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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Amazing (Ratings) Race: CBS Strong, ABC in Heaven

Win: CBS, averaging 13 million viewers.
Place: ABC, averaging 10.4 million.
Show: NBC, 10.37 million
Bringing up the rear: Fox (6.6 million), UPN (3.6 million), WB 3.5 million.

TVGS analysis: Rerun of CSI still whups NBC's fading Apprentice, although the 'Cockers still edged out an 18-49 win for the night... ABC held on to win Sunday, despite benching their biggest hit for a week. We don't know anyone who admits to watching Mitch Albom's Heaven, but obviously, quite a few tasteless simps did. Maybe they were too shocked at the pre-emption of Desperate Housewives to change the channel... With 15.4 million viewers, Tom Brokaw's final NBC Nightly News broadcast would have ranked #14 for the week, were it in prime-time. Brokaw even out-drew Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, fer chrissakes. And Brian Williams, Tom's replacement, has guided NBC's sleigh on top thus far.

Nielsen Media Research's 10 most watched prime-time shows for the week ending Sunday:

1. CSI, CBS, 24.7 million viewers
2. CSI: Miami, CBS, 22.7 million viewers
3. Survivor: Vanuatu, CBS, 19.5 million viewers
4. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 18.7 million viewers
5. Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, ABC, 18.6 million viewers
6. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 17.9 million viewers
7. Without a Trace, CBS, 17.7 million viewers
8. ER, NBC, 17.67 million viewers
9. Monday Night Football, ABC, 17.4 million viewers
10. Lost, ABC, 17.2 million viewers

2 other geekspeak:

  • Cable's Most-watched Miniseries of 2003 Becomes Three-hour Event Prior to Premiere of New Series Version of "Battlestar Galactica" on SCI FI January 14

    BURBANK, Calif. -- December 6, 2004 -- NBC's Saturday-night universe will expand to showcase "Battlestar Galactica" -- SCI FI's hit miniseries that proved to be cable's most-watched miniseries of 2003 -- in a special three-hour presentation on Saturday, January 8 (8-11 p.m. ET) prior to SCI FI's new series premiere of "Battlestar" on January 14.

    Originally broadcast as a four-hour miniseries that updated its original predecessor, "Battlestar Galactica" will be edited to three hours to accommodate NBC's primetime schedule on January 8.

    Dear TVGeek:

    Still seems a bit long. Any chance of them editing down another 3 hours?

    By Blogger The Amazing Slammer, at 12:52 AM  

  • Good God the man has turned blue will someone losen his turban already? The man only makes scale.

    By Blogger The Amazing Slammer, at 12:54 AM  

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