Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Overnight Ratings -- "Commander in Chief" Falling In Polls

"American Idol" continued to dominate all of television -- its two hour block drew 34.8 million viewers. (And in my opinion, continued to deliver a well-edited mix of heartfelt and silly contestants.) "Love Monkey" dipped 10% from its debut -- perfectly respectable though week three should stabilize or it's in danger. The big news? The increasingly ludicrous "Commander In Chief" has plummeted in the ratings. Five new episodes in a row have hit record lows, with this week's audience 10.3 million overall and behind even "Scrubs" in the desirable 18-49 demo. It ain't easy appearing opposite "American Idol" but the drama's problems began long before last week. As with Aaron Sorkin and "The West Wing," series creator Rod Lurie was apparently indispensable: when he was in charge, "Commander" was growing in the ratings.

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