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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, October 5, 2006

Grey’s Anatomy again beats CSI, but another poor performance from Six Degrees gives CBS the win in Households. ABC takes the A18-49 crown.

CBS finished first for the evening with a 10.7/17 HH rating (16.92M viewers) and second in A18-49, delivering a 5.5/15 rating in that demo.

  • CSI can’t hold off Grey’s this week in viewers as it experiences a dip of about 2.27M viewers from the week before.
  • A good performance by Shark against the stumbling Six Degrees ensures the win in households and viewers. Shark averaged 13.76M viewers. While it’s losing a lot of CSI’s audience, it’s holding over well week to week unlike its competition.

ABC followed in second place with an 10.3/16 HH rating (15.43M viewers), and first in A18-49, delivering a 5.8/18 rating in that demo.

  • After finishing barely behind CSI last week in total viewers, this week Grey’s swept in all key categories;
    • Households – 14.8/22 to 13.3/20
    • A18-49 – 9.2/23 to 7.2/18
    • Viewers – 22.46M to 21.22M
  • The rest of the night was good news/bad news for the alphabet. Ugly Betty continued to impress delivering 14.18M viewers, while Six Degrees continues to disappoint delivering a season low 9.65M viewers. Once again, as has been the case since the show began airing, Six Degrees lost a very large chunk of Grey’s audience and lost viewers by half hour (going from 10.88M for the first half-hour to 8.43M for the second half-hour).
    • Ratings to date (based on fast nationals to compare fairly) from half-hour to half-hour:
      • Viewers – 15.32M to 11.36M to 12.61M to 9.00M to 10.88M to 8.43M (-45%).
      • A18-49 – 6.6 to 4.9 to 5.1 to 3.6 to 4.4 to 3.4 (-48.5%).
      • Expect ABC to do some re-tooling, perhaps by moving the show to another time-period.

NBC finished in third place with a 7.2/11 HH rating (11.27M viewers), and a 4.4/12 A18-49 rating.

  • An expected result for NBC, as its shows are holding their own against the massive competition on both ABC and CBS. 9.91M for My Name Is Earl, 8.77M The Office, 9.49M for Deal or No Deal and 14.61M for E.R.

FOX followed in fourth for the evening delivering a 4.1/7 HH rating (5.79M viewers) and tied for fourth in A18-49, delivering a 1.8/5 in that demo.

  • The MLB Baseball playoffs continue to trend downward from last season’s comparable game as the second game between the Mets and Dodgers draws 5.79M viewers, down from last seasons 7.67M for the Padres/Cardinals game.

The CW finished in fifth for the evening delivering a 2.4/4 HH rating (3.96M viewers) and tied for fourth in A18-49, delivering a 1.8/5 in that demo.

  • Smallville and Supernatural are doing about as good as should be expected; 4.60M and 3.32M respectively against stiff competition.

Source: Fast National Numbers from Nielsen Media Research

The ratings for all the programs that aired last night are viewable below in chart form (click to enlarge):

Ratings Chart for 10/5/2006

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