|Scoreboard for Thurs. May 15, 2008|
|Total Viewers (million)||13.36||11.68||7.87||7.49||3.34|
|/Share: Adults 18-49||3.4/9||4.5/12||3.5/9||2.3/6||1.5/4|
A satisfying two hour block of television for me last night between's season finale and LOST. Great acting from the little kid who played the body Lilith took over on . She seemed to nail creepy evil sweetness. There was a lot going on with the LOST episode..whew. I love Hurley's parents for the comedic relief - and it's no surprise his dad is funny, he's played by Cheech Marin, but Lillian Hurst who plays Hurley's mother Carmen Reyes may be the funnier parent. "Jesus Christ is not a weapon!"
couldn't quite hit three million viewers with 2.93m tuning in, though that was 400,000 more than last week. LOST had 11.43 million and a 5.0/14 in the demo, up slightly from last week's 11.28m and a 4.9/13.
But in the 9pm hour's and were down again, albeit only slightly versus last week, but big-time versus last year. Last night drew 17.73m and a 4.7/12, and 's 15.18 and a 5.9/15. They're still the most dominant shows on Thursday and all at the same time The was getting a 4.1/10 in the demo as well. But last year in the comparable week, had 20.45m and a 6.2/16 in the demo. The 's crew is even more wistful for the old days - last year it had a 22.57 million viewers and a 9.1/23. Seven million plus and 35% down in the demo. And DVR will make up for some of that, but unless TWICE as many people watch on DVR over the next six days as normally do, DVR isn't going to make up for it all.
FOX's game shows perform like they should air on Fridays, not Thursdays, and starting in the fall that's where they'll be. FOX is having a good year, but to be beaten out by NBC in the demo at this point must sting a little. NBC had a 3.0 or better in every hour (even ER!) and My Name is Earl won the 8pm-9pm hour. ABC, CBS and NBC all had a 3.0 or better in the demo in the 10pm hour (led by LOST's 5.0). NBC wound up beating CBS in the demo, but CBS aired a repeat at 8pm.
As many of these shows had their season finales last night, summer begins next week on many of the networks. On NBC next week it's an hour and a half of Deal or No Deal followed by the premiere of Last Comic Standing. CBS will air repeats of the, , and Without a Trace. On ABC Ugly Betty has its season finale followed by the two hour 's season finale and FOX has the season premiere of . The two hour LOST finale airs on 5/29.
Thursday night's details:
|Time||Network||Show||Viewers (Millons)||18-49 Rating/Share|
|FOX||Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader||8.32||2.2/7|
|NBC||My Name is Earl||7.13||3.0/9|
|FOX||Dont Forget the Lyrics||6.66||2.3/6|
|10:00||CBS||Without a Trace||14.54||3.6/10|
Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night's results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.
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