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Friday Ratings: Crusoe Debuts to Modest Numbers, Ghost Whisperer Owns Fridays

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October 18th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS NBC ABC FOX CW
Total Viewers (million) 7.94 6.81 5.743 5.29 1.56
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.2/7 1.6/5 1.9/6 1.4/5 0.7/2

NBC's two hour premiere of Crusoe bowed with modest numbers, 7.26 million average viewers and a 1.6/5 (rating/share) among 18-49 year olds. Berman declared it a ratings loser and I might have to agree with him. Although it won the 9pm hour in total viewers, eclipsing The Ex List by more than a million viewers for that hour, The Ex List still won the 18-49 demo for the hour, and with the strength of Ghost Whisperer and a somewhat waning Numb3rs, CBS easily won the night.

Fox ran with two repeats of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and both of them drew more viewers than ABC's 8pm-10pm reality block, though ABC had better demo performance. CBS was the only network to average better than a 2.0 in the demo, with all shows hitting at least that mark. ABC's 20/20 at 10pm was the only non-CBS show to hit the 2.0 rating among 18-49 year olds.

I know NBC's Life has many fans on our blog, as is typical, that's not equating to good ratings. Life languished at 10pm, with less than six million viewers and a 1.5/5 in among 18-49 year olds.

If I were working at the CW I would be humming (to the tune of Mrs. Robinson) "Where have you gone Friday Night Smackdown!, our network turns its lonely eyes to you - whoo whoo whoo..."

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Ghost Whisperer 8.87 2.5/9
FOX Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (R) 5.08 1.4/5
ABC Wife Swap 4.99 1.7/4
NBC Crusoe - Series Premiere 6.74 1.5/5
CW Everybody Hates Chris 1.79 0.7/3
8:30 CW The Game 1.81 0.8/3
9:00 NBC Crusoe - Series Premiere 7.73 1.7/6
CBS The Ex List 6.35 2.0/6
FOX Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (R) 5.50 1.5/5
ABC Supernanny 5.34 1.8/6
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 1.33 0.6/2
10:00 CBS Numb3rs 8.60 2.1/7
ABC 20/20 6.87 2.0/6
NBC Life 5.93 1.5/5

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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