TV Ratings This Week: "Heroes" Goes Out With a Bang; Pussycat Dolls Rule; LOST Hits New Low
Following a brief interruption in my TV ratings reports, here is now a breakdown of what was hot and what was not in the Nielsens so far this week.
On MONDAY night, NBC began the evening on a winning note scoring 18,32 million viewers for "Deal Or No Deal", the most watched telecast across all networks.
The sensational "Heroes" cliffhanger concluded its midseason arc with 14,9 million viewers, the drama's largest audience since the December cliffhanger. "24" on FOX was again trailing behind with 13 million viewers.
NBC's "The Black Donnellys" lost almost a million viewers since its premiere, scoring 7,03 million at 10pm. The mob drama which battled a CSI: Miami repeat on CBS (14,26 million) may do ever worse next week after it loses an all-new "Heroes" lead-in.
Despite bringing Tiffany Thiessen on board, "What About Brian" on ABC is dying a slow death, bringing 4,79 million viewers to the network. Where's that ax?
Moving on to TUESDAY, in addition to "American Idol's" dominance (yawn) with 27,8 million viewers, the network we speak little about, The CW presented its new reality show starring The Pussycat Dolls that pulled in 3,9 million viewers - the network's best performance in the timeslot ever ("ever" being since its launch in September 2006.)
An excellent performance of FOX's "House" at 9pm (24,53 million) helped the network once again exceed the ratings of ABC, CBS and NBC combined.
Finally on WEDNESDAY, ABC's "LOST" answered some of the core questions, but is it too little too late? The drama hit another series low posting only 12,34 million despite airing opposite a CSI: NY repeat and with the improved figures for the lead-in comedy line-up.
"According to Jim" was up over two million viewers at 9pm (7,58 million) and its lead-out "In Case of Emergency" also got a 1,5 million bump.
Earlier in the evening, "Jericho" on CBS lost another half a million viewers. The drama slipped to 8,22 million.
Finally, the series premiere of David E. Kelly's new drama "The Wedding Bells" after an all-girl "American Idol" on FOX retained only 12,48 million of that plum "Idol" lead-in audience. One quarter of them however tuned out by the second half hour, making it a rather disappointing premiere.
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