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Thursday Ratings: Life on Mars Goes from Best to Third

Despite having the best debut for any new drama last week, ABC saw no Life on Mars yesterday. The freshman series dropped 27% in the demos and placed third in its hour. Meanwhile, Eleventh Hour actually showed improvement and helped CBS maintain its dominance over Thursdays.

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Thursday Ratings: ABC Sees Life on Mars

Despite lower numbers for Grey’s and Ugly Betty, Life on Mars’ premiere saw nice numbers yesterday. Meanwhile, CBS - with the help of CSI - scored wins with both the viewers and demos last night.

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  • (13.3 million, 4.3/12 in 18-49) had a 500,000 bump.
  • (8.5 million, 2.6/7) was down slightly.
  • (7.1 million, 2.7/8) was up a notch; ‘s debut (3.2/9) pulled in 7.5 million.
  • Approximately 6.5 million watched the Phillies beat the Dodgers during Game 1 of the NLCS (2.1/5) on .
  • (4.1 million, 1.6/4) did about the same.

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Thursday Ratings: VP Debate Sets Record

In addition to being last night’s big ticket, yesterday’s meeting between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden was the most-watched VP debate in history. But when divvied up over 11 different outlets, the event technically came behind Survivor in the ratings. For that reason, CBS was a winner with the viewers while NBC was on top with the demos.

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This Week on TV (9/29-10/5)

Chuck

(You can view TV Envy’s Fall Television Programming Schedule here.)

 

MONDAY (9/29)
  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  Season 2 premiere. “Chuck mixes it up with a formidable operative (Michael Clarke Duncan) out to obtain a device that would potentially give rise to a new Intersect.” Thankfully, he knows a girl from Wienerlicious who can take the big guy down.
  • Heroes (NBC, 9pm):  “Peter looks to the past to stop the future.” Is going back to Season Two an option?
  • 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs (VH1, 9pm):  “A five-part countdown of the Top 100 hip hop songs.” Because when I think hip hop, I think .
  • Life (NBC, 10pm):  Season 2 premiere. “Crews and Reese track a serial killer who’s placing victims in numbered trunks around the city.” Ooh—I love scavenger hunts!

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Thursday Ratings: Premieres Down All Around

Despite all the built up excitement for last night’s premieres, the numbers were down across the board. In the end, a two-hour Grey’s Anatomy (down 17% from this time last year) helped ABC win the viewers and the demos.

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Get to Know the Cast of Survivor: Gabon

Cast of Survivor: Gabon

With the premiere now just days away, it’s time to familiarize ourselves with the next round of castaways.

For the program’s 17th installment, the reality show will be kicking things up a notch. This season, the contestants will be “battling extreme conditions and interacting with wildlife such as elephants and gorillas” during their stay in Gabon. The filthy castaways will also have all of their flaws exposed in high-definition. (That’s a first for the long-running series.)

Host says the African locale is the perfect setting for the contest we will be seeing this year. “In a strange coincidence to Earth’s Last Eden—good vs. evil emerges as a major theme this season. I think the audience will quickly identify with one group or the other.”

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This Week on TV (9/28-9/21)

Meredith and Derek on Grey's Anatomy

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MONDAY (9/22)

Season premieres: The Big Bang Theory, Boston Legal, CSI: Miami, Dancing with the Stars, Heroes, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week

  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC, 8pm):  Special two-hour premiere. “The season begins with 13 new celebrities.” Any time a reference is made about ’s butt or cut foot, take a drink.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm): “Charlie runs into an ex-girlfriend whose son bears a striking resemblance to him.” As if Charlie Sheen really needed to get involved in another custody issue.
  • Heroes (NBC, 9pm):  Special two-hour premiere. “Suresh makes an important breakthrough.” It’s taken him two seasons to realize how boring his character is.
  • Worst Week (CBS, 9:30pm):  Series premiere. “Disaster-prone Sam Briggs, and his girlfriend, Melanie, visit her parents – who don’t like Sam – to tell them that they are engaged and expecting a child.” It’s always good to get the disappointing news out all at once.

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