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June 9, 2010

Nielsens: NBA Fever, Catch It!

Posted: 03:15 PM ET

The summer doldrums have arrived in the world of network television.  What does that mean?  Reality hell, and not just "Hell's Kitchen."  It also seems we're enjoying the NBA Finals.  Games 1 and 2 finished the week 2 and 1, and helped ABC to a weekly win.  But after that, it's all repeats and reality, except for "Glee," which was the 11th most watched show for the week.  Here's the top 10 (11 really, we included "Glee" for all the Gleekniks, or whatever they're called).

Source: Nielsen, via USAToday.com

Rank Show name
Network
Viewers in millions
Season-to-date average (in millions)
1. NBA Finals Game 2
ABC
15.71
-
2. NBA Finals Game 1
ABC
14.1
-
3. America's Got Talent, Tues.
NBC
12.4
12.4
4. NCIS
CBS
10.8
18.6
5. 60 Minutes
CBS
10.4
13.2
* America's Got Talent, Wed.
NBC
10.4
10.4
7. Tow and a Half Men
CBS
9.8
-
8. Big Bang Theory
CBS
9.5
-
9. The Mentalist
CBS
9.5
-
10. NCIS: Los Angeles
CBS
9.3
15.6
11. Glee
Fox
9.0
9.8

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April 21, 2010

Nielsens: Idol Back on Top, Lots of Glee at Fox

Posted: 03:16 PM ET

After a two week absence, "American Idol" has returned to the top of the Nielsen ratings by less than the population of my hometown, Mesquite, Texas.  Yes, I've been trying for a while to work the name of my hometown into this blog - home of the Fighting Skeeters.

The most interesting nugget this week is Fox's critically acclaimed but, until last week, low rated "Glee" came in 4th for the week.  Doesn't take a network exec to figure out this was because it followed "Idol," and got some big promotion, but I'm curious to see if the show can keep those that were too lazy to change the channel after "Idol."  If you watched "Glee," what did you think?  Will you watch again?

"Glee" and "Idol" weren't enough though to win the week for Fox.  CBS was first among the networks, followed by Fox, ABC and NBC.

On cable, Discovery's "Deadliest Catch" returned with its best numbers ever, with 4.6 million viewers.  Here's the top 10 for the week of April 12-18:

Source: Nielsen, April 12-18, via USAToday.com

Rank
Season rank
Show name
Network
Viewers in millions
Season-to-date average (in millions)
1.
1.
American Idol (Tues.)
Fox
21.0
25.7
2.
2.
American Idol (Wed.)
Fox
20.6
24.5
*
3.
Dancing with the Stars
ABC
20.6
24.5
4.
51.
Glee
Fox
13.7
8.3
*
12.
Two and a Half Men
CBS
13.7
14.9
6.
10.
Dancing Results
ABC
13.6
15.6
7.
14.
The Big Bang Theory
CBS
13.4
14.3
8.
8.
CSI
CBS
13.2
15.8
9.
ACM Awards
CBS
13.0
10.
34.
Castle
ABC
12.7
10.3

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April 14, 2010

Nielsen's: NCAA tops DWTS which tops AI

Posted: 01:31 PM ET

Alphabet soup you say?  Well, the TV world isn't exactly the military, but we like our acronyms.  Now, on to this weeks Nielsen ratings.  Most notable is Monday's "Dancing With the Stars" again topped "American Idol," which again won in their head-to-head night on Tuesday.  You know a show's a success when averaging about 25 million viewers is considered "down," but by most accounts this isn't Idols most compelling season.  Why is that?  Comments welcome.  And "Lost," by the way, finished the week 20th, with 9.5 million viewers.  What is it that Desmond has to do for the island?  Don't tell me, still haven't watched it on Tivo.

Source: Nielsen, via USAToday.com

Rank
Season rank
Show name
Network
Viewers in millions
Season-to-date average (in millions)
1. NCAA Basketball Championship
CBS
23.9
2.
4
Dancing with the Stars
ABC
21.2
19.3
3.
1
American Idol (Tues.)
Fox
20.8
25.9
4.
2
American Idol (Wed.)
Fox
20.2
24.7
5.
3
NCIS
CBS
16.4
19.4
6.
7
The Mentalist
CBS
16.3
16.9
7.
16
60 Minutes
CBS
15.0
13.7
8.
9
CSI
CBS
15.0
13.7
9.
6
Undercover Boss
CBS
14.7
17.6
10.
8
NCIS: Los Angeles
CBS
13.8
16.0

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April 7, 2010

Nielsens: DWTS Dances to Victory

Posted: 05:42 PM ET

The weekly Nielsen ratings are out and ABC's Monday version of "Dancing with the Stars" topped perennial #1 American Idol.  Worth noting though is that in their head-to-head competition on Tuesday, Idol got over 7 million more viewers.  My favorite series, "Lost," tied for 15th this week with 10.1 million viewers.  Hey, did you know Desmond is back?

Source: Nielsen / via USAToday.com

Rank Show name
Network
Viewers in millions
Season-to-date average (in millions)
1. Dancing with the Stars
ABC
23.0
19.1
2. American Idol (Tues.)
Fox
21.8
26.2
3. American Idol (Wed.)
Fox
20.5
24.9
4. NCAA Basketball
CBS
15.8
special event
5. Dancing with the Stars results
ABC
14.3
16.0
6. The Mentalist
CBS
14.1
16.9
7. NCAA Basketball
CBS
14.0
special event
8. Castle
ABC
13.9
10.0
9. CSI
CBS
13.3
15.9
10. Undercover Boss
CBS
13.2

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