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Samantha Who? Tops New Shows, Oct 15-21

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October 24th, 2007

Samantha Who? has Viewers Saying "Samantha Woohoo!"

Christina Applegate 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".


Nielsen Top 20 New Shows TV Ratings, October 15-21

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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)
1 Samantha Who? ABC 14.42 1.00 Debut
2 Private Practice ABC 11.78 0.95 12.42
3 Pushing Daisies ABC 9.86 0.96 10.26
4 Women's Murder Club ABC 9.71 0.90 10.85
5 Dirty Sexy Money ABC 8.67 1.00 8.64
6 Bionic Woman NBC 8.62 0.84 10.28
7 Cane CBS 8.54 0.94 9.11
8 Chuck NBC 8.36 1.16 7.21
9 The Big Bang Theory CBS 7.94 0.95 8.35
10 Moonlight CBS 7.67 1.08 7.10
11 Big Shots ABC 7.64 0.90 8.54
12 Life NBC 7.64 0.94 8.10
13 Kid Nation CBS 7.35 1.06 6.91
14 Back to You FOX 7.06 1.07 6.63
15 Carpoolers ABC 6.99 0.96 7.27
16 Cavemen ABC 6.91 0.99 6.96
17 Kitchen Nightmares FOX 6.87 1.08 6.37
18 Journeyman NBC 6.75 0.97 6.94
19 Next Great American Band FOX 3.61 1.00 Debut
20 Reaper CW 3.27 1.23 2.65

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.

 
  • Robert Seidman

    You didn’t really just make an obscure Star Trek reference to Gary Seven did you? You’re chasing our 18-34 demo away! Keep that up and I’ll have to toss in some Beatles’ lyrics.

    “Samantha Who?” completely held her ground in week two. Who knew?

  • Robert Seidman

    You didn't really just make an obscure Star Trek reference to Gary Seven did you? You're chasing our 18-34 demo away! Keep that up and I'll have to toss in some Beatles' lyrics.

    “Samantha Who?” completely held her ground in week two. Who knew?

  • Bill Gorman

    Star Trek is good clean fun for *all* ages. ;)

  • Bill Gorman

    Star Trek is good clean fun for *all* ages. ;)

  • http://yahoo.com Eva G.

    Aliens in America is such a clean family-fun and socially relevant comedy, I hope the CW gives it a chance. Shows like Aliens in America, are so important in this post 9/11 American media life we live, but Gossip Girl is a dime a dozen on MTV! Gossip Girl stereotypes young high school girls so poorly, it perpetuates what we see on TMZ.com

  • http://yahoo.com Eva G.

    Aliens in America is such a clean family-fun and socially relevant comedy, I hope the CW gives it a chance. Shows like Aliens in America, are so important in this post 9/11 American media life we live, but Gossip Girl is a dime a dozen on MTV! Gossip Girl stereotypes young high school girls so poorly, it perpetuates what we see on TMZ.com

  • http://- RoyMcG

    Please don’t refer to this as a post-9/11 American Media life. 9/11 is long over and everyone needs to move on with their lives. Do you think shows like LOST would have been even allowed to become scripts if people thought of this as a post 9/11 life? It was a horrible event but it needs to end.

  • RoyMcG

    Please don't refer to this as a post-9/11 American Media life. 9/11 is long over and everyone needs to move on with their lives. Do you think shows like LOST would have been even allowed to become scripts if people thought of this as a post 9/11 life? It was a horrible event but it needs to end.

  • RichoTB

    Reaper and Moonlight are the best shows of the new season, both fresh, innovative shows with the right amount of paranormal mixed with thrills, laughs and action. Life is brilliant too!! I also agree on Eva.G’s comments on Gossip Girl, that show is horrible, Josh Schwartz is trying too hard to recreate The OC, only this time there’s no boy from the “wrong side of the tracks” to stir things up, no kid who’s got a satirical, optimistic view on life, and all the characters are one-dimensional, and more or less clones of either Marissa Cooper or Luke Ward. Dammit, that show sucks. And don’t even get me started on Pushing Daisies, that show is horrible.

  • RichoTB

    Reaper and Moonlight are the best shows of the new season, both fresh, innovative shows with the right amount of paranormal mixed with thrills, laughs and action. Life is brilliant too!! I also agree on Eva.G's comments on Gossip Girl, that show is horrible, Josh Schwartz is trying too hard to recreate The OC, only this time there's no boy from the “wrong side of the tracks” to stir things up, no kid who's got a satirical, optimistic view on life, and all the characters are one-dimensional, and more or less clones of either Marissa Cooper or Luke Ward. Dammit, that show sucks. And don't even get me started on Pushing Daisies, that show is horrible.

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