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FOX’s ride to the top ended quickly. When originals returned to ABC and CBS, so did the numbers. Last night, the Alphabet network - with no help from The Deep End - narrowly took first in the demos. Meanwhile, CBS was easily the winner with the viewers.

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  • (12.3 million, 3.3/10 in 18-49) did about the same.
  • CBS’ Survivor Survivor special (2.4/7) had 8.3 million looking back.
  • (2.2/7) entertained 5.2 million.
  • (5.1 million, 1.3/4) plunged by 900,000.
  • (4.9 million, 2.3/6) hit a season high rating.
  • (4 million, 1.8/5) sucked in 200,000 more.

Click to continue reading Thursday Ratings: ABC, CBS Split First Night of Sweeps

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Life pre-Idol never looks quite as good as it does post-Idol. Last night, Human Target took quite a hit in its new 8:00 time slot and tied a repeat of Modern Family in the demos.

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  • Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (2.9/9 in 18-49) had 11.2 million laughing.
  • (7.8 million, 2.4/7) gave up 2.6 million.
  • (2.7/8) scored 7.3 million.
  • A * repeat (2.4/7) pulled in 6.8 million.
  • (6.3 million, 1.6/5) added on 500,000.
  • * (1.4 million, 0.6/2) slid by 300,000.

Click to continue reading Wednesday Ratings: Human Falls Short of Target

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Lost’s 3-hour kickoff might not have done enough to beat the activity over at FOX, but it did do well enough to beat itself. Yesterday’s event showed year-to-year premiere improvement for the first time since Season 2. The series also had its best rating in almost two years.

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  • (8.9/23 in 18-49) raised 300,000 more.
  • (19.1 million, 4.3/11) fell by 1 million.
  • The first hour of * (4.1/11) recapped 9.9 million.
  • A * repeat (1.6/4) weighed in with 4.9 million.
  • * (0.4/1) kept 873,000 busy.

Click to continue reading Tuesday Ratings: Lost is Found by Viewers

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Pink wasn’t the only one flying high last night. Thanks to its 52nd Annual Grammy Awards coverage, CBS was a little bit out of everyone’s reach.

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Click to continue reading Sunday Ratings: CBS Rises Above with Grammys

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Jeff Probst had to learn a very hard lesson last night: Fans simply don’t like to watch him in shows that aren’t titled Survivor. Last night’s Live for the Moment special got beat by everything in the demos…even repeats. Meanwhile, FOX - just about the only network to air originals - easily won in the viewers and the 18-49s.

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Has the mighty started to fall? Or is NCIS just getting better with age? Despite dominating in both the viewers and the demos last night, American Idol saw one of its tightest battles in a long time. The CBS drama - with its 20.1 million viewers -  got as close the reality show as it ever had before.

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  • (24.1 million, 9.0/24 in 18-49) was down 2 million.
  • (4.1/11) brought in 20.1 million.
  • (9.7 million, 3.8/10) lost 200,000.
  • (3.3 million, 1.2/3) remained steady.
  • (2.5 million, 10.2) shrunk by 700,000.
  • * (960,000, 0.4/1) added on 160,000.

Click to continue reading Tuesday Ratings: NCIS Closing in on Idol

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Do fans need to help “save” Castle anymore? Last night, the ABC program - which faced a CBS repeat - earned series-high numbers. Could this be a one-time thing? Or will the trend continue? The mystery deepens…

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Gallery: Monday Ratings: Castle is on a High


NFC Championship Game 2010The gridiron action between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings was just about the only thing people were dialing in to watch last night. (Repeats offered by the competitors helped paved the way.)

Yesterday’s tight game brought in a whopping 57.9 million viewers, a record for any NFC Championship Game ever held on FOX.

The Saints’ defeat over Brett Favre - which pulled in a 21.3 rating with the 18-49s - was also the most-watched event of the season.

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Gallery: Sunday Ratings: Close Game Scores Touchdown for FOX


Last night’s programming ended with interesting results. Despite non-stop promotions, ABC’s freshman series The Deep End struggled to find an audience with the 18-49s during its hour. Meanwhile, CBS had some good and bad news. On the plus side, repeats of The Big Bang Theory did better than original comedies on NBC. On the negative side, Bones actually beat CSI in the demos.

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Despite a huge lead-in, Human Target looked vulnerable against non-repeats. The show’s second outing pulled in over 10 million viewers, but placed third in its hour with the demos.

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Gallery: Wednesday Ratings: Modern Family Remains Strong Against Target


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