TV Ratings: "Ugly Betty" Hits Series Low
Has the Mickey Mouse network sprung a Nielsen leak? Following in the footsteps of "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives", ABC's freshman comedy "Ugly Betty" hit series low last night pulling in 9,46 million viewers.
Since CBS aired a repeat of "CSI", ABC managed to win the night both in total viewers and in the 18-49 demo courtesy of "Grey's Anatomy," the most watched telecast in America last night with 20,91 million viewers.
FOX's game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" edged out "Betty" for a second place in the timeslot with 9,7 million viewers. Its lead-out "Trading Spouses" however scored less than half that audience.
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter visited "Smallville" over on The CW, but the episode scored below-average 4,03 million viewers. Norm MacDonald meanwhile lifted "My Name Is Earl" on NBC to 7,15 million viewers.
Although ABC's "October Road" was a lot weaker than CBS' "Shark" (9,94 million vs. 12,43 million), it did manage to win the timeslot in the 18-49 demo (4.2 vs 3.0.) The jury is still out on whether that is sufficient to justify a second season.
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