Thursday, February 22, 2007

Overnight TV Ratings -- Aaargh! "Friday Night Lights" Hits Low

One week after doing terrifically well (by its modest standards), "Friday Night Lights" takes a serious stumble opposite "Idol" and an original episode of "Jericho," which didn't do that well itself but couldn't have helped. It dropped by 2 million viewers, from 7.43 million to 5.37 million. That's a series low for an original episode. AND "FNL" was about sex, so if you can't gain viewers with sex, boy, that's not good. "Idol," of course, was massive. By the way, as people commented on Berman's site, the performers on "Idol" in the first half hour were seen by about 5 million FEWER viewers than people in the later 90 minutes. That has to be a big disadvantage come voting because if people don't see your full performance, they've got to be far less likely to vote for you and 5 million viewers is a big difference. Since Amy Krebs and Leslie Hunt were weak, that's okay. But opener Stephanie Edwards might get hurt too.For a complete ratings breakdown, go to MediaWeek's Marc Berman.

8 p.m.
1. "American Idol" -- 28.99 million viewers
2. Jericho -- 8.65 million million
3. Friday Night Lights -- 5.37 million
4. George Lopez -- 5.92 million/The Knights Of Prosperity -- 4.17 million
5. Beauty and the Geek (reunion) -- 3.09 million

9 p.m.
1. American Idol -- 31.68 million
2. Criminal Minds -- 14.44 million
3. Deal Or No Deal -- 8.14 million
4. Lost(r) -- 5.38 million
5. One Tree Hill -- 3.15 million

10 p.m.
1. CSI: NY -- 14.08 million
2. Lost -- 12.89 million
3. Medium -- 7.85 million

1 comment:

altmike said...

Friday Night Lights is my favorite show. But I watched American Idol live. Oy the Jewish guilt I feel.