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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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    If time, other considerations and Bill G. allow, I will keep it there until TSCC is officially renewed!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    If time, other considerations and Bill G. allow, I will keep it there until TSCC is officially renewed!

  • Tony

    Now that’s a good idea!

  • Tony

    Now that's a good idea!

  • K8ie

    It looks to me like NA benefited from CBS comedy viewers who weren’t into bball.

    What do you think – would anything do well after House?

  • K8ie

    It looks to me like NA benefited from CBS comedy viewers who weren't into bball.

    What do you think – would anything do well after House?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    K8ie, I guess the question is “would anything do well out of RERUN of House. Of the current Fox schedule I can’t really think of anything that would do well that wouldn’t do better where it is. Conceivably Hell’s Kitchen is a good fit, but it makes more sense after Idol for a couple of reasons: both are unscripted shows, and HK does very well in the 18-49 demo, so trying to capture Idol’s tremendous base of 18-49s makes sense.

    I think HK would probably do very well after a NEW episode of House, but I believe the new episodes of House air at 9pm.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    K8ie, I guess the question is “would anything do well out of RERUN of House. Of the current Fox schedule I can't really think of anything that would do well that wouldn't do better where it is. Conceivably Hell's Kitchen is a good fit, but it makes more sense after Idol for a couple of reasons: both are unscripted shows, and HK does very well in the 18-49 demo, so trying to capture Idol's tremendous base of 18-49s makes sense.

    I think HK would probably do very well after a NEW episode of House, but I believe the new episodes of House air at 9pm.

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