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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Fox dominates the competition with its one-two punch lineup of American Idol and House.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 17.2/26 household rating, 30.52 million total viewers and a 12.3/20 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 9.4/15 HH rating [#1]
    • 20.83M viewers [#1]
    • 8.4/21 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Up from last week American Idol (18.6/28 HH rating, 33.29M viewers, 13.3/33 A18-49) continues to dominate its competition, beating the combined audience of all four network shows up against it among households (18.6 vs. 18.2), viewers (33.29M vs. 27.80M) and adults 18-49 (13.3 vs. 8.2). On top of all that, the series managed to increase its audience by 2.12M viewers, 8% among households and 6% among adults 18-49. Amazing.
    • Week-to-week numbers :
      • Households – 17.2/25 to 18.6/28
      • Viewers – 31.17M to 33.29M
      • A18-49 – 12.6/32 to 13.3/33
  • 9:00 p.m.: House (15.9/24 HH rating, 27.75M viewers, 11.2/27 A18-49) posted its best ratings ever (and now holds the record for the highest rated scripted drama in the 2006/2007 season), retaining an impressive 85% of households, 83% of viewers and 84% of adults 18-49. Very impressive numbers. Check out the large difference in the numbers below from the episode prior.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (1/9/2007):
      • Households – 10.4/16 to 15.9/24 (+53%)
      • Viewers – 17.78M to 27.75M (+56%, +9.97M)
      • A18-49 – 7.2/18 to 11.2/27 (+56%)

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 6.6/10 household rating, 9.97 million total viewers and a 2.4/6 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.2/10 HH rating [#2]
    • 9.46M viewers [#2]
    • 2.3/6 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: CBS decided to go with a repeat of NCIS (7.8/12 HH rating, 12.19M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating) which earned respectable numbers for the network among households and viewers.
  • 9:00 p.m.: Another repeat, this time of The Unit (5.8/9 HH rating, 8.97M viewers, 2.3/5 A18-49 rating) did decently, holding firm among adults 18-49 from its lead-in.
  • 10:00 p.m.: A new 48 Hours Mystery (6.1/10 HH rating, 8.75M viewers, 2.7/7 A18-49 rating) ended the evening for the Eye up slightly from its last newly aired episode two weeks ago.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (1/16/2007):
      • Households – 5.6/9 to 6.1/10
      • Viewers – 8.10M to 8.75M
      • A18-49 – 2.5/7 to 2.7/7

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.8/7 household rating, 6.82 million total viewers and a 2.3/6 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.5/10 HH rating [#3]
    • 9.62M viewers [#3]
    • 2.9/7 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A new Dateline (3.9/6 HH rating, 5.61M viewers, 2.1/5 A18-49 rating) was down slightly from the week prior.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.3/7 to 3.9/6
      • Viewers – 6.17M to 5.61M
      • A18-49 – 1.8/4 to 2.1/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (4.6/7 HH rating, 6.58M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating) was only able to give the Peacock a thid place finish for the hour.
  • 10:30 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (5.8/10 HH rating, 9.41M viewers, 2.7/7 A18-49 rating) ended the evening for NBC in a tie for first place among viewers and second among households and adults 18-49.

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.2/6 household rating, 6.35 million total viewers and a 1.9/5 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.6/7 HH rating [#4]
    • 7.23M viewers [#4]
    • 2.1/5 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos (3.7/6 HH rating, 5.74M viewers, 1.7/4 A18-49 rating) did okay.
  • 9:00 and 9:30 p.m.: The series finale of Big Day (2.9/4 HH rating, 4.29M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating) was flat from its last newly aired episode. That was followed by a repeat of The Knights of Prosperity (2.4/4 HH rating, 3.51M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating), as ABC hopes to try to get a few more eyeballs to this struggling comedy series.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Big Day — 1/9/2007):
      • Households – 2.9/4 to 2.9/4
      • Viewers – 4.06M to 4.29M
      • A18-49 – 1.4/3 to 1.4/3
  • 8:00 p.m.: A new Boston Legal (6.3/10 HH rating, 9.41M viewers, 2.7/7 A18-49 rating) was tops for the hour among households, tied for first among viewers and second among adults 18-49.  Easily ABC’s top rated show on the night with great growth out of its weak lead-in.  The show was also stable from its last newly aired episode.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (1/16/2007):
      • Households – 6.4/10 to 6.3/10
      • Viewers – 9.89M to 9.41M
      • A18-49 – 2.8/7 to 2.7/7

The CW was left for a fifth place finish with a 1.1/2 household rating, 1.51 million total viewers and a fifth place 0.6/1 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.1/2 HH rating [#5]
    • 1.51M viewers [#5]
    • 0.6/1 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 PM: Gilmore Girls (2.8/4 HH rating, 4.26M viewers, 2.1/5 A18-49 rating) showed strong improvements from the week prior, pushing its viewership up above 4M and improving 8% among households and 24% among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.6/4 to 2.8/4
      • Viewers – 3.65M to 4.26M
      • A18-49 – 1.7/4 to 2.1/5
  • 9:00 PM: Veronica Mars (1.8/3 HH rating, 2.74M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating) unfortunately dipped below 3M viewers again, as it struggled to hold on to its strong lead-in. It dipped 18% among households and 20% among adults 18-49 from its returning episode last week.
    • Week-to-week numbers :
      • Households – 2.2/3 to 1.8/3
      • Viewers – 3.29M to 2.74M
      • A18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.2/3

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

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research and PIFeedback.com

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