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Fall 2006 TV Review, Part Four (“Shark”) [Update]

Update: Ratings results for Shark and Six Degrees are at the bottom of this post.

Before I continue on with this feature, let’s recap the series premiere ratings from last evening.


Averaged a 7.5/12 HH Rating with a 3.2 A18-49 rating (11.40M viewers). This is better than I had expected and a better launch in terms of total viewers than Smith. However, it did have a slightly lower A18-49 rating, but that is offset by the fact that the show increased in viewers in the second half by roughly 8%. Always a great sign. So a solid, if not a great premiere. The key will be to see if the show holds on to its viewers for an extended amount a time, something Invasion over on ABC was not capable of doing.

For those interested in comparing this show with Invasion’s premiere, here are those numbers: 10.5/17 (7.1)–16.43M viewers.


Averaged a 5.1/8 HH Rating with a 2.8 A18-49 rating (7.53M viewers). The show dipped in A18-49 from it’s first half hour to second (2.9 to 2.7). Considering what the time-slots former occupant received last year (Law & Order–13.03 million viewers and a 4.0 A18-49 rating) this should not come as good news to NBC. Of course it didn’t necessarily have the best of lead-in’s with The Biggest Loser (7.17M viewers, 3.1 A18-49 rating), so I guess they can look at that and find some positives.

Alright, lets move on to tonight’s new premiere (note: I have yet to see Six Degrees, so I won’t have a review for it); Shark (here is part one, part two and part three).


  • When and Where does it air?
    • Thursday’s at 9:00 PM on CBS

Boy is it good to see James Woods in a TV show. Shark can best be described as House in a courtroom. Woods plays the lead in this series as a former defense attorney turned prosecutor. Once the biggest shark in the game, Sebastian Stark (Woods) goes soft after a case he is in turns out horribly bad. He decides to work for the other side, per say, putting all his power behind making sure the guilty are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

This is a pretty straightforward series, but it works really well because of the scenario its based around. Throughout the episode, we learn about the tragedy and Stark’s personal life is slowly woven into the events. We see a hard, unkind but firm side to him in his workplace setting, but just when you want to dislike him, out comes a gentle soft side when he is interacting with his daughter.

There isn’t much to this series, its pretty simple in approach and execution. But it has a lot of potential because of the strong lead in Woods.

4/5 stars.

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Update: Here are the results from the two premiering shows last night.

Six Degrees

Averaged a 8.6/14 HH Rating with a 5.8 A18-49 rating (13.34M viewers). This is a good amount of viewers, but there is some cause for concern as retention out of Grey’s Anatomy was weak (about 55%) and there was a second half decline of almost 26% in viewers (15.32M to 11.36M) and A18-49 (6.6 to 4.9). The A18-49 rating is strong (even with the dip), but the large loss in audience, especially in the second hour isn’t good news.

Fairing a little better than Six Degrees, Shark averaged a 9.8/16 HH Rating with a 4.3 A18-49 rating (14.95M viewers). The show did much better in terms of retention, holding on to nearly 73% of CSI’s audience, than Six Degrees did, but while it had more viewers, its A18-49 rating was not as strong. But CBS can’t help but be pleased with the performance. While Six Degrees lost a lot of it’s audience by the second half, Shark stayed pretty consistent (15.41M to 14.49M).

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