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Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

  • Wilting Daisies. Big bummer: The season premiere of Pushing Daisies drew just 6.3 million viewers, finishing fourth in its timeslot (yes, behind Knight Rider). ABC's other two Wednesday shows didn't fare much better, with Private Practice getting 8 million viewers and Dirty Sexy Money clocking in at 7.1 million viewers.
  • Sophomore slump. Also among the second-year shows with a less-than-stellar start: Chuck, which got just 6.8 million viewers for its premiere on Monday.
  • Slaying Showtime. The season premiere of Dexter set a new record for Showtime on Sunday, with 1.2 million viewers. Californication, meanwhile, got just over half a million viewers.
  • Emmy? Who cares! Mad Men was actually down this week with its first new episode since winning an Emmy. It recorded 1.6 million viewers, versus 1.9 million the week before the Emmys.
  • Not Desperate. Maybe it was the intrigue of the flash-forward, but Desperate Housewives returned strong on Sunday, with 18.4 million viewers. Brothers and Sisters was also strong with 12.4 million viewers.
  • No debating these ratings. Thursday's vice presidential debate drew a whopping 70 million viewers, a new record for any VP debate. Last Friday's presidential debate drew 52 million viewers.

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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Was there a post about the Ugly Betty premier? I was so looking forward to it and felt so let down.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I was shocked when I heard some of these shows were coming back for a second season when shows like Moonlight, journeyman, etc. Were canceled. Private Practice?!? Come on! :oy:
sushibananas sushibananas 7 years
I'm not surprised about Dexter - the ads are everywhere!
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 7 years
I hope Mad Men and Pushing Daisies do better in the ratings.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
That sucks that Pushing Daisies did not do so well in the ratings. I think it needs better promotion, because I never see any commercials for it. I also have a feeling that they have trouble drawing in the male viewers because sometimes the show can be overly cheesy (but I still love it!)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Sad news about Mad Men and Pushing Daisies, two of my very favorite shows. Sigh.
JaeB JaeB 7 years
Pushing Daisies is a show I always mean to "check out" sometime, but never manage to. Hm. Chuck, I tend to watch for 2-5 minutes when there's nothing else on and I'm only half watching TV. Dexter looks good, but I would have no luck trying to wrangle the shared TV over to Showtime. I can't get the TV over to Mad Men, either, even though we talk a bit about it at school, in Media Studies. I did watch both (the sadly not-so-funny) Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters, which did not disappoint but weren't that hot either; I'd say Brothers and Sisters was the better of the two. And I watched the VP debate (and the Pres. debate). The VP one was definitely more interesting than the Pres. debate. Sarah Palin did a respectable job, and I was happy about that, but I'm still looking forward to this Saturday. :) Joe Biden was on it and said everything I was thinking he needed to say and then some.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I hope this means the voter turnout will be HUGE. :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
why am i not surprised that this past week's premiers weren't doing as well and that shows that had such high expectations weren't performing? i think that it's a shame when that happens, but it's just a case of timing i think. there are a few shows that are coming out this week and i have a feeling that they won't be doing as well as people hope either - but that's just my guess at this point. i think that it's a testament to Showtime that their ratings were so outstanding - and the fact that there was a writers strike, i think that really helped Dexter since more people were able to get hooked on it. i have showtime, but sometimes i'm not aware of the shows that are on it, and putting in on network TV last year was a SMART move. i think that a lot more people tuned into the debate so see palin speak rather than for the debate itself and that's what rocked the ratings. i know that i tuned in and in past elections i've never cared much to do that before.
alexlove alexlove 7 years
Aww I was hoping Dirty Sexy Money would do better. Yay for Brothers & Sisters though!
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