Non-scripted Dominates Top 20 for the week ending March 2, 2008
FOX's American Idol continues its dominance with all three weekly airings landing in the top three. CBS placed FOX placed seven shows in the top 20, FOX placed six shows, ABC had five and NBC had a paltry two.
Only eight of the top 20 shows were scripted, led by ABC's LOST. That was one of my all time favorite episodes. Three scripted comedies made the list, a rerun of CBS' Two and a Half Men and two installments of FOX's Back to You which aired following AI on consecutive nights.
Is Oprah's Big Give a big deal? To ABC it is - it was the fourth most watched program of the week, trailing only AI, but the best Idol had 28.6 million and Oprah had 15.7 million viewers. If you add up all three American Idol's that's like 82.4 million to 15.7 million.
Oprah is amazing. But she's not AI amazing - don't sweat it, we're pretty sure Oprah is making lots more than Paula, though when I look at the ratings I think Paula probably deserves a raise (Simon and Randy too!). I'm guessing they get them, too.
Not on this list, TVbytheNumbers fan favorites Jericho (49th), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (46th) and Big Brother 9 (52nd in the best of the 3 airings). Indeed Jericho had only a scant 4,000 more viewers than Dexter (50th), not a great sign
The Price is Right Primetime made the list at #20, and ABC newcomer, Here Come the Newlyweds was 19th
Top 20 Shows by viewers for the week ending 03/02/08:
|Rank||PROGRAMS||Net||HH RATING (LIVE+SD)||HH SHARE (LIVE+SD)||# OF PERSONS 2+ (LIVE+SD) (000)|
|3||AMERICAN IDOL THU SP-2/28(S)||FOX||14.9||23||26,232|
|4||OPRAH'S BIG GIVE||ABC||9.5||15||15,680|
|5||DEAL OR NO DEAL-MON||NBC||9.2||14||15,425|
|6||EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME ED.||ABC||8.4||13||14,874|
|7||DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS||FOX||8.4||13||14,395|
|9||ABC PREMIERE EVENT-2/25(S)||ABC||8.6||13||12,688|
|12||TWO AND A HALF MEN (R )||CBS||7.6||12||12,199|
|13||BACK TO YOU SP-2/26 9:30P(S)||FOX||7.4||11||12,154|
|14||BACK TO YOU SP-2/27 9:30P(S)||FOX||7.2||11||11,677|
|15||CSI (R )||CBS||7.5||12||11,554|
|16||LAW AND ORDER||NBC||7.7||13||11,437|
|17||NCIS (R )||CBS||7.3||11||11,082|
|18||WITHOUT A TRACE (R )||CBS||7.0||12||10,453|
|19||HERE COME THE NEWLYWEDS||ABC||6.4||11||10,092|
|20||PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME||CBS||6.2||11||9,492|
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