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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Ratings Roundup

Buoyed by two big football games, Desperate Housewives, and a powerful Lost/Alias combo, this week's ratings winner is ABC, which tallied its best ratings week in four years.

Mixed results for a couple of new offerings at NBC: supernatural drama Medium premiered strongly; Committed, not so much.

Two new CBS reality entries shit the proverbial bed: Wickedly Perfect pulled in less than half of what Survivor usually draws on Thursday, and The Will wheezed badly on Saturday.

For Fox, Sunday night's two hour 24 had its biggest audience ever for a season premiere.

In the evening news race, Brian Williams continued to dominate.

Network Rankings
1. ABC, 15.9 million viewers (10 rating, 16 share)
2. CBS, 12 million viewers (7.9, 12)
3. NBC, 10.4 million viewers (6.9, 11)
4. Fox, 8.7 million viewers (5.4, 8)
5. UPN, 3.2 million viewers (2.2, 3)
6. The WB, 2.8 million viewers (1.9, 3)
7. Pax TV, 800,000 viewers (1.0, 2)

Top 10 Prime-time Programs
1. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 28.9 million viewers
2. AFC Playoff Game: N.Y. Jets at San Diego, ABC, 25.8 million viewers
3. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 25.2 million viewers
4. Without a Trace, CBS, 23.8 million viewers
5. AFC/NFC Showcase, ABC, 23 million viewers
6. Lost, ABC, 21.6 million viewers
7. Orange Bowl: USC vs. Oklahoma, ABC, 21.4 million viewers
8. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC, 20 million viewers
9. Wildcard Post Game Show, Fox, 19.5 million viewers
10. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 18.8 million viewers

Evening News
NBC Nightly News, 12.1 million viewers (8.4, 15)
ABC World News Tonight, 10.8 million viewers (7.6, 14)
CBS Evening News 8.6 million (4.8, 10)

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