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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Fox’s American Idol leaves ABC and CBS fighting over second place on the evening.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 14.1/22 household rating, 23.48 million total viewers and a 9.1/24 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 14.4/22 HH rating [#1]
    • 24.48M viewers [#1]
    • 9.6/25 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol (15.1/24 HH rating, 25.86M viewers, 9.9/27 A18-49) remained consistent with last weeks Tuesday hour, with no show able to match the dominance of ‘Idol’.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 15.4/24 to 15.1/24
      • Viewers – 26.55M to 25.86M
      • Adults 18-49 – 10.2/28 to 9.9/27
  • 9:00 p.m.: House (13.6/20 HH rating, 22.57M viewers, 9.1/22 A18-49) performed very strongly again, even from last weeks hour though Idol bled into the first 2 minutes of the show, so ratings may decrease some when finals are released. Update: Ratings did indeed drop when finals were released. This is why I’ll be updating these posts when I notice changes in the finals. House averaged a 12.6/19 HH rating, 20.08M viewers and an 8.4/21 A18-49 rating. Though still a strong performance, the program was off 2.33M viewers and 8% among adults 18-49 from the week prior.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 13.4/20 to 13.6/20
      • Viewers – 22.41M to 22.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.1/22 to 9.1/22

CBS followed tied for second place with ABC among households with a 6.9/11 household rating, but was alone in second among viewers (10.69 million) and among adults 18-49 (2.8/8 rating).

  • Last Week:
    • 5.5/8 HH rating [#3]
    • 8.32M viewers [#3]
    • 2.2/6 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (9.0/14 HH rating, 14.08M viewers, 3.1/9 A18-49 rating) is still holding its own against American Idol. The program returned on par with its last newly aired episode a few weeks back.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (4/10/2007):
      • Households – 9.2/14 to 9.0/14
      • Viewers – 14.36M to 14.08M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/9 to 3.1/9
    • Last weeks numbers (NCIS-REPEAT):
      • Households – 7.3/11
      • Viewers – 11.14M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/7
  • 9:00 p.m.: The Unit (6.2/9 HH rating, 9.86M viewers, 2.9/7 A18-49 rating) took a slight dip among households and viewers from the 4/10 episode, but made up for that slight loss with a comparably slight increase among the A18-49 demo.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (4/10/2007):
      • Households – 6.6/10 to 6.2/9
      • Viewers – 10.47M to 9.86M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/7 to 2.9/7
    • Last weeks numbers (The Unit-REPEAT):
      • Households – 4.8/7
      • Viewers – 7.32M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of Cold Case (5.6/10 HH rating, 8.13M viewers, 2.4/7 A18-49 rating) ended the evening for CBS, up respectably from last weeks new episode of 48 Hours Mystery.
    • Last weeks numbers (48 Hours Mystery)
      • Households – 4.5/7
      • Viewers – 6.49M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/6

ABC finished tied for second place with CBS among households with a 6.9/11 household rating, but was third among viewers (10.43 million) and among adults 18-49 (2.7/7 rating).

  • Last Week:
    • 7.9/12 HH rating [#2]
    • 11.72M viewers [#2]
    • 3.0/8 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Back-to-back new episodes of George Lopez (3.2/5 HH rating, 4.53M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating) and (3.4/5 HH rating, 4.99M viewers, 1.6/4 A18-49 rating) returned well off from the last one-hour string of George Lopez episodes (check out the numbers below).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (George Lopez — 4/11/2007 at 8:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.1/7 to 3.2/5
      • Viewers – 6.36M to 4.53M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 2.1/6
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (George Lopez — 4/11/2007 at 8:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 3.9/6 to 3.4/5
      • Viewers – 6.36M to 4.99M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6 to 1.6/4
    • Last weeks numbers (Dancing With the Stars: Recap):
      • Households – 4.8/7
      • Viewers – 6.91M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars: Results Show (10.7/16 HH rating, 16.42M viewers, 4.2/10 A18-49 rating) remains one of ABC best performing programs, even though it skews a little older, there’s nothing really wrong with that. It remained even from last week despite its weaker lead-in.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 11.0/16 to 10.7/16
      • Viewers – 16.54M to 16.42M
      • A18-49 – 4.2/10 to 4.2/10
  • 10:00 p.m.: Boston Legal (6.9/12 HH rating, 10.12M viewers, 2.5/7 A18-49 rating) returned fairly consistent with its last newly aired episode, though there was decline among adults 18-49 of 11%. Update: There was a one minute overrun of Dancing into Boston Legal, which caused a dip in the ratings when the finals were released, most noteworthy of which was among adults 18-49. Finals put the program at a 6.5/11 HH rating, 9.54M viewers and a 2.3/6 A18-49 rating. That puts the loss of viewership at 6% among households, 7% among viewers (720,000) and most severely, 18% among adults 18-49.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Boston Legal — 4/10/2007):
      • Households – 6.9/12 to 6.9/12
      • Viewers – 10.26M to 10.12M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8 to 2.5/7

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.0/6 household rating and 5.71 million viewers, but had to settle for fourth place tie among adults 18-49 with The CW with a 1.7/4 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.4/7 HH rating [#4]
    • 6.32M viewers [#4]
    • 1.8/5 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Dateline NBC (3.5/5 HH rating, 4.94M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating), the only new program for the evening, started off a weak night for NBC with declines week-to-week.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.6/6 to 3.5/5
      • Viewers – 5.05M to 4.94M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/4 to 1.3/4
  • The rest of NBC’s night was filled with reruns, with Special Victims Unit performing the best of the two.
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (3.3/5 HH rating, 4.53M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating).
    • Last weeks numbers (Law & Order: Criminal Intent-REPEAT):
      • Households – 3.9/6
      • Viewers – 5.55M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (5.3/9 HH rating, 7.67M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating).
    • Last weeks numbers (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT):
      • Households – 5.8/10
      • Viewers – 8.36M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/6

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.6/4 household rating and 3.62 million viewers, but managed a tie for fourth among adults 18-49 with a 1.7/4 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.4/4 HH rating [#5]
    • 3.38M viewers [#5]
    • 1.4/4 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 PM: Gilmore Girls (2.7/4 HH rating, 3.74M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating) returned stayed even from last week, but it together with ‘Pussycat Dolls’ gave The CW a tie for fourth place on the evening among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.7/4 to 2.7/4
      • Viewers – 3.79M to 3.74M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.7/5
  • 9:00 PM: The season finale of Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll (2.5/4 HH rating, 3.49M viewers, 1.6/4 A18-49 rating) bounced up quite nicely, with gains of 19% among households, 17% among viewers (510,000) and 7% among adults 18-49. I’ve included the premiere numbers of the show below to compare where the show started, and where it ended. Update: For those interested, here is the combined average for the entire eight weeks that the show aired on Tuesday (note that the final numbers for the season finale were a 2.5/4 HH rating, 3.43M viewers and a 1.6/4 A18-49 rating): 2.0/3 HH rating, 2.96M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.1/3 to 2.5/4
      • Viewers – 2.98M to 3.49M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.6/4
    • Premiere-to-finale numbers:
      • Households – 2.6/4 to 2.5/4
      • Viewers – 3.93M to 3.49M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/4 to 1.6/4

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 “American Idol” will be reported in next weeks report for Tuesday, May 1, 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.com

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