As the WGA strike grinds on, 8 of the top 20 current season to date TV ratings leaders for adults 18-49 will continue unaffected by the WGA writer's strike. And that doesn't take into account the 2 American Idol airings, yet to begin, that are certain to be at or near the top of the season's final ratings. So, effectively half of the top 20 shows will remain untouched.
It seems to me that the writer's strike position is(was?) weakened by the fact that only 11 of the top 20 (although 5 of the top 6) shows are being shut down early by the strike. NBC Sunday Night Football is going away normally. You might add 24 to that list, depending upon what happens to it.
Season to Date Average Adult Viewers 18-49 Through January 6, 2008
|RANK||PROGRAMS||Network||# OF Persons 18-49 (LIVE+SD) (000)||New Episodes Remaining|
|1||DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES||ABC||9,606||0 episodes|
|3||GREYS ANATOMY||ABC||8,696||Last on 1/10|
|4||NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||NBC||8,299||Done|
|6||CSI||CBS||7,601||Last on 1/10|
|7||DANCING W/THE STARS-MON||ABC||7,192||Restarts 3/17|
|8||SURVIVOR: CHINA||CBS||6,680||Restarts 2/7|
|9||TWO AND A HALF MEN||CBS||6,436||0 episodes|
|11||DANCING W/STARS RESULT-TU||ABC||6,397||Restarts 3/17|
|12||CSI: MIAMI||CBS||6,362||Last on 1/14|
|13||EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED.||ABC||6,321||12? episodes|
|14||BROTHERS & SISTERS||ABC||6,316||3 episodes|
|15||FAMILY GUY||FOX||6,170||12 episodes|
|16||LAW AND ORDER:SVU||NBC||6,008||2 episodes|
|17||APPRENTICE||NBC||5,924||Celebrity Apprentice airing|
|19||BIGGEST LOSER||NBC||5,732||New version began 1/8|
|20||SAMANTHA WHO?||ABC||5,730||3 episodes|
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