Wednesday Ratings: Barbara Walters CRUSHES Rosie O'Donnell in the ratings

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November 27th, 2008

Rosie Live, the Rosie O'Donnell variety show did even worse than I imagined it would.  I knew for sure that Liza Minelli wasn't going to be a huge draw for the 18-49 crowd,  and I didn't think the show was a great idea, but I still figured it would do better than 5.04 million viewers and a 1.2/4 (rating/share) among 18-49 year olds.  The CBS comedy block of The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried pulled a 2.1/7, bettering Rosie Live by 75% in the 18-49 demographic. 

Bones outperformed Rosie Live by 125% among 18-49 year olds.

I'm not sure there was ever any national love affair with Rosie, but if there was, it's over.  In the battle of Rosie vs. Barbara Walters, the old gal put a massive (massive!) beat down on Rosie.  Though unfortunately they did not compete head-to-head,  but at 10pm, the Barbara Walters Special averaged 11.65 million and a 3.0/9 among 18-49 year olds.  When it comes to the battle of Rosie vs. Babs in primetime, at least as far as the ratings go, it's game, set and match for Barbara Walters.

If it's any consolation, Rosie had more viewers than the cancelled Pushing Daisies and beat it by a  rounding sliver among 18-49 year olds (though with rounding, they both had a 1.2/4).

CBS' Criminal Minds was the night's most viewed show averaging 14.03 million and a 3.4/10 among 18-49 year olds.

This is the "Happy Thanksgiving" version, so  there's no show data table today, but if you want to check out the half hourly data, Marc Berman has it posted.

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