Wednesday: America's Next Top Model Finale Scores for CW

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November 20th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC ABC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 12.83 8.23 6.01 5.88 4.23 3.48
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.5/10 2.6/7 1.8/5 2.0/5 1.5/4 1.7/4
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.1/6 2.2/6 1.4/4 1.8/5 1.5/5 2.0/6

What, you thought the headline was going to be "Pushing Daisies DOOMED?" We already knew that and the headline of "CBS Wins, Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Life and Knight Rider Lose" is too long for our home page to handle elegantly so...yay Tyra Banks!

CBS won the most viewers for the night, as well as the 18-49 year old demographic, and Fox took the 18-34 demographic on the strength of Bones (and a rerun of House).

The writing is scrawled across the wall for Pushing Daisies. And it's scrawled in big letters. PD averaged less than 5 million viewers (4.86) and further, it lost viewers from one half hour to the next (5.21 million to 4.51 million). Dirty Sexy Money's numbers weren't as bad as Pushing Daisies when it came to total viewers, it at least crossed the five million viewers mark, but it did just as badly among 18-49 year olds as Pushing Daisies did, and Daisies did better among 18-34 year olds. Private Practice is the lone ABC Wednesday entry that can claim even moderate ratings success.

Normally the writing on the wall (we think) should be fairly easy to read. But then there's NBC. We're sure they have a wall, and we're sure there's writing on it, but you must be under the influence of hallucinogenics to comprehend what they have written on it. I don't think ABC is on hallucinogenics like that though, but fans of PD and DSM can hope ABC will take a page out of NBC's book and give full season orders to the shows as NBC did with Knight Rider and Life.

Please note, this is not commentary on the quality of any show mentioned -- only the numbers for the shows.

The CBS comedy block is gaining some strength at 8pm, and as ever, Criminal Minds led the way at 9pm. And both Criminal Minds and CSI: NY were up significantly versus last week when there was stiffer competition from the CMA Awards on ABC.

Tyra Banks has some legs on her literally, and as a ratings metaphor. Last night's finale of America's Next Top Model pulled in almost 5 million (4.8 million) and scored a hefty 4.3 rating among women 18-34. It was the night's top show with women 18-34 and for all 18-34 year old viewing. According to the CW it was the best ANTM ratings performance since last December. Stylista got a little bump up as a result, but had well under half as many viewers as ANTM.

If you want to compare with last week's overnight, here it is (but last week the CMAs ran on ABC)

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX Bones 10.73 3.1/9 2.6/8
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine 8.09 2.5/7 1.4/5
NBC Knight Rider 5.12 1.5/4 1.4/4
ABC Pushing Daisies 4.86 1.8/5 1.8/6
CW America's Next Top Model 4.80 2.3/6 2.8/8
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.69 1.7/4 1.8/5
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried 8.14 2.7/7 1.7/5
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 16.38 4.3/11 2.7/7
ABC Private Practice 7.14 2.4/6 2.2/6
FOX House (R) 5.73 2.2/5 1.8/5
NBC Life 5.32 1.7/4 1.4/4
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 4.62 1.6/4 1.8/5
CW Stylista 2.16 1.0/3 1.2/6
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 14.00 3.8/10 2.2/7
NBC Law & Order 7.58 2.2/6 1.4/4
ABC Dirty Sexy Money 5.63 1.8/5 1.4/4
UNI Don Francisco Presenta 3.38 1.2/3 1.2/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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


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