The O.C. Premiere D.O.A.
As promised yesterday, I will be catching up on the news about all your favorite shows today, but before we take a look at that and the freshest ratings for the weekend, here is a little ratings recap for Tuesday, October 31 through Thursday, November 2.
On Tuesday, the most watched program of the evening was... yes, "Dancing with the Stars" (little surprise there) with 20,46 million viewers. FOX moved its thriller "Standoff" to 8pm, switching place with "House" (as originally intended).
The switcheroo did not benefit the struggling freshman drama as it posted 4,92 million viewers. "House" on the other hand built on those weak numbers as over 14 million viewers tuned in at 9pm.
"Friday Night Lights" did grow on Monday night in its special 10pm telecast, but the repeat of that episode in the drama's regular timeslot nabbed just 3,91 million viewers. Hopefully, NBC will see the "Light" and move the exceptional drama to Monday nights.
Also, worrying news for fans of The CW's "Veronica Mars" - the drama dipped to season low (2,77 million). For more on CW's ratings problems check Televisionista later today.
The big news on Wednesday night was that "Criminal Minds" (16,74 million) finally managed to beat "Lost" in total viewers (16,12 million) despite the buzzworthy 'death' episode that featured the violent departure of Mr. Eko.
NBC comedies sunk to series-low, which as I am writing these lines had already sealed the fate of John Lithgow's "20 Good Years" (4,42 million). Let's see if NBC will succeed in saving 30 Rock when it resurrects Must-See TV line-up next week with an evening of super-sized comedy.
Tragic news for ABC's "The Nine", though. The series has plummeted to 6,68 million viewers losing the majority of Lost viewers. The drama's days may now be numbered.
Finally, on Thursday night "Grey's Anatomy" continues to beat CSI by a small margin. The sad news of the evening was the whimper of a premiere for FOX's once red-hot teen soap "The O.C.".
Is it the loss of Mischa Barton? Is it stronger competition on other networks? Or are the numbers diluted by FOX's early "O.C." premiere online (MySpace.com). One thing is sure. The drama that once attracted 9 million viewers on average launched its fourth season with rather embarrassing 3,38 million viewers. The network will try to put it back into its old Wednesday night timeslot.
For more of that check the website for a later update.