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Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

Number Crunching: This Week's TV Ratings

  • OMFG? Despite all that promotion, the salacious ads, and the questionable title of "Best Teen Drama Ever," Gossip Girl pretty much tanked in its post-strike premiere. The episode got just 2.4 million viewers. Hey, at least it's (as of Friday) No. 2 on iTunes . . .
  • Not great returns. It's not that Grey's Anatomy didn't do well with its first episode back on Thursday night — it got 16 million viewers and was a close second in its time slot behind CSI. The bad news is that both Grey's and CSI have lost about 4 million viewers apiece since this time last year. Ugly Betty was down, too, with just 8.5 million viewers — barely beating Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? on Fox.
  • Falling Idol. American Idol had a relatively bad week, at least by Idol standards. Wednesday's results show brought in 22.6 million viewers, but it had the worst showing among adults 18-49 in five years.
  • John Adams is history. The HBO miniseries wrapped up with 1.6 million viewers for its Sunday finale. On average, it pulled in 2.2 million viewers a week over its seven-week run.
  • Welcome back, Walkers. Brothers & Sisters had a fine (but not spectacular) comeback on Sunday, with 10.5 million viewers.
  • Will he live to reap again? The return of Reaper got 2.4 million viewers on Tuesday, which doesn't sound like much — till you look at those numbers for Gossip Girl, which has already been renewed. Will Reaper follow suit?

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thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 8 years
hotstuff: I also watch CSI, though not regularly. My mom watches Vegas and Miami, so whenever I see her watching I join in. @ Gossip Girl - I don't want to sound, well, cruel but I'm glad it didn't do so hot if that means they'll reconsider putting up full episodes online. That's the only way I've ever watched it because I can just watch a chunk of the episodes when I have a lot of down time. I was just gonna say that I'll probably get to them over the summer, but that's not possible, now is it? Maybe they'll air re-runs and I'll catch 'em then. Also, they've probably got to watch out for YouTube. I know that when I went to watch ANTM episodes on the CW website and found out that they had been pulled, well, I went to YouTube. They're there and enough people will be putting them up right after they air that it'd be tough to catch all of them. I wonder if the CW submits their shows to YouTube so they can run those automated (audio I think) checks on uploads. I remember them developing something like that, but it only works if the networks submit their shows. I know that NBC's always been really anal about catching people. Especially on SNL animated shorts that become viral videos. I believe it started with the Chronicles of Narnia rap "Lazy Sunday." They made the video available on the NBC site so you'd see their ads while watching it.
carolli carolli 8 years
How do they figure out who is watching? From what I know Nielsen rating are random surveys give out to people across the country checking on everything they have watched that week. I only know one person who has been asked to participate. As a regular watcher of lots of low rated gems including gossip girl, how do I make my viewing count?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Waiting for the day GG is cancelled.
gogreengirl gogreengirl 8 years
Nielsen ratings are not as antiquated as you may think. Tivo'd programs still count towards the ratings and, in some case, so do TV shows on DVD.
luvhouse07 luvhouse07 8 years
hotstuff - I love CSI! only las vegas though, not miami or new york
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
I agree with girlnone. TV ratings really don't reflect how popular a show is. I must say that I have lost interest in Grey's :(
advo advo 8 years
I don't really get those numbers. I mean GG is supposed to be so buzzed about so, it tanked? I hope the CW won't regret their decision to renew the show. Perhaps it isn't "the best show ever" but it's certainly a really great show!
hotstuff hotstuff 8 years
Can somebody tell me who the hell is watching CSI? It always kicks butt in ratings but I don't know one person who watches and have never heard anyone talk about it!
girlnone girlnone 8 years
I can't believe networks still place so much emphasis on good ol' Nielsen ratings. I mean, between tivo, online streaming, downloads from itunes or amazon, and just waiting for the DVD sets to come out, how many people really sit down in front of their TVs during prime-time?
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
I thought that Gossip Girl was ok. I felt a bit confused because I missed the last few episodes and its been a while but it was good. A friend and I watched together and I know other friends who watched too and were really looking forward to the premiere. And yay for American Idol! That show just needs to go. asap. Fox, just let it go, just let it go with some dignity.
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