Forecast Show by Show Writers Strike Impact

Categories: TV Business,WGA Strike

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November 6th, 2007

The Devil is, As Always, In the Details

If you read our Forecasting the Strike Impact: By The Numbers, then you came to the right place to see our detailed breakdown of the network by network, show by show results of a prolonged writers strike. If you haven't read it yet, you should and then come back here.

As always, we welcome more information, either by email or comment.

Network Show STD Average 18-49 Viewers, Live+SD (million) Strike Effect Total Viewers in Category
ABC SAT NIGHT FOOTBALL 2.46 Finished before 2008  
ABC SAT NIGHT FTBL PRE-GAME 1.61 Finished before 2008 4.07
ABC DANCING W/THE STARS-MON 7.02 No effect  
ABC Extreme Makeover:HOME ED. 6.29 No effect  
ABC DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU 5.77 No effect  
ABC BACHELOR, THE 4.56 No effect  
ABC Extreme Makeover:HM ED-7P 3.95 No effect  
ABC AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOS 3.31 No effect  
ABC 20/20-FRI 2.59 No effect  
ABC Oprahs Big Give   No effect? 33.48
ABC GREYS ANATOMY 11.09 Reruns  
ABC Desperate Housewives 9.95 Reruns  
ABC Private Practice 6.55 Reruns  
ABC BROTHERS & SISTERS 6.54 Reruns  
ABC SAMANTHA WHO? 5.93 Reruns  
ABC PUSHING DAISIES 5.22 Reruns  
ABC BIG SHOTS 4.94 Reruns  
ABC UGLY BETTY 4.90 Reruns  
ABC DIRTY SEXY MONEY 4.69 Reruns  
ABC CARPOOLERS 3.85 Reruns  
ABC BOSTON LEGAL 3.78 Reruns  
ABC CAVEMEN 3.70 Reruns  
ABC WOMENS MURDER CLUB 2.98 Reruns  
ABC MEN IN TREES 2.43 Reruns 76.54
ABC According to Jim* 2.97 Unknown  
ABC Miss/Guided   Unknown  
ABC Eli Stone   Unknown  
ABC Cashmere Mafia   Unknown, Postponed Indefinitely  
ABC Notes from the Underbelly   Unknown  
ABC October Road   Unknown  
ABC Lost * 8.50 Unknown, perhaps only 7 not 16 episodes 11.47
CBS SURVIVOR: CHINA 6.35 Finished before 2008  
CBS CBS NFL NATL POST GAME 5.14 Finished before 2008 11.49
CBS KID NATION 3.36 No effect  
CBS Power of 10   No effect  
CBS Do You Trust Me   No effect  
CBS Million Dollar Password   No effect  
CBS The Captain   No effect  
CBS Jericho* 3.69 No effect on 7 episode mini-season  
CBS 48 Hours Mystery 2.22 No effect?  
CBS CRIMETIME SATURDAY 1.90 No effect?  
CBS CRIMETIME SATURDAY 8PM 1.60 No effect? 12.76
CBS CSI 8.84 Reruns  
CBS CSI: MIAMI 6.48 Reruns  
CBS Two and a Half Men 6.44 Reruns  
CBS CSI: NY 5.47 Reruns  
CBS Rules of Engagement 5.43 Reruns  
CBS Criminal Minds 5.41 Reruns  
CBS WITHOUT A TRACE 5.27 Reruns  
CBS NCIS 5.00 Reruns  
CBS Big Bang Theory, THE 4.74 Reruns  
CBS How I Met Your Mother 4.44 Reruns  
CBS UNIT, THE 4.34 Reruns  
CBS COLD CASE 4.24 Reruns  
CBS NUMB3RS 3.82 Reruns  
CBS 60 Minutes 3.64 Reruns  
CBS GHOST WHISPERER 3.50 Reruns  
CBS SHARK 3.45 Reruns  
CBS CANE 3.43 Reruns  
CBS MOONLIGHT 3.10 Reruns 87.02
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine* 4.50 Unknown, a few episodes available?  
CBS Amazing Race* 4.40 Unknown, began Nov 4  
CBS Big Brother   Unknown, potential Jan launch 8.90
CW BEAUTY AND THE GEEK-2 2.22 No effect  
CW Friday Night Smackdown 1.88 No effect  
CW Farmer Wants a Wife   No effect  
CW Crowned: Mother of All Pageants   No effect  
CW AMERICAS Top Model-3 3.32 No effect, will return for #4  
CW AMERICAS Top Model-3-ENC 0.86 No effect, will return for #4  
CW CW NOW 0.38 No effect? 8.66
CW Smallville 2.71 Reruns  
CW REAPER 2.01 Reruns  
CW Gossip Girl 1.82 Reruns  
CW THE GAME 1.73 Reruns  
CW Supernatural 1.69 Reruns  
CW GIRLFRIENDS 1.49 Reruns  
CW EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS 1.38 Reruns  
CW ALIENS IN AMERICA 1.15 Reruns  
CW LIFE IS WILD 0.54 Reruns  
CW ALIENS IN AMERICA-SUN 0.52 Reruns 15.04
CW One Tree Hill* 1.73 Unknown  
CW Pussycat Doll Presents   Unknown 1.73
Fox American Idol Wed 16.02 No effect  
Fox American Idol Tues 15.67 No effect  
Fox OT, THE 5.61 No effect  
Fox Kitchen Nightmares 4.01 No effect  
Fox SMARTER THAN 5TH GRADER 3.06 No effect  
Fox DONT FORGET THE LYRICS 2.94 No effect  
Fox COPS 2 2.57 No effect  
Fox AMW: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK 2.50 No effect  
Fox COPS 2.30 No effect  
Fox SMARTER THAN 5TH FRI-8P 1.98 No effect  
Fox NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND 1.77 No effect  
Fox Hells Kitchen   No effect  
Fox On the Lot   No effect  
Fox So You Think You Can Dance   No effect  
Fox Family Guy 6.56 No effect, episodes already completed?  
Fox Simpsons 5.82 No effect, episodes already completed?  
Fox KING OF THE HILL 4.67 No effect, episodes already completed?  
Fox American Dad 4.33 No effect, episodes already completed?  
Fox Simpsons-SUN 7:30P 3.14 No effect, episodes already completed?  
Fox KING OF THE HILL-SUN 7P 2.11 No effect, episodes already completed? 85.06
Fox HOUSE 10.74 Reruns  
Fox BONES 4.61 Reruns  
Fox BACK TO YOU 3.70 Reruns  
Fox TIL DEATH 3.53 Reruns  
Fox K-VILLE 3.28 Reruns 25.86
Fox Anchorwoman   Unknown  
Fox Canterbury Law   Unknown  
Fox Return of Jezebel James   Unknown  
Fox Rules of Starting Over   Unknown  
Fox Sarah Connor Chronicles   Unknown  
Fox New Amsterdan   Unknown, does it exist at all?  
Fox PRISON BREAK 4.53 Unknown, may end season in Dec  
Fox 24* 6.63 Unknown, unknown # episodes ready 11.16
NBC NBC Sunday Night Football 8.66 Finished before 2008  
NBC SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK 5.85 Finished before 2008  
NBC FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 4.48 Finished before 2008  
NBC FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 2.43 Finished before 2008 21.42
NBC DEAL OR NO DEAL-WED 3.80 No effect  
NBC 1 vs. 100 3.46 No effect  
NBC DEAL OR NO DEAL-FRI 2.83 No effect  
NBC American Gladiators   No effect  
NBC My Dad is Better than Your Dad   No effect  
NBC Celebrity Apprentice   No effect  
NBC Amne$ia   No effect  
NBC Biggest Loser 4 4.22 No effect, expanding from 90 minutes to 2 hours  
NBC Dateline NBC 3.57 No effect, Sunday mid-season  
NBC PHENOMENON 3.98 No effect? 21.86
NBC HEROES 8.06 Reruns  
NBC OFFICE 6.90 Reruns  
NBC Law And Order:SVU 6.55 Reruns  
NBC BIONIC WOMAN 5.84 Reruns  
NBC E.R. 5.30 Reruns  
NBC MY NAME IS EARL 4.79 Reruns  
NBC CHUCK 4.40 Reruns  
NBC JOURNEYMAN 4.23 Reruns  
NBC LIFE 4.20 Reruns  
NBC 30 ROCK 4.16 Reruns  
NBC LAS VEGAS 3.36 Reruns  
NBC FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS 2.77 Reruns  
NBC LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT 2.00 Reruns  
NBC SINGING BEE 2.91 Reruns, uses union writers 65.47
NBC Medium 3.85 Unknown  
NBC Law & Order 3.46 Unknown  
NBC Lipstick Jungle   Unknown  
NBC SCRUBS 5.00 Unknown, final season 12.31

*average viewer data from the end of the 2006-2007 season.

Cashmere Mafia is postponed indefinitely.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • susan king

    What effect will this strike have on Blood Ties? Blood Ties is written by Canadian Writers.

  • http://BloodTies susan king

    What effect will this strike have on Blood Ties? Blood Ties is written by Canadian Writers.

  • Bill Gorman

    Susan, I don't know. We have limited information on individual show's special situations, but are happy to receive it from anyone who'd like to share.

  • Bill Gorman

    Susan, I don’t know. We have limited information on individual show’s special situations, but are happy to receive it from anyone who’d like to share.

  • http://funkoffended.blogspot.com Alex

    i'm curious to know how the daytime shows will be affected. It's been said that the strike may actually improve the writing on the soaps in daytime once the scabs come in. I'm sort of curious to see what develops in that area.

  • http://funkoffended.blogspot.com Alex

    i’m curious to know how the daytime shows will be affected. It’s been said that the strike may actually improve the writing on the soaps in daytime once the scabs come in. I’m sort of curious to see what develops in that area.

  • Christine Contilli

    I am very concerned about the fate of the CBS show “Moonlight” by the writer's strike?
    As of todays date 11/13; how many new episodes do they have stockpiled?
    Due to it's storyline the show took a while to gain momentum. I feel it is well written and very well acted by Alex O'Loughlin and Sophia Myles in particular.
    Thanks, in advance, for your feedback.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Christine, there are reportedly 4 more shows left before they'll have to start reruns.

  • Christine Contilli

    I am very concerned about the fate of the CBS show “Moonlight” by the writer’s strike?
    As of todays date 11/13; how many new episodes do they have stockpiled?
    Due to it’s storyline the show took a while to gain momentum. I feel it is well written and very well acted by Alex O’Loughlin and Sophia Myles in particular.
    Thanks, in advance, for your feedback.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Christine, there are reportedly 4 more shows left before they’ll have to start reruns.

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