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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Ratings Roundup

In this week's thrill-a-minute ratings rollercoaster, CBS remained top dog in a week laden with reruns. Everybody Loves Raymond snuck in as the week's top rated show. The resurgent punks at ABC did pull out the weekly win in adults 18-49.

NBC continues to wheeze, with only one prime-time show (a Law & Order: SVU rerun) topping 10 million viewers. And FOX needs a serious American Idol fix: its only top 30 show was a Sunday football overrun, followed by The Swan 2, ranked No. 43 for the week.

For the first time, cable ratings juggernaut Fox News Channel outrated CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and CNN Headline News combined in prime-time.

Network rankings for the week of Dec. 20-26:

1. CBS (6.4 rating, 11 share, 10 million viewers)
2. ABC (6.0/11, 9.7 million)
3. NBC (4.6/8, 7 million)
4. Fox (3.6/6, 5.8 million)
5. UPN (1.9/3, 2.8 million)
6. WB (1.6/3, 2.3 million)

The top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships:

1. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 17 million viewers
2. NFL Monday Night Football: New England at Miami, ABC, 16.2 million
3. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 15.8 million
4. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 15.5 million
5. CSI: Miami, 14.8 million
6. Without a Trace, CBS, 13.1 million
7. Desperate Housewives special, ABC, 12.9 million
8. NFL Monday Showcase, ABC, 12.5 million
9. 60 Minutes, CBS, 12.4 million
10. NFL Sunday Postgame, Fox, 12 million.

CSI: Miami Plans 90-Minute Special Episode; Liquor Stores Prepare For Panic Buying

Get those funnels ready: CBS is planning a 90 minute extra-special CSI: Miami for February sweeps. This gives viewers the chance to get extra blotto as they play the world famous CSI: Miami Drinking Game.

For those unfamiliar, the game goes like this:

For every time Horatio (David Caruso) adjusts his sunglasses in any way... drink once.

For every time Horatio puts his hands on his hips... drink once.

For every time Horatio gives a concerned glance towards the floor... drink once.

For each sentence Alexx speaks to a corpse... drink once.

For every time someone refers to Horatio as "H"... drink twice.

And any time the Hummer appears... finish your drink.

See you in AA on the following Tuesday!

Who the Hell is Hurley?

Fans desperate to know the backstory of fat, lovable, fat, fat Hurley on Lost will apparantly find out by season's end- maybe even in February. The cast is apparantly kept in the dark about intricate plot details until the last possible second.

Let's start the rumor: he's an obsessed fan of Alive and will begin devouring castaways. (There's only so many little packages of peanuts on a plane, you know?) My vote for the first character on the menu: the mean Korean husband guy. What a cad.

Midseason Update: Will Medium Be Well Done?

It's that time of year again: when the annual glut of lame, unwatchable new fall shows is replaced by the annual glut of lame, unwatchable mideason replacements. On deck: NBC's Medium featuring Patricia Arquette. She plays a psychic wife and mother who sees dead people.

Television has a storied history with psychic dramas, and Medium joins the rich legacy of such visionary programs as Profiler, The Others, and 1-800 MISSING. Yikes. Is there any chance of this turkey flying?