TV Ratings: Wednesday (1/23/08)
Has America awarded FOX's disgusting, despicable and degrading new reality show with Nielsen gold? Or did "The Moment of Truth" (brought to you by the same guy who once hosted the relationship-breaking 'Temptation Island') end up at the very bottom of the ratings chart where this revolting pile of crap belongs?
"The Moment of Truth" fully capitalized on its blockbuster lead-in "American Idol" scoring 23.23 million viewers or 86% of the singing competition's audience (26.80 million). Only 15% of people who tuned in at 9:00pm abandoned the show by 9:30p.m. "The Moment of Truth" is therefore the highest rated new program this season.
Meanwhile, "American Idol" continues its ratings descent. Last year the show scored a much stronger 33.56 million viewers on a comparable night (Wednesday, January 24, 2007). That's a 20% decline. Also, each new episode this season has scored lower ratings than the previous episode.
Loser of the night was CBS' game show "Power of 10" which, unlike NBC's "Deal or No Deal," can't handle "American Idol." For this reason, CBS decided to put the show on hiatus effective immediately. Obviously, they will be better off running a repeat of one of their zillion procedurals instead.
8:00pm Wife Swap (5.61 million)
9:00pm Supernanny (7.14 million)
10:00pm Cashmere Mafia (5.58 million)
8:00pm Power of 10 (3.88 million)
9:00pm Criminal Minds (12.88 million)
10:00pm CSI: NY (11.67 million)
8:00pm Deal or No Deal (13.76 million)
9:00pm Law & Order: CI (R) (8.27 million)
10:00pm Law & Order (10.33 million)
8:00pm American Idol (26.80 million)
9:00pm Moment of Truth (23.23 million)
8:00pm Crowned (1.46 million)
9:00pm Gossip Girl (R) (1.15 million)