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Wednesday Ratings: Katie Couric No Star in Primetime

For some reason, CBS chose last night - an American Idol night - to test out a primetime edition of their evening news. Needless to say, the experiment bombed.

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  • (27 million, 10.1/25 in 18-49) picked up 1.1 million.
  • Outside of repeats, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (6.5 million, 1.2/3) had the worst demos of the night.
  • (6.1 million, 1.9/5) grew by 1.1 million.
  • * (1.7/4) refreshed 5.3 million.
  • * (4.9 million, 1.1/3) fell by 2.4 million.
  • * (1.1 million, 0.4/1) did 300,000 less than 13: Fear is Real.

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Tuesday Ratings: Biggest Loser Grows Despite Idol

I was always lead to believe that shows airing at the same time as Idol would suffer because of it. Apparently that isn’t the case with The Biggest Loser. Last night, the NBC show actually improved in the face of Simon Cowell.

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Tuesday Ratings: Idol Down, Fringe Up

There’s only one man in our country who could make American Idol fall 25% in one week: Barack Obama. It’s assumed that coverage of the presidential inauguration is responsible for the program’s Week 2 decline. (If it isn’t, the show could be in serious trouble.) Meanwhile, Fringe still managed to benefit from AI’s lower numbers. The freshman series saw its second-largest audience to date.

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  • (22.4 million, 8.9/22 in 18-49) plunged 7.7 million.
  • ABC’s Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration (3.7/9) attracted 12.6 million.
  • * (11.7 million, 2.3/6) was down 6.9 million.
  • (10.2 million, 3.9/9) piled on 1.3 million more.
  • (2.4 million, 1.1/4) improved by 200,000.

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This Week on TV (1/19-1/25)

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MONDAY 1/19)
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family, 8pm):  “Ricky’s dad arrives in town with a proposal for how Ricky should handle impending fatherhood.” Apparently leaving town is an option?
  • House (FOX, 8pm):  “Cuddy discovers that caring for her newly adopted baby leaves her little time to run the hospital.” Taking care of House and a baby is an impossible feat.
  • Bromance (MTV, 9pm):  “The guys embark on a camping trip, but before reaching their destination, they stop at a biker bar where each must face off against a huge biker in the parking lot.” The reality is, many people want to kick ‘s ass. It’s time to hone their defense skills now.
  • Paranormal State (A&E, 10pm):  Season premiere. “A family believes their new home in suburban New Jersey is haunted. The team’s investigation leads them to dig in the yard for possible answers.” Haunting or no haunting, buried things in my yard is reason enough to move.

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Tuesday Ratings: Good and Bad News for American Idol

The addition of a 4th judge didn’t help American Idol‘s ratings last night. The series saw its lowest demo number for a premiere; it also had its smallest audience for an opener since 2004. But bad news is always relative. The show was still the hottest ticket so far this year. CBS’ programs, in the meantime, displayed remarkable strength despite increased competition.

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Tuesday Ratings: Biggest Loser Gains Viewers

Could this be the Oprah effect? Or was it simply a result of New Year’s Resolutions? Whatever the reason, NBC’s The Biggest Loser had a sizable debut. The show helped the Peacock network win in the demos while CBS’ normally strong Wednesday lineup had a victory with the viewers.

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  • (19.1 million, 3.7/10 in 18-49) had its second largest audience ever.
  • (11.8 million, 4.5/11) had its biggest debut to date.
  • The premiere of (2.3/6) attracted 7.8 million.
  • * (2.2/6) treated 5.6 million.
  • (1.4/4) returned to 2.8 million.

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Tuesday Ratings: CBS Breaks 13-Year-Old Record

What do you get when House is a repeat and DWTS is gone? Another stellar evening for CBS. Despite a two-hour Biggest Loser finale, the Eye network had its best Tuesday viewership since 1995. Meanwhile, a strong night of reality helped NBC tie CBS in the demos.

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  • (19.9 million, 3.9/11 in 18-49) had its largest audience in its six-year history.
  • Approximately 11.7 million watched Michelle Aguilar win (4.5/12).
  • ‘s Charlie Brown Christmas (2.9/8) kept 8.3 million entertained.
  • * (6.4 million, 2.4/7) lost 7.5 million.
  • * (1.1 million, 0.5/1) was down a smidge.

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Tuesday Ratings: House, Repeats Top the Night

Thanks to a nice showing from House, FOX was able to nab the demos last night. Unfortunately, the network still couldn’t completely overpower a slate of repeats on CBS.

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Monday Ratings: Viewers Go for the Laughs on CBS

Despite a Charlie Brown special and Boston Legal finale on ABC, CBS’ comedies continued to show growth last night. The network’s first three programs had their best numbers all season while Worst Week had its best performance since the premiere.

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Tuesday Ratings: The Mentalist Keeps Getting Stronger

Who knew Simon Baker could get any hotter? Last night - thanks to the absence of DWTS - a very good show managed to get even better. The Mentalist even outperformed the always strong NCIS.

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  • (18.5 million, 3.7/10 in 18-49) picked up 300,000.
  • (12.4 million, 5.0/13) had the night’s best demos.
  • ‘s presentation of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (3.1/8) entertained 9 million.
  • (8.7 million, 3.4/9) gained 1.9 million.
  • * (0.5/1) turned in 1.2 million.

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