Barbara Walters Lifts ABC to Thursday Victory

THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
Friday, December 5, 2008
 
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Barbara Walters Lifts ABC to Victory
 
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Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings:
Barbara Walters Lifts ABC to Victory
 
Thursday 12/04/08
 
              HH
          Rtg/Shr
ABC 8.5/14
CBS   8.4/13
NBC 4.6/ 7
Fox    2.9/ 4
CW    1.7/ 3
 
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-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening (Thursday, December 6, 2007):

ABC: – 3, NBC: – 8, CW: -11, CBS: -13, Fox: -41
 
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Note: The fast affiliate results for Thursday will be posted at PIFeedback by 12 p.m. ET. Go to the website, click on Ratings Box (the first category), then Last Night’s Results, and Thursday, December 4, 2008.   

 
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-Yesterday’s Winners:

Survivor: Gabon (CBS), CSI (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 (ABC)

 
-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats):
My Name is Earl (NBC), Kath & Kim (NBC)
 
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-Ratings Breakdown:

Ignited by annual special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008, ABC inched past CBS for Thursday overnight dominance. In the distant No. 3 spot was NBC, followed by Fox and the CW.

 

CBS’ veteran Survivor: Gabon won the 8 p.m. hour, with a 7.0 rating/11 share in the overnights. But compared to the year-ago edition set in China (8.0/13 on Dec. 6, 2007), that was down by 12 percent. Even so, this is still a winning performance. 

 

Second at 8 p.m. was ABC’s Ugly Betty (6.2/10: down 13 percent from one year earlier), followed by NBC sitcoms My Name is Earl (4.3/ 7) and Kath & Kim (3.5/ 5), which dipped by 19 percent from Earl despite the higher HUT levels at 8:30 p.m. As long as NBC just trimmed the episode order for Knight Rider, why not use the scissors on the abysmal Kath & Kim? Do we really need 22-episodes? Fourth in the hour was a repeat of Fox’s uneventful Kitchen Nightmares (2.8/ 4), followed by a repeat of the CW’s Smallville (1.9/ 3). Get used to the word repeat…its December.

 

First at 9 p.m., of course, was CBS’ CSI at a 10.8/17 (down 10 percent from one year earlier), followed by Grey’s Anatomy on ABC at a 9.8/15 (down 13 percent). In the distant No. 3 spot, as usual, were NBC sitcoms The Office (4.8/ 7) and 30 Rock (4.3/ 7), which always generate some interest among adults 18-49, followed by another repeat of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares (3.0/ 5) and a repeat of the CW’s Supernatural (1.5/ 2). As for 30 Rock last night, I have to be honest…I laughed my head off! Liz Lemon in that flashback was a riot!

 

ABC moved into the 10 p.m. overnight winner’s circle care of Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008 at a solid 9.5/16. Comparably, that built from the year-ago telecast (8.1/13 on Dec. 6, 2007) by 17 percent. Just curious…what did Tom Cruise do this year that was so fascinating?

 

Second at 10 p.m. was CBS’ Eleventh Hour (7.6/12), which held 65 percent of the 9:30 p.m. portion of CSI (11.0/17), followed by NBC’s soon-to-conclude ER (5.5/ 9). As announced yesterday, upcoming Ian McShane drama Kings will move into ER’s time period on March 12.

 
Source: Nielsen Media Research data
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Ratings Box:
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-Series-High for Paris Hilton’s My New BFF:

The season-finale of Paris Hilton’s My New BFF on MTV rose to a series-high 1.8 rating among key persons 12-34 on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Comparably, that built from its prior four-week average by 54 percent in the demo.

 
-Top 10 Rated Programs in Syndication – Week of Nov. 17:

What follows is the top tier in syndication nationally for the week of Nov. 17 based on households (AA – average audience), followed by any highlights of note: