|Scoreboard for Tue. Feb. 12, 2008|
|Total Viewers (million)||29.87||8.73||7.76||5.52||2.60|
|Rating/Share: Adults 18-49||12.3/29||2.5/6||2.8/7||1.5/4||1.1/3|
Nope. All are hailing American Idol. FOX easily won the night in total viewers and the 18-49 demographic with an impressive 2 hour episode of American Idol that averaged almost 30 million. I thought the bloom was somewhat off the rose for the old girl, ratings had been trending down - but she got some fertilizer or something and averaged over 2 million more viewers this Tuesday than last. Most impressive.
CBS best performing show of the night was a repeat of NCIS. This is not great since CBS premiered new seasons of Big Brother and Jericho which both performed worse than the NCIS encore. Big Brother doesn't look like it will do quite as well outside of its summer slot where it doesn't have to contend with American Idol.
The viewer and 18-49 demo numbers looked better for Jericho than the HH Rating. Jericho's season 2 premiere bowed with 7.15 million and a 2.5/7 in the 18-49 demo. While last in viewers, it trailed Boston Legal (by about 80K) and a rerun of Law & Order: SVU by over a million. I love my Jericho peoples so I am trying to find a silver lining:
1. No show in the 10pm hour dominated (though in fairness L&O: SVU was a rerun)
2. Jericho came in second in the 18-49 demo, but really it appears so close as to almost be a tie for first place.
3. CBS still had a much better night overall than ABC
As a fan of the show and its fans, I still am disappointed. Remember, the show was originally canceled after the season one finale had 7.72 million viewers. To have the season two premiere underperform that is not a good sign.
Jericho Fans, You can get a widget with the latest Jericho ratings to put on your webpage here.
See the night's full details:
|Time||Network||Show||Viewers (Millons)||18-49 Rating/Share||HH Rating|
|8:00||FOX||American Idol (8p-10p)||29.87||12.2/29||17.3|
|NBC||The Biggest Loser 8p-10p||7.47||3.0/7||5|
|ABC||Just for Laughs (2 episodes, one new, one repeat)||4.95||1.4/5||3.3|
|9:00||ABC||According to Jim||4.92||1.4/3||3.2|
|CBS||Big Brother (premiere)||7.33||2.7/6||4.3|
|CW||One Tree Hill||3.21||1.4/3||2.2|
|NBC||Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)||8.34||2.6/7||6.3|
Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night's results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.
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