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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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  • 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.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Maria, thank you. While it saddens me a little that I'm better understood by the women of the Netherlands than the women of San Francisco, you called it correctly.

    Though I think Ms. Glau is very attractive, I am lucky in that my eyes get to feast on beautiful women allllll the time. But how many of them can pull off the role of a cool and calculating robot like Ms. Glau? I plaster her here because I think she's great in that role and I enjoyed Terminator: TSCC very much.

    In fairness, I have yet to watch New Amsterdam so I can't opine on it or Nikolaj's acting abilities.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Maria, thank you. While it saddens me a little that I'm better understood by the women of the Netherlands than the women of San Francisco, you called it correctly.

    Though I think Ms. Glau is very attractive, I am lucky in that my eyes get to feast on beautiful women allllll the time. But how many of them can pull off the role of a cool and calculating robot like Ms. Glau? I plaster her here because I think she's great in that role and I enjoyed Terminator: TSCC very much.

    In fairness, I have yet to watch New Amsterdam so I can't opine on it or Nikolaj's acting abilities.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Maria, thank you. While it saddens me a little that I’m better understood by the women of the Netherlands than the women of San Francisco, you called it correctly.

    Though I think Ms. Glau is very attractive, I am lucky in that my eyes get to feast on beautiful women allllll the time. But how many of them can pull off the role of a cool and calculating robot like Ms. Glau? I plaster her here because I think she’s great in that role and I enjoyed Terminator: TSCC very much.

    In fairness, I have yet to watch New Amsterdam so I can’t opine on it or Nikolaj’s acting abilities.

  • Guess Who

    What will be even more interesting than tonights 10pm airing of CSI Miami will be the silly new retread of “Circus of the Stars” called “Secret Talents of the Stars” starting April 8th.

    http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/cbs-reveals-

    At first I though this show was a joke after reading the lineup of mostly has-been stars and people that I dont classify as stars at all. I wonder if this will beat Jericho's ratings? If it does that will be the final insult to Jericho fans. I think Les Moonves is hoping thats what happens.

  • Guess Who

    What will be even more interesting than tonights 10pm airing of CSI Miami will be the silly new retread of “Circus of the Stars” called “Secret Talents of the Stars” starting April 8th.

    http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/cbs-reveals-

    At first I though this show was a joke after reading the lineup of mostly has-been stars and people that I dont classify as stars at all. I wonder if this will beat Jericho's ratings? If it does that will be the final insult to Jericho fans. I think Les Moonves is hoping thats what happens.

  • Guess Who

    What will be even more interesting than tonights 10pm airing of CSI Miami will be the silly new retread of “Circus of the Stars” called “Secret Talents of the Stars” starting April 8th.

    http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/cbs-reveals-secret-talents-of-stars-cast-series-debut-april-8-6750.php

    At first I though this show was a joke after reading the lineup of mostly has-been stars and people that I dont classify as stars at all. I wonder if this will beat Jericho’s ratings? If it does that will be the final insult to Jericho fans. I think Les Moonves is hoping thats what happens.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Well I'll give them props at least for not including Danny Bondacuce and Gary Coleman ;)

    And, I confess when I saw the press release a couple of weeks ago my first thought was “What kind of silly *** stupid ******* idea is THIS?”

    But then I did think, “George Takei? Sulu sings country? I might have to see that!” I'm guessing though I will have to settle for enjoying him much more in the role of Hiro Nakamura's dad on Heroes. I wished they hadn't killed him off, but given the time travel capabilities, perhaps he will return someday.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Well I'll give them props at least for not including Danny Bondacuce and Gary Coleman ;)

    And, I confess when I saw the press release a couple of weeks ago my first thought was “What kind of silly *** stupid ******* idea is THIS?”

    But then I did think, “George Takei? Sulu sings country? I might have to see that!” I'm guessing though I will have to settle for enjoying him much more in the role of Hiro Nakamura's dad on Heroes. I wished they hadn't killed him off, but given the time travel capabilities, perhaps he will return someday.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Well I’ll give them props at least for not including Danny Bondacuce and Gary Coleman ;)

    And, I confess when I saw the press release a couple of weeks ago my first thought was “What kind of silly *** stupid ******* idea is THIS?”

    But then I did think, “George Takei? Sulu sings country? I might have to see that!” I’m guessing though I will have to settle for enjoying him much more in the role of Hiro Nakamura’s dad on Heroes. I wished they hadn’t killed him off, but given the time travel capabilities, perhaps he will return someday.

  • Guess Who

    Robert,

    Mr Sulu on Heroes was one of few bright spots for Season 2. Im sure eventually Danny Bonaduce will show up on the talent show eventually along with Flavor Flav, New York, Gary Busey, Bret Michaels along with the cast of Pussycat Dolls (why is that thing still on the air?) . Actually I wouldnt mind seeing Busey do something suitably bizarre like catching bullets with his teeth.

  • Guess Who

    Robert,

    Mr Sulu on Heroes was one of few bright spots for Season 2. Im sure eventually Danny Bonaduce will show up on the talent show eventually along with Flavor Flav, New York, Gary Busey, Bret Michaels along with the cast of Pussycat Dolls (why is that thing still on the air?) . Actually I wouldnt mind seeing Busey do something suitably bizarre like catching bullets with his teeth.

  • Guess Who

    Robert,

    Mr Sulu on Heroes was one of few bright spots for Season 2. Im sure eventually Danny Bonaduce will show up on the talent show eventually along with Flavor Flav, New York, Gary Busey, Bret Michaels along with the cast of Pussycat Dolls (why is that thing still on the air?) . Actually I wouldnt mind seeing Busey do something suitably bizarre like catching bullets with his teeth.

  • Andrea

    Robert:

    Heresy! You must watch NA!

  • Andrea

    Robert:

    Heresy! You must watch NA!

  • Andrea

    Robert:

    Heresy! You must watch NA!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Andrea, I plead guilty but there are soooo many things on the list to catch up on. several seasons of Friday Night Lights and Desperate Housewives. I think I might have gotten my fill of immortals back in the day with the Highlander.

    If FOX renews it, I promise I will watch/catch up.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Andrea, I plead guilty but there are soooo many things on the list to catch up on. several seasons of Friday Night Lights and Desperate Housewives. I think I might have gotten my fill of immortals back in the day with the Highlander.

    If FOX renews it, I promise I will watch/catch up.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Andrea, I plead guilty but there are soooo many things on the list to catch up on. several seasons of Friday Night Lights and Desperate Housewives. I think I might have gotten my fill of immortals back in the day with the Highlander.

    If FOX renews it, I promise I will watch/catch up.

  • Andrea

    Ok, I'll take your word. Unlike the guy from Highlander, John Amsterdam has a family tree of 63 kids, lol.

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