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Wednesday Ratings: ‘Daisies’ and ‘Practice’ Hold Strong

Wednesday night saw another close race between ABC and CBS.  Although Pushing Daisies and Private Practice both saw a drop in viewers, their demos helped the Alphabet network win the evening. 


  • (12.3 million, 3.1/9 in 18-49 demo) had another strong night and grabbed the hour’s largest audience. CSI New York
  • Although down 250,000 viewers, (9.7 million, 3.6/10) had the biggest numbers in the valuable age group.
  • (7.4 million, 2.4/7) improved up on last week’s numbers.
  • (6.9 million, 2.3/7) and (7 million, 2.7/7) both saw slight increases.
  • (5 million, 2.5/7) lost about 300,000.


  • (11.8 million, 4.3/11 in 18-49) had the evening’s best demo turnout.
  • At 14.9 million, (3.9/10) had the night’s largest audience.
  • NBC’s (8.5 million, 3.3/8) dropped over 1.5 million fans.
  • (6.7 million, 3.2/8) held steady from last week.
  • (2.4 million, 1.2/3) turned away about 450,000.


  • (13.9 million, 4.1/11 in 18-49) won the hour in both numbers.
  • (8.6 million, 3.1/9) lost several million from it’s lead-in.
  • (7.7 million, 2.8/8) was down about 490,000 viewers.

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Assessing (and Ignoring) the New Fall Season

Kitchen NightmaresAs I type this, I’m listening to the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows, and I’m in a terrifically good mood.  See, I love Radiohead like Tyra Banks loves … well, Tyra Banks, and so you would think that this good mood would make me put together a list of wonderful things about the new fall TV season.

Yeah, not so much.  To be honest, I haven’t watched a lot of the new fall network TV shows.  But it’s worthwhile to take a look at these shows and for me to say what I watched, what I thought, and why I didn’t watch a lot of them.  Well, it’s worthwhile for me anyway.  Plus it goes well with Radiohead (not really, but it’s not like I’m gonna stop listening).  Here goes:

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TV Guide’s Top Fall Picks

Tv GuideTV Guide has made their top five television series picks of the new fall season via their three expert critics – Matt Roush, Michael Ausiello, and Rochell D. Thomas. Here are their picks and join me after the jump for my thoughts on their fall favorites.

Matt Roush picks:

  • Pushing Daisies: Wednesdays at 8 p.m./ET, ABC
  • Chuck: Mondays at 8 p.m./ET, NBC
  • Reaper: Tuesdays at 9 p.m./ET, The CW
  • Back to You: Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m./ET, ABC
  • Dirty Sexy Money: Wednesdays at 10 p.m./ET, ABC

Michael Ausiello picks:

  • Pushing Daisies: Wednesdays at 8 p.m./ET, ABC
  • Dirty Sexy Money: Wednesdays at 10 p.m./ET, ABC
  • Aliens in America: Mondays at 8:30 p.m./ET, The CW
  • Reaper: Tuesdays at 9 p.m./ET, The CW
  • Samantha Who?: Mondays at 9:30 p.m., ABC

Rochell D. Thomas picks:

  • Dirty Sexy Money: Wednesdays at 10 p.m./ET, ABC
  • Reaper: Tuesdays at 9 p.m./ET, The CW
  • Aliens in America: Mondays at 8:30 p.m./ET, The CW
  • Bionic Woman: Wednesdays at 9 p.m./ET, NBC
  • Chuck: Mondays at 8 p.m./ET, NBC

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Wednesday Ratings:  ABC and CBS Both Take Wins

Depending on how you look at it, two networks shared last night’s crown.  CBS may have grabbed the viewers, but ABC had it where it counts: the demos.

Private Practice


  • Despite mixed review, (12.42 million, 4.9/13 share) took the hour’s demos with ease.
  • At 14.55 million, CBS’ (3.9/10) won the night in viewers.
  • (10.28 million, 3.9/10) continued its losing race against Practice.
  • (6.37 million, 3.0/8) was up from last week’s numbers.
  • (1.3/3 share) rounded off the hour with 2.8 million viewers.


  • (4.1/11 in 18-49, 13.43m) pounded the competitors with 13.43 million viewers.
  • ABC’s (8.64 million, 3.3/9) was down slightly from last week as was (8.1 million, 2.7/8).


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Which New Shows are You ‘Still’ Watching?

Enough of all the butt-kissing already.  Except for a few exceptions (e.g. , ), most shows have already had a chance to give us their first and second impressions.  Some premieres dazzled, while others simply fizzled.  Several weeks in—which new shows do you still plan on watching? 

Which series did you immediately embrace or cast off?  Were there any that started fresh then quickly spoiled?  Are you still holding out hope for others?  Here’s how my fall season panned out:

Immediate Faves:
Pushing DaisiesPushing Daisies
Gossip Girl
Dirty Sexy Money

Flawed but Still Likeable:

Gave It a Second Shot, Didn’t Like It Either Time:
Bionic Woman

Lowest Tivo Priority:
Private Practice
Back To You
Kitchen Nightmares

Earned My Complete Indifference:

Not Gone Fast Enough:
Big Shots
Kid Nation

‘Pushing Daisies’ Helps ABC Wednesday

Wednesday’s premiere of Pushing Daisies attracted many customers to The Pie Hole.  By night’s end, ABC came out with another win (followed by CBS, NBC, FOX and CW).



  • CBS’ (14.4 million, 3.7/9) took the hour in viewers, but placed 3rd in the demos.
  • (12.3 million, 4.5/11) declined from last week, but still topped that new show on NBC.
  • (10.9 million, 4.0/10) dropped 30% in the demos and lost 19% of its viewers.
  • CW’s (2.8 million, 1.3/3) remained fairly even.


  • (12.7 million, 3.9/10) maintained last week’s viewership numbers.
  • ABC’s (9.7 million, 3.6/10) lost almost 700,000 viewers but moved up to second place.
  • NBC’s (8.8 million, 3.0/8) lost 13% of its audience causing it to fall into 3rd place.

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UPDATE:  No Charisma Carpenter for ‘The Apprentice’

Charisma CarpenterOkay, Buffy fans—I have some good news and bad news to report.

Bad news first.  Despite their earlier report, TV Guide now says Charisma Carpenter will not be participating in the upcoming season of .

The good news?  Carpenter actually has better jobs lined up for herself.  In addition to a one-episode stint on Fox’s , she’ll have a recurring role on the new ABC drama, .

Assuming Big Shots even lasts that long—you can expect Charisma’s run to start November 1.

This Week on TV (9/17-9/23)

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MONDAY (9/17)
  • Prison Break (FOX, 8pm):  Season premiere.  What will happen to Dr. Sara Tancredi?
  • Deal or No Deal (NBC, 8pm):  Special Monday-night premiere (will regularly air on Weds/Fridays).
  • K-Ville (FOX, 9pm):  Series premiere
  • Saving Grace (TNT, 10pm):  Season finale
  • Weeds (Showtime, 10pm):  Mary-Kate Olsen will begin a ten-episode arc tonight.

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Fall 2007 TV Programming Schedule

Despite having a Tivo and another DVR, I know that a new television season can take some serious planning.  When will your favorite shows start?  What days are they now on?  Which programming ‘conflicts’ will you have to resolve?  Will you need to buy another TV???

Hopefully our detailed scheduling guide can assist you in the weeks to come.  We have compiled information from five different networks (, , , and ) and included the days, times and premiere dates for this fall’s shows.

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No Big Surprises on FOX’s Fall Line-Up

FOX LogoFor a change, is currently enjoying the view from the top. At the beginning of the year, the network was number four (falling behind all of their major competitors). Today, it’s the number one network in the land – thanks largely to the success of , the show that in the past six years has become the bread and butter of the “bad boy” network. FOX is hard at work trying to maintain ratings supremacy, and has finally unveiled their upcoming fall schedule…days after the competition showed off theirs. What’s on the schedule for FOX?

No less than ten brand-new shows are scheduled to come to the network, though only three of these will be reality series. In the network’s earliest days, surprise hits like Married, With Children gave them staying power, though hardly a competitive edge. The Simpsons resurrected FOX in the days when warm, fuzzy, family drama was ruling other stations. But it wasn’t until the runaway success of American Idol that FOX became a serious ratings contender. Any show that can beat CSI has got to be worth something, right? Will the new fall schedule contain another big hit surprise? FOX certainly hopes so.

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