TV Ratings: "Big Shots"? Big Losers! (UPDATED) (9/27/07)
Almost half the people who watched "Grey's Anatomy" last night didn't even bother to give Michael Vartan's critically-panned "Big Shots" a shot and one quarter of those who did were gone by 10:30. Meanwhile, after losing some ground to "Grey's Anatomy" in 2006, C.S.I. was back stronger than last year easily beating Seattle docs by 4 million viewers, its largest lead over "Grey's Anatomy" to date. Check out the details and ratings for "Ugly Betty."
The battle royale between blockbusters CSI and "Grey's Anatomy" ended with the former beating the latter (24.85 million vs. 20.48 million). Meredith and the gang, however, pulled in much stronger 18-49 numbers (8.0 vs 8.7), and those are the figures that really matter to advertisers.
"Ugly Betty" launched its 2nd season at 8:00 p.m. with 11.05 million viewers. Although many of the fans may now be keeping up with the show on DVR, this is still quite a significant drop compared to last year's series premiere (16.32 million).
Finally, "Big Shots" proved to be a weak lead-out for "Grey's Anatomy." 12.98 million people began watching at 10:00, but then over 3 million of them abandoned the show within half an hour, so the show scored an average of 11.56 million. Last year's flop "Six Degrees" posted 12.56 million.
Now, if those numbers continue to go south and the network either pulls or reschedules "Big Shots" to a different timeslot, it will be interesting to see what replaces it. Will it be "Men In Trees," "October Road" or even "Dirty Sexy Money"? In any event, I smell blood.
UPDATE: How silly of me to forget about good ole "Smallville." As you can see I only choose to report ratings for shows I cover on this blog, but since "Smallville" is one of them, and I've always loved that hunkfest of a show, here we go:
"Smallville" actually did pretty well for its 7th season premiere (given the somewhat weak start for both "Reaper" and "Gossip Girl" I bet the CW is happy about that).
The show pulled in 5.08 million viewers, pretty much on a par with last year's premiere ratings. Since "America's Top Model" slid a little below 5 million the night before (blame it on "Dancing with the Stars"), "Smallville" will be The CW's top show this week. Not too bad for a drama in its 7th season.