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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, April 19, 2007

With an entire evening full of original programming, ABC wins the evening among all main categories.

ABC finished in first place for the evening with a 9.0/15 household rating, 13.44 million viewers and a 5.2/15 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 6.6/11 HH rating [#2]
    • 9.69M viewers [#2]
    • 3.7/10 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Ugly Betty (6.7/11 HH rating, 9.46M viewers, 3.0/9 A18-49 rating) began the evening for ABC in second place for the hour among households and viewers, but was tied for third among adults 18-49.  It failed to match its numbers from its last newly aired episode, and took another dip among adults 18-49, a new series low.  The show has really been struggling over the past few episodes.  Earlier in the season, it had been running neck and neck with Survivor, and at times beating it among A18-49.  Just worth noting.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (3/22/2007):
      • Households – 7.3/12 to 6.7/11
      • Viewers – 10.41M to 9.46M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/10 to 3.0/9
    • Last weeks numbers (Ugly Betty-SPECIAL):
      • Households – 5.6/9
      • Viewers – 8.17M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7
  • 9:00 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy (13.7/21 HH rating, 20.91M viewers, 8.5/22 A18-49 rating) returned down some from its last newly aired episode but had to trouble beating its competition as it was the nights highest rated and most watched program. Note: From now on, if Finals show a noteworthy loss or gain of viewers, I’ll edit my analysis for certain programs to reflect it, the anlaysis will be italicized.  Finals show a better performance overall, with viewers increasing to 21.12M and A18-49 up to an 8.7/23.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (3/22/2007):
      • Households – 14.4/22 to 13.7/21
      • Viewers – 22.30M to 20.91M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.0/23 to 8.5/22
    • Last weeks numbers (Grey’s Anatomy-SPECIAL):
      • Households – 8.5/13
      • Viewers – 12.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.0/13
  • 10:00 p.m.: The penultimate episode of the season for October Road (6.7/11 HH rating, 9.94M viewers, 4.2/12 A18-49 rating) perked up some from its last newly aired episode, providing ABC with a first place finish for the hour among adults 18-49.  The series was up a strong 2.26M viewers, 29% among households and 40% among adults 18-49.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (4/5/2007):
      • Households – 5.2/9 to 6.7/11
      • Viewers – 7.68M to 9.94M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9 to 4.2/12
    • Last weeks numbers (Notes From the Underbelly):
      • Households – 5.7/10
      • Viewers – 8.34M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/10

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 8.2/13 household rating, 12.72 million viewers and a 3.6/10 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 10.4/17 HH rating [#1]
    • 16.97M viewers [#1]
    • 5.0/14 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Survivor: Fiji (8.1/13 HH rating, 13.21M viewers, 4.4/13 A18-49 rating) remained solid and consistent among households and viewers, despite its dip among viewers of more than 1M.  The loss is significant, but it remained steady in the key demographic, which helps offset the loss.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.4/14 to 8.1/13
      • Viewers – 14.25M to 13.21M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.5/13 to 4.4/13
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (8.1/13 HH rating, 12.51M viewers, 3.3/9 A18-49 rating) wasn’t as strong as previous outings, but still strong none-the-less, especially among households and viewers.
    • Last Weeks numbers (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation):
      • Households – 13.5/21
      • Viewers – 22.18M
      • Adults 18-49 – 6.7/17
  • 10:00 p.m.: Shark (8.5/14 HH rating, 12.43M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating) didn’t lose much ground without a new episode of ‘CSI’ among overall audience, but took quite a dip among adults 18-49 (-23%), third place for the hour.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 9.4/16 to 8.5/14
      • Viewers – 14.49M to 12.43M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/11 to 3.0/8

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.6/8 household rating, but was fourth among viewers with 7.06 million and back then third among adults 18-49 with a 3.1/9 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.7/8 HH rating [#3]
    • 7.16M viewers [#3]
    • 3.3/9 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: A new episode of My Name Is Earl (4.6/7 HH rating, 7.15M viewers, 3.0/10 A18-49 rating) was followed by a repeat of The Office (4.0/7 HH rating, 6.26M viewers, 3.0/9 A18-49 rating).  My Name Is Earl improved some from last week among households and viewers, but still remains surprisingly down.  Among adults 18-49, a repeat of The Office managed to tie the comedy.
    • Week-to-week numbers (My Name Is Earl):
      • Households – 4.3/7 to 4.6/7
      • Viewers – 6.67M to 7.15M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9 to 3.0/10
    • Last weeks numbers (The Office — 8:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.7/7
      • Viewers - 7.71M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.1/11
  • 9:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.: 30 Rock (3.3/5 HH rating, 5.20M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating) and Scrubs (3.5/5 HH rating, 5.56M viewers, 2.9/7 A18-49 rating) remained even from last week, with Scrubs showing the most improvement among adults 18-49 (+7%).
    • Week-to-week numbers (30 Rock — 9:00 p.m.)
      • Households – 3.3/5 to 3.3/5
      • Viewers – 5.07M to 5.20M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/7 to 2.4/6
    • Week-to-week numbers (Scrubs — 9:30 p.m.)
      • Households – 3.4/5 to 3.5/5
      • Viewers – 5.05M to 5.56M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/7 to 2.9/7
  • 10:00 p.m.: E.R. (6.1/10 HH rating, 9.11M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating), though even from last week, continues its struggle to make its way back up to a more desirable ratings position.  These are still good ratings for a series, but the show is well off from previous years (and even from earlier this season when it led out of Deal or No Deal).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.4/11 to 6.1/10
      • Viewers – 9.24M to 9.11M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/10 to 3.7/10

Fox followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.5/7 household rating, but was third among viewers with 7.20 million, and then fourth again among adults 18-49 with a 2.5/7 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.3/7 HH rating [#4]
    • 7.01M viewers [#4]
    • 2.6/7 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m. : Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (5.8/10 HH rating, 9.70M viewers, 3.2/10 A18-49 rating) was able to post a second place rating for the hour among adults 18-49, but still seems to be losing a tiny audience each week.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.0/10 to 5.8/10
      • Viewers – 10.18M to 9.70M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.5/10 to 3.2/10
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy (3.1/5 HH rating, 4.70M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating) ended the evening for Fox slightly up from the week prior.
    • Last weeks numbers:
      • Households – 2.6/4 to 3.1/5
      • Viewers – 3.84M to 4.70M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/4 to 1.7/5

The CW was left then in fifth place earning a 2.3/4 household rating, 3.81 million viewers and a 1.6/4 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.2/2 HH rating [#5]
    • 1.69M viewers [#5]
    • 0.7/2 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Smallville (2.5/4 HH rating, 4.03M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating) returned even from its last newly aired episode, providing The CW with a solid performance.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (3/22/2007):
      • Households – 2.5/4 to 2.5/4
      • Viewers – 4.07M to 4.03M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.7/5
    • Last weeks numbers (Smallville-REPEAT):
      • Households – 1.6/3
      • Viewers – 2.33M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.9/3
  • 9:00 p.m.: Supernatural (2.1/3 HH rating, 3.58M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating) returned unaffected by its short hiatus, as it managed to increase its overall audience. Finals show the series actually didnt’ increase much, most likely due to pre-emptions, the show dipped to the following ratings: 1.9/3, 3.25M, 1.3/3.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (3/22/2007):
      • Households – 2.1/3 to 2.1/3
      • Viewers – 3.38M to 3.58M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/3 to 1.4/4
    • Last weeks numbers (The Brick Awards):
      • Households – 0.7/1
      • Viewers – 1.05M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.4/1

Note: Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) are based on final nationals. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals, unless otherwise noted. The final rating for episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonights episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, April 26, 2007.

Also keep in mind that because these are fast national ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

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