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Overnight Results Tuesday 10/16: Red Sox on the Brink

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October 17th, 2007

CBS wins viewers, Fox wins 18-49 demo with ALCS

One more loss by the Red Sox = World Series Ratings Disaster for FOX

Scoreboard for Tuesday Oct 16 CBS FOX ABC NBC CW
Total Viewers (million) 12.72 11.71 11.39 8.39 3.40
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.3/9 3.7/10 3.3/9 3.2/9 1.6/4

We're on the brink of a Rockies vs. Indians World Series. Though the game 4 ratings for the ALCS compare favorably with last years NLCS Game 5 between the Mets and the Cardinals. Mark Cuban survived another night on Dancing with the Stars and though I think he can hang in for another few weeks as he wins over fans, there are two contestants who are great dancers (Sabrina and the Indy car driver) and I will be surprised to see my dream final of Cuban vs. Seymour.

Matt Lauer doesn't draw with NBC's Dateline Special.  Cane's ratings are down (but perhaps the DVR usage will save it), Cavemen and Carpooler continue to blow. 

We never have much good to say about CW, but Beauty and the Geek and Reaper are picking up a little steam.

The shows:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
         
8:00 FOX MLB ALCS: Red Sox vs. Indians 11.71 3.7/10
  CBS NCIS 17.4 4.1/12
  ABC Cavemen 6.92 2.7/8
  CW Beauty and the Geek 3.55 1.8/5
  NBC Dateline Special 5.73 1.7/5
         
8:30 ABC Carpoolers 6.96 2.7/7
         
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars - Results 17.03 4.3/11
  NBC The Biggest Loser 6.9 3.0/8
  CBS The Unit 12.27 3.5/9
  CW Reaper 3.25 1.5/4
         
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU 12.54 3.0/8
  ABC Boston Legal 10.22 2.8/8
  CBS Cane 8.5 2.2/6

note: the FOX ALCS game ran from 8pm until after 11:30pm on the East Coast.

Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night’s results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com/2007/10/17/overnight-results-tuesday-1016-red-sox-on-the-brink/ Bob Buster

    I’m always curious as to why two small cities in sports is a “possible” ratings disaster. It should be about the sport not the population density of the teams. There is life outside the concrete jungles. Really!!! Actually if you are in the ratings biz and make statements like this… you should work for a polling company… they are skewed too. I think the guy in NYC that walks around in his underware, boots and cowboy hat is nuts! You probably think he is cool…

    What your comment tells me is how bad the taste is in large cities. I NEVER watch what is popular according to your ratings… Nobody who has a real life does. If Grey’s (Gays) Anatomy is the most popular in the ad ratings… our country is doomed! It is total crap! You probably don’t have a reason to know any better since you live such a wierd life under conditions that most would not wish. At least sports sort of keeps us honest. Money doesn’t buy honesty or popularity and often ratings. Check out NBC… they have money but no sensibility. Lots of arrogance… People are tuning out! Ask NYC or Boston shortly in the sports world… Money buys… BS… Like what most on TV is. So when small city teams win… the best reality TV!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com/2007/10/17/overnight-results-tuesday-1016-red-sox-on-the-brink/ Bob Buster

    I'm always curious as to why two small cities in sports is a “possible” ratings disaster. It should be about the sport not the population density of the teams. There is life outside the concrete jungles. Really!!! Actually if you are in the ratings biz and make statements like this… you should work for a polling company… they are skewed too. I think the guy in NYC that walks around in his underware, boots and cowboy hat is nuts! You probably think he is cool…

    What your comment tells me is how bad the taste is in large cities. I NEVER watch what is popular according to your ratings… Nobody who has a real life does. If Grey's (Gays) Anatomy is the most popular in the ad ratings… our country is doomed! It is total crap! You probably don't have a reason to know any better since you live such a wierd life under conditions that most would not wish. At least sports sort of keeps us honest. Money doesn't buy honesty or popularity and often ratings. Check out NBC… they have money but no sensibility. Lots of arrogance… People are tuning out! Ask NYC or Boston shortly in the sports world… Money buys… BS… Like what most on TV is. So when small city teams win… the best reality TV!

  • Bill Gorman

    We’re just reporting on the ratings numbers and making guesses about the future numbers, not the quality of the baseball or the cities involved.

    As a matter of fact, the NLCS, with two small market teams, was a ratings disaster. However, the ALCS, with Boston, which draws bigger than it’s home market is doing pretty well.

    http://www.tvweek.com/news/2007/10/nlcs_on_tbs_posts_record_low_r.php

    Now that the ALCS is headed back to Boston, if the Sox can rally there the World Series ratings might be OK.

  • Bill Gorman

    We're just reporting on the ratings numbers and making guesses about the future numbers, not the quality of the baseball or the cities involved.

    As a matter of fact, the NLCS, with two small market teams, was a ratings disaster. However, the ALCS, with Boston, which draws bigger than it's home market is doing pretty well.

    http://www.tvweek.com/news/2007/10/nlcs_on_tbs_

    Now that the ALCS is headed back to Boston, if the Sox can rally there the World Series ratings might be OK.

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