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Wednesday Ratings: American Idol and LOST shine

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February 19th, 2009

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 17.80 11.54 7.54 5.93 4.65 .816
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 6.6/17 3.0/8 3.1/8 1.7/4 1.8/5 0.3/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 5.7/16 1.7/5 2.7/8 1.4/4 2.0/6 0.4/1

Life fans (including myself), and Life on Mars fans, (including myself) sorry, but enjoy the shows while you still can!  It may be worse for Life, because fans of Law & Order may be prone to blaming a lousy lead in.  Of course Life could blame its lousy lead-in (though they should probably blame CSI: NY), and while I'm not a fan of Knight Rider, its fans too should enjoy it while it lasts!

American Idol won the night of course, but LOST zoomed back up over a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49.  A few weeks from now, it will Face Off against American Idol, and that will drop (last week, against an expanded Idol, Lost pulled a 4.4 in the overnights), but for fans of LOST, it won't matter any.

LOST bested Lie To Me across the board, though it was a narrow margin in total viewers, but that's before the minute or so of Idol gets removed in the final numbers.  I'd guess considering the hour, which also includes Criminal Minds, the second most watched program outside of Idol, that FOX is pretty happy with the results.

I'm sure there will be much drama for the next several months for fans of The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried.  While based on numbers alone, the shows are doomed, there are some nuances that make  it harder to predict certain doom.  So, we'll go with probably certain doom in the case of Gary Unmarried, and probably should be doomed, but don't be surprised if it isn't Old Christine...

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX American Idol 24.39 8.9/24 7.5/22
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 7.32 2.0/6 1.3/4
ABC LOST (R) 5.57 1.9/5 1.6/5
NBC Knight Rider 5.49 1.5/4 1.3/4
UNI Cuidado con el Angel 4.58 1.7/5 2.0/6
CW Privileged (R) 0.86 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:30 CBS Gary Unmarried 7.26 2.1/5 1.2/3
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 14.96 3.7/9 2.1/6
ABC LOST 11.27 5.1/13 4.9/13
FOX Lie To Me 11.22 4.2/10 3.8/10
UNI Fuego en la Sangre 5.85 2.4/6 2.8/7
NBC Life 5.16 1.5/4 1.3/3
CW 90210 (R) 0.77 0.3/1 0.4/1
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 12.35 3.1/8 1.7/5
NBC Law & Order 7.15 2.1/6 1.5/4
ABC Life on Mars 5.78 2.1/6 1.7/5
UNI Don Francisco Presenta 3.50 1.3/3 1.4/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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