Sunday, November 11, 2007

Week 7 Numbers (First Four Nights); How the Sitcoms Did

Week 7 numbers (first four nights, Mon-Thu):

Households: ABC: 9.2/14.4; CBS: 8.7/13.6; Fox: 5.4/8.1; NBC: 4.8/7.6; The CW: 2.0/3.1; MNT: 0.7/1.1.
Total Viewers: ABC: 14.07 million; CBS: 13.79 million; Fox: 8.95 million; NBC: 7.67 million; The CW: 3.07 million; MNT: 1.04 million.
Adults 18-49: ABC: 4.4/11.2; CBS: 4.0/10.3; Fox: 3.5/8.7; NBC: 3.2/8.3; The CW: 1.4/3.4; MNT: 0.4/1.1.

Analysis: Week 7 is nearly done...and we might not know who will win the week until after tonight! Last week CBS won the top spot thanks a very high overrun of the NFL on Sunday between the Colts and Patriots, with ABC a close second in HH and viewers. In 18-49, ABC still hung on, nipping CBS. NBC was third in all categories and Fox was back in 4th without baseball. Through the first four days of this week, ABC has the lead in all categories in week 7 with CBS a close second, Fox and NBC are way back, with Fox with the slight edge.
Monday it was all ABC thanks to Dancing with the Stars. A 105 minute performance show did an impressive 20.47 million and a 4.9/12 in 18-49, down a bit from the previous week, that lead into new sitcom Samantha Who at a special time of 9:45pm doing 12.86 million (down a bit from previous week) and a 4.3/10 18-49 rating...first time it didn't get a 4.5, it did that all three weeks prior to that. The Bachelor followed at 10:15 with 9.23 million, down a bit from the previous week. Next up was CBS with its comedies and CSI: Miami. The Big Bang Theory did 9.37 million, up nearly a million from the previous week and yet again it built on How I Met Your Mother's ratings of 8.77 million, but that too was nearly up a million from previous week. Two and a Half Men and Rules of Engagement followed with decent numbers (13.8 and 10.77 million). Men was up just a bit from the previous week, as was Rules. CSI: Miami followed with 14.07 million, down from previous week once again. NBC and Fox were neck and neck for third, with NBC lead by the downward Heroes at 9.87 million and a 4.9 18-49, below its usual average once again...what has happened? Chuck opened the night with 7.65 million, up a bit from previous week. Journeyman closed the night with 5.13 million, down again from previous week. Fox kicked off with Prison Break at 7.69 million and K-Ville was pre-empted for another Prison Break that did 8.0 million. The CW aired their Monday sitcoms, with Aliens in America doing just 1.78 million, a series low, and The Game keeps dropping every week, this week it was down to 2.26 million.
Tuesday, it was a three network race, with Fox on top. CBS and ABC were also right behind. Fox's huge hit House did 18.17 million and a 7.7 18-49 rating (both up from previous week) and Bones started the night off with a solid 9.52 million, up from previous week. The always reliable NCIS opened the night off for CBS with 18.15 million, up nearly 2 million from previous week and maybe a series high! The Unit followed with 11.08 million, up from previous week, and Cane did 7.78 million, down a bit from previous week. ABC's sitcom hour of Cavemen/Carpoolers returned to poor numbers, doing just 4.88 and 5.49 million, Dancing with the Stars: The Results followed with 17.06 million saying goodbye to Jane Seymour. Boston Legal followed and did a solid 10.62 million, down from previous week. NBC was fourth with another two-hour The Biggest Loser from 8-10 doing 7.88 million, followed by Law & Order: SVU at 11.7 million, lower than normal. The CW had Beauty & the Geek and Reaper do 2.65 and 2.42 million.
Wednesday it was ABC on top thanks to the CMA Awards. The award show did a healthy 15.95 million. ABC will return Pushing Daisies at 8, followed by Private Practice at 9, and Dirty Sexy Money at 10 this week. CBS saw Kid Nation go up a bit to 7.01 million, and veteran dramas Criminal Minds and CSI: NY did well and were consistent doing 14.65 (down a tad from previous week) and 12.92 million (down a tad from previous week). NBC and Fox again were battling for third, as NBC opened the night with Phenomenon doing 6.1 million (down a bit from the previous week), Bionic Woman returned to just 6.48 million, as the fall in every episode continues. At 10pm NBC's Life did 6.39 million, up a bit from previous week. Fox saw Back to You, 'Til Death and Kitchen Nightmares, return with new episodes and they did 6.45, 6.51, and 6.36 million each. The CW had Top Model at a decent 5.1 million, while Gossip Girl did 2.52 million.
Thursday saw CBS and ABC duke it out again. CBS opened with Survivor: China at 14.86 million, up a tad from the previous week. CSI followed with 21.94 million for a cross-over episode that continued at 10 pm on Without a Trace which did 21.68 million, up from previous week obviously. ABC opened the night with Ugly Betty doing a solid 10.83 million, up almost a million from previous week. Grey's Anatomy followed with 19.5 million, up a bit from previous week and was number one in 18-49 with a 8.0/19 18-49 rating...should be good for #1 for the week. Big Shots followed at 10:07pm with a last place finish of 6.96 million...down a tad from previous week again...which is a series low. Again Fox and NBC battled for third with Fox's 5th Grader doing a solid at 8.85 and Don't Forget the Lyrics followed and returned with 6.52 million. NBC started off with their comedies, My Name is Earl opened the night with 7.66 million, up from previous week, 30 Rock returned with 6.6 million. The Office followed with 8.27 million, down a bit from previous week. Scrubs followed with a so-so 6.27 million. ER closed the night with 8.44 million, down from previous week. Smallville on The CW did 4.64 million, followed by Supernatural at 3.01 million.
Now, final numbers for Friday and Saturday are not available, but NBC, CBS and ABC battled on Friday. NBC had a solid outing for Deal or No Deal at 8pm for a second place finish. CBS was #1 for its dramas at 8 and 10 (Ghost Whisperer, NUMB3RS), and ABC was #1 at 9pm with Women's Murder Club. Fox bombed again for The Next Great American Band. This week it was a one-hour episode though, so 9pm almost doubled with another installment of Don't Forget the Lyrics.
Saturday saw CBS's crime repeats win the night and Fox's crime reality won in 18-49. ABC Sunday should do well tonight with its regular line-up. CBS will do decent as well and NBC will do solid business for the NFL game, possibly beating CBS. Fox's animated comedies might get a boost from the NFL overrun.
As for the week, ABC and CBS will battle for HH and viewers, with ABC a clear first place in 18-49. Fox and NBC will battle for the distant third spot, with NBC probably winning thanks to the NFL. More sweeps action this week! Enjoy your favorite shows as long as you can, you never know how long the strike will last.


Last Sunday Sitcoms (counts for week of October 29-November 4)

  • Aliens in America (The CW) - A repeat did just 910,00 viewers, but that was up from the 750,000 viewers the week before.
  • The Simpsons (Fox) 3 episodes - Two repeats from 7-8pm did 4.74 and 7.93 million, before the Halloween show did 11.74 million and a 5.7 rating in 18-49 at 8pm...great.
  • Family Guy (Fox) 2 episodes - Two all-new episodes, including episode #100, did great, 10.47 million and 10.46 million...consistent. 5.2 and 5.3 rating in 18-49 is great, too.
  • American Dad (Fox) - Lost over 3 million from the lead-in to 7.08 million...not good.

Monday Sitcoms

  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - 8.77 million tuned in, up from the previous two weeks. Will the return of standard time help?
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 9.37 million tuned in, up nearly a million from previous week and it still is building on the lead-in every single week.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) - 13.8 million this week, up a bit from previous week's 13.73 million.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) - 10.77 million, up from the previous week's 10.57 million.
  • Samantha Who? (ABC) - 12.86 million and a 4.3/10 18-49 for week four, but it aired at a special time of 9:45, so maybe that is why is dropped a bit?
  • CW Monday Comedies: Chris, Aliens in America, Girlfriends, The Game. Not doing that well at all. Aliens did a terrible 1.78 million, a series low, The Game continues to drop each week now with 2.26 million this week, down from previous week's 2.42 million. Chris led the block with 2.45 million...but not good.


Tuesday Sitcoms

  • Cavemen (ABC) - After a week off, did viewers forget about the show? Just 4.88 million.
  • Carpoolers (ABC) - Just 5.49 million for an episode with special guest Rebecca Romijn.

Wednesday Sitcoms
  • Back to You (Fox) - 6.45 million tuned in for a new episode, the first new one in a few weeks.
  • 'Til Death (Fox) - Built on the lead-in in every category this week, 6.51 million tuned in.
Thursday Sitcoms
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) - 7.66 million tuned in, up a bit from the previous week's 7.33 million, which was a one-hour episode.
  • 30 Rock (NBC) - After a week off, returned with 6.6 million...OK.
  • The Office (NBC) - 8.27 million tuned in, down a bit from the previous.
  • Scrubs (NBC) - 6.27 million tuned in .. has dropped every week so far. 18-49 was 3.7 the previous week, only a 3.1 this week.
Friday Sitcoms
None.

Saturday Sitcoms
None.

Airing tonight (Sunday) is a repeat of Aliens in America on The CW at 7:30, and Fox's animated comedies starting at 8:00!

Summing it up. Two and a Half Men, Samantha Who?, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, and Rules of Engagement were impressive for the week. Everything else was OK (such as My Name is Earl, 30 Rock) or just plain old terrible (Cavemen, Aliens in America).

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