Early Ratings Report: Lower Ratings for World Series and Life on Mars

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October 24th, 2008

Only a quick scan of the early metered market numbers this morning, and CSI will again be the most-watched show. CSI outperformed Grey's Anatomy, but Grey's will surely fare well in the demos.

Last night's World Series game where the Tampa Bay Rays won to even the series at one game each did not perform as well as game one in the early metered market numbers, and appear to be down a little more than 15% versus last year's game two featuring the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies.

We'll dig deeper when we see the fast national data, but at this point things are not looking good for Life on Mars, which continued its ratings descent, pulling a 5.6/10 (household rating/share). I'm not ready to jump into "please don't cancel this show! If ABC cancels this show I'll never watch another show on ABC again (until Lost or some major sporting event catches my eye)" mode yet. But, it's too bad. I like this show and this doesn't look like a good sign. I will look for some sliver of hope via the demos when I see them.

Last night's Supernatural was another that wasn't among my favorites. And no iPod product placements. But I was very glad I stayed to the end for the special full lip-sync of Survivor's Eye of the Tiger by Jensen Ackles clip, which cracked me up.

You can check out the full metered market numbers via Marc Berman.

Metered Market Overnight Ratings: This is normally the first available ratings information, and is based on the electronic measurement service that Nielsen provides in 56 of the nation’s largest markets. In each market a sample of homes is selected to represent that individual market. Often, networks or syndicators provide metered market information as an early indicator of a program’s performance. In aggregate, the 56 metered markets represent 79,890,610 homes, or 70% of all U.S. TV households. Preliminary metered market data are available as early as 8:00AM (ET). Final metered market information, reflecting line-up changes, pre-emptions and runovers, are normally available by 3:30PM (ET).

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