Early Wednesday Ratings: 'Pushing Daisies' gasps for air and gets none

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November 20th, 2008

On to the early metered market tidbits. While we know these numbers are early, and subject to change, I don't think they can change enough to make fans of Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and Life feel any better about the ratings the shows are pulling.

Pushing Daisies which we've predicted the mid season cancellation of for months pretty much ensured that fate with a series low 3.4/6 (household rating/share) for the hour. And I don't want to hear anything about not as many people watching TV at 8pm, because apparently it went down in the second half hour where it had a 3.2/5.

ABC's Dirty Sexy Money did better than that, but unfortunately its 4.3/7 at 10pm was still in last place and lower than the 4.7/8 it scored in the early metered markets the last time it aired two weeks ago. It was also lower than Eli Stone's early metered market number from the night before (5.2/9), but that had a couple of minutes of Dancing With the Stars in it, which got factored out in the finals. We'll see what Dirty Sexy Money's 18-49 demographics look like a little bit later in the morning.

Strictly from the ratings (not opining on quality, or anything else at all but the numbers) I still can't see ABC keeping Pushing Daisies or Dirty Sexy Money around (or Eli Stone for that matter) for a full season. I think it doubtful ABC will take a page out of NBC's book, but anything is possible, I suppose. Last night didn't improve things for Knight Rider (3.4/5) or Life (3.4/5) but both of those shows did get full season orders, which we wouldn't have predicted strictly based on the ratings numbers.

Criminal Minds (10.4/16) looks to be the night's most watched show, and Fox's Bones (6.9/11) will probably have the best demo numbers. Both shows in CBS' 8pm comedy block, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried earned a 5.1/8. They both got a 4.4/7 last week, and the week prior to that Christine had a 4.4/7 and Gary Unmarried a 4.2/5, so that trend is good for CBS.

We'll post a full data table with all the shows later in the morning, so check back around 9:30am PST. You can also check out the full metered market report via Marc Berman's site.

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

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