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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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radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
Moment of Truth was painful. I think a lot of people tuned in for the first one, and a lot of those people won't be back to watch more of it. My husband watches SuperNanny. I personally can't stand the show. I have to listen to my screaming toddlers all day, I don't want to watch someone elses right after I put mine to bed!
i love chuck too. i think it was the whole switchin nights that threw everyone off. i just happened across the show's site to find out about the switchin days, otherwise, i wouldve missed it.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Erm, my mother is one of the people watching Supernanny every week! Along with Wife Swap :) haha, I introduced her to Wife Swap, but she watched Supernanny on her own. That and Dance Wars: Bruno and Carrie Ann.
GoneZaggyGirl GoneZaggyGirl 9 years
so sad, i LOVE chuck!
spacebear spacebear 9 years
I would have watched chuck if i knew it was gonna be on!
Phil Phil 9 years
It's terribly depressing when the landscape of network television is filled with low concept reality shows and American Gladiators. Put Criminal Minds back on the air with the cadre of bad reality shows that have yet to premier (or re-air) and I'll be likely to throw my TV's away for good. I haven't been this dispassionate about TV since Who Wants to Be a Millionaire premiered.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I watch 'Supernanny,' only because I would plan to work as a children's librarian. Even if you're not a parent, the things you learn on that show is really useful in handling situations with children!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
The Moment of Truth looked so dumb. I didn't even bother watching it. I love American Idol, though. I just miss my other shows. :(
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Yessss Moment of Truth! I heard about it and wanted to watch. So I was watching in the dorm lounge and some people were getting ready to go out, but they sat down when they saw I was watching and more and more people came. I loved it! My friends thought it was really interesting too, and we'll most likely watch next week together again. That guy who got himself in trouble with his wife Katia, ohhhhh haha. Good laughs.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Ah..make that Mad Men!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Missed Moment of Truth, but glad to hear that Breaking Bad did okay. AMC has created some interesting shows lately. Love Man Men!
ladypenguin ladypenguin 9 years
Ugh, so much reality TV. Thank goodness for Lost next week!
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