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Nielsen Ratings for Mon Feb 25: ABC Wins Again, But...

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February 26th, 2008

Scoreboard for Mon. Feb. 25, 2008 ABC NBC CBS FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 12.71 10.25 8.38 7.85 1.50
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.6/9 3.2/8 2.6/7 3.1/8 0.7/2

A Raisin in the SunABC won the night in both overall viewers and the 18-49 demographic with a three hour airing of A Raisin in the Sun.   But since  it's official that the 80th Annual Academy Awards were the least watched ever, I'm not sure another nightly victory will leave the Mouse stinging any less.

NBC can puff its feathers out about having the night's most watched program, Deal or No Deal which averaged over 15 million viewers in the overnights.  My Dad is Better Than Your Dad and Medium both did about half as well as Deal.

CBS' Monday night combo of two hours of comedy plus CSI: Miami was in typical form, with Welcome to the Captain typically being unwelcome.  Two and Half Men again cleared over 12 million viewers with a repeat and a strong, strong 3.9/10 in the demo.  Have I mentioned lately that I think CBS should air more reruns of Two and a Half Men?

Things were calm at FOX, where Moment of Truth ran in Prison Break's 8pm slot.  Moment did better than Prison Break, with 8.59 million, but not nearly as well as it was doing running behind American Idol

One of my favorites Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles did so-so, and I say that only because it was beat-down by both the CBS comedies running from 9p-10p AND My Dad is Better Than Your Dad.  Sarah Connor trailed My Dad in both total viewers and in the 18-49 demo. Nonetheless, I'll be watching the two-hour season finale of The Sarah Connor Chronicles next week and crossing my fingers that it's not the series finale. 

See the night's full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share HH Rating
8:00 ABC Movie: A Raisin in the Sun (8p-11p) 12.71 3.6/9 9.7
  CBS How I Met Your Mother (R ) 6.29 2.1/6 4.3
  NBC Deal or No Deal 15.33 4.2/11 9.1
  FOX Moment of Truth 8.59 3.6/10 5.6
  CW Gossip Girl ( R) 1.28 0.6/2 1
           
8:30 CBS Welcome to the Captain 5.34 1.8/5 3.5
           
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men (R ) 12.18 3.9/10 8.1
  FOX Terminator: Sarah Connor Chron 7.12 2.7/7 4.9
  CW Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (Season premiere) 1.72 0.8/2 1.4
  NBC My Dad is Better Than Your Dad 7.81 2.8/7 4.5
           
9:30 CBS New Adv. of Old Christine 9.09 3.0/7 6.5
           
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R ) 8.69 2.5/7 6.4
  NBC Medium 7.6 2.6/7 5.3

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

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  • Jack

    Oh, no :( I guess this is pretty much bye bye Sarah Connor (and Summer Glau :)) :( We'll see when next mondays ratings are calculated

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Summer Glau indeed!

  • Jack

    Oh, no :( I guess this is pretty much bye bye Sarah Connor (and Summer Glau :)) :( We’ll see when next mondays ratings are calculated

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Summer Glau indeed!

  • frankj

    Robert, do you have numbers for timeshifted DVR viewers from last night? I'm curious on last night's DVR numbers for Terminator:SCC. The first few numbers you have published for them show the show having an insane 22% of it's viewership as timeshifted. I mean it's a 10 million + viewer show when you take that into account. Plus they were doing pretty good at getting more 18-49yr viewers than Prison Break for a while. Do you know if Fox will take that into account when they talk renewal? Or do they not care? And if not, why not? Everybody I know DVR's shows, nobody has time to watch live.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Frank, the SAME DAY DVR usage is baked into the number. I can’t break it out yet, and won’t be able to for a while (3 weeks from yesterday!)

    If you look at the numbers for 2/4 it did 10.02m Live+7 vs 8.154 LIVE, the overnight #s for that day were about 8.85m live+SD, so I think it would be reasonable to add on about another million to last night’s overnight to forecast what the live+7 will be.

    I’m guessing the show comes back, not so much because of DVR performance (the nets probably view more DVR viewers as bad, not good) but because it’s typically a strong 18-49 performer.

    I enjoy the show much more than I thought I would.

  • frankj

    Thanks, Robert. I didn't realize the same day DVR's were included in those numbers.

    I'm hoping for those million extra viewers for the live+7 for last night's show. I really want this show to come back. I rarely get invested in TV shows anymore, but this series surprised me, a lot actually. I was worried it'd be all head-bashing and poorly written camp, but it's not, and the thematic elements they're exploring are really cool. I think it has great potential and I hope Fox gives it a chance.

  • frankj

    Robert, do you have numbers for timeshifted DVR viewers from last night? I’m curious on last night’s DVR numbers for Terminator:SCC. The first few numbers you have published for them show the show having an insane 22% of it’s viewership as timeshifted. I mean it’s a 10 million + viewer show when you take that into account. Plus they were doing pretty good at getting more 18-49yr viewers than Prison Break for a while. Do you know if Fox will take that into account when they talk renewal? Or do they not care? And if not, why not? Everybody I know DVR’s shows, nobody has time to watch live.

  • Bryan

    I hope Terminator comes back, I can't belive how short the season was in the first place. I thought they made 12 of them. I think this would be like 8 maybe? I hope they bring it back this fall or next year. Prison Break and Terminator work good back to back.

    I WANT A NEILSON BOX AT MY HOUSE!!!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Frank, the SAME DAY DVR usage is baked into the number. I can’t break it out yet, and won’t be able to for a while (3 weeks from yesterday!)

    If you look at the numbers for 2/4 it did 10.02m Live+7 vs 8.154 LIVE, the overnight #s for that day were about 8.85m live+SD, so I think it would be reasonable to add on about another million to last night’s overnight to forecast what the live+7 will be.

    I’m guessing the show comes back, not so much because of DVR performance (the nets probably view more DVR viewers as bad, not good) but because it’s typically a strong 18-49 performer.

    I enjoy the show much more than I thought I would.

  • frankj

    Thanks, Robert. I didn’t realize the same day DVR’s were included in those numbers.

    I’m hoping for those million extra viewers for the live+7 for last night’s show. I really want this show to come back. I rarely get invested in TV shows anymore, but this series surprised me, a lot actually. I was worried it’d be all head-bashing and poorly written camp, but it’s not, and the thematic elements they’re exploring are really cool. I think it has great potential and I hope Fox gives it a chance.

  • Bryan

    I hope Terminator comes back, I can’t belive how short the season was in the first place. I thought they made 12 of them. I think this would be like 8 maybe? I hope they bring it back this fall or next year. Prison Break and Terminator work good back to back.

    I WANT A NEILSON BOX AT MY HOUSE!!!

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php?tag=login;myprofile Jon V

    You'd think in this day and age with everyone plugged into cable (or at least with a TV account of some sort) that they could just take a BIG random sampling of what people are watching. I think the networks DON'T want the real numbers out there because it COULD cost them advertising $$$.

    On a different note, last night's numbers are going to be skewed by the Movie Special, A Raisin in the Sun, so not a lot of new info as far as renew or cancel for 'bubble' shows.

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php?tag=login;myprofile Jon V

    You’d think in this day and age with everyone plugged into cable (or at least with a TV account of some sort) that they could just take a BIG random sampling of what people are watching. I think the networks DON’T want the real numbers out there because it COULD cost them advertising $$$.

    On a different note, last night’s numbers are going to be skewed by the Movie Special, A Raisin in the Sun, so not a lot of new info as far as renew or cancel for ‘bubble’ shows.

  • kayarn

    quick breakdown:
    about 300 million people in the country
    about 126 million households
    about 111 million of those have tvs
    about 90-95 million of those have some kind of cable

    so its not EVERYONE. but the theres only about 20 million still without cable. however, cable is so niche based that most people have the group of channels that they like (men= espn, tbs, spike) and thats sort of the cable bubble they live in. even if a show is on usa, many people have the channel and never even think once about seeing whats on it.

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php?tag=login;myprofile Jon V

    The 90-95 million with some kind of cable is a far cry from the 12,000 TV's that are monitored by Nielsen.

    If the cable companies are somehow able to tell us about time-shifted watching, they certainly can give us more representative numbers on total viewers than the 12K Nielsen families (who could very easily be swayed by some sort of 'anomaly' like local affiliate lead-ins to prime time, etc).

    The point is, the Nielsen Ratings need to be replaced by a much larger survey… but for some unknown reason (and I smell conspiracy) this is being avoided by exactly the people we 'think' would want to do it.

  • kayarn

    quick breakdown:
    about 300 million people in the country
    about 126 million households
    about 111 million of those have tvs
    about 90-95 million of those have some kind of cable

    so its not EVERYONE. but the theres only about 20 million still without cable. however, cable is so niche based that most people have the group of channels that they like (men= espn, tbs, spike) and thats sort of the cable bubble they live in. even if a show is on usa, many people have the channel and never even think once about seeing whats on it.

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php?tag=login;myprofile Jon V

    The 90-95 million with some kind of cable is a far cry from the 12,000 TV’s that are monitored by Nielsen.

    If the cable companies are somehow able to tell us about time-shifted watching, they certainly can give us more representative numbers on total viewers than the 12K Nielsen families (who could very easily be swayed by some sort of ‘anomaly’ like local affiliate lead-ins to prime time, etc).

    The point is, the Nielsen Ratings need to be replaced by a much larger survey… but for some unknown reason (and I smell conspiracy) this is being avoided by exactly the people we ‘think’ would want to do it.

  • Jay

    Although I wasn't a big fan of the Terminator series, I can appreciate the cinematic ambitious to a TV serial. Usually during the translation between the two it can spell disaster but with the exception of John Connor being a bit of a grunge-douche, it was well done.

    Anyway, to answer someone's question, the WGA mess was their last ditch effort to release something that would procure their network and tide them over, hopefully, until the strike ended. Low and behold, there ya go- it did just that. Originally it was supposed to be released during the summer so that's would be the size of a SUMMER season :P.

  • Jay

    Although I wasn’t a big fan of the Terminator series, I can appreciate the cinematic ambitious to a TV serial. Usually during the translation between the two it can spell disaster but with the exception of John Connor being a bit of a grunge-douche, it was well done.

    Anyway, to answer someone’s question, the WGA mess was their last ditch effort to release something that would procure their network and tide them over, hopefully, until the strike ended. Low and behold, there ya go- it did just that. Originally it was supposed to be released during the summer so that’s would be the size of a SUMMER season :P.

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