows technically scored better than CBS’s basketball coverage, “Ugly Betty” (2.1/6, 7.6 million) in the 8 p.m. hour remained flat over last week and helped give the network an average 3.5/10 (10.6 million) for the night.

CBS’ coverage of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament scored a 3.5/10 (9.4 million) during its prime-time run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (EST). First-day coverage of the tournament (12:15-5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.-12:15 a.m. EST) averaged a 4.7/10 in the overnight household numbers, up 9% from the average first day performance last year. Due to the volatile nature of live sports programming, final ratings figures for last night’s prime-time coverage are expected to change.

CBS Sports' exclusive live coverage of the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship on Thursday, March 19 (12:15-5:15 PM, ET, and 7:00 PM-12:15 AM, ET) earned an average overnight household rating/share of 4.7/10. The 4.7/10 is up +9% from a 4.3/10 for the first day last year.

Fox came up third for the night with a 3.1/9 (8.9 million). “Bones” (3.0/9, 10.2 million) increased 7% over last week, while “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.3/8, 7.6 million) posted a 10% gain.

NBC trailed Fox by one-tenth of a point, averaging a 3.0/8 (7.5 million) for the night to finish fourth. Faced with competition from “Grey’s” and college basketball, “The Office” scored a 3.9/10 (8 million) to rank as the second highest-rated show of the night. Last night’s episode, however, was the lowest-rated of the season. New episodes of “My Name Is Earl” (2.4/8, 6.4 million), “30 Rock” (3.2/8, 7 million) and “ER” (3.3/9, 9.5 million) were about average. A repeat special of “The Office” aired at 8:30 p.m.

On The CW, “Smallville” (1.4/5, 3.3 million) was down two-tenths of a point from last week, while “Supernatural” (1.2/3, 3.1 million) was up a tick. The network averaged a 1.3/4 (3.2 million) and a 1.2/4 among women 18-34.

'Idol' Wins Again; 'Ted' Debut Improves Time Period by 22%

March 19, 2009 10:52 AM

Another one bit the dust on Wednesday night’s “American Idol,” while ABC and CBS battled for second place.

Better Off Ted

Fox’s “American Idol” was easily the top show of the night, scoring an 8.4 rating/21 share among adults 18-49 and 23.1 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Although last night’s episode was down 8% from last Wednesday, “Idol’s” rating was twice as large as the night’s second-place show, ABC's “Lost.” In the 8 p.m. hour “Lie to Me” (3.1/9, 10 million) was down 9% to a new season low, but it still topped the competition in its timeslot. Fox averaged a 5.7/16 (16.6 million) to win the night.

ABC kicked off the night with a new episode of “Scrubs” (2.2/7, 5.8 million) in its new time period, where the show matched recent Tuesday night performances. The series premiere of “Better Off Ted” came in with a 2.2/6 (5.6 million) at 8:30. While “Ted” retained 100% of its lead-in and improved the previous time-period average by 22%, it ranks as the network’s lowest-rated comedy premiere since October 2005. At 9 p.m. a new episode of “Lost” (4.2/10, 9.1 million) took a hit from head-to-head competition with “Idol,” dipping to a new series low (excluding clip shows) and coming in 13% off its season-to-date average. The network wrapped up the night with “Life on Mars” (2.0/5, 5.3 million), up 43% from last week when it followed a “Lost” repeat. ABC averaged a 2.8/8 (6.7 million) to claim third overall.

CBS' comedies were neck-and-neck with ABC's during the 8 p.m. hour. “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2.1/7, 7.4 million) was flat from last week, as was “Gary Unmarried” (2.3/7, 7.6 million). New episodes of “Criminal Minds” (3.2/8, 13.5 million) and “CSI: NY” (3.3/9, 12.7 million) were down 11% and 6%, respectively. Overall CBS edged ABC to take second place with a 2.9/8 (11.2 million).

NBC’s programs saw dips across the night. In its second week, “The Chopping Block” (1.2/4, 3.5 million) was down 14% in the demo. “Life” (1.5/4, 4,2 million) dipped 15% from last week, while “Law & Order” (2.1/6, 7.1 million) was down 5%. NBC finished fourth with a 1.6/4 (4.9 million) for the night.

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” scored a 1.6/5 (3.6 million), dipping 16% from its performance last week and ranking fourth for the hour. Last night’s episode scored a 3.0/9 among women 18-34. “Model” was paired with an encore “90210” to give the network an average 1.0/3 (2.3 million) for the night and a 1.9/5 in the younger female adult demo.

‘Idol’ Wins Night Despite Losing Viewers to St. Patrick

March 18, 2009 10:41 AM

With TV use down due to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Tuesday night’s reality heavyweights “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars” sank to near-record lows.

American Idol

Due to the holiday, TV use was down compared with last Tuesday, particularly among young adults (36.2% vs. 37.6%), having a significant effect on shows across the board.

“Idol,” as expected, was the top show of the night and gave Fox the Tuesday win. Last night’s two-hour episode, featuring performances from the top 11 finalists, finished the night with an 8.0 rating/22 share among adults 18-49 and 21.5 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. However, “Idol” was down 16% from last week’s episode and off 24% from last year, coming in as the lowest-rated Tuesday episode since August 2002, during season one.

In its first head-to-head telecast against “Idol” this season, “Dancing With the Stars’” first results show at 9 p.m. scored a 2.7/7 (12.4 million), down 27% from its comparable episode last September and down 31% from last spring’s first results show. Tuesday’s show is the franchise’s lowest premiere episode and the series’ lowest-rated regular episode. ABC opened the night with a “Dancing” recap (1.7/5, 8.1 million) and finished with a new “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (2.3/7, 7.8 million). The network finished fourth with an average 2.2/6 (9.4 million).

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” scored a 3.2/9 (7.9 million), taking a 16% dip from last week. This edition of “Loser,” however, has showed a 14% gain for the season-to-date compared with the same weeks last year and is drawing the franchise’s biggest audience, averaging 10.4 million viewers in its 10 weeks. At 10 p.m., “Law & Order: SVU” (3.4/10, 10.6 million) was down 6% from last week but ranked as the No. 1 show in its time period. Overall, NBC finished second for the night with a 3.3/9 (8.8 million).

CBS’ dramas returned last night with season lows. A new “NCIS” kicked off the night with a 3.1/9 (15.5 million). At 9 p.m. a fresh “The Mentalist” scored a 3.2/8 (15.4 million), down 14% from its last original episode. “Without a Trace” was down only a tick from its last original, rounding off the night with a 2.5/7 (12 million). CBS placed third for the night with a 2.9/8 (14.3 million).

The CW’s “Reaper” (0.8/2, 1.9 million) was down one-tenth of a rating point. Along with an encore “90210,” the network averaged a 0.6/2 (1.3 million) in the demo, and a 0.6/2 among women 18-34.

ABC Wins Monday as ‘Dancing’ Dips, ‘Castle’ Climbs

March 17, 2009 10:50 AM

Fox and CBS programs held steady Monday night as ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” took a slight dip after its season opener.

Dancing With the Stars

“Dancing” strutted its way to a 5.3 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 and 21.1 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s two-hour episode was down 13% from the show’s season premiere last week. At 10 p.m. “Castle” (3.1/8, 11.5 million) was up a tick from its series debut last week. ABC finished on top for the night with a 4.6/12 (17.9 million).

Fox placed second with new episodes of “House” (4.8/13, 12.8 million) and “24” (3.7/9, 11.3 million). “House” remained flat over last week, while “24” was up a tick. The network averaged a 4.2/11 (12.1 million) for the night.

The dip in last night’s “Dancing” gave some CBS comedies a slight bounce. “The Big Bang Theory” (3.7/11, 9.8 million) was up a tick from last week, while “How I Met Your Mother” (3.8/10, 9.2 million) was up 6%, “Two and a Half Men” (4.8/12, 14 million) was flat and “Rules of Engagement” (4.0/10, 11.4 million) was up 8% from last week. At 10 p.m. “CSI: Miami” (3.8/10, 13.3 million) was down 12% from the previous week, but it was the top show in its timeslot. Overall the network scored a 4.0/11 (11.9 million) to finish third.

The CW returned with new episodes to score a 1.1/3 (2.3 million). Compared with their most recent original telecasts, “Gossip Girl” (1.1/3, 2.2 million) was flat while “One Tree Hill” (1.2/3, 2.3 million) was up a tick. The network scored a 2.6/7 among women 18-34.

NBC (1.3/3, 3.7 million) landed in fourth place with repeats of “Chuck,” “Heroes” and “Medium.”

ABC Wins Sunday; No Crown for NBC’s ‘Kings’

March 16, 2009 11:40 AM

ABC finished first Sunday night with the top two shows, “Desperate Housewives” and “Brothers & Sisters,” while the premiere of NBC’s “Kings” failed to find a strong following.

Kings

At 9 p.m., “Desperate Housewives” pulled a 5.0 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 and 14.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. “Housewives” was up 6% from last week, but down 11% from its previous season-do-date average. “Brothers & Sisters” followed with a 3.7/9 (10.6 million), up 9% from the week before. New episodes of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.1/7, 7.5 million) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (3.0/8, 9.4 million) helped give the network a 3.5/9 (10.5 million) for the night.

CBS took second for the night with an average 2.7/7 (11.7 million). “60 Minutes” (2.2/7, 12.6 million) was flat with last week, while “The Amazing Race” (3.0/8, 10.4 million) and “Cold Case” (2.9/7, 12.9 million) were each down just a tick. At 10 p.m., “The Unit” (2.7/7, 10.9 million) was up 17% over last week.

Fox’s animation block helped give the network third for the night with a 2.2/6 (2.2/6, 4.8 million). In the 8 p.m. hour both “The Simpsons” (2.8/8, 6 million) and “King of the Hill” (2.4/6, 5.4 million) remained flat over last week. “Family Guy” (3.6/9, 7.2 million) was down a tick and came in as the night’s No. 3 show, while “American Dad” (2.9/7, 5.8 million) was up 7% from the prior week. In the 7 p.m. hour, Fox kicked off the night with back to back episodes of “Hole in the Wall” (0.7/2, 1.9 million and 0.9/3, 2.4 million).

The two-hour premiere of NBC’s “Kings” came in at a not-so-royal 1.6/4 (6 million). Last night’s telecast tied as the network’s second lowest-rated premiere of the season, behind last week’s debut of “The Chopping Block” and tying last fall’s “Crusoe.” At 10 p.m., “The Celebrity Apprentice” pulled a 2.7/7 (6.7 million), down 16% from its two-hour telecast last week. The network opened the night with “Dateline” (1.1/4, 4.3 million), and wrapped up fourth with a 1.8/5 (5.7 million).

The CW aired “Jericho” (0.2/1, 0.7 million) and a presentation of the film “Moonstruck” (0.3/1, 1.2 million), averaging a 0.2/1 (1 million) for the night.

Guest Stars Lift NBC’s ‘ER’ but ABC, CBS Dramas Win Night

March 13, 2009 11:16 AM

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and CBS’ “CSI” may have scored the top spots Thursday night, but both took significant tumbles from their most recent original episodes. Meanwhile, CBS’ “Survivor” continues its new season on a strong pace, while some superstar cameos helped “ER” continue its countdown-to-finale surge.

Grey's Anatomy

A new episode of “CSI” in the 9 p.m. hour scored a 4.2 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 17 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. While still the No. 2 show, last night’s episode was down 21% both from last week (when music star Taylor Swift made a guest appearance) and from its season-to-date average. “CSI” matched its lowest rating ever for an original episode, tying a special Thanksgiving episode from November 2007. “Survivor” kicked off CBS’ night with a 4.1/12 (12.9 million), posting an 8% increase from last week. At 10 p.m. a new “Eleventh Hour” was down a tick to score a 2.8/7 (11.8 million). CBS averaged a 3.7/10 (13.9 million) to win the night.

ABC finished the night second with a 3.5/9 (9.9 million). At 8 p.m. a new “Ugly Betty” climbed 24% from last week’s low to score a 2.1/6 (7.2 million), on par with the previous season-to-date average. The night’s top show, “Grey’s Anatomy,” came back after repeat episodes with a 4.9/12 (13.5 million), the show’s lowest rating ever for an original telecast. Last night’s episode was down 18% from the previous season average and down 17% from its last original episode on Feb. 19, a crossover with “Private Practice.” At 10, that drama (3.4/9, 9.1 million) posted similar dips, down 17% from its season average and down 23% from its last original telecast, also on Feb. 19.

With guest appearance from alums George Clooney and Julianna Marguiles as the show nears its finale, NBC’s “ER” bounced back with a 3.9/11 (10.7 million), up 15% from the previous week and scoring its biggest audience in over two years. The season finale of “Kath & Kim” went out with a 1.7/5 (4 million), down a tick from last week and off 23% from the show’s season-to-date average. (No word yet on whether the show is getting picked up for a second season.) In the 9 p.m. hour “The Office” (4.0/10, 7.5 million) was down 11% from last week to a new season low; “30 Rock” (3.3/8, 6.4 million) also was down 11% from the week before. “My Name Is Earl” was a repeat at 8 p.m. The network tied for third with a 3.1/8 (7.3 million).

Fox also finished the night with a 3.1/8 (8.7 million). “Bones” was down a tick from its last original episode on Feb. 19 to score a 2.8/8 (9.6 million). “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.5/9, 7.8 million) matched its highest rating this season, despite not having an “American Idol” lead-in. Both programs have been performing better than the season-to-date averages for their time periods, with “Bones” up 43% at 8 p.m. and “Hell’s Kitchen” up 60% at 9 p.m.

The CW came in with an average 1.3/4 (3.3 million) for the night. A new “Smallville” (1.6/5, 3.7 million) matched its previous performance for an original episode, while “Supernatural” (1.1/3, 2.8 million) was down 21% from its last original. The network averaged a 1.3/4 among women 18-34.

(Updated: "ER" audience. 12:20 p.m.)

‘Chopping Block’ Has Clunky Debut as ‘Idol’ Cruises

March 12, 2009 12:23 PM

Fox won Wednesday night as “American Idol” bid farewell to the first two of its 13 finalists, while the debut of NBC’s “The Chopping Block” came up a bit rotten. Chopping Block

Fox opened the night with “Lie to Me” in its new 8 p.m. hour. The show scored a 3.4 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers. While the show had a 92% retention and 9% increase in total viewers from its post-“Idol” performance last week, “Lie” scored its lowest rating to date and was off 23% from its season-to-date average. “Idol” (8.8/22, 24.9 million) eliminated its first two finalists and introduced the new “judge’s save” rule last night. The show was up 13% from its week-ago performance, but down 15% from last year for the comparable night. Overall Fox finished on top with an average 6.1/17 (18 million).

New comedies and dramas on CBS gave the network second place for the night with an average 3.1/8 (11.8 million). “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2.1/7, 7.6 million) posted a 17% increase from its last original telecast, while “Gary Unmarried” (2.3/7, 7.7 million) was in line with its season-to-date average. At 9 p.m. “Criminal Minds” (3.5/9, 14.1 million) was on the low side, while at 10 p.m. “CSI: NY” (3.5/9, 13.5 million) was average.

On NBC, the premiere of the cooking reality series “The Chopping Block” came in low with a 1.5/4 (4 million), down 12% from “Knight Rider’s” performance last week and down 17% from “Rider’s” season average in the same time period. The show placed fourth in its time period for the night, ahead of only repeats on ABC. A new “Life” (1.8/4, 5.3 million) matched its previous ratings high from December and scored its best rating when up against “Idol.” “Law & Order” (2.2/6, 7.6 million) was about average. Overall the network finished third with a 1.8/5 (5.6 million).

At 10 p.m. a new episode of ABC’s “Life on Mars” scored a 1.5/4 (4.6 million). Back-to-back repeats of “Scrubs” and “Lost” helped land the network in fourth place with an average 1.4/4 (4.1 million) for the night.

The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” (1.9/6, 4.5 million) posted a 6% increase from last week’s two-hour debut, coming in as the second most watched episode of “Top Model” this season, behind the show’s fall finale. A “90210” repeat at 9 p.m. gave the network an average 1.2/3 (2.7 million) for the night. Among women 18-34, The CW averaged a 1.9/5.

13 Is a Lucky Number for ‘Idol,’ Fox

March 11, 2009 11:11 AM

“American Idol’s” top 13 contestants sang their way to a ratings win for Fox Tuesday night.

American Idol

Last night’s two-hour “Idol” scored a 9.2 rating/24 share among adults 18-49 and 25.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures. The show was up 2% from last week, but dipped 16% from the comparable night last year. (For the week so far, “Idol” edged out Monday’s premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” by about 2.4 million viewers, vs. “Dancing’s” final viewership average.)

NBC took second place (3.7/10, 9.9 million) with new episodes of “The Biggest Loser” (3.8/10, 9.3 million) and “Law & Order: SVU” (3.6/20, 11 million). “Loser” scored the network’s best rating in the demo while up against a regular two-hour “Idol,” excluding Olympics coverage, and the show’s highest in five weeks. “Loser” also posted a 9% gain from last week and a 27% increase from last year, when the show also was up against “Idol.” At 10 p.m., “SVU” won the hour while also logging the show’s biggest audience for the season to date.

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS,” “The Mentalist” and “Without a Trace” and landed in third place for the night, averaging a 2.5/7 (12.6 million).

On ABC, a new episode of “Homeland Security U.S.A.” (1.4/4, 5.1 million) opened the night, followed by back-to-back repeats of “Scrubs” and a new “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (1.9/5, 5.1 million), which came in low. ABC finished fourth with a 1.5/4 (4.4 million).

The CW finished fifth with a 0.6/2 (1.6 million). A new episode of “Reaper” (0.8/2, 2.2 million) was down a tick from its season premiere last week. A repeat of “90210” aired in the 9 p.m. hour. The network averaged a 0.8/2 among women 18-34 for the night.

ABC’s ‘Dancing’ Dominates Monday in Season Debut

March 10, 2009 11:24 AM

ABC’s season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” waltzed its way to a strong debut, taking down some heavyweights on the other broadcast networks.

Dancing With the Stars

The two-hour season opener averaged a 5.9 rating/15 share among viewers 18-49 and 22.5 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research numbers. Last night’s “Dancing” posted gains over previous premieres of the competition series, up 9% from last fall’s debut and 5% from last spring’s; it ranks as the most-watched and second highest-rated.

At 10 p.m. ABC’s new series “Castle” kicked off with a 3.3/9 (11.6 million), down 44% from its “Dancing” lead-in. That drop-off, however, is similar to last year’s debut of “The Bachelor: London Calling,” which pulled in the same rating in the post-“Dancing” timeslot. Although “Castle” also lost 22% of its audience from first half-hour to second, the telecast improved the network’s time-period average by 18%. Overall, ABC finished first with a 5.1/3 (18.9 million), which ranks as the network’s biggest audience since May 2006.

Fox finished second with a 4.2/11 (11.7 million) for the night. A new “House” scored a 4.8/11 (12.1 million), down 13% from its most recent episode two weeks ago to score its lowest-rated original telecast since December 2004. A new “24” ticked its way to a 3.6/9 (11.3 million), up 9% from its two-hour special last week.

“Dancing” held off new episodes of CBS’ comedies, and the network finished third for the night with a 4.0/10 (11.6 million). “The Big Bang Theory” (3.6/10, 9.5 million) and “How I Met Your Mother” (3.5/9, 8.5 million) were down 8% and 17%, respectively, from last week. “Two and a Half Men” (4.7/11, 13.3 million) was down 4% from last week, while “Rules of Engagement” (3.7/9, 10 million) was down 5% from its season premiere last week. At 10 p.m., “CSI: Miami” (4.3/11, 14.1 million), posted a 13% week-to-week increase.

NBC also felt the brunt of “Dancing’s” power from 8-10 p.m., as both “Chuck” and “Heroes” hit series lows. “Chuck” scored a 2.0/5 (5.7 million), down 17% from last week and 20% from its season-to-date average. “Heroes” continued its downward trend, scoring a 3.2/8 (6.6 million), off 18% from its season average. At 10 p.m., “Medium” (2.5/6, 7.1 million) was up a tick from last week’s performance. The network finished fourth with a 2.5/7 (6.5 million).

The CW aired repeats of “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill” to the tune of a 0.5/1 (1.2 million), averaging a 0.8/2 among women 18-34.

‘Housewives’ Propels ABC to Another Sunday Win

March 9, 2009 1:13 PM

ABC finished on top Sunday night, while NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” posted dips in its second week.Desperate Housewives

The night’s No. 1 show was ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” which pulled a 4.6 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and 13.5 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures.

“Housewives” was down 6% from its most recent performance and tied its series-low performance. After last week’s two-hour event, a new “Brothers & Sisters” (3.5/9, 10.5 million) was down 15% and came in as the night’s No. 3 show.

Kicking off the night were “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.0/6, 7 million), which came in on the low side, while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (2.9/8, 9.4 million) pulled its lowest rating of the season, dipping 19% from its previous season-to-date average.

ABC finished the night with a 3.3/9 (10.1 million), taking its fourth consecutive Sunday-night win.

(Note: Due to the Daylight Savings Time change, viewership for the night across all of TV was down 7% week-over-week, with the 7 p.m. hour alone seeing a 13% drop among adults 18-49.)

Second place went to CBS (2.6/7, 11.3 million), with new episodes of “60 Minutes” (2.2/7, 13.1 million) and “The Amazing Race” (3.0/8, 10.2 million).

At 9 p.m. a new “Cold Case” (3.0/7, 12.6 million) pulled in its highest rating in the demographic in two months, while “The Unit” (2.3/6, 9.4 million) was about average with its season-to-date performances.

“Saturday Night Live” specials and a new “Celebrity Apprentice” gave NBC third with an average 2.4/7 (6.1 million).

“SNL: Just Game Show Parodies” (1.3/4, 3.4 million) and “SNL: Just Commercials” (2.1/6, 6 million) opened the night, while “Apprentice” (3.1/8, 7.6 million) was down 21% from its season opener last week but increased the network’s non-sports average for the time period this season by 35%.

Fox’s “Family Guy” ranked as the No. 2 show of the night but the network finished fourth (2.3/6, 4.8 million).

Back-to-back episodes of “Hole in the Wall” (1.1/4, 2.5 million and 1.2/4, 2.7 million) opened the night, followed by a new “The Simpsons” (2.8/8, 6 million) and “King of the Hill” (2.4/6, 4.9 million). “Family Guy” (3.7/9, 7.2 million) aired at 9 p.m. followed by a new “American Dad” (3.7/6, 5.3 million).

The CW averaged a 0.2/a (0.8 million) with a repeat of “Jericho” and a presentation of “Easy Money.”

'Idol' Finalist Episode Pulls in Ratings Win

March 6, 2009 11:26 AM

Fox’s “American Idol” welcomed its 13 finalists for the season on Thursday night, and won the distinction of being the No. 1 show Thursday night.

Survivor

During the 8 p.m. hour, “Idol’s” wild card round scored a 7.5 rating/20 share among adults 18-49 and 21.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures.

The show’s overall performance is estimated to increase once the five-minute overrun into the 9 p.m. hour is factored in later today. Last night’s episode was up 6% from last week’s episode, but down 20% from its comparable night last year, making It“s the second lowest-rated episode of the season. A new “Hell’s Kitchen” (4.6/12, 10.6 million) posted a 6% improvement over last week. Overall, Fox finished on top of the ratings with a 6.1/16 (15.9 million).

New episodes on CBS gave the network second place for the night with an average 4.0/11 (15 million). At 8 p.m. a new episode of “Survivor: Tocantins” scored a 3.8/10 (12 million), matching its previous series low (excluding a Thanksgiving episode). New episodes of “CSI” (5.3/13, 20.8 million) and “Eleventh Hour” (3.0/8, 12.2 million) matched their previous season-to-date averages.

NBC finished third (3.2/9, 7.2 million) with solid performances by “The Office” (4.5/11, 8.6 million) and “ER” (3.5/10, 8.8 million), which won the 10 p.m. hour and scored its best delivery in two months. In the 8 p.m. hour, “My Name Is Earl” pulled a 2.2/6 (5.6 million) and “Kath & Kim” earned a 1.8/5 (4.2 million). A new episode of “30 Rock” (3.8/9, 7.4 million) was also on the high side.

A new series low for “Ugly Betty”(1.7/5, 6.4 million) and repeats of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” gave ABC fourth for the night (1.6/4, 5.5 million).

The CW averaged a 0.8/2 (2.1 million) with repeats of “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

Fox’s ‘Idol’ Train Loses Steam, ‘Top Model’ Bounces

March 5, 2009 10:18 AM

Wednesday night’s “American Idol” on Fox continued the show’s recent ratings dips, hitting a new low for the season. The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” returned on a strong note.

America's Next Top Model

A results episode of “Idol” scored a 7.7 rating/21 share among adults 18-49 and 22.5 million viewers, down from the previous day’s season low and coming in as the show's lowest-rated Wednesday night (excluding specials) in six years. At 9 p.m. on Fox, a new episode of “Lie to Me” suffered from its lower "Idol" lead-in, retaining a similar share as its previous airing but landing at a new series low with a 3.6/9 (10.2 million). Fox, however, still ranked as the top network for the night with an overall 5.7/15 (16.3 million).

ABC finished second with new episodes of “Lost” (4.8/12, 10.6 million), up 5% from last week, and “Life on Mars” (2.1/6, 5.7 million). Last night's "Lost" ranks as the night's highest-rated scripted series and edged out competition from Fox's "Lie" by its biggest margin yet. A repeat of “Lost” aired in the 8 p.m. hour. Overall the network averaged a 2.9/8 (7 million).

CBS aired a night of reruns and landed in third place with an average 2.2/6 (8.9 million) for the night.

On The CW the two-hour premiere of cycle 12 of “America’s Next Top Model” opened with a 1.8/5 (3.9 million), up 6% over last fall’s season debut. “Top Model” improved 33% from first hour to second hour in the demo after “Idol” ended. The CW finished fourth for the night. Among women 18-34 the network averaged a 3.4/9.

NBC finished fifth (1.5/4, 5.4 million) with the likely series finale of “Knight Rider” (1.8/5, 5.8 million), about average for the season to date, and repeats of “Life” and “Law & Order.”

Updated: 12:52 p.m.

Primetime Preliminary Wednesday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

2.9 / 8

Lost

1.6 / 5

4.8 million

Lost

4.8 / 12

10.6 million

Life on Mars

2.1 / 6

5.7 million

CBS

2.2 / 6

The New Adventures of Old Christine

1.5 / 4

5.5 million

Gary Unmarried

1.6 / 4

5.4 million

Criminal Minds

2.4 / 6

10.3 million

CSI: NY

2.7 / 8

10.9 million

FOX

5.7 / 15

American Idol

7.7 / 21

22.5 million

Lie to Me

3.6 / 9

10.2 million

No Programming

NBC

1.5 / 4

Knight Rider

1.8 / 5

5.8 million

Life

1.3 / 3

4.6 million

Law & Order

1.6 / 4

5.8 million

CW

1.8 / 5

America's Next Top Model

1.8 / 5

3.9 million

No Programming

Source: Nielsen Media Research

*Ratings are specified in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and viewership in P2+.

A note about ratings: Ratings are expressed as percentages of Nielsen's estimated 114.5 million U.S. television households. The first number, the rating, is a percentage of households tuned into a specific program at a specific time.

The second number, the share, is a percentage of households with televisions in use tuned into that same program. For example, if a show obtains a 10.2/16, this means that 10.2% of all U.S. households tuned into the program at some point during the broadcast. Meanwhile, 16% of all households watching television during the time period viewed the program at some point. Ratings are broken down further by demographic, as networks sell advertising time based on the makeup of the audience.

'Idol' Wins With Season Low, 'Reaper' Returns

March 4, 2009 11:05 AM

The final 12 semi-finalists on Fox's "American Idol" sang their way to a new season low for the series, while on The CW's "Reaper" returned on the low side.

Reaper

Fox won the night with a two-hour "Idol," averaging an 8.9 rating/23 share among adults 18-49 and 24.2 million viewers. Although it was the No. 1 show for the night, last night's episode marks the season's lowest-rated so far, down 7% from its most recent Tuesday telecast two weeks ago and down 16% from last year's comparable episode.

Head-to-head against "Idol," NBC's "The Biggest Loser" (3.5/9, 9 million) remained flat from last year and down only a tick from its most recent two-hour telecast two weeks ago. Last night's episode grew 29% from the 8 p.m. half-hour to the 9:30 p.m. half-hour. A "Law & Order: SVU" repeat gave the network second place for the night with a 3.2/8 (8.3 million).

ABC wrapped up its "Bachelor: After the Final Rose" special to a strong 4.0/11 (10.9 million), winning the 10 p.m. hour and ranking as the No. 2 show of the night. A new "Homeland Security U.S.A." at 8 p.m. opened the night with a 1.6/4 (5.7 million). Back-to-back repeats of "Scrubs" filled the 9 p.m. hour to give the network fourth overall with a 2.3/6 (6.6 million).

The second-season premiere of "Reaper" bowed on the low side, pulling a 0.9/2 (2.4 million) against "Idol." Last night's episode was down 40% from the show's series opener and matched the show's previous low from May 2008. At 9 p.m. a repeat of "90210" in its new time period helped give the network a 0.7/2 (1.8 million) for the night. Among women 18-34 The CW averaged a 1.0/3.

CBS finished third for the night (2.5/6, 12.3 million) with repeats.

Primetime Preliminary Tuesday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

2.3 / 6

Homeland Security U.S.A.

1.6 / 4

5.7 million

Scrubs

1.2 / 3

3.4 mil

Scrubs

1.3 / 3

3.4 mil

The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, Part 2

4.0 / 11

10.9 million

CBS

2.5 / 6

NCIS

2.6 / 7

13.7 mil

The Mentalist

2.7 / 6

12.8 mil

Without a Trace

2.3 / 6

10.5 mil

FOX

8.9 / 23

American Idol

8.9 / 23

24.2 mil

No Programming

NBC

3.2 / 8

The Biggest Loser

3.5 / 9

9 mil

Law & Order: SVU

2.4 / 6

7 mil

CW

0.7 / 2

Reaper

0.9 / 2

2.4 mil

90210

0.5 / 1

1.2 mil

No Programming

Source: Nielsen Media Research

*Ratings are specified in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and viewership in P2+.

A note about ratings: Ratings are expressed as percentages of Nielsen's estimated 114.5 million U.S. television households. The first number, the rating, is a percentage of households tuned into a specific program at a specific time.

The second number, the share, is a percentage of households with televisions in use tuned into that same program. For example, if a show obtains a 10.2/16, this means that 10.2% of all U.S. households tuned into the program at some point during the broadcast. Meanwhile, 16% of all households watching television during the time period viewed the program at some point. Ratings are broken down further by demographic, as networks sell advertising time based on the makeup of the audience.

ABC's 'Bachelor' Finale Wins Monday Night

March 3, 2009 10:37 AM

ABC's strong finale of "The Bachelor" led the network to a solid win Monday night, making a noticeable dent in the competition.

The Bachelor

The two-hour "Bachelor" finale scored a 5.4 rating/13 share among viewers 18-49 and 15.5 million average viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research information. Last night's episode was the highest rated since the show's May 2004 finale and its most watched since the November 2003 season ender. "Bachelor" increased every half-hour, starting with a 4.5/11 at 8 p.m. and wrapping up with a 6.3/14 in the 9:30 p.m. timeslot. In the 10 p.m. hour, the "After the Final Rose" (6.7/16, 17.5 million) special was the highest rated and most watched of any "Rose" post-show special (part two airs tonight). ABC topped Monday with a 5.8/14 and 16.1 million viewers.

Against the "Bachelor" finale, CBS' comedies were in line with previous season-to-date averages. At 9:30 p.m. the season premiere of "Rules of Engagement" returned off a bit from its previous 4.1/9 season average in the slot, but improved on "Worst Week's" previous timeslot average by 39%. A new "CSI: Miami" was down 7% from its previous season average. The network finished the night in second place with a 4.1/10 (12.7 million).

Fox finished third with back-to-back episodes of "24," averaging a 3.3/8 (11.1 million) for the night. Both hours were down compared with last week's episode, which came in with a 3.8/9.

NBC's "Chuck" held on strong against "Bachelor's" onslaught, staying about average with previous performances and reaching its highest rating in three weeks. Against stronger competition, however, "Heroes" hit a new series low and "Medium" matched a previous series low. The network wrapped up with an average 2.7/6 (7 million).

The CW averaged a 0.5/1 (1.1 million) with repeats. The network pulled in a 0.7/2 among women 18-34.

Primetime Preliminary Monday Ratings

 

8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

5.8 / 14

The Bachelor

5.4 / 13

15.5 million

Bachelor: After the Final Rose, Part 1

6.7 / 16

17.5 million

CBS

4.1 / 10

The Big Bang Theory

3.9 / 10

10.9 mil

How I Met Your Mother

4.2 / 10

11.1 mil

Two and a Half Men

4.9 / 11

15.4 mil

Rules of Engagement

3.9 / 9

11.9 mil

CSI: Miami

3.8 / 9

13.3 mil

FOX

3.3 / 8

24

3.1 / 8

10.4 mil

24

3.5 / 8

11.8 mil

No Programming

NBC

2.7 / 6

Chuck

2.4 / 6

6.6 mil

Heroes

3.2 / 7

7 mil

Medium

2.4 / 6

7.3 mil

CW

0.5 / 1

Gossip Girl

0.5 / 1

1.1 mil

One Tree Hill

0.5 / 1

1 mil

No Programming

Source: Nielsen Media Research

*Ratings are specified in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and viewership in P2+.

A note about ratings: Ratings are expressed as percentages of Nielsen's estimated 114.5 million U.S. television households. The first number, the rating, is a percentage of households tuned into a specific program at a specific time.

The second number, the share, is a percentage of households with televisions in use tuned into that same program. For example, if a show obtains a 10.2/16, this means that 10.2% of all U.S. households tuned into the program at some point during the broadcast. Meanwhile, 16% of all households watching television during the time period viewed the program at some point. Ratings are broken down further by demographic, as networks sell advertising time based on the makeup of the audience.

'Brothers' Wins for ABC, NBC's 'Apprentice' Tumbles

March 2, 2009 10:31 AM

ABC's special two-hour edition of "Brothers & Sisters" helped the network win Sunday night, while the season opener of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" came in as the franchise's lowest-rated premiere ever.

Celebrity Apprentice

On ABC, "Brothers" finished on the high side with an average 4.1 rating/10 share among viewers 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research information. Last night's telecast was up 32% from the most recent original episode two weeks ago and was the show's highest-rated episode since the season premiere in the fall. New episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" were in line with previous performances. Overall the network scored a 3.6/9 and 11 million viewers.

Fox trailed closely behind ABC thanks to overrun of the network's presentation of NASCAR's Las Vegas 400. NASCAR coverage ran until 8:41 p.m., followed by scripted programming from 8:41-10:10 p.m. Due to the volatile nature of live coverage, more accurate information for Fox's lineup will be available when Nielsen releases final numbers later today. In preliminary numbers, the network finished with a 3.5/9 and 8.7 million viewers.

Back-to-back "Saturday Night Live" specials featuring the best of Tracy Morgan and Will Ferrell opened the night on NBC. The two-hour season premiere of "The Apprentice" was down 16% from the Thursday premiere of the franchise's first celebrity edition last spring, and down 7% from the show's Sunday debut two years ago. "Apprentice," however, posted a 90% increase in its two-hour time period compared with last week. Overall NBC placed third with a 2.7/7 (6.6 million).

CBS finished fourth with a 2.4/6, but topped the night among viewers with 13.8 million. While a new episode of "60 Minutes" was on par with recent performances, the third week of "The Amazing Race" was up 15% from last week. The fifth movie in the "Jesse Stone" franchise, "Thin Ice," was down 12% from the last installment, "Sea Change," which aired in May 2007; however, it was up 16% in total viewers.

The CW placed fifth (0.4/1, 1.5 million) with an encore episode of "Jericho" (which began at 6:30 p.m.) and a presentation of the film "Rain Man." Among women 18-34, the network averaged a 0.4/1.

Primetime Preliminary Sunday Ratings

 

7

7:30 8

8:30

9

9:30

10

10:30

ABC

3.6 / 9

America's Funniest Home Videos

2.7 / 8

9 mil

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

3.5 / 9

11 mil

Brothers & Sisters

4.1 / 10

11.9 mil

CBS

2.4 / 6

60 Minutes

2.2 / 6

14.1 mil

The Amazing Race

3.0 / 8

10.8 mil

Movie: Jesse Stone: Thin Ice

2.2 / 5

15.1 mil

FOX

3.5 / 9

NASCAR Las Vegas 400

4.1 / 11

11.2 mil

NASCAR Post-Race/

The Simpsons

3.0 / 7

6.7 mil

The Simpsons/

King of the Hill

3.1 / 7

6.3 mil

King of the Hill/

American Dad

2.7 / 6

5.5 mil

No Programming

NBC

2.7 / 7

SNL: Best of Tracy Morgan

1.0 / 3

3 mil

SNL: Best of Will Ferrell

2.2 / 5

5.9 mil

Celebrity Apprentice

3.8 / 9

8.8 mil

CW

0.4 / 1

Jericho

0.3 / 1

0.9 mil

Movie: Rain Man

0.5 / 1

1.7 mil

No Programming

Source: Nielsen Media Research

*Ratings are specified in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and viewership in P2+.

A note about ratings: Ratings are expressed as percentages of Nielsen's estimated 114.5 million U.S. television households. The first number, the rating, is a percentage of households tuned into a specific program at a specific time.

The second number, the share, is a percentage of households with televisions in use tuned into that same program. For example, if a show obtains a 10.2/16, this means that 10.2% of all U.S. households tuned into the program at some point during the broadcast. Meanwhile, 16% of all households watching television during the time period viewed the program at some point. Ratings are broken down further by demographic, as networks sell advertising time based on the makeup of the audience.