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Overnight Results for Friday, January 18

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January 19th, 2008

Scoreboard for Fri. Jan. 18, 2008 CBS NBC FOX CW ABC
Total Viewers (million) 9.38 6.39 6.05 4.75 4.47
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.5/8 1.8/5 1.9/6 1.5/5 1.4/4

I know not many people watch TV on Fridays, but it seems like the wonks at ABC still ought to be ashamed of themselves for being beat out by The CW in both total viewers and in the 18-49 demo. CBS ran with new episodes of Ghost Whisperer, Moonlight and Numb3rs and easily won the night against reruns on Fox and ABC, new episodes of 1 vs. 100 , Friday Night Lights and Las Vegas on NBC and Friday Night Smackdown! on The CW.

For full half-hourly details check out Berman's site. Note to TVBigshot's players: we don't get HH ratings info over the weekend, but will include it in the Sunday through Thursday overnight info whenever it is available.

Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night’s results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

 
  • WHOLETRUTHY

    wonk…eh-eh …I loved that

  • WHOLETRUTHY

    wonk…eh-eh …I loved that

  • Rena Moretti

    The prevalent opinion in TV circles is that Saturday is not worth programming and Friday is next as people “just don't watch TV on…”

    I may be healthy to remind them that hits like Dallas used to populate the end of the week and the real reason for the ratings slump is the lack of good programming on those mights (and the fact the networks routinely dump the shows they want to get rid of there and thus don't promote them).

    Hollywood is always quick to blame its failures on societal shifts when it would be better inspired to look at the product they offer.

    Another great counter example is how well USA is doing by programming Fridays and probably came very close to ABC and CW yesterday.

  • Rena Moretti

    Friday Night Lights was once again below 6 million viewers.

    FNL is another example of bad programming that wouldn't attract an audience at any hour on any day but that NBC will use as “proof” that people “just don't watch TV on Friday”.

    Earlier this year Jeff Zucker posited that people “just don't want to watch expensive dramas as 8″. Yet, somehow, that rule didn't apply to NCIS which is breaking its own audience records with regularity at 8…

  • Bryan

    If you gave Friday Night Lights a chance it really is a good show. But it will go cancelled after this season because it will be cut when the writers come back.

    FNL is NOT a bad program. No on just gives it a chance. TV networks have cancelled many great shows too early and replace them with crap. If you don't it 10mil. then ur out.

  • Rena Moretti

    The prevalent opinion in TV circles is that Saturday is not worth programming and Friday is next as people “just don’t watch TV on…”

    I may be healthy to remind them that hits like Dallas used to populate the end of the week and the real reason for the ratings slump is the lack of good programming on those mights (and the fact the networks routinely dump the shows they want to get rid of there and thus don’t promote them).

    Hollywood is always quick to blame its failures on societal shifts when it would be better inspired to look at the product they offer.

    Another great counter example is how well USA is doing by programming Fridays and probably came very close to ABC and CW yesterday.

  • Rena Moretti

    Friday Night Lights was once again below 6 million viewers.

    FNL is another example of bad programming that wouldn’t attract an audience at any hour on any day but that NBC will use as “proof” that people “just don’t watch TV on Friday”.

    Earlier this year Jeff Zucker posited that people “just don’t want to watch expensive dramas as 8″. Yet, somehow, that rule didn’t apply to NCIS which is breaking its own audience records with regularity at 8…

  • Bryan

    If you gave Friday Night Lights a chance it really is a good show. But it will go cancelled after this season because it will be cut when the writers come back.

    FNL is NOT a bad program. No on just gives it a chance. TV networks have cancelled many great shows too early and replace them with crap. If you don’t it 10mil. then ur out.

  • Rena Moretti

    Let's just say I completely disagree on FNL. I really dislike the way it is filmed and I think that's the single reason why it's failed.

    Also, FNL has been heavily promoted again and again. It's been given way more of a chance than most shows on TV.

  • Rena Moretti

    Let’s just say I completely disagree on FNL. I really dislike the way it is filmed and I think that’s the single reason why it’s failed.

    Also, FNL has been heavily promoted again and again. It’s been given way more of a chance than most shows on TV.

  • Bryan

    It has nothing to do with how it is filmed. There has been great things said about this show by the critics and also Entertainment Weekly. FNL has barely any commericals or promo's. Only the people who watched the first season cared about the second. If FNL was on the CW it could go on for years like that One Tree Hill show. You think that show is better than FNL?

  • Bryan

    It has nothing to do with how it is filmed. There has been great things said about this show by the critics and also Entertainment Weekly. FNL has barely any commericals or promo’s. Only the people who watched the first season cared about the second. If FNL was on the CW it could go on for years like that One Tree Hill show. You think that show is better than FNL?

  • Rena Moretti

    Bryan:

    You may have missed the endless PR campaign for FNL, but I didn't. The”great things” said by critics are part and parcel of that campaign.

    When you see endless pictures of a low-rated show chosen to illustrate general articles, you know that the PR campaign is alive and well.

    NBC has spent a lot of money pushing that show for no result.

    If it were on CW it would probably get less than a million viewers, but that's hard to prove one way or the other. :)

    As to the way it's shot, we disagree. I think that's what killed the show dead and keeps on killing it. If the directing was any good its ratings would have inched up with the relentless PR campaign last year.

    FNL was well sampled and the audience rejected it.

  • Rena Moretti

    Bryan:

    You may have missed the endless PR campaign for FNL, but I didn’t. The”great things” said by critics are part and parcel of that campaign.

    When you see endless pictures of a low-rated show chosen to illustrate general articles, you know that the PR campaign is alive and well.

    NBC has spent a lot of money pushing that show for no result.

    If it were on CW it would probably get less than a million viewers, but that’s hard to prove one way or the other. :)

    As to the way it’s shot, we disagree. I think that’s what killed the show dead and keeps on killing it. If the directing was any good its ratings would have inched up with the relentless PR campaign last year.

    FNL was well sampled and the audience rejected it.

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