ABC and NBC tied for the ratings lead on a weak night for broadcast television, as NBC’s Secrets of the Mountain movie,  Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and 20/20 were the top rated shows on the night for adults 18-49, but Jamie Oliver was down 0.2 adults 18-49 rating points from last Friday.

The CW’s Smallville was down a tenth of a ratings point with a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, a season low for a new episode. The third installment of Miami Medical kept falling, down from last week’s 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Note that I have conflicting rating numbers for both 20/20 and Miami Medical. Not sure which is correct, and by Monday when I can find out for sure, no one will care.

As bad as it was for US broadcast television last night, at least our continent’s airports aren’t closed by a gigantic cloud of volcanic ash.

Show ratings table:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millons)
8:00 NBC Secrets of the Mountain (8-10p movie) 1.4 5 7.87
CBS Ghost Whisperer (repeat) 1.0 4 4.43
FOX House (repeat) 1.0 4 3.04
ABC Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (repeat) 0.9 3 3.00
CW Smallville 0.7 3 1.84
9:00 ABC Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution 1.4 5 4.09
FOX Kitchen Nightmares (repeat) 1.3 4 3.21
CBS Medium (repeat) 1.0 3 4.76
CW America’s Next Top Model (repeat) 0.6 2 1.56
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.4/1.5 5 5.53
CBS Miami Medical 1.2/1.3 4 6.67
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 4 5.40


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