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Nielsen Ratings Mon March 17: Dancing is Back

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March 18th, 2008

Scoreboard for Mon. March 17, 2008 ABC CBS NBC FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 14.93 10.61 8.17 6.34 1.68
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.4/12 3.9/10 2.5/7 2.0/5 0.7/2

Dancing with the Stars returned and ABC easily won St. Patrick's Day night in overall viewers and the 18-49 demographic.  It wasn't an American Idol style beatdown, but it wasn't all that close either with ABC averaging more than 4 million viewers more than second place CBS.  But this was the most competitive night of TV, especially in the 18-49 demo in sometime, and the CBS comedies hold up quite well.

Kaley CoucoMany are all starry-eyed over The Big Bang Theory.  Big Bang is a nice little comedy, and its ratings are exactly in line with what it is.  A nice little comedy.  Not a great comedy - not Seinfeld, Cheers or even Two and a Half Men.  It's not even anywhere near the quality of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter - which was a great comedy.  I love Kaley Couco, and I can certainly understand getting starry eyed over her.  But Big Bang is a nice little comedy, not a great comedy. 

But even today's greatest (ratings-wise, anyway) comedy, Two and a Half Men was no match for the return of Dancing with the Stars.  Dancing was by far and away the most watched show of the evening, and while no American Idol, it's still the best ratings workhorse for the Mouse by far..  Last night was an hour and a half of the men dancing, and those who already are pegging Penn Gillette to go are out of their minds - Adam Corrolla will be drawing the short straw. The fans aren't going to get rid of the magician quickly, even if he does dance like Shrek.

ABC also ran with an hour and a half of The Bachelor, and while I understand airing DWTS as often as possible, the bloom is definitely off the rose for Bachelor which could barely hold onto a third of the DWTS viewers.  I'm sure Bachelor fans will be whining about what a bad lead-in DWTS is!

NBC ran with My Dad is Better Than Your Dad (but not better than anything ratings-wise, except a repeat of Gossip Girl), Deal or No Deal (which came in 3rd behind DWTS and 2.5 Men) and Medium, which couldn't beat a rerun of CSI: Miami.

FOX needs to make more Prison Break and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicle quickly.  Cantebury's Law is tanking (it lost more than 25% of its viewers since last week)and New Amsterdam was next to last in the 9pm hour, beating out only Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.  

OK, I admit it -- I'd love to see an episode of Terminator with Kaley C. guest-starring as a terminator alongside Summer Glau...

St. Patrick's Day Night's full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share HH Rating
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars (8p-9:30) 20.9 5.5/15 13.4
  CBS Big Bang Theory 9.11 3.7/11 5.4
  NBC My Dad is Better than Your Dad 4.68 1.5/4 2.7
  FOX Canterburys Law 5.66 1.7/5 4
  CW Gossip Girl ( R) 1.25 0.6/2 1
           
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 9.73 4.3/11 5.7
           
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 14.03 5.4/13 8.7
  CW Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious 1.57 0.7/2 1.2
  NBC Deal or No Deal 9.93 2.9/7 5.8
  FOX New Amsterdam 7.3 2.3/6 4.8
           
9:30 CBS New Adv. of Old Christine 11.45 4.3/11 7.7
  ABC The Bachelor (9:30p-11p) 8.96 3.3/9 5.4
           
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R ) 9.66 3.0/8 6.7
  NBC Medium 9.89 3.2/9 6.7

 

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

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  • D.D.

    Wow, you are an ass.

  • D.D.

    Wow, you are an ass.

  • Bill

    No, you need to admit you’re infatuated with Ms. Glau. It’s understandable though, after checking out the 25 “scary” women on the Bachelor, I’d prefer watching Ms. Glau play a “scary” robot.

  • Bill

    No, you need to admit you're infatuated with Ms. Glau. It's understandable though, after checking out the 25 “scary” women on the Bachelor, I'd prefer watching Ms. Glau play a “scary” robot.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I feel as though I admit my infatuation with Ms. Glau on a weekly basis (at least!). Frankj will back me up!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I feel as though I admit my infatuation with Ms. Glau on a weekly basis (at least!). Frankj will back me up!

  • Tony

    Glau is not a scary robot, she’s a very scary robot! And Robert, I’ll back you up too.

  • Tony

    Glau is not a scary robot, she's a very scary robot! And Robert, I'll back you up too.

  • Jack

    You’ve got my back, Robert! :-) Those are some solid numbers for The Big Bang Theory, I admit I enjoy the show. Not as much as, say, The Office, but Kaley Cuoco is definitely a plus for TBBT.

  • Jack

    You've got my back, Robert! :-) Those are some solid numbers for The Big Bang Theory, I admit I enjoy the show. Not as much as, say, The Office, but Kaley Cuoco is definitely a plus for TBBT.

  • frankj

    I don’t think it’s possible to not like Summer.

  • frankj

    I don't think it's possible to not like Summer.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Actually I screwed up, TBBT did 9.11 million and a 3.7/11 (i originally had it in the table as 9.73, 4.3/11 but that was HIMYM. Still solid, but not as good — I guess I love Kaley enough that I want to fudge the numbers on her behalf!

    I’ve updated the table…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Actually I screwed up, TBBT did 9.11 million and a 3.7/11 (i originally had it in the table as 9.73, 4.3/11 but that was HIMYM. Still solid, but not as good — I guess I love Kaley enough that I want to fudge the numbers on her behalf!

    I've updated the table…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Summer Glau!

    One of these days I will do a DVR Battle: Kaley vs. Summer…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Summer Glau!

    One of these days I will do a DVR Battle: Kaley vs. Summer…

  • Jack

    I for one wouldn’t mind if there’s a Kaley pic every tuesday… now that Summer’s off the air :-(

  • Jack

    I for one wouldn't mind if there's a Kaley pic every tuesday… now that Summer's off the air :-(

  • Sandy

    Congratulations to Robert Seidman for being the first person ever in the history of the world to call 8 Simple Rules a great show!

  • Sandy

    Congratulations to Robert Seidman for being the first person ever in the history of the world to call 8 Simple Rules a great show!

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