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Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings


  • Truth is, the ratings were great. The Moment of Truth became the highest-rated premiere of the season this week, grabbing 23.2 million viewers.
  • Idol's down, but does it matter? American Idol is still down in ratings from last season, but that doesn't mean it's not crushing everything in its path. Tuesday's San Diego auditions got an average of 29 million viewers, and Wednesday's stop in Charlotte nabbed 26.8 million.
  • OK, who's watching Supernanny? Seriously, Supernanny is the only show on ABC's Wednesday lineup that's doing anywhere close to OK, getting 7.1 million viewers. Wife Swap got 5.6 million viewers to tune in this week, while Cashmere Mafia brought in just 5.5 million.

  • Break's not bad. The premiere of Breaking Bad was good for AMC, drawing 1.35 million viewers — almost as many as tuned in for Mad Men over the summer.
  • Football scores. Sunday's Giants-Packers football game wasn't just the biggest sports program of the season — it was the biggest thing on TV, not counting Super Bowls, since 1998. That's 1998, people. The game averaged almost 54 million viewers.
  • Little luck for Chuck. The Chuck-wich wasn't great for NBC on Thursday, with the first episode bringing in about 6.8 million viewers and the second just topping 7 million. The episode of The Celebrity Apprentice in between brought in 8.9 million viewers.
  • History makes history. Did you watch the History Channel's Life Without People? If you did, you were in good company: The Monday night special got 5.4 million viewers, the biggest audience in History's, er, history.

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