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Private Practice: Renew or Cancel?

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December 3rd, 2007

UPDATE: ABC has announced that Private Practice will Return in Fall 2008

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ABC's Private Practice, Wednesday 9PM Eastern, has a Grey's Anatomy spin-off pedigree and was thought to be a certain hit.

But nothing's ever certain in television, and so we ask: Renew or Cancel?

Private Practice's Ratings Rank among New ABC Shows, All New Shows

Date Viewer Rank among New ABC shows Viewer Rank among all new shows
9/26 #1 of 3 #1 of 20
10/3 #2 of 6 #2 of 23
10/10 #1 of 7 #1 of 24
10/17 #2 of 8 #2 of 24
10/24 #2 of 8 #2 of 24
10/31 #2 of 6 #2 of 22
11/7 not aired not aired
11/14 #2 of 7 #2 of 22
11/21 #2 of 6 #2 of 22

ABC has, by far, had the best new line up, and Private Practice's ratings have been first or second for both ABC new shows and among all new shows in general.

Private Practice ratings have traded the top spot with Samantha Who? this season and might be more impressive since Samantha Who? has the benefit of following the Dancing with the Stars juggernaut.

How is it doing against its competition on Wednesday?

Private Practice's Ratings and Rankings @ 9PM Wednesday

Date Viewers (Rank) Adults 18-49 (Rank) Adults 18-34 (Rank) Adults 25-54 (Rank)
9/26 14.41m (1) 6.85m (2) 3.33m (1) 7.25m (2)
10/3 12.45m (2) 5.95m (1) 2.80m (1) 6.44m (1)
10/10 12.42m (2) 6.38m (1) 3.35m (1) 6.43m (1)
10/17 11.78m (2) 5.61m (1) 2.74m (1) 6.06m (2)
10/24* 10.90m (3) 5.28m (2) 2.52m (2) 5.53m (3)
10/31 11.34m (2) 5.00m (1) 2.28m (1) 5.69m (2)
11/7 not aired - - -
11/14 11.48m (2) 5.51m (2) 2.67m (1) 5.93m (2)
11/21 8.54m (3) 3.47m (4) 1.38m (2) 4.22m (2)

Particularly since the 9pm Wednesday timeslot is among the most competitive in primetime, Private Practice's ratings are all the more impressive.

Private Practice ratings started strong and stayed strong. Regularly winning the 18-34 and 18-49 demos, occasionally 25-54, and typically #2 for total viewers behind Criminal Minds.

(*10/24 data is Live, all other data is Live+SD, useful for rankings but not viewership trends).

Conclusions

Positives

  1. Private Practice ratings have been at or near the top of all new shows since its debut.
  2. In a very competitive timeslot, Private Practice ratings have owned the youth age demos and been second in viewers and 25-54.

Negatives

  1. None.

Verdict: Renew.

Since it's a spin-off, Private Practice ratings may be less likely than other new shows to suffer if its season ends early and it comes back next year.

Strike Status: As of today, there are 2 fresh episodes left. One is scheduled for 12/5, we have no information on when the other will air, but January is likely.

Wondering about other shows? Check our all our Renew or Cancel? posts.

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

 
  • jay turney

    Of course it will be renewed, and by your standards should be. But its a mediocre soap opera and its popularity with quasiadults means nothing except that network TV is on its last legs. The competition on Wed night is actually weak, as the numbers show. One popular reality show anywhere, the ratings also show, will knock these hothouse shows on their ass. I give it a couple of years before it reaches ER level of boredom for anyone with an IQ above room temperature.; And after the 2008 recession, our money will be greener than theirs.

  • jay turney

    Of course it will be renewed, and by your standards should be. But its a mediocre soap opera and its popularity with quasiadults means nothing except that network TV is on its last legs. The competition on Wed night is actually weak, as the numbers show. One popular reality show anywhere, the ratings also show, will knock these hothouse shows on their ass. I give it a couple of years before it reaches ER level of boredom for anyone with an IQ above room temperature.; And after the 2008 recession, our money will be greener than theirs.

  • jay turney

    Of course it will be renewed, and by your standards should be. But its a mediocre soap opera and its popularity with quasiadults means nothing except that network TV is on its last legs. The competition on Wed night is actually weak, as the numbers show. One popular reality show anywhere, the ratings also show, will knock these hothouse shows on their ass. I give it a couple of years before it reaches ER level of boredom for anyone with an IQ above room temperature.; And after the 2008 recession, our money will be greener than theirs.

  • Angie

    Private Practice will be renewed cause is the best show now on TV. and has the most gorgeous lead actress in the world of television!!!
    Great acting, great writting and beautiful ppl!

  • Angie

    Private Practice will be renewed cause is the best show now on TV. and has the most gorgeous lead actress in the world of television!!!
    Great acting, great writting and beautiful ppl!

  • Angie

    Private Practice will be renewed cause is the best show now on TV. and has the most gorgeous lead actress in the world of television!!!
    Great acting, great writting and beautiful ppl!

  • sexybrunnette

    Private Practice has great acting and writing!

  • sexybrunnette

    Private Practice has great acting and writing!

  • sexybrunnette

    Private Practice has great acting and writing!

  • hippychick

    I think it should and will be renewed. I think it is the most enjoyable show on TV. I also love the cast and I have heard that off camera they are extremely proffessional and kind. To me they all deserve to be on TV and work on a hit show which they do. If Private Practice is renewed, all will be well for me.

  • hippychick

    I think it should and will be renewed. I think it is the most enjoyable show on TV. I also love the cast and I have heard that off camera they are extremely proffessional and kind. To me they all deserve to be on TV and work on a hit show which they do. If Private Practice is renewed, all will be well for me.

  • hippychick

    I think it should and will be renewed. I think it is the most enjoyable show on TV. I also love the cast and I have heard that off camera they are extremely proffessional and kind. To me they all deserve to be on TV and work on a hit show which they do. If Private Practice is renewed, all will be well for me.

  • Matt

    I think Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money are the only new Drama’s off this season worth renewing.

  • Matt

    I think Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money are the only new Drama’s off this season worth renewing.

  • Matt

    I think Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money are the only new Drama’s off this season worth renewing.

  • Anonymous

    Keep it for sure! It’s not Grey’s — yet — but it’s still very good and lots of fun to watch — Addison is one of my favorite TV characters ever, and I’m no twenty-something slacker — I’m 57!

  • Anonymous

    Keep it for sure! It’s not Grey’s — yet — but it’s still very good and lots of fun to watch — Addison is one of my favorite TV characters ever, and I’m no twenty-something slacker — I’m 57!

  • Kate

    Keep it for sure! It’s not Grey’s — yet — but it’s still very good and lots of fun to watch — Addison is one of my favorite TV characters ever, and I’m no twenty-something slacker — I’m 57!

  • Mikey

    P.P. is just another cookie cutter drama designed to provide bland T.V. because in this era of multi-tasking, people prefer televison that requires less attention so they can also surf the internet, eat, and talk on the phone all while watching. My wife watches this show, but she’ll get up to use the bathroom without pausing the DVR, because she knows she won’t really miss anything.

    Bear in mind that I say all of this as a FAN of Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Mikey

    P.P. is just another cookie cutter drama designed to provide bland T.V. because in this era of multi-tasking, people prefer televison that requires less attention so they can also surf the internet, eat, and talk on the phone all while watching. My wife watches this show, but she’ll get up to use the bathroom without pausing the DVR, because she knows she won’t really miss anything.

    Bear in mind that I say all of this as a FAN of Grey’s Anatomy.

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