Sunday, November 20, 2005

Week 9 Ratings Numbers Through Thursday; How the Sitcoms Did

Week 9 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):
Households: CBS: 11.1/17.1; ABC: 7.5/11.6; NBC: 7.2/11.1; FOX 4.8/7.2; The WB: 2.8/4.2; UPN: 2.6/4.0
Total Viewers: CBS: 17.42 million; ABC: 11.46 million; NBC: 10.93 million; FOX 7.56 million; The WB: 4.32 million; UPN: 3.98 million.
Adults 18-49: CBS: 5.5/14.0; ABC: 4.2/10.6; NBC: 4.1/10.3; FOX 3.1/7.9; The WB: 1.8/4.5; UPN: 1.7/4.3.

Analysis: The first four days of the second "full" week of sweeps saw CBS even higher than last week's first four days. Much thanks goes to the CMA Awards and a Johnny Cash special. Both specials were up by a ton on what CBS usually does in those slots, especially Wednesdays 8-9pm. Everything else was at normal levels for all the networks. A special night and time for Hot Properies saw it not doing much. Rodney would have done better.
Days 5 and 6: Friday saw CBS winning in total viewers and adults 18-49, and Close to Home again was a success in its new night and time. Saturday saw CBS winning in total viewers and ABC in A18-49 with the second Harry Potter film. Like usual, it should be an interesting battle between ABC and CBS for the week among adults 18-49 after tonight. CBS will for sure win by a wide margin in total viewers for the week. Look for NBC's movie to sink tonight and CBS's movie to do average, with ABC of course winning big.


Monday Sitcoms

  • The King of Queens (CBS) - Down slighly from last week overall, but same A18-49 numbers.
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Built on A18-49 from lead-in to a 3.7 but down in total viewers with 10.35 million.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - After 16.19 million last week, a one million drop this week to 15.17 is a concern.
  • Out of Practice (CBS) - Even though its lead-in was down from week to week, this sitcom was close to last week's levels. Very consistent.
  • One on One (UPN), All of Us (UPN), Girlfriends (UPN), Half and Half (UPN) - The block was slightly down from what it usually does. 9 p.m. was the highest with 3.6 million, down from last week's 4.2.

Tuesday Sitcoms
  • According to Jim (ABC) - Dana had errotic dreams about Jim this week, maybe that helped the ratings to go higher from last week. 8.02 million tuned in.
  • Hot Properties (ABC) - A special night and time did not help this sitcom. Sure, this was probably its best ratings, but Rodney would have held more of its lead-in's audience. Only 6.82 million.
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - Down slightly from week to week (11.57 million to 11.51).
  • The Office (NBC) - 7.99 million. NBC should expect at least 9 or 9.5 million after having 11.51 at 9 p.m.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • George Lopez (ABC) - George wins its slot in total viewers among the sitcoms with 8.13 million.
  • Freddie (ABC) - Wins its slot among adults 18-49 with a 3.6 rating, first in viewers among sitcoms in the slot with 8.58 million.
  • That '70s Show (FOX) -Winning its slot in adults 18-49 with a 3.3 rating, but only 6.78 million overall.
  • Stacked (FOX) - Up slightly from season premiere, but still this should be gone FAST.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • Joey (NBC) - Down slightly from last week's 8.08 million to 8.02 million.
  • Will & Grace (NBC) - Up slightly from last week, to 8.89 million.
  • Everybody Hates Chris (UPN) - 5.42 million, but I expected this to take over as the sitcom leader in this slot, but I guess it won't happen.
  • Love, Inc. (UPN), Eve (UPN), Cuts (UPN) - 8:30 p.m. did decent with 3.79 million, by the end of the night it was only 2.88 million; better than before, though.

Friday Sitcoms
  • Bernie Mac (FOX) - Same old, same old.
  • Malcolm in the Middle (FOX) - See above.
  • What I Like About You (The WB) - When is this going to get pulled?
  • Reba (The WB) - A repeat at 8:30 improved on its lead-in and a new episode at 9 p.m. did better.
  • Hope & Faith (ABC) - A nice jump thanks to Robert Wagner maybe? 4.9 rating.
  • Hot Properties (ABC) - 4.0 rating, down nearly one rating point is not a good sign. Look for the Dancing Results Show to probably take this slot or move Hope & Faith here by January.
  • Twins (The WB) - Better than Living with Fran, but still WB was 6th place.
Summing it up. My Name is Earl, Out of Practice, How I Met Your Mother, Freddie, and The King of Queens were the only impressive sitcoms this week. Everything else was OK (such as According to Jim, George Lopez) or just plain old terrible (such as Stacked, WB Friday, UPN Thursday).

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