TV Ratings: ABC Unscripted tops Friday; Jensen Doesn’t Project Well

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July 17th, 2010

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.3/5 1.0/4 0.9/4 0.9/4 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.30 3.81 4.72 3.02 1.15

A repeat of Primetime: What Would You Do? and 20/20 led ABC to another Friday win.   The two hour movie The Jensen Project over on NBC didn't fare well, and couldn't manage to average a 1.0 rating for the two hour period with adults 18-49  (despite the rounded hourly averages below). "Jensen" pulled a 0.9 with adults 18-49 and 3.86 million over the two hours.

Other than The Jensen Project, CBS's Flashpoint was the only original scripted content.  Its 1.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 5.76 million viewer average were nearly identical to last week.

With a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49, the repeat airing of Primetime: What Would You Do? tied for top 18-49 honors for the night with 20/2020/20 was the night's most-watched show with just south of 7 million viewers.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, July 16, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R) 1.1/5 5.05
NBC Movie: The Jensen Project 1.0/4 3.93
ABC Wife Swap (R) 1.0/4 3.50
FOX House (R) 0.9/4 2.78
CW Smallville (R) 0.5/2 1.35
9:00 ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? (R) 1.5/6 5.56
NBC Movie: The Jensen Project 1.0/4 3.79
CBS Medium (R) 0.9/3 3.34
FOX Bones (R) 0.9/4 3.25
CW Supernatural (R) 0.4/1 0.94
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.5/5 6.83
CBS Flashpoint 1.1/4 5.76
NBC Dateline 1.1/4 3.71


Here's the half hour details on The Jensen Project via Mark Berman.

The Jensen Project (NBC)
8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 4.13 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#1t)
8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 3.73 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#3t)
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 3.88 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 3.70 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source: Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

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