Weekly TV Ratings: Old Hits Plummet to All-Time Lows
If you are a fan of "Lost" or "Desperate Housewives" you may have been worried to see the ratings for ABC's groundbreaking series from 2004 sink to all-time lows. Take a look at last week's ratings and you'll see TV shows bleeding all over the place.
ABC's "Ugly Betty" hit all-time low in the 18-49 demo last Thursday. But the comedy was not the only one. "Shark" (CBS), "My Name Is Earl" (NBC) and the FOX trio of "The War at Home," "King of the Hill" and "The Simpsons" did the same.
"Desperate Housewives" matched the all-time low the show had already sunk to two weeks earlier, at Easter.
And there was more carnage. "CSI: Miami," "24" and "American Idol: Tuesday" posted season-lows. "Grey's Anatomy" almost joined the club, but ended up scoring second lowest 18-49 rating this season.
"Lost" millions of viewers abandoned in recent months actually managed to perk up a bit, but the ratings are still much lower than they had been in the past.
Are the viewers finding new platforms to catch up with their favorite shows? Or are they simply bored with the current programming choices and expect new alternatives?
May sweeps which will as always be pumped up with spectacular season finales, celebrity guest stars and razzle dazzle programming should give us some clue.
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