Samantha Who? has Viewers Saying "Samantha Woohoo!"
ABC's Samantha Who? opened large with viewership of 14.42 million to lead all new shows for the week of October 15-21.
On the other end of the spectrum, NBC's Bionic Woman lost 16% of its viewers from the previous week. It is, as Gary Seven's computer once said, "Descending and accelerating".
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CBS shows were in the middle of the pack, but Moonlight and Kid Nation both added viewers, which may be a positive trend.
NBC's Chuck had a nice ratings rebound from the prior week.
Kitchen Nightmares and Back to You both gained viewers for Fox, but the debut of The Search for the Next Great American Band was disappointing.
Reaper was the only CW show in the New Top 20, and had the highest % gain in viewership week to week.
Our chart shows not only the viewership of the top 20 new shows, but also their week to week ratings momentum: shows gaining viewers [momentum > 1] and shows losing viewers [momentum < 1].
We know that the % retention of a lead in's viewership is also quite significant to the long term viability of a show, and we'll try and work that into our numbers next week if possible.
Top 20 New Shows, Week of October 15-21:
|RANK||PROGRAMS||Network||# OF PERSONS (LIVE+SD) (million)||Week over Week Momentum||Prior Week # OF PERSONS (LIVE+SD) (million)|
|4||Women's Murder Club||ABC||9.71||0.90||10.85|
|5||Dirty Sexy Money||ABC||8.67||1.00||8.64|
|9||The Big Bang Theory||CBS||7.94||0.95||8.35|
|14||Back to You||FOX||7.06||1.07||6.63|
|19||Next Great American Band||FOX||3.61||1.00||Debut|
These shows did not have the viewership to make the Top 20 :
Gossip Girl CW
Aliens in America CW
Life is Wild CW
CW Now CW
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.