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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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  • Jack

    frankj, indeed she is! :-) BTW, I’ve heard some whispering that FOX did in fact renew Terminator for a second season. I don’t think it’s official yet, but the spoilerTV section @ DarkUFO is reporting that Summer will be back.

  • Jack

    frankj, indeed she is! :-) BTW, I've heard some whispering that FOX did in fact renew Terminator for a second season. I don't think it's official yet, but the spoilerTV section @ DarkUFO is reporting that Summer will be back.

  • frankj

    I’ve heard that too!

    Though considering it’s FOX we’re talking about here…I suppose we’ll all have to hold back the cheering until they actually put out something official.

  • frankj

    I've heard that too!

    Though considering it's FOX we're talking about here…I suppose we'll all have to hold back the cheering until they actually put out something official.

  • Jake

    Good to see that HIMYM grew in audience and out performed TBBT when they switched slots. It tells me that it’s more the slot than it is the show. The Dec 10 8pm HIMYM episode averaged 8.3 million. The 9.73 rating was up to first season numbers! It also tells me that HIMYM has a loyal audience. HIMYM should see even more ratings with the Britney Spears guest spot. Renew it already CBS!

  • Jake

    Good to see that HIMYM grew in audience and out performed TBBT when they switched slots. It tells me that it's more the slot than it is the show. The Dec 10 8pm HIMYM episode averaged 8.3 million. The 9.73 rating was up to first season numbers! It also tells me that HIMYM has a loyal audience. HIMYM should see even more ratings with the Britney Spears guest spot. Renew it already CBS!

  • frankj

    I can’t stop posting the CW’s numbers though. trainwreck, can’t avert my eyes, etc.

    Just wait until they do the revival of 90210.

  • frankj

    I can’t stop posting the CW’s numbers though. trainwreck, can’t avert my eyes, etc.

    Just wait until they do the revival of 90210.

  • http://newamsterdam-forever.com John T. Folden

    It seems to me that NA could do really well with a better lead-in. For the last two weeks it has had sizable growth over Canterbury’s Law. Where’s the old FOX that would sack CL now and be airing FOX reruns next week?

  • http://newamsterdam-forever.com John T. Folden

    It seems to me that NA could do really well with a better lead-in. For the last two weeks it has had sizable growth over Canterbury's Law. Where's the old FOX that would sack CL now and be airing FOX reruns next week?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    CW’s numbers for this week [2.35m average viewers], are below both USA [2.86m] and Disney [2.42m] cable networks from last week. (I’ll get this weeks cable network aggregate data up ASAP).

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    CW's numbers for this week [2.35m average viewers], are below both USA [2.86m] and Disney [2.42m] cable networks from last week. (I'll get this weeks cable network aggregate data up ASAP).

  • Mark

    I have to disagree with you on big bang theory, maybe it’s just b/c I’m a bit of a geek myself but I would rather watch it than any 30 min comedy on the air right now. It might not be as great as some of the classic comedies you mentioned but it’s every bit as good as anything else out there currently.

  • Mark

    I have to disagree with you on big bang theory, maybe it's just b/c I'm a bit of a geek myself but I would rather watch it than any 30 min comedy on the air right now. It might not be as great as some of the classic comedies you mentioned but it's every bit as good as anything else out there currently.

  • Sandy

    John Ritter was a genius. The show’s writers, however, not so much.

  • Sandy

    John Ritter was a genius. The show's writers, however, not so much.

  • Mark

    Also sorry for not clarifying in my post on Thursday, I just wanted the numbers for Lost last year in the 10 pm slot just to compare to what Eli Stone is doing for my own curiosity, thanks for the data.

  • Mark

    Also sorry for not clarifying in my post on Thursday, I just wanted the numbers for Lost last year in the 10 pm slot just to compare to what Eli Stone is doing for my own curiosity, thanks for the data.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Mark,I like several comedies more than I like Two and a Half Men, but there’s no contesting Men’s current ratings supremacy among sitcoms.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Mark,I like several comedies more than I like Two and a Half Men, but there's no contesting Men's current ratings supremacy among sitcoms.

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