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Tuesday Ratings: Reaper Torched By American Idol

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March 4th, 2009

Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 24.211 12.306 8.316 6.632 3.874 1.754
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 9.0/23 2.5/6 3.2/8 2.3/6 1.6/4 0.7/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 7.6/21 1.5/4 2.6/7 1.9/5 1.8/5 0.7/2

After running only repeats at 8pm Tuesday since February 10, the CW put Reaper into the breach last night and it got blown away by American Idol. Reaper's 2.359 million viewers and demo ratings of 0.9 (both 18-49 and 18-34) were even worse than 90210 did in its last new episode on Tuesday. Perhaps the CW should just go reruns only vs. Idol until it mercifully leaves the air. Of course the 2 hour Idol dominated the night, boosting Fox to a win across the board. For comparison here is a post from last November with some Fall 2007 results for Reaper.

8-10pm was all American Idol which averaged 24.211 million viewers and a 9.0 18-49 demo. But with only CBS repeat competition, Biggest Loser was the easy #2 in the demos, improving on its last outing vs. a two hour Idol. As if anyone cared, Homeland Security USA was up just a bit from its last airing vs. Idol.

Milking all it can from The Bachelor phenomenon, ABC's Bachelor: After the Final Rose Part 2 rolled over the competition in the demos at 10pm as America could not look away from the trainwreck.

Although they included the Presidential Address, here are last Tuesday's results for comparison.

Full details:


Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (000) 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share
8:00 FOX American Idol  22.683 8.3 22 7.0 21
  CBS NCIS (repeat)  13.659 2.6 7 1.5 4
  NBC Biggest Loser: Couples  8.263 3.2 9 2.5 7
  ABC Homeland Security USA  5.670 1.6 4 1.1 3
  UNI Cuidado con el Ángel  4.272 1.6 4 1.9 6
  CW Reaper (premiere)  2.359 0.9 2 0.9 2
               
9:00 FOX American Idol  25.739 9.8 24 8.3 22
  CBS The Mentalist (repeat)  12.764 2.7 7 1.7 4
  NBC Biggest Loser: Couples  9.661 3.9 9 3.2 8
  UNI Mañana Es para Siempre  4.275 1.8 4 2.1 5
  ABC Scrubs (repeat)  3.392 1.2 3 1.0 3
  CW 90210 (repeat)  1.150 0.5 1 0.6 2
               
9:30 ABC Scrubs (repeat)  3.357 1.3 3 1.2 3
               
10:00 ABC Bachelor: After the Final Rose part 2  10.850 4.1 11 3.5 10
  CBS Without a Trace (repeat)  10.497 2.3 6 1.4 4
  NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat)  7.024 2.4 6 2.0 6
  UNI Aqui y Ahora  3.075 1.3 3 1.4 4

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Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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