ABC's Leaky Boat: Lost Beats Grey's Anatomy

Categories: TV Ratings

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March 16th, 2010

With the holocaust at NBC, everyone is so distracted by the mushroom cloud that nobody seems to notice ABC's ship ran into an iceberg.  While ABC isn't radioactive like NBC is,  its ratings are down year over year nearly as much as NBC's are.

That is usually very easy to see in the network averages, but not always so apparent in the show rankings.

The new cycle of Dancing with the Stars may improve its short-term fate, but the prospects at ABC aren't looking so great otherwise.  Last week, the outgoing  Lost was ABC's #1 show with adults 18-49, beating out  Grey's Anatomy.

Meanwhile,  even though it was down ~20% itself, CBS's  Undercover Boss beat Desperate Housewives.

ABC can be chipper about its new "hit" Modern Family, and ratings-wise, it's a nice little show on par with How I Met Your Mother.  But it's no Big Bang Theory.

In the short-run, a new cycle of Dancing with the Stars, plus the continued mushroom cloud at NBC will likely continue to distract the media from the big hole in ABC's ship a while longer. Sooner or later though, they'll get around to asking if that's a bucket in Steve McPherson's hands.

Here's last week's  (week ending March 14) top 25 rankings with adults 18-49.

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49 rating 18-49 Viewers (000)
1 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 8.2 10,841
2 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 7.5 9,882
3 AMERICAN IDOL THU SP-3/11(S) S FOX 6.3 8,292
4 BIG BANG THEORY, THE CBS 5.9 7,771
5 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS 5.8 7,666
6 HOUSE FOX 4.8 6,303
7 LOST ABC 4.2 5,555
8 GREY'S ANATOMY-THU 9PM ABC 3.9 5,089
9 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER CBS 3.9 5,130
10 UNDERCOVER BOSS CBS 3.9 5,160
11 MODERN FAMILY ABC 3.8 4,992
12 NCIS CBS 3.8 5,056
13 OFFICE NBC 3.8 5,023
14 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ABC 3.7 4,841
15 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CBS 3.6 4,689
16 SURVIVOR: HEROES-VILLAINS CBS 3.6 4,749
17 FAMILY GUY FOX 3.5 4,552
18 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 3.5 4,590
19 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 3.4 4,489
20 Mentalist, THE CBS 3.4 4,475
21 CSI CBS 3.3 4,377
22 CSI: MIAMI CBS 3.3 4,384
23 APPRENTICE 9 P NBC 3.2 4,235
24 AMAZING RACE 16 CBS 3.0 3,987
25 BIGGEST LOSER 9 NBC 3.0 3,966
 
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