Samantha Who? Towers Over New Shows
ABC's Samantha Who? with a Live+SD viewership of 14.18 million again topped all new shows for the week of Oct 29--Nov 4. Private Practice was very strong, maintaining its Live+SD viewership of 11.34 million. Women's Murder Club increased its audience by 7% over the previous week, the biggest increase among all new shows.
On the other end of the spectrum, NBC's Phenomenon lost 28% of its viewers from the previous week to fall to just 6.16 million Live+SD viewers. I think the show is ready to disappear.
Looking at the chart, one can't help but think with ABC's relative success with its new shows [the top 4, 6 of the top 9] that someone as crafty as ol' Les Moonves might think to draw out the WGA strike specifically to snuff out ABC's new shows. Sacrificing his mediocre new shows might seem a decent bargain.
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Only one CBS show, Cane, had viewer gains from the previous week.
NBC's Chuck held its audience steady from last week.
Fox's only non-rerun Next Great American Band lost another 20% of its audience and is now in CW ratings territory.
With many bigger shows out for the week, 3 CW shows made the top 20. Reaper held steady, while Aliens in America staggered, losing 15% of its audience.
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 29-November 4
|RANK||PROGRAMS||Network||# OF PERSONS (LIVE+SD) (million)||Week over Week Momentum||Prior Week # OF PERSONS (LIVE+SD) (million)|
|3||Women's Murder Club||ABC||9.60||1.07||8.94|
|5||The Big Bang Theory||CBS||8.41||0.95||8.81|
|6||Dirty Sexy Money||ABC||8.20||0.99||8.26|
|14||Back to You -R||FOX||5.26||0.74||7.06|
|16||Kitchen Nightmares -R||FOX||3.72||0.54||6.87|
|18||Next Great American Band||FOX||2.35||0.81||2.89|
|19||Aliens in America||CW||2.01||0.85||2.36|
|20||Gossip Girl -R||CW||1.52||0.60||2.54|
R = rerun
These shows did not have the viewership to make the Top 20 :
Life is Wild CW
CW Now CW
Cavemen ABC [Off]
Carpoolers ABC [Off]
Life NBC [Off]
Bionic Woman NBC [Off]
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.