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Nielsen Ratings Tue, April 8: Secret Talents of The Stars? So Secret Nobody Watched!

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April 9th, 2008

Scoreboard for Tue. April 8, 2008 FOX ABC NBC CBS CW
Total Viewers (million) 17.85 10.75 8.91 8.26 1.77
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 7.2/18 2.5/6 3.4/9 2.3/6 0.7/2

American Idol was on and FOX won the night across the board.  American Idol is off its former glory but still commanding 24 million viewers and a 8.9/24 in the 18-49 demographic.  Later on FOX was Hell's Kitchen which had less than half the viewers as Idol, but retained more than 50% of the 18-49 demographic.  The 11.63 million viewers and the 5.4/13 rating/share in the demo may be adjusted downward in the finals as again, according to my DVR, Idol ran into the 9pm hour a little bit. But Gordon Ramsay is an 18-49 demo force, with almost five million fewer viewers than Dancing with the Stars, HK still won the age demographic.

Chef must know his status, he just does whatever he wants on the show - including ejecting someone who was not nominated for ejection.  Nonetheless, I find that I cannot "get out of Hell's Kitchen."

Over on ABC the aforementioned DWTS results show pulled in 16.54 million with a 3.5/9 demo rating/share, obviously its biggest show of the night, and significantly bigger in viewers and the demo than the hours worth of Just for Laughs (season finale) that came before it.  At 10pm Boston Legal was back and won the hour with 10.16 million viewers.  But it was beaten by a repeat of Law & Order: SVU in the 18-49 demographic.  BL's numbers will likely be adjusted down as well since DWTS ran a couple of minutes into the 10pm hour.

Over on CBS, NCIS raked in 13.88 million, but trailed both The Biggest Loser and of course Idol in the 18-49 demographic.  Big Brother gave another consistent Tuesday night performance (consistently under 6.5 million viewers).  But the verdict is in, not that many people want to watch Star Trek's Sulu (George Takei) sing country I guess.  Only 4.61 million tuned in for Secret Talents of the Stars, with a 1.5/4 in the demographic. And yes, that is significantly worse than Jericho performed in the same timeslot.

Over on NBC The Biggest Loser has to get a little love.  Two hours worth averaged 9.05 million viewers and a 3.7/9, leading NBC to second place for the night in the age demographic, despite the third place finish overall.  And a 3.0/8 in the demo for the Law & Order: SVU repeat was not shabby either.

Things are rough for the CW.  A repeat of Reaper did just about as well as a new installment of Beauty and the Geek.  Neither did very well at all.

See the night's full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share HH Rating
8:00 FOX American Idol 8p-9p 24.00 8.9/24 14.4
  CBS NCIS 13.88 2.9/8 8.8
  NBC The Biggest Loser (8p-10p) 9.05 3.7/9 5.5
  ABC Just for Laughs 5.46 1.4/4 1.5
  CW Beauty and the Geek 1.80 0.8/2  
           
8:30 ABC Just for Laughs 5.64 1.5/4 3.4
           
9:00 CBS Big Brother 9 6.30 2.4/6 3.6
  ABC Dancing with the Stars 16.54 3.5/9 11.4
  FOX Hells Kitchen 11.63 5.4/13 7.0
  CW Reaper (Repeat) 1.74 0.6/2 1.2
           
10:00 CBS Secret Talents pf the Stars 4.61 1.5/4 2.9
  NBC Law & Order: SVU (Repeat) 8.62 3.0/8 6.6
  ABC Boston Legal 10.16 2.5/7 6.6

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

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  • Guess Who

    LOL! Secret Talents of the Stars did worse than Jericho in that time slot. CBS would be better off airing a CSI Miami rerun. Some would say why not Jericho reruns, but the few times CBS did air Jericho reruns they were lucky to get 1 million viewers. Plus CBS simply wants nothing more to do with Jericho other than selling it to someone else. Of course, I suspect it could remain there for its brief scheduled run just because its dirt cheap to make. Really, how much did they pay Mr. Sulu to sing like a cowboy? 100 bucks?

  • Guess Who

    LOL! Secret Talents of the Stars did worse than Jericho in that time slot. CBS would be better off airing a CSI Miami rerun. Some would say why not Jericho reruns, but the few times CBS did air Jericho reruns they were lucky to get 1 million viewers. Plus CBS simply wants nothing more to do with Jericho other than selling it to someone else. Of course, I suspect it could remain there for its brief scheduled run just because its dirt cheap to make. Really, how much did they pay Mr. Sulu to sing like a cowboy? 100 bucks?

  • dearme

    Can u tell me the ratings of PBS, do they fare more than CW? and how does Ellen do in daytime???

  • dearme

    Can u tell me the ratings of PBS, do they fare more than CW? and how does Ellen do in daytime???

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    dearme, we don’t see any PBS ratings. My guess is that it’s because they are not ad supported, because we do see information on all other broadcast primetime shows.

    We do have weekly Syndicated ratings, I don’t recall Ellen ever appearing in the list.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    PBS numbers do exist, but I’ve never seen them unless they are running a special show or miniseries and they publish the ratings.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    PBS numbers do exist, but I’ve never seen them unless they are running a special show or miniseries and they publish the ratings.

  • Josh

    I don’t think “Secret Talents of the Stars” will have a second season. CBS would have better luck having an edition of “Celebrity Big Brother” and have it last 25 days like in the UK.

  • Josh

    I don’t think “Secret Talents of the Stars” will have a second season. CBS would have better luck having an edition of “Celebrity Big Brother” and have it last 25 days like in the UK.

  • Josh

    Also I think BB deserves some props because its premier episode had around 7m viewers and all other episodes have around 5 to 6m viewers.

  • Josh

    Also I think BB deserves some props because its premier episode had around 7m viewers and all other episodes have around 5 to 6m viewers.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Josh it has been very stable with its viewership and up until the return of new scripted shows, it was often the only CBS show on Tuesday nights with a 2.0 or better rating in the demo.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Josh it has been very stable with its viewership and up until the return of new scripted shows, it was often the only CBS show on Tuesday nights with a 2.0 or better rating in the demo.

  • Daniel C.

    I believe the NCIS was a new one and not a repeat accounting for its high ratings.

  • Daniel C.

    I believe the NCIS was a new one and not a repeat accounting for its high ratings.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    that’s a bad edit on my part, thanks for catching, NCIS was definitely a new episode. i generally use the week before’s table as a template when the shows are very similar. Thanks for spotting it. Fixed!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    that’s a bad edit on my part, thanks for catching, NCIS was definitely a new episode. i generally use the week before’s table as a template when the shows are very similar. Thanks for spotting it. Fixed!

  • STEVE

    cbs sucks like crap………….i hope they get shut down………….. set of crappy and boring crime shows………….so shitting negative!!!

  • STEVE

    cbs sucks like crap………….i hope they get shut down………….. set of crappy and boring crime shows………….so shitting negative!!!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Steve, the odds of you having a heart attack over getting angry at at a television network are so much greater than the odds of CBS getting shut down that there’s no way to scale it to produce a readable chart.

    You don’t like “boring crime shows”, but millions of people do. While I have no problem that you don’t like CBS, I’d at least encourage you to try to explain it like a reasonable person instead of acting like a raving madman here. Thanks.

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