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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, October 19, 2006

CBS takes households and viewers, while ABC once again settles for A18-49.


CBS finished first for the evening with a 10.1/16 HH rating (16.26M viewers) and second in A18-49, delivering a 5.4/14 rating in that demo.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 10.6/17 HH rating [#1]
    • 17.16M viewers [#1]
    • 5.6/12 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Survivor: Cook Islands” (14.97M viewers, 5.3/14 A18-49 rating) was even with its main competition ‘Betty’ in households, but held a large lead in viewers (1.90M) and A18-49 (1 ratings point).
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 9.4/15 to 8.9/14
      • Viewers – 15.74M to 14.97M
      • A18-49 – 5.4/15 to 5.3/14
  • At 9:00 PM, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (20.20M viewers, 6.8/16 A18-49 rating) is still a powerhouse, but it doesn’t seem like it’ll ever catch back up to ‘Grey’s’, especially in A18-49. Viewers could stabilize between the two, but Grey’s Anatomy will most certainly continue to hold the lead in A18-49. In the same frame last season CSI had a 17.7/25 (9.8), 28.48M viewers. Quite a large dip.
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 13.3/20 to 12.5/19
      • Viewers – 21.58M to 20.20M
      • A18-49 – 7.5/18 to 6.8/16
  • At 10:00 PM, “Shark” (13.61M viewers, 4.2/11 A18-49 rating) is doing a much better job at holding its lead-in then the other freshman show, “Six Degrees”
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 9.2/15 to 9.0/15
      • Viewers – 14.14M to 13.61M
      • A18-49 – 4.0/11 to 4.2/11

ABC followed in second place with a 9.7/15 HH rating (14.59M viewers), and first in A18-49, delivering a 5.8/15 rating in that demo.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 10.1/16 HH rating [#2]
    • 15.25M viewers [#2]
    • 5.7/13 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Ugly Betty” (13.07M viewers, 4.3/12 A18-49 rating) was off a smidgen from last week in households and viewers, but improved minimally in A18-49 and was even with “Survivor” in terms of households.
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 9.4/15 to 8.9/14
      • Viewers – 13.81M to 13.07M
      • A18-49 – 4.2/12 to 4.3/12
  • At 9:00 PM, “Grey’s Anatomy” (21.93M viewers, 9.5/23 A18-49 rating) lost some households and viewers from the week prior, but improved in A18-49, handily defeating ‘CSI’ in all key categories.
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 14.6/22 to 14.3/22
      • Viewers – 22.82M to 21.93M
      • A18-49 – 9.3/22 to 9.5/23
  • At 10:00 PM, “Six Degrees” (8.76M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating) continues to squander its gigantic lead-in, dipping once again to a new low.
    • Last Week’s Numbers:
      • Households – 6.3/11 to 6.0/10
      • Viewers – 9.10M to 8.76M
      • A18-49 – 3.7/10 to 3.7/10

FOX finished in third place with a 9.3/14 HH rating (14.11M viewers), and a 4.5/11 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 5.3/8 HH rating [#4]
    • 8.05M viewers [#4]
    • 2.4/6 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • From 8:15 PM to 11:45 PM “MLB Baseball” (14.11M viewers, 4.5/11 A18-49 rating) posted its strongest numbers to date.
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 5.5/9 to 9.3/14
      • Viewers – 8.05M to 14.11M
      • A18-49 – 2.4/6 to 4.5/11

NBC followed in fourth for the evening delivering a 6.8/10 HH rating (10.61M viewers) and a 4.1/11 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Numbers:
    • 7.1/11 HH rating [#3]
    • 11.27M viewers [#3]
    • 4.3/11 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • At 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM, the performances of “My Name Is Earl” (8.70M viewers, 3.5/10 A18-49 rating) and “The Office” (8.43M viewers, 4.0/10 A18-49 rating) posted weaker than normal numbers, most specifically for “My Name Is Earl”, though in relation to their HH ratings, A18-49 were still high for both shows.
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • “My Name Is Earl”
        • Households – 6.0/10 to 5.4/9
        • Viewers – 9.90M to 8.70M
        • A18-49 – 3.9/12 to 3.5/10
      • “The Office”
        • Households – 5.3/8 to 5.1/8
        • Viewers – 8.79M to 8.43M
        • A18-49 – 4.1/11 to 4.0/10
  • At 9:00 PM, “Deal or No Deal” (9.73M viewers, 3.0/7 A18-49 rating) built decently on its lead-in in households and viewers, but not A18-49.
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 6.2/10 to 6.1/9
      • Viewers – 10.09M to 9.73M
      • A18-49 – 3.1/7 to 3.0/7
  • At 10:00 PM, “E.R.” (13.55M viewers, 5.5/15 A18-49 rating) continues to be the sleeper hit of the night, easily taking the win in A18-49 in the time-period.
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 9.4/16 to 9.0/15
      • Viewers – 14.37M to 13.55M
      • A18-49 – 5.9/16 to 5.5/15

The CW finished in fifth for the evening delivering a 2.4/4 HH rating (3.95M viewers) and a 1.7/4 A18-49 rating.

  • Last Week’s Number’s:
    • 2.6/4 HH rating [#5]
    • 4.32M viewers [#5]
    • 1.9/5 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • At 8:00 PM, “Smallville” (4.65M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating) held pretty steady, but is down nearly two million viewers from the comparable frame last season. That episode last year delivered 3.9/6 (2.9), with a season high 6.40M viewers.
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 3.0/5 to 2.8/5
      • Viewers – 4.93M to 4.65M
      • A18-49 – 2.2/6 to 2.0/5
  • At 9:00 PM, “Supernatural” (3.26M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating) showed some-what significant declines from the week prior, but all viewership seemed down in the hour compared to last week, so it probably isn’t all that significant just yet.
    • Week to Week Numbers:
      • Households – 2.2/3 to 2.1/3
      • Viewers – 3.70M to 3.26M
      • A18-49 – 1.6/4 to 1.5/4

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

ratingschart10-19-06.jpg

Note: Fast Nationals are used when comparing week-to-week numbers, while Final Nationals are used when comparing year-to-year numbers, unless otherwise specified.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research

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