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Nielsen Ratings Mon March 31: CBS Goes Young vs. ABC

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April 1st, 2008

Scoreboard for Mon. March 31, 2008 ABC CBS NBC FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 14.54 12.71 7.95 7.07 1.19
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.0/10 4.4/11 2.4/6 2.4/6 0.5/1

ABC took the most viewers averaging almost two million more viewers than rival CBS. But, words rarely typed on this website, CBS took the 18-49 demo from ABC despite having fewer viewers. With all new episodes, CBS is getting very consistent performance from its Monday night lineup featuring two hours worth of comedy and CSI: Miami.

The bloom may be off the CSI rose, but its fans haven't noticed. CSI: Miami was the most watched show on CBS all night averaging 15.53 million in the 10pm hour. I wish people would stop whining about how hard it is to get viewers at 10pm. CBS had more viewers from 10pm-11pm than any of the earlier hours.

While everyone's raving about The Big Bang Theory and I'll go ahead and rave too, just because it has Kaley C. and even I have to admit Jim Parsons is funny. But this show is the night's weakest link both in viewers and the demo for CBS. It will certainly get more time to build an audience, but if it has numbers like this next season - it's no shoe-in.

Props to Julia Louis-Drefyus for breaking the "ex-Seinfeld" cast member stigma. The New Adventures of Old Christine is starting to stand on its own two legs very nicely, although last night was buoyed by an appearance of her old cast mate, Jason Alexander. But all hail the Men, Two and a Half Men, while trailing CSI: Miami in viewers had the best 18-49 demo rating of any show on television last night with a 5.3/13, which surpassed the 5.0/13 pulled by Dancing with the Stars, which cleared 20 million viewers for its 90 minute installment. Coming out of Dancing was The Bachelor: London Calling, whose numbers will likely be adjusted down in the finals because DWTS ran into the 10pm hour - and it lost more than half of the DWTS audience without the adjustment...

Your dad may be better than my dad (bet on it) but My Dad is Better Than Your Dad is stinking it up for NBC. Deal or No Deal didn't reach the ten million mark, but that almost 10 million can stand to watch that show for an hour is surreal to me. Still it more than doubled "Dad's" lead-in. Deserving credit at the peacock network is Medium in the 10pm slot which held on to most of Deal or No Deal's lead-in (plus it does very well w/DVR viewers). Now in its fourth season, Medium has a loyal and consistent following. Its 18-49 numbers aren't great but... Terminator: TSCC’s Summer Glau I don't believe I would have ever even heard of this show if not for doing this web site. It has no buzz, no promotion, no nothing. Just a stable base of over 10 million viewers (with DVR) who watch it religiously.

Over on FOX, Mark Berman says that New Amsterdam fits nicely out of House. I say a REPEAT of House had almost a million more viewers and outperformed New Amsterdam in the 18-49 demo as well. Not so good, but perhaps not bad for those of us who want to see the return of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Monday night's details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share HH Rating
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars (8p-9:30p) 20.29 5.0/13 12.9
  CBS Big Bang Theory 8.68 3.1/9 5.6
  NBC My Dad is Better than Your Dad 4.36 1.34 2.6
  FOX House (R ) 7.51 2.6/7 4.8
  CW Gossip Girl ( R) 1.1 0.5/1 0.9
           
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 9.67 4.0/11 5.9
           
9:00 CBS Two and a Half Men 14.34 5.3/13 8.7
  CW Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious 1.27 0.6/1 0.9
  NBC Deal or No Deal 9.95 2.7/7 6.4
  FOX New Amsterdam 6.63 2.1/5 4.6
           
9:30 CBS New Adv. of Old Christine 12.41 4.4/11 8.1
  ABC The Bachelor: London Calling 9:30p-11p 8.8 2.9/7 6
           
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 15.53 4.8/12 10.1
  NBC Medium 9.54 3.0/8 6.6

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

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  • Tony

    The core of NA is clearly outmatched by the TSCC core fans both in the demo and overall viewers. I don't see a lot of free timeslots available next fall over at Fox with the new shows debuting and the old ones coming back so I think Fox is gonna choose either TSCC or NA. Not both. Story wise there is so much unexplored potential in TSCC than there ever will be in NA so IMO there is only one winner here. TSCC. Don't underestimate NA's promotion, I saw ads for this show left and right so that's a really poor excuse. If Fox were acting like Fox normally do you'll see the series ender in 2 episodes instead of the season ender.

  • Tony

    The core of NA is clearly outmatched by the TSCC core fans both in the demo and overall viewers. I don't see a lot of free timeslots available next fall over at Fox with the new shows debuting and the old ones coming back so I think Fox is gonna choose either TSCC or NA. Not both. Story wise there is so much unexplored potential in TSCC than there ever will be in NA so IMO there is only one winner here. TSCC. Don't underestimate NA's promotion, I saw ads for this show left and right so that's a really poor excuse. If Fox were acting like Fox normally do you'll see the series ender in 2 episodes instead of the season ender.

  • Tony

    The core of NA is clearly outmatched by the TSCC core fans both in the demo and overall viewers. I don’t see a lot of free timeslots available next fall over at Fox with the new shows debuting and the old ones coming back so I think Fox is gonna choose either TSCC or NA. Not both. Story wise there is so much unexplored potential in TSCC than there ever will be in NA so IMO there is only one winner here. TSCC. Don’t underestimate NA’s promotion, I saw ads for this show left and right so that’s a really poor excuse. If Fox were acting like Fox normally do you’ll see the series ender in 2 episodes instead of the season ender.

  • Jack

    Actually there's two pics. I guess Robert got carried away so the table is pushed to the right and there are two Summer pics. Robert, you devil, you. :-D

  • Jack

    Actually there's two pics. I guess Robert got carried away so the table is pushed to the right and there are two Summer pics. Robert, you devil, you. :-D

  • Jack

    Actually there’s two pics. I guess Robert got carried away so the table is pushed to the right and there are two Summer pics. Robert, you devil, you. :-D

  • Andrea

    Thanks Robert :thumbs up:

    Yes, I am biased for NA, but I like TSCC as well. I am a sci-fi fan. I don't think Marc is biased for NA, I don't think he even watches this show. I've been reading his column for some time, and he's been quite accurate in his assessments.

  • Andrea

    Thanks Robert :thumbs up:

    Yes, I am biased for NA, but I like TSCC as well. I am a sci-fi fan. I don't think Marc is biased for NA, I don't think he even watches this show. I've been reading his column for some time, and he's been quite accurate in his assessments.

  • Andrea

    Thanks Robert :thumbs up:

    Yes, I am biased for NA, but I like TSCC as well. I am a sci-fi fan. I don’t think Marc is biased for NA, I don’t think he even watches this show. I’ve been reading his column for some time, and he’s been quite accurate in his assessments.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Jack, it was an accident, but a.) sometimes accidents happen and b.) sometimes I like the accidental results.

    This was one of those times! I figured the double-dose couldn't hurt anything. It didn't push the table to the right for me but I just looked in Firefox and yeah — it pushed it off to the right. So we're back to only one Summer…not an awful outcome really!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Jack, it was an accident, but a.) sometimes accidents happen and b.) sometimes I like the accidental results.

    This was one of those times! I figured the double-dose couldn't hurt anything. It didn't push the table to the right for me but I just looked in Firefox and yeah — it pushed it off to the right. So we're back to only one Summer…not an awful outcome really!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Jack, it was an accident, but a.) sometimes accidents happen and b.) sometimes I like the accidental results.

    This was one of those times! I figured the double-dose couldn’t hurt anything. It didn’t push the table to the right for me but I just looked in Firefox and yeah — it pushed it off to the right. So we’re back to only one Summer…not an awful outcome really!

  • Andrea

    Tony,

    I still don't see the problem with FOX having *two* dramas returning for Fall. That would be only two successful shows in two seasons!

    FOX will continue to try to fling stuff against the wall, but I think its taking a big risk by ordering Whedon's sight-unseen drama after the disaster of “Firefly”.

  • Andrea

    Tony,

    I still don't see the problem with FOX having *two* dramas returning for Fall. That would be only two successful shows in two seasons!

    FOX will continue to try to fling stuff against the wall, but I think its taking a big risk by ordering Whedon's sight-unseen drama after the disaster of “Firefly”.

  • Andrea

    Tony,

    I still don’t see the problem with FOX having *two* dramas returning for Fall. That would be only two successful shows in two seasons!

    FOX will continue to try to fling stuff against the wall, but I think its taking a big risk by ordering Whedon’s sight-unseen drama after the disaster of “Firefly”.

  • Guess Who

    Wasnt crazy about TSCC when it first came on, but it kind of grew on me; hopefully its gets a full season. Hopefully the new Terminator movie helps give it a boost. NA was just not all that interesting – dont care what happens to that one.

  • Guess Who

    Wasnt crazy about TSCC when it first came on, but it kind of grew on me; hopefully its gets a full season. Hopefully the new Terminator movie helps give it a boost. NA was just not all that interesting – dont care what happens to that one.

  • Guess Who

    Wasnt crazy about TSCC when it first came on, but it kind of grew on me; hopefully its gets a full season. Hopefully the new Terminator movie helps give it a boost. NA was just not all that interesting – dont care what happens to that one.

  • Maria

    Hi, first of all I would like to say I'm a girl (duh)and I'm from Holland so this ratings stuff is beyond me but I would like to comment on the whole Summer Glau thing from a girl's point of view. Somebody compared Summer to Nikolaj but only in their physical appearance rather than their acting abilities. I'm sure Mr Seidman did not plaster Summer's picture all over this site just because she's pretty but she can back it up with some serious acting skills. That's the reason why she has so many fans. I'll give you an example: Me and my brother watched Firefly during the summer and he did not like Summer's look at all, he even used the word butt-ugly as I recall. I told him that's not most important thing to consider but being the dog that he is he laughed in my face. Well, as the show progressed he saw through the appearance and began to appreciate her talent which is impossible to overlook. The final nail in his coffin was Serenity in which Summer left him speechless, you should've seen the look on his face and that's probably the only time in his life he apologized to me for being so wrong because now he has a big crush on her. Which brings me to the comparison with Nikolaj. Summer is a terrific actress who happens to look good while Nikolaj is a strikingly good-looking guy who acts. His role could be played by different good looking guys who could equal his performance easily since he can't even hide his accent. Sure enough he does a much better job than Schwarzenegger but as a European myself I'm constanly annoyed by the little accent nuances. While Summer cannot be replaced in her roles. Who else could pull of River Tam? Even in playing a robot she does the job just perfect, who would think that was even possible? So hence why I think it's unfair to compare the two because not many can hold their own against Summer and this is coming from a girl, not some drooling guy.

  • Maria

    Hi, first of all I would like to say I'm a girl (duh)and I'm from Holland so this ratings stuff is beyond me but I would like to comment on the whole Summer Glau thing from a girl's point of view. Somebody compared Summer to Nikolaj but only in their physical appearance rather than their acting abilities. I'm sure Mr Seidman did not plaster Summer's picture all over this site just because she's pretty but she can back it up with some serious acting skills. That's the reason why she has so many fans. I'll give you an example: Me and my brother watched Firefly during the summer and he did not like Summer's look at all, he even used the word butt-ugly as I recall. I told him that's not most important thing to consider but being the dog that he is he laughed in my face. Well, as the show progressed he saw through the appearance and began to appreciate her talent which is impossible to overlook. The final nail in his coffin was Serenity in which Summer left him speechless, you should've seen the look on his face and that's probably the only time in his life he apologized to me for being so wrong because now he has a big crush on her. Which brings me to the comparison with Nikolaj. Summer is a terrific actress who happens to look good while Nikolaj is a strikingly good-looking guy who acts. His role could be played by different good looking guys who could equal his performance easily since he can't even hide his accent. Sure enough he does a much better job than Schwarzenegger but as a European myself I'm constanly annoyed by the little accent nuances. While Summer cannot be replaced in her roles. Who else could pull of River Tam? Even in playing a robot she does the job just perfect, who would think that was even possible? So hence why I think it's unfair to compare the two because not many can hold their own against Summer and this is coming from a girl, not some drooling guy.

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