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Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

  • Enemy of the ratings? My Own Worst Enemy had a solid but not stellar premiere on Monday, with 7.3 million viewers.
  • Rating the Runway. Project Runway pulled in 4.8 million viewers for its finale on Wednesday night. That's down from both the season four (5.2 million) and season three (5.4) million finales — but neither of them went up against a presidential debate. (Bravo says 7.2 million people watched at least one of the three airings on Wednesday.)
  • Speaking of that debate ... The final presidential debate was down from debate No. 2, scoring 56.5 million viewers (versus 63.2 million for the last debate) across 11 networks.
  • Who? Samantha Who? fans may be suffering from a bit of amnesia themselves, as its season premiere drew 11.7 million viewers — a healthy number, but down about 3 million from its series premiere last year.
  • Return of Eli. Eli Stone averaged 8.8 million viewers for its premiere — but the problem for the show is that a lot of them left at the halfway mark. The first half-hour had 10 million viewers, but only 7.5 million of them were left by the middle of the show.

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Allyace Allyace 7 years
Eli Stone was well written and enjoyable last season, but I am not liking the direction the show is taking. There was always a hint at some spiritual guidance before, but that hint is now more of a scream. I didn't like Touched by an Angel and don't really feel the need to watch something similar. I'll watch it this week (it is currently DVRed) but if it stays on the same track we are done.Samantha Who? is just as cute as it was last season and people really should watch it. Christina Applegate just makes me smile.As for Project Runway...That was by FAR the most boring season finale the show has ever seen. I actually watched it live, but had intended to watch the debate. I just couldn't take the anger of the debate anymore, so changed the channel.I was actually pleasantly surprised by My Own Worst Enemy last week (it is also waiting for me on my DVR). I wasn't expecting it to be good at all, but it was actually really entertaining. We'll see how it goes from here, but it has promise.
Allyace Allyace 7 years
Eli Stone was well written and enjoyable last season, but I am not liking the direction the show is taking. There was always a hint at some spiritual guidance before, but that hint is now more of a scream. I didn't like Touched by an Angel and don't really feel the need to watch something similar. I'll watch it this week (it is currently DVRed) but if it stays on the same track we are done. Samantha Who? is just as cute as it was last season and people really should watch it. Christina Applegate just makes me smile. As for Project Runway...That was by FAR the most boring season finale the show has ever seen. I actually watched it live, but had intended to watch the debate. I just couldn't take the anger of the debate anymore, so changed the channel. I was actually pleasantly surprised by My Own Worst Enemy last week (it is also waiting for me on my DVR). I wasn't expecting it to be good at all, but it was actually really entertaining. We'll see how it goes from here, but it has promise.
Phil Phil 7 years
DVR penetration is almost a third this year, and will only continue to rise.My Own Worst Enemy did well in the key demo, but but overall was pretty pathetic for a premier. If ratings don't rise this Monday, the show should be canned.Eli Stone should have been canned last season when it totally underperformed and steadily lost viewers week to week. It really is not a well written or well produced show at all and no amount of high profile guest stars will be able to change that fact. Greg Berlanti's studio can do way better (see Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, Everwood).It's also no surprise that Samantha Who? is underperforming as its only saving grace is its DWtS lead (which is can't retain). Unfortunately, I don't think ABC can do much better in the sitcom category so it gets to stay. Had it been Carpoolers that got a post DWtS slot instead of Samantha Who?, it would be in the exact same position this season. Unfortunately the better show ended up in the losing position.The real tragedy is the ratings that Pushing Daisies, Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money are getting. Without a doubt, ABC's got the best Wednesday lineup on any network but no one seems to be watching! It's upsetting to think that another great Brian Fuller show will probably get the can after the season is over :(Life on Mars Thursday night was down pretty dramatically from its premier numbers. That doesn't bode well considering how surprisingly well Andre Nemeck, Scott Rosenberg and Josh Applebaum were able to bounce back from their total flop (October Road) to make a totally watchable and enjoyable US version of the brilliant Brit original.As for Crusoe, good riddance. Nice try for Ben Silverman in trying to revive Friday night TV. Everyone else seemed to see what was coming.
Phil Phil 7 years
DVR penetration is almost a third this year, and will only continue to rise. My Own Worst Enemy did well in the key demo, but but overall was pretty pathetic for a premier. If ratings don't rise this Monday, the show should be canned. Eli Stone should have been canned last season when it totally underperformed and steadily lost viewers week to week. It really is not a well written or well produced show at all and no amount of high profile guest stars will be able to change that fact. Greg Berlanti's studio can do way better (see Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, Everwood). It's also no surprise that Samantha Who? is underperforming as its only saving grace is its DWtS lead (which is can't retain). Unfortunately, I don't think ABC can do much better in the sitcom category so it gets to stay. Had it been Carpoolers that got a post DWtS slot instead of Samantha Who?, it would be in the exact same position this season. Unfortunately the better show ended up in the losing position. The real tragedy is the ratings that Pushing Daisies, Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money are getting. Without a doubt, ABC's got the best Wednesday lineup on any network but no one seems to be watching! It's upsetting to think that another great Brian Fuller show will probably get the can after the season is over :( Life on Mars Thursday night was down pretty dramatically from its premier numbers. That doesn't bode well considering how surprisingly well Andre Nemeck, Scott Rosenberg and Josh Applebaum were able to bounce back from their total flop (October Road) to make a totally watchable and enjoyable US version of the brilliant Brit original. As for Crusoe, good riddance. Nice try for Ben Silverman in trying to revive Friday night TV. Everyone else seemed to see what was coming.
missyjq missyjq 7 years
couldn't agree with you more, gonezaggygirl...LOVED the end and really want people to tune in for this show...there's just so much heart to it...gotta keep those ratings up! i just hope people get hooked so they'll stay tuned post-katie mania.
GoneZaggyGirl GoneZaggyGirl 7 years
too bad the end of eli stone was AMAZING and the best part. katie holmes is not until this week
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I think that's definitely true. I watch everything on my DVR, even if I'm home for it, just so that I can forward through the commercials.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that there's a lot of competition on TV these days and that's why ratings are so hard to come up against. i think that a large part of it now s that a lot of people use their DVRs so are the ratings reported here based on C3 (that's advertising speak for the delay in watching shows on DVR after they initially air)...or are some people now turning to the movie channels like HBO and Showtime to catch new shows. it's just a hard thing all around. i do wonder why so many people dropped off on Eli Stone...i think that we all wanted to see katie holmes, but i missed the show so i'm not sure when she was on or not
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that there's a lot of competition on TV these days and that's why ratings are so hard to come up against. i think that a large part of it now s that a lot of people use their DVRs so are the ratings reported here based on C3 (that's advertising speak for the delay in watching shows on DVR after they initially air)...or are some people now turning to the movie channels like HBO and Showtime to catch new shows. it's just a hard thing all around. i do wonder why so many people dropped off on Eli Stone...i think that we all wanted to see katie holmes, but i missed the show so i'm not sure when she was on or not
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