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Samantha Who? Tops New Shows, Nov 26 - Dec 2

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December 5th, 2007

Samantha Who? Drops But Still Wins

Samantha Who?

ABC's Samantha Who? ratings dropped 19% to a Live+SD viewership of 11.69 million and adult 18-49 viewership of 4.89 million for the week of Nov 26 - Dec 2, far below its past numbers, but it still enough to lead all new shows. Read on for the rest of the data.

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Bubble width = adults 18-49 viewership

Lot's of new shows are out of the rotation this week, some temporarily, some for good because of the strike.

ABC's Pushing Daisies' ratings were strong, but Big Shots' ratings suffered a unusual down week

NBC's Chuck ratings rose again, and has become its new fall standout. Who was it that said it ought to be cancelled? That guy better go back and look at the data again.

CBS' Cane ratings continue to look weak. At least I'm right some of the time.

I've always thought Fox's Kitchen Nightmares ratings put it in the "win" category and it did not disappoint last week. My hope for Next Great American Band looks misplaced.

CW's Gossip Girl ratings may put it in the "survive" category, particularly if new pilot development is hampered by the strike.

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] over their last non-rerun airing. The bubble width is proportional to the 18-49 viewership.

 

Top 20 New Shows, Week of November 26 - December 2

RANK PROGRAMS Network # OF PERSONS (LIVE+SD) (million) Week over Week Momentum Prior Week # OF PERSONS (LIVE+SD) (million) # of PERSONS 18-49 Live+SD (million)
1 Samantha Who? ABC 11.69 0.81 14.38 4.89
2 Pushing Daisies ABC 9.99 1.34 7.48 4.91
3 Chuck NBC 8.42 1.08 7.79 4.28
4 Notes From the Underbelly ABC 7.45 1.00 debut 3.51
5 The Big Bang Theory - R CBS 7.34 0.98 7.51 3.69
6 Kid Nation CBS 7.12 1.02 6.95 2.72
7 Dirty Sexy Money ABC 7.04 1.10 6.38 3.38
8 Kitchen Nightmares FOX 7.03 1.31 5.35 3.38
9 Cane CBS 6.48 0.86 7.54 2.10
10 Life NBC 6.28 0.91 6.90 2.91
11 Journeyman NBC 6.05 1.08 5.62 3.15
12 Bionic Woman NBC 5.93 0.94 6.29 2.85
13 October Road ABC 5.43 0.91 6.00 2.78
14 Big Shots ABC 5.29 0.76 6.96 2.82
15 Gossip Girl CW 2.93 0.99 2.95 1.80
16 Reaper CW 2.24 0.91 2.46 1.42
17 Next Great American Band FOX 2.09 0.81 2.58 1.10
18 Aliens in America CW 1.89 1.37 1.37 0.93
19 Life is Wild CW 1.26 1.15 1.09 0.50
20 CW Now CW 0.96 1.27 0.75 0.43

These shows did not make the Top 20 :

Private Practice ABC not aired
Women's Murder Club ABC not aired
Carpoolers ABC not aired
Cavemen ABC not aired
Moonlight CBS not aired
Back to You FOX not aired
K-ville FOX not aired
Phenomenon NBC not aired

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

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Between moving to 9pm and the end of DWTS, Samantha Who? is plummeting — 7.53 million viewers in the overnights for 12/3!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Between moving to 9pm and the end of DWTS, Samantha Who? is plummeting — 7.53 million viewers in the overnights for 12/3!

  • Rena Moretti

    In other words, it's a season with a handful of shows doing mediocrely and all others bombing.

    You'd think the networks would re-think their approaches, but judging by Les Moonves' recent comments, it's spin as usual in Hollywoodland.

  • Rena Moretti

    In other words, it’s a season with a handful of shows doing mediocrely and all others bombing.

    You’d think the networks would re-think their approaches, but judging by Les Moonves’ recent comments, it’s spin as usual in Hollywoodland.

  • Rena Moretti

    Pushing Daisies only went up because of a better lead-in than usual. If you look at the half-hour breakdowns it lost it in a hurry.

  • Rena Moretti

    Pushing Daisies only went up because of a better lead-in than usual. If you look at the half-hour breakdowns it lost it in a hurry.

  • Kara

    I really hope GOSSIP GIRL is not cancelled. It's doing good in DVR ratings and is number 1 on itunes. Hopefully some of those viewers will move to watching it live.

    In canada, its doing pretty well for coming on at 7 pm and based on the number of people that watch tv in canada. In fact a larger proportioN of canadians are watching GOSSIP GIRL THAN AMERICANS!!!

  • Kara

    I really hope GOSSIP GIRL is not cancelled. It’s doing good in DVR ratings and is number 1 on itunes. Hopefully some of those viewers will move to watching it live.

    In canada, its doing pretty well for coming on at 7 pm and based on the number of people that watch tv in canada. In fact a larger proportioN of canadians are watching GOSSIP GIRL THAN AMERICANS!!!

  • Rena Moretti

    Pushing Daisies was pushed artificially higher by a bigger lead-in.

    The half-hour breakdown showed it lost a lot of it rapidly.

    As to Gossip Girl being “#1 on iTunes” or having a high DVR percentage, it's all rather meaningless in view of the paucity of its ratings.

    CW needs to perform major surgery, not only on its lineup, but also on its philosophy because their current approach is clearly failing.

  • Rena Moretti

    Pushing Daisies was pushed artificially higher by a bigger lead-in.

    The half-hour breakdown showed it lost a lot of it rapidly.

    As to Gossip Girl being “#1 on iTunes” or having a high DVR percentage, it’s all rather meaningless in view of the paucity of its ratings.

    CW needs to perform major surgery, not only on its lineup, but also on its philosophy because their current approach is clearly failing.

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