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Nielsen Ratings - Tue, Feb 12: All Hail Jericho?

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February 13th, 2008

Scoreboard for Tue. Feb. 12, 2008 FOX CBS NBC ABC CW
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
  CBS NCIS (Repeat) 11.72 2.3/6 7.8
  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
  CW Reaper (Repeat) 1.98 0.8/2 1.4
           
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
           
9:30 ABC Carpoolers 3.85 1.3/3 2.4
           
10:00 ABC Boston Legal 7.23 1.8/5 5.2
  CBS Jericho 7.15 2.5/7 4.1
  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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  • Bill Conklin

    Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. Unless you are part of the Nielson group that the surveys are gathered from, your watching doesn't even count. A department store could have 25 television sets all set to CBS “Jericho” and it wouldn't matter. I was part of the Nielson group two years ago. I had to keep track of everything that I watched for two weeks and mail those reports back to them. I also had to let them know any shows that I DVR'd or recorded. This is how they come up with the Nielson ratings. I learned that unless we are part of the Nielson group, the networks aren't even aware of what we are watching. Sucks, doesn't it?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Bill, that's not entirely accurate. While there are still diaries/journals, the “people meters” (you can google and read up on it) make up (I believe) the biggest percentage of the Nielsen tracking.

    You are however correct in suggesting that if you're not a Nielsen family, your eyeballs don't count in the ratings, but that's true for any and all shows, not just Jericho.

    I'm in no way saying its a perfect system, only that Jericho, like all other shows will get judged within that system anyway.

  • Bill Conklin

    CBS needs to wake up. Finally we have a show in Jericho with a little meat and a lot of teeth. No fluff. No predictable sitcoms with predictable laugh tracks. No whining that you see on all of the “so called” reality shows. Finally a show for adults who enjoy great writing with great actors to pull it off. I too am confused by the ratings. Everyone I know is watching. The postings on this site show me that we are not alone. If we lose Jericho again, those who did not give it a chance will deserve the whining feuds that are rampant on the “reality” shows.

  • R.J.

    No the reason the show is doing badly is because everyone is making excuses on why they didn’t watch it.

    I mean come on. I don’t watch my favorite show on t.v. I watch my second favorite and DVR my favorite.

    That is why the will cancel this show. Because you all are idiots. I mean come on how often do they give a show a second chance.
    Almost never and you all are just throwing away Jericho’s.

    Just turn on your damn t.v. and leave it on if you are going to sleep. Other then that it is all of your faults. We TIVO Jericho and still watch it on one of the other t.v.s. All t.v.s in our house are on Jericho at that time even the ones in rooms we don’t watch.

    IT IS ALL YOUR FAULTS AND WE HATE YOU FOR IT.

  • Bill Conklin

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Unless you are part of the Nielson group that the surveys are gathered from, your watching doesn’t even count. A department store could have 25 television sets all set to CBS “Jericho” and it wouldn’t matter. I was part of the Nielson group two years ago. I had to keep track of everything that I watched for two weeks and mail those reports back to them. I also had to let them know any shows that I DVR’d or recorded. This is how they come up with the Nielson ratings. I learned that unless we are part of the Nielson group, the networks aren’t even aware of what we are watching. Sucks, doesn’t it?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Bill, that’s not entirely accurate. While there are still diaries/journals, the “people meters” (you can google and read up on it) make up (I believe) the biggest percentage of the Nielsen tracking.

    You are however correct in suggesting that if you’re not a Nielsen family, your eyeballs don’t count in the ratings, but that’s true for any and all shows, not just Jericho.

    I’m in no way saying its a perfect system, only that Jericho, like all other shows will get judged within that system anyway.

  • http://www.theshortbusriders.org Brian

    we need to pull a scam like they did in the 84' movie starring danny devito, the ratings game. Lets hijack some nielson family homes and tune into shows like Jericho, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, and if it comes back on, Firefly (the greatest, most short lived show I have ever seen on tv)

  • http://www.theshortbusriders.org Brian

    we need to pull a scam like they did in the 84′ movie starring danny devito, the ratings game. Lets hijack some nielson family homes and tune into shows like Jericho, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, and if it comes back on, Firefly (the greatest, most short lived show I have ever seen on tv)

  • Sarah

    I love Jericho and cannot believe the numbers! I know a few people who do not stay up that late but tape it so it is a poor reflection of accurate numbers! I have converted my office to watch the show as well as my family.

  • Sarah

    I love Jericho and cannot believe the numbers! I know a few people who do not stay up that late but tape it so it is a poor reflection of accurate numbers! I have converted my office to watch the show as well as my family.

  • Ted

    I live in Canda, and watch Jericho it's on 3 days of the week at various times (AST). I use a DVR off Satelite. The system can't determine if I am watching live, as the dish does not transmit the info back to the provider.

    Tuesdays @ 8pm CTV
    Tuesdays @ 11pm CTV
    Tuesdays @ 11pm CBS
    Saturday @ 9pm Space
    Sunday @ 10am Space
    Sunday @ 6pm Space

    If anything these TV conglomerates should have a petition online to gain a true reflection of numbers.

  • Ted

    I live in Canda, and watch Jericho it’s on 3 days of the week at various times (AST). I use a DVR off Satelite. The system can’t determine if I am watching live, as the dish does not transmit the info back to the provider.

    Tuesdays @ 8pm CTV
    Tuesdays @ 11pm CTV
    Tuesdays @ 11pm CBS
    Saturday @ 9pm Space
    Sunday @ 10am Space
    Sunday @ 6pm Space

    If anything these TV conglomerates should have a petition online to gain a true reflection of numbers.

  • Melissa

    Keep Jericho alive! One of the few best shows on TV!

  • Melissa

    Keep Jericho alive! One of the few best shows on TV!

  • Stacie/CBERapps/Mickeyfan3

    Jericho just keeps getting better and better. Nielson is NOT an accurate numbers cruncher – it's antiquated and unless they're going to put a box in every American household, the networks should not be making decisions soley or in part based on this system!

    As for Big Brother – sleeze TV at best. It belongs on very late night Cable TV……or maybe they should have put Jericho on right after NCIS and then BB at 10. I bet a lot of potential new viewers were lost to Jericho after not wanting to wait an hour between 2 great shows.

  • Stacie/CBERapps/Mickeyfan3

    Jericho just keeps getting better and better. Nielson is NOT an accurate numbers cruncher – it’s antiquated and unless they’re going to put a box in every American household, the networks should not be making decisions soley or in part based on this system!

    As for Big Brother – sleeze TV at best. It belongs on very late night Cable TV……or maybe they should have put Jericho on right after NCIS and then BB at 10. I bet a lot of potential new viewers were lost to Jericho after not wanting to wait an hour between 2 great shows.

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