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Nielsen Ratings for Thur, Feb 28: FOX Cannot Be Stopped

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February 29th, 2008

Scoreboard for Thurs. Feb. 28, 2008 FOX CBS ABC NBC CW
Total Viewers (million) 20.23 11.48 8.50 5.82 1.67
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 7.2/18 3.3/9 3.2/8 2.5/6 0.6/2


small-simon.jpgAny day ending with a Y that they'd run American Idol surely spells victory for FOX, so they're running it not once, not twice, but three times a week.  The Thursday results shows are less-watched and for a shorter time period, but that least-watched one hour still pulls in more viewers than four airings of Big Brother combined.

Last night's LOST might have been one of my favorite episodes ever.  A mad (ok, eccentric) scientist and a time travel love story.  That was one of the most interesting treatments of time-travel I've ever seen.  I LOVED it, and I'm sure at least a few million others did too, but none the less Lost lost in total viewers to Don't Forget the Lyrics, though by a whisker Lost won the 18-49 demographic. 

Last year many episodes of Lost left me saying "meh".  Meh. Meh. Meh. Meh.  But I'm glad I hung on, Season 4 has been outstanding, but despite my opinion, ratings for Lost continue to erode.  This week less than 13 million (12.85m) watched according to the overnights.  I hope there isn't some truism  where if I love the show it's either getting cancelled or moving to cable.

Here's a brief recap of the timeslot winners:

8pm: Idol bests everything (AI had more than 2x the viewers and 2x the 18-49 viewers as distant 2nd place Survivor: Micronesia, followed by repeats of the Office, Lost and Smallville)

9pm: Don't Forget they Lyrics bests Lost, CSI, and Celebrity Apprentice

10pm: A repeat of Without a Trace dominates for CBS, with Eli Stone pulling better numbers than Lipstick Jungle

See the night's full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share HH Rating
8:00 CBS Survivor: Micronesia 12.47 4.2/11 7.1
  FOX American Idol 25.91 9.1/24 14.2
  ABC Lost (Repeat) 5.18 1.6/4 4
  NBC The Office (2 repeats 8p-9p) 4.09 1.8/5 3.1
  CW Smallville (Repeat) 1.8 0.7/2 1.8
           
9:00 CBS CSI (Repeat) 11.6 3.0/7 8
  FOX Don't Forget the Lyrics 14.56 5.2/13 8.1
  ABC Lost 12.85 5.4/13 7.9
  NBC Celebrity Apprentice 7.62 3.1/8 5.3
  CW Reaper (Repeat) 1.53 0.6/2 1.4
           
10:00 CBS Without a Trace (Repeat) 10.36 3.3/9 7.6
  ABC Eli Stone 7.46 2.7/7 5.2
  NBC Lipstick Jungle 5.75 2.5/7 4.2

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

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  • kayarn

    from a business perspective obviously they matter. but i think most of us are simply fans of these show, and could really care less if disney pulls in $50 million in profit off the show or $55 million or $30 million. so long is the show is on the air and we can see it, thats what matters.

    and lost doesnt have to worry about its life on the air, it'll play out as intended and we'll get the all the episodes that the producers wanted to make (even with the strike, they said they will give us those extra 3 episodes at some point).

    its more interesting to focus on jericho and fnl because they live and die week to week with these numbers. lost doesnt. so kind of worrying about if they are up or down or whatever is more or less irrelevant to the tv fan.

  • kayarn

    from a business perspective obviously they matter. but i think most of us are simply fans of these show, and could really care less if disney pulls in $50 million in profit off the show or $55 million or $30 million. so long is the show is on the air and we can see it, thats what matters.

    and lost doesnt have to worry about its life on the air, it’ll play out as intended and we’ll get the all the episodes that the producers wanted to make (even with the strike, they said they will give us those extra 3 episodes at some point).

    its more interesting to focus on jericho and fnl because they live and die week to week with these numbers. lost doesnt. so kind of worrying about if they are up or down or whatever is more or less irrelevant to the tv fan.

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