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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The third season finale of House led FOX to an easy Tuesday night victory, despite year-to-year losses.

Fox followed in second place for the evening with a 6.3/10 household rating and 10.45 million total viewers, but was a comfortable first among adults 18-49 with a 4.2/12 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 10.0/16 HH rating [#2]
    • 16.89M viewers [#2]
    • 6.8/18 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: On the Lot (2.6/5 HH rating, 4.04M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49) wasn’t able to lead the evening by itself. Despite its improvement from the day prior, ratings were still extremely low.
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (5/28/2007):
      • Households – 1.8/3 to 2.6/5
      • Viewers – 2.87M to 4.04M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4 to 1.8/6
    • Last week’s numbers (American Idol):
      • Households – 14.9/24
      • Viewers – 25.24M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.7/27
  • 9:00 p.m.: The third season finale of House (10.0/16 HH rating, 16.86M viewers, 6.6/17 A18-49) easily dominated the evening, but as you can see from the ratings posted below, it was well off from its last season finale, and failed to match its last newly aired episode from the 15th.  Both are possible reasons for FOX’s decision to air the series out of the Super Bowl. See, though the show is strong on its own, it is dramatically stronger when it leads out of House.  FOX is hoping they’ll get similar results to what ABC got out of Grey’s Anatomy when that show was positioned after the Football event.
    • Season finale comparison (5/23/2007):
      • Households – 15.1/23 to 10.0/16
      • Viewers – 25.47M to 16.86M
      • Adults 18-49 – 10.2/25 to 6.6/17
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (5/15/2007):
      • Households – 12.4/19 to 10.0/16
      • Viewers – 21.19M to 16.86M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.2/23 to 6.6/17
    • Last week’s numbers (On the Lot):
      • Households – 5.0/8
      • Viewers – 8.54M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.9/10

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 5.3/9 household rating, 7.42 million viewers and a 2.3/7 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.1/8 HH rating [#4]
    • 7.45M viewers [#4]
    • 2.7/7 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • It was a Law & Order filled night for NBC, and ratings were surprisingly strong and steady, with each hour showing improvements from the previous.
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order (4.6/8 HH rating, 6.43M viewers, 2.1/7 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (Dateline):
      • Households – 3.9/6
      • Viewers – 5.49M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (5.3/10 HH rating, 7.40M viewers, 2.2/6 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (Law & Order: Criminal Intent-REPEAT)
      • Households – 4.6/7
      • Viewers – 6.57M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/6
  • 10:00 p.m.: And lastly, a repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (6.0/10 HH rating, 8.42M viewers, 2.7/7 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – season finale):
      • Households – 6.9/11
      • Viewers – 10.28M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.4/10

CBS finished in third place for the evening with a 4.7/8 household rating, 6.91 million viewers, and a 1.7/5 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 8.5/13 HH rating [#3]
    • 13.57M viewers [#3]
    • 3.0/8 A18-49 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of NCIS (9.81M viewers, 2.2/7 A18-49 rating) performed fairly strongly for a repeat.
    • Last week’s numbers (NCIS – season finale):
      • Households – 9.0/14
      • Viewers – 14.14M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.4/10
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of The Unit (6.19M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating) wasn’t able to post encore numbers as strong as its lead-in.
  • 10:00 p.m.: The Katie Couric helmed special Flashpoint: Kimberly Dozier and the Army’s Fourth ID (3.4/6 HH rating, 4.73M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating) performed very poorly, losing audience from its lead-in.
    • Last week’s numbers (Jesse Stone: Sea Change – 9:00-11:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 8.3/13
      • Viewers – 13.01M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.5/6

ABC finished in first place for the evening with a 4.4/7 household rating and 6.69 million viewers, but was second among adults 18-49 with a 2.3/6 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 11.9/18 HH rating [#1]
    • 17.96M viewers [#1]
    • 5.4/14 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of George Lopez (3.1/4 HH rating, 4.94M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating) were on par with the average the episodes get.
    • Last week’s numbers (The Bachelor: After the Rose):
      • Households – 5.7/9
      • Viewers – 7.97M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/8
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of According to Jim (3.5/6 HH rating, 5.29M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating) held firm from its lead-in.
  • 10:00 p.m.: The third season finale of Boston Legal (6.6/11 HH rating, 9.84M viewers, 2.8/8 A18-49 rating) managed to return on par with its last newly aired episode, growing among adults 18-49, despite its decline among total audience.  That fact alone proves that the series got no noticeable benefit from airing out of Dancing With the Stars.  The series also posted slight year-to-year gains when compared to last season’s finale.  It was up 3% among households, 6% among viewers and 8% among adults 18-49.
    • Season finale comparison (5/16/2007 – 9:00-11:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 6.4/10 to 6.6/11
      • Viewers – 9.29M to 9.84M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/6 to 2.8/8
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (5/15/2007):
      • Households – 7.0/12 to 6.6/11
      • Viewers – 10.28M to 9.84M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/7 to 2.8/8
    • Last week’s numbers (Dancing With the Stars: The Results – season finale from 9:00-11:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 15.0/23
      • Viewers – 22.96M
      • A18-49 – 6.7/17

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 0.9/2 household rating, 1.39 million viewers and a 0.5/1 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 1.3/2 HH rating [#5]
    • 1.97M viewers [#5]
    • 0.8/2 A18-49 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Gilmore Girls (1.0/2 HH rating, 1.50M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating) was barely noticed…
    • Last week’s numbers (Veronica Mars):
      • Households – 1.2/2
      • Viewers – 1.78M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.7/2
  • 9:00 p.m.: As was a repeat of Veronica Mars (0.8/2 HH rating, 1.28M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating).  But serialized programming, no matter how low original episodes rate, simply do not repeat well.
    • Last week’s numbers (Veronica Mars – season/series finale):
      • Households – 1.4/2
      • Viewers – 2.15M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.9/2

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 “House” will be reported in next weeks report for Tuesday, June 5, 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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