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Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The return of American Idol was huge as expected, but the show was actually down a bit from last season’s premiere.

None the less, because of the show, Fox outdrew the combined viewer and A18-49 total of the remaining four networks.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 17.8/26 household rating/share, 33.24 million viewers and a 13.8/32 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.4/8 HH rating/share [#3]
    • 8.60M viewers [#2]
    • 2.8/7 A18-49 rating/share [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The season seven premiere of American Idol (17.8/26 HH rating/share, 33.24M viewers, 13.8/32 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Season premiere comparison (January 16, 2007 – 8:00-10:00):
      • Households – 20.3/29 to 17.8/26
      • Viewers – 37.44M to 33.24M
      • Adults 18-49 – 15.8/36 to 13.8/32
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Wednesday, May 24, 2007 – season six finale – 8:00-10:00):
      • Households – 17.8/28 to 17.8/26
      • Viewers – 30.73M to 33.24M
      • Adults 18-49 – 11.5/31 to 13.8/32

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 8.7/13 household rating/share and 13.62 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 2.6/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 5.5/9 HH rating/share [#2]
    • 8.09 viewers [#3]
    • 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: NCIS (9.9/15 HH rating/share, 15.91M viewers, 3.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (November 27, 2007):
      • Households – 10.8/16 to 9.9/15
      • Viewers – 17.04M to 15.91M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.3/9 to 3.0/7
  • 9:00 p.m.: Part two of the three-part series Comanche Moon (8.1/12 HH rating/share, 12.48M viewers, 2.4/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (Sunday, January 13 – 9:00-11:00):
      • Households – 9.4/14 to 8.1/15
      • Viewers – 15.76M to 12.48M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.3/8 to 2.4/6
    • Last week’s numbers (34th Annual People’s Choice Awards):
      • Households – 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 5.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/4

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 5.8/9 household rating/share and 8.83 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 3.5/8 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 7.6/12 HH rating/share [#1]
    • 11.84M viewers [#1]
    • 4.6/12 A18-49 rating/share [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The Biggest Loser (4.6/6 HH rating/share, 7.18M viewers, 3.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.4/10 to 4.6/6
      • Viewers – 10.13M to 7.18M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.3/11 to 3.0/7
  • 10:00 p.m.: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (8.1/13 HH rating/share, 12.14M viewers, 4.6/12 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 9.9/17 to 8.1/13
      • Viewers – 15.51M to 12.14M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.1/14 to 4.6/12

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.4/5 household rating/share, 5.12 million viewers and a 1.4/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.0/5 HH rating/share [#4]
    • 4.35M viewers [#4]
    • 1.3/3 A18-49 rating/share [#5]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Just For Laughs (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 4.52M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a repeat of Just For Laughs (2.8/4 HH rating/share, 4.22M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (Just for Laughs):
      • Households – 3.9/6 to 3.1/5
      • Viewers – 6.04M to 4.52M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 1.2/3
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: According to Jim (2.7/4 HH rating/share, 4.06M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share) was followed by a repeat of Carpoolers (2.2/3 HH rating/share, 3.09M viewers, 0.9/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (According to Jim – 8:30):
      • Households – 3.0/5 to 2.7/4
      • Viewers – 4.59M to 4.06M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.2/3
    • Last week’s numbers (The 2008 New Hampshire Primary – 9:00):
      • Households – 3.0/5
      • Viewers – 4.22M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.0/3
    • Last week’s numbers (Carpoolers – 9:30):
      • Households – 2.4/4
      • Viewers – 3.42M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3
  • 10:00 p.m.: Boston Legal (4.8/8 HH rating/share, 7.41M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (December 18, 2007):
      • Households – 5.0/8 to 4.8/8
      • Viewers – 7.65M to 7.41M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/6 to 2.1/6

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.4/2 household rating/share, 2.15 million viewers and a 1.0/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.3/4 HH rating/share [#5]
    • 3.47M viewers [#5]
    • 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of the pilot of Reaper (1.1/2 HH rating/share, 1.57M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (One Tree Hill – season five premiere):
      • Households – 2.2/3
      • Viewers – 3.36M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4
  • 9:00 p.m.: One Tree Hill (1.8/3 HH rating/share, 2.74M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 2.4/4 to 1.8/3
      • Viewers – 3.57M to 2.74M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.6/4 to 1.3/3
GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Note: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on fast national data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final rating for first-run 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, January 22, 2008.

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