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Tuesday Ratings: America’s Got Talent Does Well for NBC

Despite the disappointments delivered by reality fare this summer (and the presence of basketball game last night), NBC managed to have a great evening with the debut of America’s Got Talent. The show helped the Peacock Network nab a win in the viewers while ABC had a hold on the demos.

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Sunday Ratings: Theater Awards Don’t Translate to TV

Although Tony Awards telecasts have never been ratings goldmines, last night’s event had to compete with golf and basketball. Yesterday’s contest between the Celtics and the Lakers gave ABC another win in both the viewers and the demos.

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Whoopi Goldberg, 2008 Tony Awards

  • ‘s coverage of the U.S. Open (3.9/13 in-18-49) attracted 13.8 million golf fans.
  • ‘s special (8.2 million, 3.2/11) did 800,000 better than last Sunday; the pre-game show (9.8 million, 4.0/12) grew by 1.9 million.
  • Approximately 6.2 million theater lovers watched the 2008 (1.1/3).
  • * (3.7 million, 1.8/6) was down by 400,000; * (3.6 million, 1.7/5) slipped by 300,000.
  • * (1.1 million, 0.4/1) and * (1.1 million, 0.4/1) turned out similar numbers.

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Thursday Ratings: Basketball Courts the Fans

The Boston Celtics’ surprise comeback last night was the biggest attraction of the evening. Thanks to the heated contest, ABC had its 8th consecutive win in the demos on a Thursday.

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Swingtown

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Tuesday Ratings: Lakers Win Game and Viewers

Game 3 between the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers overpowered FOX’s reality block. ABC wound up passing its competitors in both the viewers and the demos.

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  • * (10 million, 1.9/6 in 18-49) had a 900,000 climb.
  • The pre-game show (3.6/11) drew in 9.1 million.
  • The special (2.9/10) kicked off the evening with 7.8 million.
  • (6 million, 2.4/8) was off by 700,000.
  • (6 million, 1.8/6) improved by 300,000.

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David Cook Tackles the National Anthem

Despite weekly performances - and a revealing Guitar Hero commercial - nothing could apparently prepare David Cook for the challenge he tackled last night.

Idol‘s Season 7 champion said singing the national anthem before yesterday’s NBA game made him far more uneasy than any of his competition numbers.

“It’s the one song you don’t want to mess up. I’m going to try not to notice Jack Nicholson sitting in the front row and think about the lyrics.”


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Sunday Ratings: NBA Scores for ABC

Game Two between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers was by far the most exciting thing on TV yesterday. Up against mostly repeats, ABC easily had a hold on the night.

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