Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Overnight TV Ratings -- "Lights" Not Dimming

Okay, move a struggling show all around the schedule and you can confuse and annoy viewers. That didn't happen to "Friday Night Lights," the best new drama of the year. Airing on Monday night didn't bring new viewers to the show this week, but it did remain rock steady -- every episode after the premiere on Tuesdays has scored around 6.3 to 6.5 million. Everyone who watches this show keeps coming back, unlike "Studio 60," which squanders a huge lead-in, "The Nine," and many other new dramas. Also, "FNL" is anchoring an evening. It has to be a self-starter opposite one of the hottest shows on TV, ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," and the well-established "NCIS." And in the election coverage, ABC skipped past the nightly news winner NBC to take first place, which has to bode well for Charlie Gibson's long-term prospects. When the news was big, people turned to Charlie. And Couric darn near beat NBC, so she should feel good about that.For a complete breakdown, go to MediaWeek's Marc Berman.

8 p.m
1. Dancing With The Stars recap (ABC) -- 18.69 mil/DWTS new show (ABC) -- 22.46 mil
2. NCIS (CBS) -- 15.72 mil
3. Friday Night Lights (NBC) -- 6.25 mil
4. Standoff (FOX) -- 5.46 mil
5. Gilmore Girls (CW) -- 4.35 mil

9 p.m.
1. Dancing With The Stars (ABC) -- 22.46/Election Coverage (ABC) -- 12.76 mil
2. House (FOX) -- 15.94 mil
3. The Unit (CBS) -- 11.73 mil
4. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) -- 7.68 mil
5. Veronica Mars (CW) -- 2.62 mil

10 p.m.
1. Charlie Gibson Election Coverage (ABC) -- 8.7 mil
2. Brian Williams Election Coverage (NBC) -- 7.19 mil
3. Katie Couric Election Coverage (CBS) -- 7.08 mil

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