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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, May 1, 2007

FOX is far and away the best for the night, winning each half-hour.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 13.9/22 household rating, 23.48 million total viewers and a 9.1/24 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 14.1/22 HH rating [#1]
    • 23.68M viewers [#1]
    • 9.2/24 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol (15.2/24 HH rating, 25.76M viewers, 9.7/27 A18-49) was off just a little bit from last week, but odds are the numbers will increase when the finals are released so I won’t discuss them too much here.  Though I don’t think the contestants are all that great this year, I am getting a kick out of watching Blake Lewis perform.  He seems to be very talented, and what he did last night was pretty awesome. Update: 
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 15.7/25 to 15.1/24
      • Viewers – 26.55M to 25.76M
      • Adults 18-49 – 10.0/28 to 9.7/27
  • 9:00 p.m.: House (12.6/19 HH rating, 21.27M viewers, 8.8/22 A18-49) remained consistent from the week prior, continuing to show solid retention out of American Idol. Don’t expect ratings to dip much this week when the finals are released, simply because American Idol didn’t bleed into the hour like it has in past weeks.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 12.6/19 to 12.6/19
      • Viewers – 20.81M to 21.27M
      • Adults 18-49 – 8.4/21 to 8.8/22

CBS finished in third place for the evening with a 6.8/11 household rating, but was second among viewers (10.41 million) and among adults 18-49 (2.8/7 rating).

  • Last Week:
    • 6.9/11 HH rating [#2]
    • 10.63M viewers [#2]
    • 2.8/7 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (8.7/14 HH rating, 13.70M viewers, 3.1/9 A18-49 rating) stayed even holding its own against the ratings juggernaut that is Idol.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 9.0/14 to 8.7/14
      • Viewers – 14.17M to 13.70M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/9 to 3.1/9
  • 9:00 p.m.: The Unit (6.2/9 HH rating, 9.77M viewers, 2.9/7 A18-49 rating) was virtually unchanged from last weeks numbers and though retention from its lead-in was weak among households and viewers, it was an impressive 94% among the key A18-49 demographic.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.2/9 to 6.2/9
      • Viewers – 9.83M to 9.77M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/7 to 2.9/7
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: NY (5.3/9 HH rating, 7.74M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating) ended the evening for CBS, securing a second place finish for the night across the board for the Eye.
    • Last weeks numbers (Cold Case-REPEAT)
      • Households – 5.4/9
      • Viewers – 7.89M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6

ABC followed in second place for the evening with a 6.9/11 household rating, but was third among viewers (10.25 million) and among adults 18-49 (2.7/7 rating).

  • Last Week:
    • 6.8/11 HH rating [#3]
    • 10.26M viewers [#3]
    • 2.7/7 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of George Lopez (3.2/5 HH rating, 4.61M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating) was followed by a new episode of George Lopez (3.2/5 HH rating, 4.76M viewers, 1.7/4 A18-49 rating) with both seg’s on par with last weeks performance.  Though it should be noted that George Lopez is down from its more average 6M or so range.
    • Week-to-week numbers (George Lopez — at 8:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 3.3/5 to 3.2/5
      • Viewers – 4.89M to 4.76M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/4 to 1.7/4
    • Last weeks numbers (George Lopez — at 8:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 3.1/5
      • Viewers – 4.45M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars: Results Show (10.4/15 HH rating, 15.81M viewers, 4.0/10 A18-49 rating) stayed firm as it went head-to-head with its main competition House, coming in first place for the hour among households and viewers.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 10.8/16 to 10.4/15
      • Viewers – 16.56M to 15.81M
      • A18-49 – 4.2/11 to 4.0/10
  • 10:00 p.m.: Boston Legal (7.0/12 HH rating, 10.25M viewers, 2.5/7 A18-49 rating) ended the night for ABC slightly up from last week.  After a few weeks airing out of ‘Dancing’, I think it’s fair to assume that the increased lead-in is of no benefit to Boston Legal.  The show actually performed better earlier in the season (among the key demo) when it had weaker news programs leading into it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the show (as does ABC, which renewed it), but for whatever reason, the audience is not sticking around.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.5/12 to 7.0/12
      • Viewers – 9.54M to 10.25M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6 to 2.5/7

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 5.6/9 household rating, 8.02 million viewers and a 2.6/7 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.0/7 HH rating [#4]
    • 5.69M viewers [#4]
    • 1.6/4 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Dateline NBC (3.9/6 HH rating, 5.45M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating) perked up a little, showing most growth among adults 18-49 (+15%).  That’s pretty much the only positive I can apply to it.  Overall, this is a weak performance, especially among that key demo.  Maybe NBC should lay off on airing so many editions of the news program every week.  It seems like whenever they have a time slot to fill, they use this show.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.5/6 to 3.9/6
      • Viewers – 4.90M to 5.45M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4 to 1.5/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (5.1/8 HH rating, 7.35M viewers, 2.2/5 A18-49 rating) remained virtually unchanged from its last newly aired episode.  No decision yet has been made on the future of this series, so the upcoming episodes are going to be very important factor in deciding on its renewal.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (4/3/2007):
      • Households – 5.1/8 to 5.1/8
      • Viewers – 7.14M to 7.35M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6 to 2.2/5
    • Last weeks numbers (Law & Order: Criminal Intent-REPEAT):
      • Households – 3.2/5
      • Viewers – 4.53M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/3
  • 10:00 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (7.7/13 HH rating, 11.27M viewers, 4.0/11 A18-49 rating) returned from its short break and didn’t miss a beat.  It posted slight gains across the board to give NBC its best performance for the night.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (4/3/2007):
      • Households – 7.6/13 to 7.7/13
      • Viewers – 11.16M to 11.27M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/11 to 4.0/11
    • Last weeks numbers (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT):
      • Households – 5.3/9
      • Viewers – 7.64M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.0/3 household rating, 3.24 million viewers and a 1.4/4 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.5/4 HH rating [#5]
    • 3.59M viewers [#5]
    • 1.7/4 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 PM: Gilmore Girls (2.6/4 HH rating, 4.04M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating) shot back up over 4M viewers, a positive worth noting, adding nearly 300,000 more viewers from the week prior (290,000).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.6/4 to 2.6/4
      • Viewers – 3.75M to 4.04M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.7/5
  • 9:00 PM: Veronica Mars (1.4/2 HH rating, 2.44M viewers, 1.0/2 A18-49 rating) returned down some from its last newly aired episode, and well below last weeks finale of ‘Pussycat Dolls’. Additionally through eight weeks in this time slot, Pussycat Dolls’ averaged the following numbers: 2.0/3 HH rating, 2.96M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating. So that puts Veronica Mars down 30% among households, 18% among viewers (520,000) and 23% among adults 18-49 from what the time slot was averaging while the show as away.  Judging by these numbers, its hard to justify giving it another year, but you can’t overlook the heavy competition in the hour (especially from House and NCIS).  Hopefully it’ll find a few more viewers before heading into its season finale.  It sure is going to be interesting to see how the season finale ratings go (it’ll be two hours, so no Gilmore Girls lead-in).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.6/2 to 1.4/2
      • Viewers – 2.66M to 2.44M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3 to 1.0/2
    • Last week’s numbers (Season finale of Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll):
      • Households – 2.5/4
      • Viewers – 3.43M
      • Adults 18-49 – 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 8, 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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  • matt

    yay!! Veronica is back I love Miss Mars and it is the best damn show there is! the CW should give it another season even tho its low rated maybe just a mid seaon order of 13 episodes would do! Its just returned here in the UK for season 3 and Im loving it! I love Boston Legal and its great to know u and ABC love it to renewing it 4 a 4th season personally i think it ratings are quite sound keep up the good work here so i can find out how my fave shows do each week!

  • matt

    yay!! Veronica is back I love Miss Mars and it is the best damn show there is! the CW should give it another season even tho its low rated maybe just a mid seaon order of 13 episodes would do! Its just returned here in the UK for season 3 and Im loving it! I love Boston Legal and its great to know u and ABC love it to renewing it 4 a 4th season personally i think it ratings are quite sound keep up the good work here so i can find out how my fave shows do each week!