Nielsen Ratings Tue, April 22: American Idol and Hell's Kitchen Cook for FOX

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April 23rd, 2008

Scoreboard for Tue. April 22, 2008 FOX ABC CBS NBC CW
Total Viewers (million) 17.78 10.73 8.54 6.49 1.98
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 6.9/18 2.7/7 2.1/6 2.3/6 0.9/2

American Idol ruled again, followed by Dancing with the Stars and the network rankings reflect that. FOX won everything, and mock me if you must for my love of Hell's Kitchen and Gordon Ramsay but a 5.1 in the 18-49 demo is hard to come by.  If you don't believe me, just look at the data table because Hell's Kitchen was the only show besides American Idol itself that could pull it off - and that was after it lost more than half of Idol's lead-in.   Lead-in,  schmead-in. Bah!

NBC is really missing, and I mean, really missing The Biggest Loser, though fortunately it still had Law & Order: SVU to fall back on.

I can't really write anything new about According to Jim on ABC.  If the DVD and syndication for the show are so lucrative that ABC winds up renewing it, I think it must say a lot about what ABC views as the prospects for broadcast network primetime television.   We'll see. 

Fortunately ABC has Dancing with the Stars where the results show pulled in almost 17.5 million viewers.  But this is why you have to be impressed with Hell's Kitchen.  With six million fewer viewers overall, HK  beat DWTS in the demo by 25%!  Boston Legal had one of its better performances lately, though its numbers will likely be adjusted down a little bit in the finals because of DWTS overrun into the 10pm hour.

Ok, I'll just say it.  I miss Jericho.  Probably writing about it more than watching it, but either way, I miss it.  And while on a cost basis everything CBS has run in the 10pm slot since then is much cheaper other than a special Tuesday at 10pm edition of CSI: Miami.  And except for the CSI: Miami, Jericho performed better in the slot.  Which I admit isn't probably saying much, but still.  If I were running CBS I'd figure out something new to put on Monday's at 10pm and end the Tuesday 10pm curse by moving CSI: Miami there.

I can't really fault CBS for not doing that from the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mindset, but other than the 8pm slot with NCIS, things are pretty broken for CBS on Tuesdays right now. 

Though I didn't see the 18-34 breakout yet, where I'm sure Gossip Girl did better, especially among women, Reaper didn't do much worse overall, and considering it improved over Beauty and the Geek by more than 800,000 viewers, it deserves some credit.  Speaking of Gossip Girl, did you see how thoroughly MTV's The Hills trounced it on Monday night?

Tuesday night's full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share HH Rating
8:00 FOX American Idol 8p-9p 24.00 8.8/24 14.5
  CBS NCIS 14.09 3.0/8 9.0
  NBC Most Outrageous Moments 4.20 1.3/4 2.9
  ABC According to Jim 4.29 1.4/4  
  CW Beauty and the Geek 1.56 0.7/2 1.5
8:30 ABC According to Jim (Repeat) 4.07 1.4/4  
  NBC Best of Saturday Night Live (8:30p-10p) 3.92 1.6/4 2.9
9:00 CBS Big Brother 9 6.74 2.4/6 4.0
  ABC Dancing With the Stars 17.48 4.0/10 11.9
  FOX Hell's Kitchen 11.56 5.1/13 7.0
  CW Reaper 2.40 1.1/3 1.8
10:00 CBS Shark (Repeat) 4.80 1.1/3 3.4
  NBC Law & Order: SVU 11.50 4.0/11 8.2
  ABC Boston Legal 10.52 2.8/8 6.7

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

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