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Nielsen Ratings Tue, Mar 25: Idol Beats Dancing, Au Revoir Jericho

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March 26th, 2008

Scoreboard for Tue. March 25, 2008 FOX ABC NBC CBS CW
Total Viewers (million) 20.99 12.67 8.06 7.11 1.64
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 8.3/21 3.0/8 2.9/6 2.0/5 0.7/2

American Idol was on for an hour and a half and FOX won the night in a blowout.  Even with an hour of Dancing with the Stars (two hours, if you count the recap), ABC was a very, very distant second.   DWTS is a hit for ABC, but it's no AI.  Especially in the 18-49 where AI drew a 9.6/24 and the DWTS results show a 3.8/9.   Idol's domination is kind of scary.

While the spread between total viewers between American Idol and Dancing with the Stars was smaller than the spread between DWTS and The Biggest Loser,  the gap in the 18-49 ratings was much smaller.  Loser had a 3.1/8 among 18-49 viewers in the overnight ratings. Not too shabby up against AI and DWTS! 

In last place (unless you count the CW) was CBS, with an NCIS repeat, Big Brother, and the series finale of Jericho performed pretty much exactly the way they have for the last few weeks. Which, other than NCIS was not so great. 

I enjoyed the Jericho finale -- even though they didn't nuke Cheyenne, there were still enough explosions (and aciton) to keep me happy.  and I wish there was some way for me to buy the unaired cliffhanger right now.  I'm sure I'd pay $5 for it.

One note for Reaper fans.  A Reaper repeat outdrew a new Beauty and the Geek in total viewers.  That can't be a bad thing for its quest for renewal.

Tuesday Night's full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share HH Rating
8:00 FOX American Idol 8p-9:30p 24.38 9.6/24 14.3
  CBS NCIS (Repeat) 9.4 1.9/5 6.3
  NBC The Biggest Loser (8p-10p) 7.86 3.1/8 5.1
  ABC Dancing with the Stars Recap (8p-9p) 10.43 2.1/6 7.1
  CW Beauty and the Geek 1.62 0.7/2 1.3
           
           
9:00 CBS Big Brother 9 5.95 2.2/5 3.4
  ABC Dancing with the Stars 17.9 3.8/9 11.4
  CW Reaper (Repeat) 1.67 0.6/2 1.2
           
10:00 CBS Jericho 5.99 1.9/5 3.4
  NBC Law & Order: SVU (Repeat) 8.54 2.6/7 6.4
  ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 10.4 3.2/9 7.2

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

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  • Danielle

    Lost was a huge break out hit and if Lost hadn't been a hit, I don't think Jericho would have even been made.

    I think Jericho, had the pacing been better in season one, could have at least held its ground. It was an interesting enough idea for 12 million people to tune in. I think the season 1 pacing had a lot to do with loosing viewers and then when the show just up and disappeared…well if you were just only kind of interested in the first place, and then the show is suddenly gone, you move on, find something else.

    Lost Season 1 though was amazing in my opinion. I still like it now, but season one wasn't the tangled web of confusion it can be now. They hooked in a lot of loyal viewers with just good pacing and story telling.

  • Danielle

    Lost was a huge break out hit and if Lost hadn’t been a hit, I don’t think Jericho would have even been made.

    I think Jericho, had the pacing been better in season one, could have at least held its ground. It was an interesting enough idea for 12 million people to tune in. I think the season 1 pacing had a lot to do with loosing viewers and then when the show just up and disappeared…well if you were just only kind of interested in the first place, and then the show is suddenly gone, you move on, find something else.

    Lost Season 1 though was amazing in my opinion. I still like it now, but season one wasn’t the tangled web of confusion it can be now. They hooked in a lot of loyal viewers with just good pacing and story telling.

  • Danielle

    Haha TV on DVD is so awesome!

    I've got some many shows I've gotten into thanks to DVDs. Dexter is one big one. Supernatural is another. The Wire is one of the shows on my to-do list.

    There is just nothing better than discovering a great tv series and having four seasons worth of DVDs to binge through. For the last four years its been a family thing with my boyfriends family to get 24 for Christmas and watch all the episodes in like a week. Whoever first thought “hey, we should sell tv on dvd” is a genius in my mind.

  • Danielle

    Haha TV on DVD is so awesome!

    I’ve got some many shows I’ve gotten into thanks to DVDs. Dexter is one big one. Supernatural is another. The Wire is one of the shows on my to-do list.

    There is just nothing better than discovering a great tv series and having four seasons worth of DVDs to binge through. For the last four years its been a family thing with my boyfriends family to get 24 for Christmas and watch all the episodes in like a week. Whoever first thought “hey, we should sell tv on dvd” is a genius in my mind.

  • kayarn

    the problem with tv on dvd for me at least is i have no self-control, so i roll through all the episodes in no time.

    also, the entire series morphs into one giant movie and you really dont get an appreciation for the episode to episode, season to season elements that you would get if you watched the show when it aired.

    last summer i watched all the episdoes of the shield and i cant tell the difference between season one and season six because its all one giant show at this point.

    but yes, it is fun to watch shows in that way.

  • kayarn

    the problem with tv on dvd for me at least is i have no self-control, so i roll through all the episodes in no time.

    also, the entire series morphs into one giant movie and you really dont get an appreciation for the episode to episode, season to season elements that you would get if you watched the show when it aired.

    last summer i watched all the episdoes of the shield and i cant tell the difference between season one and season six because its all one giant show at this point.

    but yes, it is fun to watch shows in that way.

  • Danielle

    Yeah I couldn't tell you what happened in episode one of Dexter compared to episode six, but I kind of like the stream line of it all. Its not choppy and disected into parts–its one flowing piece of storytelling in my mind. It also helps with shows like Lost when sometimes you run into a very unstatisfying episode but all you have to do is go to the next one without missing a beat and you're good again.

    I'm also a person who will buy seasons of shows I love on DVD even if I watched them live. Its a problem I have LOL. I'm addicted.

  • Danielle

    Yeah I couldn’t tell you what happened in episode one of Dexter compared to episode six, but I kind of like the stream line of it all. Its not choppy and disected into parts–its one flowing piece of storytelling in my mind. It also helps with shows like Lost when sometimes you run into a very unstatisfying episode but all you have to do is go to the next one without missing a beat and you’re good again.

    I’m also a person who will buy seasons of shows I love on DVD even if I watched them live. Its a problem I have LOL. I’m addicted.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    One man's “problem” is another man's “lifestyle”. Sigh. I think Kayarn takes the high road, but as far a binging with no self-control goes, if my biggest binging sin is episodic television — i can live with that. But alas, like Danielle, I must cop to being addicted.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    One man’s “problem” is another man’s “lifestyle”. Sigh. I think Kayarn takes the high road, but as far a binging with no self-control goes, if my biggest binging sin is episodic television — i can live with that. But alas, like Danielle, I must cop to being addicted.

  • KIC

    Excuse me? I didn't say I didn't care about this person. YOU are the one dragging her situation onto a TV ratings blog and I think it was in very poor taste.

  • KIC

    Excuse me? I didn’t say I didn’t care about this person. YOU are the one dragging her situation onto a TV ratings blog and I think it was in very poor taste.

  • KIC

    Lukey, of course there are. And, indeed, wasn't it really classy of Robert to trot that out here?

  • KIC

    Lukey, of course there are. And, indeed, wasn’t it really classy of Robert to trot that out here?

  • http://secondquest.tigersquest.com Lighthope

    Here's the problem with Jericho:

    After giving up on Jericho during the first season, I decided to come back for the finale at least. After five minutes, I got bored and just fast forwarded to the end to see what all the fuss was about.

    For non-Jericho fans (and there are about 257 million of us in the United States), Jericho just can't hold interest. THAT is why the series failed. You can whine and cry about bad scheduling, hiatus, etc, blah, etc, blah. The show just wasn't any good and deserved to die. The was a long and painful death and CBS should never have brought it back after its first cancellation. That was a bad business decision based on the ratings it got.

    It's okay if you like the show. Everyone has different tastes. The problem is, more people disliked it than liked it. More people couldn't be bothered to watch it than could. Your opinion that Jericho was great TV is a valid opinion. And everyone else's opinion that Jericho wasn't worth their time is also a valid opinion.

    In the entertainment business, the majority rules, and the majority has made its decision:

    Good-bye Jericho. We won't miss you.

  • http://secondquest.tigersquest.com Lighthope

    Here’s the problem with Jericho:

    After giving up on Jericho during the first season, I decided to come back for the finale at least. After five minutes, I got bored and just fast forwarded to the end to see what all the fuss was about.

    For non-Jericho fans (and there are about 257 million of us in the United States), Jericho just can’t hold interest. THAT is why the series failed. You can whine and cry about bad scheduling, hiatus, etc, blah, etc, blah. The show just wasn’t any good and deserved to die. The was a long and painful death and CBS should never have brought it back after its first cancellation. That was a bad business decision based on the ratings it got.

    It’s okay if you like the show. Everyone has different tastes. The problem is, more people disliked it than liked it. More people couldn’t be bothered to watch it than could. Your opinion that Jericho was great TV is a valid opinion. And everyone else’s opinion that Jericho wasn’t worth their time is also a valid opinion.

    In the entertainment business, the majority rules, and the majority has made its decision:

    Good-bye Jericho. We won’t miss you.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    KIC, I think you're someone who will not be convinced that CBS should've cancelled Jericho. If I have that wrong, then I apologize.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    KIC, I think you’re someone who will not be convinced that CBS should’ve cancelled Jericho. If I have that wrong, then I apologize.

  • Draco777

    Well last night was not a good night for AI. You'd think now that it's the top 10 it would rise and get up to 30M. :(

  • Draco777

    Well last night was not a good night for AI. You’d think now that it’s the top 10 it would rise and get up to 30M. :(

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