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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fox takes care of its competition with a two-hour American Idol, though the show was down from the same timeframe last year.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 16.6/25 household rating, 29.44 million total viewers and a 11.7/30 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 16.1/24 HH rating [#1]
    • 28.47M viewers [#1]
    • 12.0/28 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.: A special two-hour edition of American Idol (16.6/25 HH rating, 29.44M viewers, 11.7/30 A18-49). For those unfamiliar with the show, last nights episode was “Hollywood Round 1”. So how did this year’s episode compare to last year’s episode (of the same theme)? As you can see from the numbers below, it was down.  Though still strong overall, compared to the same episode last season, the hit reality show was down 1.71M viewers, 6% among households and 9% among adults 18-49.  This also marks a season low for the series.  Still though, with losses in the single digits, it’s hard to look at this numbers as a disappointment.
    • Week-to-week numbers (vs. 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 17.4/25 to 16.6/25
      • Viewers – 30.97M to 29.44M
      • Adults 18-49 – 12.9/31 to 11.7/30
    • Year-to-year numbers (2/8/2006):
      • Households – 17.6/26 to 16.6/25
      • Viewers – 31.15M to 29.44M
      • Adults 18-49 – 12.9/32 to 11.7/30

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 7.4/12 household rating and 11.65 million total viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 2.9/8 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 7.7/12 HH rating [#2]
    • 12.16M viewers [#2]
    • 3.3/8 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (9.3/15 HH rating, 15.35M viewers, 3.4/9 A18-49 rating) was very solid week-to-week, holding its own very well against American Idol.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 9.8/14 to 9.3/15
      • Viewers – 15.67M to 15.35M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/9 to 3.4/9
  • 9:00 p.m.: The Unit (7.1/11 HH rating, 11.56M viewers, 3.0/7 A18-49 rating) stayed fairly flat among total viewers, but took a slight dip among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.6/11 to 7.1/11
      • Viewers – 12.23M to 11.56M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/8 to 3.0/7
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: Miami (5.5/9 HH rating, 8.03M viewers, 2.4/7 A18-49 rating) ended the evening with strong numbers for a repeat.

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 6.3/10 household rating and 9.05 million total viewers, but managed to squeak by CBS for second among adults 18-49 with a 2.9/8 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.3/10 HH rating [#3]
    • 9.31M viewers [#3]
    • 3.4/8 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Dateline (4.2/6 HH rating, 5.82M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating) was down from the week prior, failing to provide an effective lead-in to its other series’.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.5/7 to 4.2/6
      • Viewers – 6.41M to 5.82M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/6 to 2.0/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (6.5/10 HH rating, 9.37M viewers, 2.6/6 A18-49 rating) climbed slightly among households and viewers, but trended downward among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.8/9 to 6.5/10
      • Viewers – 8.58M to 9.37M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/7 to 2.6/6
  • 10:00 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (8.3/14 HH rating, 11.94M viewers, 4.1/11 A18-49 rating) also took a bit of a dive, losing total audience as well as adult 18-49 viewers.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.7/14 to 8.3/14
      • Viewers – 12.95M to 11.94M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.9/13 to 4.1/11

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.4/7 household rating, 6.65 million total viewers and a 2.1/5 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.4/8 HH rating [#4]
    • 8.20M viewers [#4]
    • 2.7/7 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos (3.4/5 HH rating, 5.56M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating) got ABC off to a slow start.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.9/6 to 3.4/5
      • Viewers – 6.34M to 5.56M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/5 to 1.8/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: An edition of Primetime: The Outsiders (3.5/5 HH rating, 5.00M viewers, 1.8/4 A18-49 rating) paced down bigtime from last week’s episode, perhaps hurt by airing against American Idol.  It was down 3.73M viewers, 40% among households and 47% among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.8/9 to 3.5/5
      • Viewers – 8.73M to 5.00M
      • A18-49 – 3.4/8 to 1.8/4
  • 10:00 p.m.: Boston Legal (6.2/10 HH rating, 9.39M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating) ended the evening for ABC as the networks top rated show, despite dips across the board.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.5/10 to 6.2/10
      • Viewers – 9.53M to 9.39M
      • A18-49 – 2.8/7 to 2.6/7

The CW was left for a fifth place finish with a 2.1/3 household rating, 3.17 million total viewers and a fifth place 1.4/4 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.3/3 HH rating [#5]
    • 3.55M viewers [#5]
    • 1.6/4 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 PM: Gilmore Girls (2.8/4 HH rating, 4.00M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating) was down slightly from the week prior, but not enough to cause any sort of concern.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.9/4 to 2.8/4
      • Viewers – 4.31M to 4.00M
      • A18-49 – 2.0/5 to 1.8/5
  • 9:00 PM: Against American Idol, Veronica Mars (1.5/2 HH rating, 2.34M viewers, 1.0/2 A18-49 rating) slid down even further as it heads against stiffer competition.  The last two weeks, when finals were announced the show lost viewers, the same could happen this week as well.
    • Week-to-week numbers :
      • Households – 1.6/2 to 1.5/2
      • Viewers – 2.62M to 2.34M
      • A18-49 – 1.1/3 to 1.0/2

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