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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Same Old Ratings Story

This year is no last year.

With two huge hits debuting last year (Lost and Desperate Housewives) the networks were given hope that new shows could actually break through the clutter and thrive. But this year, that hasn't been the case: the only new show in the top 20 is ABC's Commander In Chief, which skews too old to be a major success story. A few shows have had promising starts, including My Name is Earl, Everybody Hates Chris and Invasion.

New shows that continued to shit the bed last week: Inconceivable, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, and the already axed Sex, Love and Secrets.

The top 10 (in total viewers) was predictable...

1. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 28 million viewers
2. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 27.1 million
3. Lost, ABC, 23.1 million
4. Without a Trace, CBS, 21 million
5. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 17.6 million
6. CSI: Miami, CBS, 17.4 million
7. Survivor: Guatemala, CBS, 17.3 million
8. Cold Case, CBS, 16.7 million
9. Commander in Chief, ABC, 16.4 million
10. Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 15.3 million

...as was the network race, with CBS taking the total viewers crown, and ABC winning in the key demo of 18-49 for the second straight week.

For the evening news race, NBC Nightly News beat ABC's World News Tonight and (of course) the CBS Evening News.

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