Monday Night Ratings: Chuck, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Languish

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October 21st, 2008

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 14.10 11.60 6.96 5.59 4.15 3.34
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.4/8 3.9/10 3.0/7 2.2/5 1.7/4 1.7/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.2/6 2.7/7 2.9/9 1.9/5 1.9/5 2.6/7

It was another Monday night of mixed leadership, with ABC taking the total viewers crown, CBS taking the 18-49 year old demographic and NBC winning the most 18-34 year olds.

I'll leave the commenters to opine on the ratings for Chuck and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, as they have both been picked up for the full year I'm not going to worry about two of my favorite shows (and sorry Summer and Lena, but I probably dig Chuck even a little bit more than TSCC) fates until the spring.  Edit, while the ratings are languishing I do not believe the quality of the shows is, and I'm very happy about the ability to DVR more than one show at 8pm!

And note the comment from "Paul", he's absolutely right across the board, from NBC's perspective Chuck is probably at least close to being near where they thought it would be.  My Own Worst Enemy must be the much bigger disappointment for NBC.

As is typical ABC led total viewers for the night with Dancing with the Stars while CBS took the most 18-49 year olds with its two hour comedy block and CSI: Miami. How I Met Your Mother had especially impressive performance, and bested Two and a Half Men among 18-34 year olds even though it had more than five million fewer viewers. Worst Week remains CBS weakest Monday night link. It had the worst performance of any CBS show in the demos, though it beat Samantha Who? among 18-49 year olds (and Samantha likely had a minute or two of Dancing With the Stars included in the results that will get stripped out in the final numbers.

Heroes is way off its former ratings glory, but still had the most 18-34 year olds, and by a wide margin, of any show on the broadcast networks last night, leading NBC to a win among 18-34 year olds for the night.

The CW's Monday lineup was fairly consistent with past efforts, and the devil is in the 18-34 year old female details, which we won't see until later. But at 9pm, One Tree Hill was second only to Heroes among 18-34 year olds.

Update: Our friend James Hibberd reports that CW was protesting the numbers for Gossip Girl, so we contacted the CW to see what was up.  Here's what our contact said:

...protest is kind of a strong word…sounds like we’re out picketing in front of the Nielsen office.  It’s more that we’re just seeing some discrepancies in the Gossip Girl ratings from last night (especially in the meter market to fast affiliate translation) and we're asking Nielsen to check into their veracity.  Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill have been running neck-and-neck with each other, and with the disparity between the two last night, we want Nielsen to investigate it...

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 18.10 4.0/10 2.6/7
CBS The Big Bang Theory 9.28 3.5/9 2.4/7
NBC Chuck 6.70 2.5/6 2.4/6
FOX Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 5.34 2.1/5 1.6/4
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.76 2.0/5 2.3/6
CW Gossip Girl 3.03 1.4/4 2.1/6
8:30 CBS How I Met Your Mother 9.36 3.9/10 3.0/8
9:00 ABC Dancing With The Stars 19.47 4.4/10 2.7/7
CBS Two and a Half Men 14.55 5.1/12 2.9/7
NBC Heroes 8.46 3.9/9 4.2/11
FOX Prison Break 5.84 2.4/5 2.2/6
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.95 2.0/5 2.4/6
CW One Tree Hill 3.65 1.9/4 3.1/8
9:30 ABC Samantha Who? 11.03 3.0/7 2.1/5
CBS Worst Week 9.90 3.2/7 1.9/5
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami 13.25 3.8/10 2.8/7
ABC Boston Legal 8.96 2.4/6 1.4/4
NBC My Own Worst Enemy 5.72 2.5/6 2.2/6
UNI Cristina 2.75 1.1/3 1.1/3

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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