Samantha Who? Head and Shoulders Above New Shows
ABC's Samantha Who? with a Live+SD viewership of 13.68 million again topped all new shows for the week of October 22-28. Private Practice was very strong, maintaining its Live+SD viewership of 11.91 million.
On the other end of the spectrum, CW's Reaper and Fox's Next Great American Band lost 20% of their viewers from the previous week. Each seem poised to slip below the waves of the broadcast ocean.
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Three CBS shows Moonlight, Big Bang Theory and Kid Nation had modest viewer gains from the previous week.
NBC's Chuck lost 14% of its viewers from the previous week and seems in a precarious position, and Phenomenon opened with mediocre numbers.
After a one week layoff, Fox's K-Ville rebounded sharply to gain 14% over its airing 2 weeks ago.
Oct 22-28 included the World Series, so it was an unsual week, next week will likely be telling for the long term survival of many shows.
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].
Top 20 New Shows, Week of October 22-28:
|RANK||PROGRAMS||Network||# OF PERSONS (LIVE+SD) (million)||Week over Week Momentum||Prior Week # OF PERSONS (LIVE+SD) (million)|
|4||Womens Murder Club||ABC||8.94||0.92||9.71|
|5||The Big Bang Theory||CBS||8.81||1.11||7.94|
|8||Dirty Sexy Money||ABC||8.26||0.95||8.67|
|19||Next Great American Band||FOX||2.89||0.80||3.61|
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
Kitchen Nightmares FOX [Off]
Back to You FOX [Off]
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.