Nielsen Ratings Tue, April 15: American Idol Wins / Kristy Lee Cook Must Lose!

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April 16th, 2008

Scoreboard for Tue. April 15, 2008 FOX NBC ABC CBS CW
Total Viewers (million) 17.02 11.91 9.36 8.82 1.54
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 6.7/17 4.5/12 2.3/6 2.3/6 0.6/2

It was Tuesday which means American Idol and another wide margin of victory for FOX, though the margin isn't quite what it used to be, it's still fairly wide. The bigger story may be second place NBC strutting around like a peacock. It has that right - it finished second overall and second in the 18-49 demo on the heels of two hours worth of The Biggest Loser and a new Law & Order: SVU.

I'm kind of cranky this morning so if you want to skip directly ahead to the show data, I won't hold it against you.

Considering Loser ran up against Idol part-way, those numbers are most impressive. Also, in its final half hour Loser beat out FOX's Hell's Kitchen in the 18-49 demo and had more total viewers too. NBC is also able to do something CBS can't do (unless it decides to move CSI: Miami to Tuesday's at 10p!) put up great 10pm numbers. An original Law & Order: SVU had over 13 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/share in the 18-49 demo. It beatdown one of my favorites Boston Legal across the board. Denny Crane! Ouch, your ratings suck! (compared to SVU). BL got 9.29 million viewers (likely to be adjusted down just a tad in the finals) and a 2.2/6 in the 18-49 demo. SVU beat Boston Legal in the demo by 100%. That's a 100% beatdown.

Over on CBS they did just swell with a new NCIS, but then it was Big Brother and a 48 Hours Mystery replacing the debacle that was Secret Talents of the Stars, but weighing down the tiffany crew nonetheless. Mystery only pulled in about half a million more viewers than Secret Talents. Jericho fans are about to be enraged that what you have replaced it with does even worse than it did! I understand Secret Talents and 48 Hours Mystery cost way less to make, but it's still, coupled with Big Brother pitiful.

I know I'm supposed to blame Nina Tassler, and not my boy Les Moonves but here's the deal: I know Moonves is Making $37 million dollars a year. If Tassler is making 10% of that I'll be surprised, and even if she's making 20% of it, one thing you can bet on: I'm always going to blame the person making the most ( $37 million) money.

ABC's best show of course was the Dancing with the Stars results show. It drew 15 million viewers and a 3.4/8 as the botox tragedy that is Priscilla Presley apparently got the boot. I sure hope ABC is making a real mint on According to Jim in DVD and syndication, because here's a certainty: they're wasting a time-slot with a show that can't find 4 million viewers. I guess the good news is that relatively speaking repeats do as well as new episodes. One of each ran last night, and the ratings weren't vastly different.

I didn't watch Hell's Kitchen on the DVR yet (it's on the list), so I'll be turning my eyes away from any spoilers. As for American Idol, Kristy Lee Cook must go! I have no idea really, never watch it, but my own American idol Tony Kornheiser has been calling for her ouster on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption pretty much since the start of the season. Call me crazy, but someday I want to see a Hell's Kitchen season made up completely of Idol contestants who didn't win.

See Tuesday Night's Details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share HH Rating
8:00 FOX American Idol 8p-9p 22.97 8.6/23 14.1
  CBS NCIS 14.89 3.1/8 9
  NBC The Biggest Loser (8p-10p) 11.24 4.4/11 6.9
  ABC According to Jim 3.86 1.3/4 2.6
  CW Beauty and the Geek 1.51 0.7/2 1.3
8:30 ABC According to Jim (Repeat) 3.71 1.3/3 2.4
9:00 CBS Big Brother 9 6.47 2.4/6 3.8
  ABC Dancing With the Stars 15 3.4/8 10.5
  FOX Hells Kitchen 11.08 4.9/12 7
  CW Reaper (Repeat) 1.57 0.6/2 1.3
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 5.09 1.5/4 3.8
  NBC Law & Order: SVU 13.27 4.7/12 9.6
  ABC Boston Legal 9.29 2.2/6 6.2

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

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