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Thursday Ratings: ‘Viva Laughlin’ Off to Disappointing Start

The debut of CBS’s Viva Laughlin (and the temporary departure of Without A Trace) should have made it an easy night for ABC.  But despite low numbers at 10pm, CBS still came very close to taking the night in both viewers and demos.


  • With 13.4 million viewers, the aging (4.3/13 in 18-49 age group) shows no signs of slowing down. Viva Laughlin
  • FOX’s Red Sox/Indians game (3.3/8) averaged about 11.6 million fans through the evening.
  • (9.7 million, 3.1/9) dropped about 730,000 viewers this week.
  • NBC’s (7.3 million, 2.7/8) and (6.3 million, 2.6/7) were both down from last week.
  • (5.1 million, 2.0/6) saw a 300,000 increase.


  • (20.8 million, 6.4/15 in 18-49) gained over 1 million new viewers to claim the night’s biggest audience.
  • (17.7 million, 7.1/17) took another 9pm win in the demos category.
  • An hour-long episode (8.5 million, 4.4/11) lost about 400,000.
  • (1.3/3) rounded off the hour with 3 million viewers.



Thursday Ratings: ‘Grey’s’ and ‘CSI’ Both Come Out on Top

The 9pm hour proves to be Thursday night’s most heated battleground.  And just like Wednesday night, ABC ruled the 18-49 age group while CBS gathered the largest audience.



  • (18.9 million, 7.8/19 in 18-49) led the night in the demo market.
  • (19.6 million, 6.0/14) raked in just enough viewers for evening’s win (despite being down about 1 million).
  • (8.9 million, 4.7/11) gained about 410,000 viewers from last week while (3.2 million, 1.2/3) was up over 250,000.
  • (1.8/4) came in fourth with 5.6 million viewers overall.


  • Although down 18% from its debut, (13.6 million, 3.6/10 in 18-49) ruled the hour in viewers.
  • (9.3 million, 3.6/10) was up 600,000 while (8.4 million, 3.4/10) was down about the same.

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CBS Takes the Thursday Ratings Win

Although the introduction of ‘Seinfeld Vision’ helped the premiere of 30 Rock, it didn’t do do much for the network.  CBS took Must See Thursday—followed by ABC, NBC, FOX and CW.

30 Rock

  • (14.1 million, 4.4/13 in 18-49 demo) took the hour in both viewers and the key demographic group.
  • ABC’s (9.8 million, 3.4/10) saw a loss of over 1 million viewers this week, while (8 million, 3.4/10) lost 1/2 as much.
  • Emmy-award winning (7.4 million, 3.4/9) saw a 53% viewer increase from last season’s finale.


  • Although (20.8 million, 6.3/16 in key demo) lost 16% of last week’s viewers, it still took the crown from Grey’s.
  • (18.1 million, 7.4/18) also saw a loss in viewers but remained dominant in the 18-49 demo.
  • A million less viewers saw Pam and Jim outed in this week’s episode of (8.5 million, 4.5/11).


  • (14.5 million, 3.8/11) lost 13% of last week’s audience and narrowly won in the key demos.
  • (9 million, 3.7/10) was down 1 million this week; (8.7 million, 3.7/10) was down from it’s 11.1 million premiere.


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The Ratings Race Is On

Gordon Ramsay Ratings rivals CBS and ABC have been slugging it out this fall, each trying to jockey for the top slot in the ratings race. CSI dominance usually secures CBS at least one top ten ratings win, but this year ABC’s reality smash hit Dancing with the Stars may boogie right on up to the top. Or…will it? Last week the show scored more than twenty million viewers, but fewer tuned in to watch the results. This week, only fifteen million tuned in to the celebrity two-step. Between the two broadcast networks, eight of the top ten ratings list was dominated. Shows like Desperate Housewives, CSI: Miami, and Without a Trace secured the viewers – more than fifteen million each. NBC, the network that struggled in last place a year ago, almost managed to get 17 million viewers for Heroes. But at least one more network will attempt to bring in viewers, perhaps topping them all in the end.

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ABC Takes Ratings Lead Sunday, Monday Nights

This weekend’s ABC premieres made it clear audiences prefer their dramas soapy on Sunday nights.


  • Although (19.3 million viewers, 7.4/17 share in 18-49 demo) and (13.3 million, 5.1/13) were both down from last year’s premieres (23% and 15% respectively), both shows earned their best numbers since Nov. 26th.
  • (13.5 million, 3.4/8) and (11.4 million, 2.7/7) did improve upon last week’s premieres, though Shark’s numbers were lower compared to last year’s time slot holder ().
  • (8.4 million, 4.2/11), (7.2 million, 3.5/9) and (7.9 million, 4.2/10) all underperformed their numbers from last Sunday.

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This Week on TV (9/24-9/30)

Heroes Masi Oka


MONDAY (9/24)
  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  Series premiere
  • Dancing With the Stars (ABC, 8pm):  Special 1.5 hour season premiere.  Let’s start placing bets now!
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8pm):  Mandy Moore guest-stars in the season premiere.  Also,  what will happen to Ted and Robin?
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:30pm):  Welcome the reunion of Roseanne’s Darlene and David.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  Season premiere
  • Heroes (NBC, 9pm):  Season premiere.  Rumor has it someone could be leaving the show very soon.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS, 9:30pm):  Season premiere
  • The Bachelor (ABC, 9:30pm):  Special 1.5 hour premiere.  Apparently Brad Womack has a twin brother.  Am I the only one wondering if they traded places during the show?
  • Journeyman (NBC, 10pm):  Series premiere
  • CSI: Miami (CBS, 10pm):  Season premiere

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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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