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Nielsen Ratings Mon April 7: CBS and Kansas Win

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April 8th, 2008

Scoreboard for Mon. April 7, 2008 CBS ABC NBC FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 14.79 14.00 8.47 7.34 1.14
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 5.4/14 3.9/10 2.5/7 2.4/6 0.5/1

CBS won the night in both overall viewers and the 18-49 demographic on the back of the NCAA Men's final between Kansas and Memphis.  What a great game!  I'm not looking forward to hearing more about Memphis' free shooting woes.  Fortunately my friend Mike who saw his NCAA pool winnings evaporate before his eyes is not a big fan of the 5p-6p (EDT) hour on ESPN.  There is not yet enough data available to make any call on the overall performance of the game ratings wise, but the prime-time portion, coupled with the fact that these #s always seems to be adjusted upward when it comes to live sporting events leads me to believe this won't be record low performance for CBS.  Update: it was not record low performance.

The most interesting thing CBS-wise to me may be that a repeat of The Big Bang Theory at 8pm had what may be the most viewers the show has ever pulled in (10.21 million) and the demo numbers were a solid 3.6/11.  I believe some of this may be due to the way time zones get averaged in the overnights - and it could be that both that and the repeat of Two and a Half Men will be adjusted downward in the final numbers.  We'll see.

ABC was in strong second place led by 90 minutes of Dancing with the Stars which averaged almost 20 million viewers.  Samantha Who? was back and lost about 40% of the DWTS lead-in, but given that a.) people have remote controls and know how to use them and b.) the NCAA game was on, I'd say this was a pretty good showing for Samantha and Miss Applegate.  Perhaps not a triumphant return, but more than a warm welcome back.

NBC is mostly not worth mentioning here other than Medium, in the 10pm timeslot with over 10.72 million and a 3.4/9 in the 18-49 demo was NBC's best-performer of the night.  I don't want to hear any whining about 10pm in the future!

FOX ran with a House repeat that led into a new episode of New Amsterdam.  Marc Berman says NA fits like a glove out of House, but when I saw that NA performed worse in the demo than a rerun of House, it conjured images of O.J. Simpson in the courtroom struggling to get the gloves on.

See the night's full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share HH Rating
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars (8p-9:30p) 19.53 4.8/13 12.7
  CBS Big Bang Theory (R ) 10.21 3.6/11 5.5
  NBC My Dad is Better than Your Dad 4.53 1.3/4 2.4
  FOX House (R ) 7.16 2.5/7 4.9
  CW Gossip Girl ( R) 1.18 0.5/1 1.1
           
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men (R ) 12.35 4.4/12 6.2
           
9:00 CBS NCAA Men's Basketball Final (9p-11p) 16.55 6.1/16 11.5
  CW One Tree Hill (R ) 1.09 0.5/1 1.2
  NBC Deal or No Deal 9.81 2.9/7 5.9
  FOX New Amsterdam 7.53 2.3/6 4.9
           
9:30 ABC Samantha Who? 11.8 3.5/8 7.5
           
10:00 ABC The Bachelor: London Calling 7.02 2.7/7 4.6
  NBC Medium 10.72 3.4/9 7.6

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

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  • Tony

    It's monday night recap so that means 2 words, Summer Glau!

  • Tony

    It’s monday night recap so that means 2 words, Summer Glau!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Goodness…I just don't work well the day after baseball opening day,beer, NCAA finals and tequila shots! I apologize to Summer and her many fans! Feel the love…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Goodness…I just don’t work well the day after baseball opening day,beer, NCAA finals and tequila shots! I apologize to Summer and her many fans! Feel the love…

  • frankj

    If you're looking for all plausible explanations for how a BBT repeat pulls in more viewers than a new episode, maybe the repeat was the episode that mentioned Summer? ;-)

  • frankj

    If you’re looking for all plausible explanations for how a BBT repeat pulls in more viewers than a new episode, maybe the repeat was the episode that mentioned Summer? ;-)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    or perhaps just the notion that it *might* have been! ;)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    or perhaps just the notion that it *might* have been! ;)

  • Maria

    Hi, I was wondering about New Amsterdam's numbers. I compared them to Terminator and the total viewers this week is still low compared to the usual episode of Terminator but don't understand that demo number. I assume Terminator still ranks higher because it's number is still higher but is it significant?

  • Maria

    Hi, I was wondering about New Amsterdam’s numbers. I compared them to Terminator and the total viewers this week is still low compared to the usual episode of Terminator but don’t understand that demo number. I assume Terminator still ranks higher because it’s number is still higher but is it significant?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Maria if your question is: “is performance in the 18-49 demo significant?”, my answer is: yes.

    But I have no way of knowing if those two shows (NA and TSCC) are competing for one spot. It's not unthinkable that both would be brought back. If it is a battle between the two, I'd think all other things being equal, TSCC's numbers give it the advantage.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Maria if your question is: “is performance in the 18-49 demo significant?”, my answer is: yes.

    But I have no way of knowing if those two shows (NA and TSCC) are competing for one spot. It’s not unthinkable that both would be brought back. If it is a battle between the two, I’d think all other things being equal, TSCC’s numbers give it the advantage.

  • Maria

    Thank you!

  • Maria

    Thank you!

  • Bill

    This is great! Five weeks after the last T:TSCC episode and the first comment references Summer Glau!

  • Bill

    This is great! Five weeks after the last T:TSCC episode and the first comment references Summer Glau!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 9th! sadly: welovesummer.com was already taken :(

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 9th! sadly: welovesummer.com was already taken :(

  • frankj

    Now see, Robert, and here I thought you’d be well on your way to converting half of this page into a Summer Glau fansite by now.

    hmm…wait…that post with Summer’s picture on it has been in the sidebar for a while now… ;-)

  • frankj

    Now see, Robert, and here I thought you'd be well on your way to converting half of this page into a Summer Glau fansite by now.

    hmm…wait…that post with Summer's picture on it has been in the sidebar for a while now… ;-)

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