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Fox’s ‘Dance’ Ratings Beat Spelling Bee

May 29, 2009 1:18 PM

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” continued to strut into the top spot Thursday night, posting a slight gain over last week’s Thursday performance. On ABC, the annual telecast of the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee posted also posted a gain compared to last year.

Fox’s “Dance” scored a 3.6 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and pulled in 9.1 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode posted a 6% gain over its season premiere last week and ranked as the top show of the night. From first to final half hour, “Dance” increased by 41% in the 18-49 demographic.

On ABC, the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee (1.5/5, 5.5 million) was the only other new program of the night. From 8 p.m.-10 p.m., last night’s telecast posted a 25% increase over last year’s telecast (which was on a Friday night), but declined by 25% from its most recent Thursday-night broadcast two years ago. Numbers, however, are approximate, since the Bee aired until 10:16 p.m., skewing comparisons. A repeat of “Grey’s Anatomy” rounded off the night for the network.

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS,” “CSI” and “Without a Trace.” NBC went with comedy repeats of “My Name Is Earl,” “30 Rock,” “The Office,” another “30 Rock” and an hour-long “The Office” in the 10 p.m. hour. The CW aired encores of “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

For the night: Fox (3.6/11, 9.1 million) won, followed by CBS (2.0/6, 9.7 million), ABC (1.5/4, 5.4 million), NBC (1.4/4, 3.4 million) and The CW (0.5/2, 1.4 million).

‘Dance’ Triumphs for Fox, ‘Wipeout’ Debuts Almost Flat

May 28, 2009 11:14 AM

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” ranked as the top show Wednesday night, while ABC’s “Wipeout” returned with slightly lower ratings than last year’s debut.

So You Think You Can Dance

Fox’s two-hour Wednesday night premiere of “Dance” scored a 3.5 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. “Dance” also showed strong growth from first half hour to final half hour, increasing 41% over the time period.

ABC’s “Wipeout” (3.2/10, 8.6 million) returned 14% lower than its debut last summer, when the show aired on Tuesday nights. Last night’s premiere edged out Fox’s “Dance” in the 8 p.m. hour (3.2 vs. 3.0).

The premiere of ABC’s “The Goode Family” (1.6/5, 3.9 million) lost 50% of its lead-in and performed 53% below the previous four-week average in the time period. Similarly, the time-period premiere of the network’s “Surviving Suburbia” (1.0/3, 2.8 million) declined from its lead-in as well. At 10 p.m., “The Unusuals” (1.2/3 3.9 million) scored its lowest rating to date.

CBS aired a special “George Straight: ACM Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert” (2.2/6, 10.6 million), followed by a repeat of “Criminal Minds.”

NBC aired a new-for-broadcast episode of “Law & Order: CI” (1.1/3, 5.1 million), followed by encores of “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order.”

The CW aired repeats of “America’s Next Top Model” and “Hitched or Ditched.”

For the night: Fox (3.5/10, 8.6 million) led the way, followed by CBS (2.1/6, 10 million), ABC (1.9/5, 5.3 million), NBC (1.5/4, 6.1 million) and The CW (0.5/1, 1.2 million).

CBS Wins Tuesday Night With Repeats

May 27, 2009 11:58 AM

CBS repeats won Tuesday night, while the series premiere of Fox’s “Mental” performed on par for a show that debuted after “American Idol” finished for the year.

Mental

Fox’s “Mental” scored a 2.1 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Although last night’s premiere was down 50% for the previous four-week average in the time period, “Mental” built on its “House” repeat lead in by 24%.

ABC kicked off the night with back-to-back episodes of “According to Jim” (1.2/4, 3.9 million and 1.1/3, 3.6 million), followed by the second part of the film “Diamonds” (0.6/2, 3.1 million). Last night’s conclusion posted a loss over the first part, which aired Sunday night to a 0.9/3.

The finale of “Reaper” (0.9/3, 2.2 million) on The CW led into the series premiere of the reality show “Hitched or Ditched” (0.7/2, 1.5 million). Last night’s debut came in below the previous four-week average in the time period, which was a 1.0/2. The network averaged a 0.9/3 among women 18-34 for the night.

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS,” “The Mentalist” and “Without a Trace” to win the night in the demo.

NBC’s two-hour special “TV’s 50 Funniest Phrases” (2.1/6, 6.6 million) led into a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU.”

For the night: CBS (2.3/6, 11.4 million) claimed first, followed by NBC (2.1/6, 6.5 million), Fox (1.9/5, 5 million) and a tie between ABC (0.8/2, 3.3 million) and The CW (1.8 million).

‘Bachelorette’ Dips as CBS Wins Slow Holiday Monday

May 26, 2009 1:58 PM

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” took a dip after its premiere last week, while CBS narrowly took Monday night with repeats.

The Bachelorette

On Memorial Day, “The Bachelorette” scored a 2.1 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was down 30% from the premiere episode last week. At 10 p.m., the season premiere of “Here Come the Newlyweds” (1.9/5, 5 million) edged out the year-ago premiere of “The Mole” in the time period by 12%.

NBC aired a special two-hour “Dateline” (1.6/5, 7.1 million), followed by a new “Medium” (2.1/6, 7.7 million).

CBS aired encores of “The Big Bang Theory,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Rules of Engagement” and “CSI: Miami.” Fox went with repeats of “House” and “Bones” while The CW aired back-to-back encores of “One Tree Hill.”

For the night: CBS (2.1/6, 7.2 million) won the night in the demo while NBC (1.8/5, 7.3 million) led in total viewers. ABC (2.0/6, 5.7 million) placed second, followed by Fox (1.6/4, 5.1 million) and The CW (0.4/1, 1.2 million).

‘Dance’ Stomps the Competition; ‘Southland’ Wraps on High Note

May 22, 2009 10:17 AM

The season premiere of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” outperformed the competition to win Thursday night, while the finale of NBC’s “Southland” posted weekly gains on a night heavy with repeats.

Southland

“Dance” on Fox scored a 3.4 rating/11 share among adults 18-49 and 8.8 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s debut was down one-tenth of a rating point from last summer’s debut and ranks as the show’s lowest premiere rating. Television usage for the night, however, was down 10% compared with the same night last year.

At 10 p.m., NBC’s “Southland” (2.0/4, 6.4 million) wrapped up its first season, posting a weekly gain for the first time since debuting (up 25% over last week). Last night’s episode was 17% below the show’s season-to-date average. NBC aired comedy repeats from 8-10 p.m.

The two-hour season finale of ABC’s “Ugly Betty” averaged a 1.9/6 (6.3 million), down one-tenth of point from last week and falling 21% from the show’s season average. At 10 p.m., the network aired a repeat of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS,” “CSI” and “Flashpoint,” while The CW aired repeats of “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

For the night: Fox (3.4/11, 8.8 million) finished first, followed by CBS (1.7/5, 8.2 million), ABC (1.6/5, 5.4 million), NBC (1.5/5, 4.2 million) and The CW (0.5/2, 1.4 million).

‘Idol’ Has Strong Finish, CBS Season Finales Sag

May 21, 2009 11:25 AM

The season finale of Fox’s “American Idol” easily claimed Wednesday night, while season finales on CBS tried to hold their own.

American Idol

Fox’s “Idol” scored a 10.0 rating among adults 18 to 49 and 28.8 million viewers, according to special time-zone-adjusted preliminary figures from Nielsen ordered by the network (all other networks’ numbers are regular Fast Nationals). For more on how “Idol” stacked up, click here.

CBS kicked off its night with the season finales of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (1.6/5, 5.6 million) and “Gary Unmarried” (1.7/5, 5.5 million), which hit series lows facing fierce competition. The two-hour finale of “Criminal Minds” bounced back in its 10 p.m. hour after competing against “Idol” to average out at a 3.4/9 (13.8 million) and remain flat with last week.

NBC aired a repeat of USA original “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” followed by a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU.” At 10 p.m., a new “Law & Order” (1.9/5, 6.7 million) was off 14% from last week.

ABC aired the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” while The CW aired “Take the Lead.”

For the night: Fox (9.5/27, 27.7 million in Fast Nationals; 10.0, 28.8 in time-zone-adjusted figures) claimed the final night of the regular TV season, followed by CBS (2.8/8, 11.1 million), NBC (1.3/4, 5.3 million), ABC (1.2/3, 3.4 million) and The CW (0.4/1, 1.3 million).

Final Nationals update (2 p.m.): Both CBS' "Criminal Minds" (3.5/9) and NBC's "Law & Order" (2.0/5) climbed one-tenth of a rating point, while the network average for CBS (2.9/8) also climbed by as much.

‘Idol’ Gives ‘Glee’ Debut a Boost; ‘Dancing’ Hits Season High

May 20, 2009 12:16 PM

Fox easily took Tuesday night with the first part of the “American Idol” finale, which gave “Glee” a solid audience for its spring preview. Meanwhile, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” crowned its winner with a season high.

Glee

Fox’s “American Idol” scored an 8.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 23.8 million viewers, according to time-zone-adjusted figures the network ordered from Nielsen (all other networks are measured in regular Fast Nationals numbers). Last night’s episode posted a 5% increase over last week, but was down 17% from live-plus-same-day numbers from last year.

Easily the top show of the night, “Idol” gave the spring preview of “Glee” (3.9, 10 million) a strong lead-in. The new hour performed on par with other post-“Idol” events and posted an 8% increase from “Fringe’s” season average in the same time period. (Interest in “Glee” carried over to Apple’s iTunes store, where the cast’s rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” is already the No. 3 most-downloaded song.)

ABC kicked off the night with a recap edition of “Dancing With the Stars,” (1.8/5, 7.7 million), followed by the results finale (5.1/4, 20.3 million). “Dancing” won its 9 and 10 p.m. hours with a new season high. Compared with previous seasons, last night’s finale was on par with its most recent season ender (November 2008) and down 6% from last spring’s finale (May 2008).

The season finale of “The Mentalist” (3.7/10, 16.8 million) posted a 12% increase from last week to remain on par with its season average. “Without a Trace” (2.5/7, 11.3 million) was similarly on par, but dipped 11% from last week due to increased competition in the hour. At 8 p.m., “NCIS” (3.3/10, 16.1 million) remained flat with last week but dipped 11% from its season-to-date average.

NBC aired repeats of “Most Outrageous Moments” and “Law & Order,” followed by a new “Law & Order: SVU” (2.4/7, 6.7 million), which was the series’ lowest-rated original episode ever, against strong competition for the hour.

The CW’s “Reaper” (0.7/2, 1.8 million) led the way for the season finale of “90210” (1.1/3, 2.1 million). The network averaged a 1.4/4 among women 18-34.

For the night: Fox (6.3/17, 16.9 million) led the way, followed by ABC (4.0/11, 16 million), CBS (3.2/9, 14.7 million), NBC (1.5/4, 4.4 million) and The CW (0.9/2, 1.9 million).

Final Nationals update (2:30 p.m.): The results episode of the "Dancing With the Stars" finale climbed to a 5.2/14, while CBS' "NCIS" (3.4/10) and NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (2.5/7) also increased. Fox's "American Idol" (8.6/25) and "Glee" (3.9/10) remained flat from their time-zone-adjusted numbers. As for network averages, all remained flat.

CBS Finales Win Night; ‘24’ Finale Fizzles

May 19, 2009 11:55 AM

Season finales on CBS dominated Monday night, while the season finale of “24” on Fox floundered to reach a low.

24

CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” scored a 5.2 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 and 16 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s season finale climbed 16% over last week’s episode, posted an 11% increase over the previous season-to-date average and beat last year’s finale performance by 8%.

“Men” was the top show of the night in the 18-49 demographic and the most watched episode since early February, giving CBS’ “Rules of Engagement” (4.4/11, 12.8 million) a solid lead-in.

“Rules” came in with a 22% increase over last week and a 13% increase over the previous season-to-date average. In the 8 p.m. hour, a special episode of “Rules of Engagement” (2.6/8, 7.5 million) led into the season finale of “How I Met Your Mother” (3.7/10, 8.7 million), which was in line with recent performances.

At 10 p.m., the finale of “CSI: Miami” (3.8/10, 14 million) was down one-tenth of a point from its performance last week, but up by the same margin from its previous season-to-date average.

The season finale of “24” on Fox scored a 3.0/8 (9.4 million), off slightly from its performance last week, to hit a series low, excluding specials. Last night’s two-hour ender slipped 23% over the most recent finale of the franchise in May 2007.

The final performance edition of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.2/12, 18.7 million) matched its previous low for the season, coming in flat from last week. “Dancing,” however, was the most-watched show of the night. The two-hour premiere of “The Bachelorette” (3.0/8, 8.9 million) lost 29% of its lead-in. It still posted a 3% increase over its summer debut last May.

On NBC, “Medium” (1.9/5, 6.5 million) continued its recent trend of ratings decreases, scoring its lowest-rated telecast to date and coming in at 24% below its previous season-to-date average. Back-to-back episodes of “Deal or No Deal” (1.2/3, 4.3 million and 1.5/4, 5.4 million), both posted increases over last week’s episode (9% and 36%, respectively).

The CW’s “One Tree Hill” (1.3/3, 2.6 million) posted an 18% increase over last week for its season finale, which featured the final regular appearance of Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton. “Hill” performed stronger than its season-to-date average by a similar amount. At 8 p.m., the season finale of “Gossip Girl” (1.1/3, 2.2 million) was off slightly over last week but matched its previous season-to-date average. The network averaged a 2.6/7 among women 18-34.

For the night: CBS (3.9/11, 12.2 million) won the night, followed by ABC (3.4/9, 12.2 million), Fox (3.0/8, 9.4 million), NBC (1.5/4, 5.4 million) and The CW (1.2/3, 2.4 million).

Final Nationals update (3 p.m.): ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" climbed from its season low to a 4.4/13 (19.2 million). CBS' special "Rules of Engagement" (2.7/8, 7.5 million) and "Two and a Half Men" (5.3/14, 16.2 million) both climbed by one-tenth of a point. Fox's "24" finale also increased to finish off the season with a 3.1/9 (9.6 million). Network averages for these three networks also increased, with CBS (4.0/11, 12.3 million), followed by ABC (3.5/10, 12.3 million) and Fox (3.1/9, 9.6 million).

‘Desperate’ Does It Again; ‘Survivor’ Has Strong Finish

May 18, 2009 12:31 PM

ABC claimed its fifth consecutive Sunday win with the season finale of “Desperate Housewives,” while CBS came in a close second with the finale of “Survivor: Tocantins” and the reunion special.

Desperate Housewives

The two-hour season finale of “Desperate Housewives” on ABC averaged a 4.7 rating/12 share among adults 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. For its 9-11 p.m. run, the show scored a 15% increase over its last original telecast, placing as the No. 1 program of the night in the demo and among total viewers. “Housewives” has finished as the top show for 22 out of its 23 original Sunday night telecasts this season in both the demo and total viewers. Last night’s finale, however, was down 24% from last year’s season finale and down 13% from its season-to-date average. Back-to-back season finale episodes of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” averaged a 2.4/7 (7.6 million).

CBS’ season finale of “Survivor: Tocantins” (4.2/11, 12.7 million) posted an 11% increase from its most recent original Thursday telecast to rank as the No. 2 show of the night. Last night’s finale was the lowest-rated in the series’ history, coming in 5% lower than last year’s finale of “Survivor: Gabon.” At 10 p.m., the “Tocantins Reunion” special (4.1/10, 11.8 million) maintained 98% of its lead-in. While the reunion placed as the No. 3 show of the night, it also posted an 8% increase over the year-ago “Gabon” reunion special to mark the highest-rated reunion since “Survivor: China” in December 2007. The network aired an episode of “60 Minutes” at 7 p.m.

Fox’s animated comedies aired their season finales to score some increases over last week and perform in line with recent episodes. “The Simpsons” (2.9/8, 5.9 million) and “King of the Hill” (2.6/7, 5.2 million), increased 16% and 37%, respectively, over their performances last week. In the 9 p.m. hour, “Family Guy” (3.7/9, 7.3 million) and “American Dad” (2.8/7, 5.6 million) posted similar gains, up 16% and 17%, respectively. At 7 p.m., a repeat of “King of the Hill” (1.1/4, 2.5 million) improved on “Sit Down, Shut Up’s” performance in the timeslot last week by 57%, giving a repeat of “American Dad” (1.4/4, 2.8 million) at 7:30 p.m. a 40% bump over the show’s time-period performance last week.

NBC aired a two-hour edition of “Dateline” (1.2/4, 5.8 million), followed by the two-hour special “Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts” (1.5/4, 3.8 million), which dipped more than 50% below “The Celebrity Apprentice’s” season average mostly in the time period.

The CW kicked off with “Jericho” at 6:30 p.m., followed by the film “License to Kill” from 7:30-10 p.m.

For the night: ABC (3.6/10, 10.8 million) narrowly beat CBS (3.5/10, 11.8 million), followed by Fox (2.4/7, 4.9 million), NBC (1.3/4, 4.8 million) and The CW (0.3/1, 1.3 million).

‘Grey’s’ Finale Keys ABC’s Fourth Thursday Win of May Sweep

May 15, 2009 11:43 AM

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” finished its season on a high note Thursday, while CBS’ “CSI” wrapped up its season with a new series low and NBC’s “Southland” continued its downward trend.

Grey's Anatomy

The two-hour season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC averaged a 5.8 rating/16 share among adults 18-49 and 16.4 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. Last night’s episode was the highest-rated telecast since mid-February and the most-watched since the beginning of the season, posting a 7% increase over last week and ranking as the top show of the night. This season’s finale, however, was down 18% from its finale last season (which aired outside the regular TV season). At 8 p.m., “Ugly Betty” (2.0/6, 6.8 million) was down 5% from last week.

CBS’ “CSI” (3.4/9, 14.4 million) scored its lowest original rating ever, posting a 6% dip from last week’s telecast and a 29% decrease from the show’s season-to-date average. Last night’s finale was down 31% from last year’s finale. The season finale of “CSI: NY” (3.0/8, 12.8 million) on a special night slipped 12% from the show’s regular Wednesday season-to-date average, but improved the Thursday-night time period by 25% over last week’s special repeat of “CSI.” The network kicked off the night with “Survivor: Tocantins” (3.7/12, 12 million), down one-tenth of a point from last week and in line with recent performances.

The season finales of “Bones” (2.5/8, 8.7 million) and “Hell’s Kitchen” (3.1/8, 7.4 million) both showed weekly gains on Fox, but posted their lowest season finales to date against strong competition. “Bones” increased 9% week-over-week and ranked second for its hour, but fell 26% from last year’s finale, which aired on a Monday night. “Kitchen” climbed 15% over last week, but dipped 26% from last year’s finale on a Tuesday night in July.

NBC aired season finales of its Thursday-night sitcoms to mixed results. In the 8 p.m. hour, “My Name Is Earl” (2/0/6, 4.8 million) posted an 18% week-to-week gain, but dipped 20% from its season-to-date average. “Parks & Recreation” (2.0/6, 4.3 million) failed to show an increase from its “Earl” lead-in, slipping 5% from its performance last week and wrapping up its season 17% below its previous average. Increased competition from other networks hit “The Office” (3.5/9, 6.7 million), which fell 20% from its season-to-date average and pulled in its lowest rating in its regular timeslot since April 2007. “30 Rock” (2.8/7, 5.7 million) also dropped 18% from its first-run average this season. At 10 p.m., “Southland” (1.7/5, 4.6 million) was down 15% from last week and has failed to show any weekly increase since its debut six weeks ago.

The season finale of “Smallville” (1.4/4, 3.2 million) on The CW was down one-tenth of a point from last week’s episode, while the season ender of “Supernatural” (1.3/3, 2.9 million) increased by as much.

For the night: ABC (4.5/13, 13.2 million) claimed its fourth consecutive Thursday for the current May sweeps period. CBS (3.4/9, 13.1 million) finished second, followed by Fox (2.8/8, 8.1 million), NBC (2.3/6, 5.1 million) and The CW (1.3/4, 3 million).

Final Nationals updates (2 p.m.): "Grey's Anatomy" bounced up to a 5.9/10, while "Survivor: Tocantins" also increased to a 3.8/12. Both of Fox's shows increased, with "Bones" reaching a 2.6/8 and "Hell's Kitchen" hitting a 3.2/8. "Southland" slid to a 1.6/4, reaching a new series low. At the network level, both ABC (4.6/13) and Fox (2.9/8) increased, while the others remained flat.