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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fox takes out its competition, with a special two-hour charity themed event of American Idol. ABC’s Lost beats struggling CSI: NY for the first time in its new time slot.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 15.4/24 household rating, 26.40 million total viewers and a 10.0/26 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 11.3/18 rating [#1]
    • Viewers – 18.51 million [#1]
    • Adults 18-49 – 6.9/18 rating [#1]
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m.: A special two-hour edition of American Idol (15.4/24 HH rating, 26.40M viewers, 10.0/26 A18-49) had no trouble taking out its competition, but it should be noted that the program was unable to match last weeks much higher ratings tally. The program was down 2.53M viewers, 10% among households and 11% among adults 18-49. That must be noted, but really, the show is still doing very well, and it gained audience from half-hour to half-hour. It’s hard to criticize anything that can manage more than 25M viewers.
    • Week-to-week numbers (vs. 9:00-10:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 17.2/26 to 15.4/24
      • Viewers – 28.93M to 26.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 11.2/28 to 10.0/26
    • Last weeks numbers (Bones-REPEAT — 8:00-9:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 5.4/9
      • Viewers – 8.09M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/8

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 6.4/10 household rating and 9.54 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 2.6/7 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 6.4/10 rating [#2]
    • Viewers – 9.79 million [#2]
    • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/7 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Jericho (5.0/9 HH rating, 7.67M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating) unfortunately dipped yet again, dropping most among adults 18-49 (-9%) with the added hour of American Idol.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.1/8 to 5.0/9
      • Viewers – 7.66M to 7.67M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/7 to 2.1/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Criminal Minds (6.6/10 HH rating, 9.77M viewers, 2.6/6 A18-49 rating) grew respectably from its lead-in providing a solid viewer figure for a repeat episode. But it appears the repeat hurt the following hour. Continue reading for more on that.
    • Last weeks numbers (Criminal Minds-REPEAT):
      • Households – 6.9/10
      • Viewers – 10.59M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/7
  • 10:00 p.m.: CSI: NY (7.7/13 HH rating, 11.18M viewers, 3.2/9 A18-49 rating) was unable to match the performance of its last newly aired episode, dipping 1.46M viewers, 8% among households and 6% among viewers. The weakened performance meant a second place finish for the hour among viewers for the first time this season when airing against a new episode of Lost.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers:
      • Households – 8.4/14 to 7.7/13
      • Viewers – 12.64M to 11.18M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.4/9 to 3.2/9
    • Last weeks numbers (CSI: NY-REPEAT)
      • Households – 7.3/12
      • Viewers – 11.13M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/8

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.4/7 household rating and 6.87 million viewers, but was able to manage a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.7/7 rating in the key demo.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 4.8/8 rating [#3]
    • Viewers – 7.41 million [#3]
    • A18-49 – 3.0/8 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: According to Jim (3.6/6 HH rating, 5.44M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating) was followed by Notes From the Underbelly (3.3/5 HH rating, 4.87M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating) both took dramatic dips week-to-week, with the hour down 21% among households, 18% among viewers and 20% among adults 18-49. The sub 5M performance by Notes From the Underbelly doesn’t bode well for the future of that series.
    • Week-to-week numbers (According to Jim — 8:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.4/8 to 3.6/6
      • Viewers – 6.35M to 5.44M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7 to 1.8/5
    • Week-to-week numbers (Notes From the Underbelly — 8:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 4.3/7 to 3.3/5
      • Viewers – 6.26M to 4.87M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/7 to 1.9/5
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Lost (2.7/4 HH rating, 3.84M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating).
    • Last weeks numbers (Lost-REPEAT):
      • Households – 2.6/4
      • Viewers – 3.84M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4
  • 10:00 p.m.: Lost (7.2/12 HH rating, 11.62M viewers, 4.9/13 A18-49 rating) took slight dips week-to-week, but despite that, the program was an easy first among adults 18-49 and for the first time this season managed a first place finish among total viewers against the now weakened (I’ve been saying that a lot recently haven’t I?) CSI: NY.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.4/12 to 7.2/12
      • Viewers – 12.08M to 11.62M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.3/14 to 4.9/13

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.0/6 household rating, 5.98 million viewers and a 1.9/5 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 4.4/7 rating [#4]
    • Viewers – 6.63 million [#4]
    • A18-49 – 2.2/6 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Thank God You’re Here (3.0/5 HH rating, 4.45M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating) started off another low-rated evening for NBC.
    • Last weeks numbers (Thank God You’re Here):
      • Households – 4.5/7
      • Viewers – 7.04M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/8
  • 9:00 p.m.: Crossing Jordan (4.2/6 HH rating, 6.37M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating) grew some from its lead-in, but that’s not saying much given the overall weak numbers.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.5/7 to 4.2/6
      • Viewers – 6.80M to 6.37M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5 to 1.8/5
  • 10:00 p.m.: Medium (4.8/8 HH rating, 7.12M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating) provided the networks best performance for the night, with a nice bump from last week of 1.07M viewers, 17% among households and 20% among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.1/7 to 4.8/8
      • Viewers – 6.05M to 7.12M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5 to 2.4/6

The CW finished in fifth place with a 2.3/4 household rating, 3.35 million viewers and a 1.5/4 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 2.8/5 rating [#5]
    • Viewers – 4.08 million [#5]
    • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6 rating [#6]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A recap special of America’s Next Top Model (2.7/4 HH rating, 3.82M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating) was down, which is to be expected given it was a clip show.
    • Last weeks numbers (America’s Next Top Model):
      • Households – 3.6/6 to
      • Viewers – 5.20M to M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/8 to
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of the season finale of Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll (2.0/3 HH rating, 2.88M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating) remained consistent with last weeks episode.  Worth noting was that for the first time this season, the repeated episode of this series did not outperform its original episode from the night prior.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.0/3 to 2.0/3
      • Viewers – 2.96M to 2.88M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.3/3
    • Day-to-day numbers:
      • Households – 2.5/4 to 2.0/3
      • Viewers – 3.43M to 2.88M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/4 to 1.3/3

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 Wednesday, April 25, 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