Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Overnight TV Ratings -- "Idol" The Real Dynasty

A "Dynasty" reunion special (on CBS instead of ABC) was a flop last night. The real dynasty is of course "American Idol," which scored 27.5 million viewers. The first of a "House" two-parter also did great with 22.8 mil. Don't tell me what happened; I haven't watched it yet. CBS did smart counterprogramming with the older skewing dramas "NCIS" and "The Unit." ABC and NBC delivered loads of unimpressive sitcoms, ranging from critical fave "Scrubs" to the last "Hope & Faith," "According To Jim," "Teachers," and the once-promising "Less Than Perfect." "Gilmore Girls" -- which was an unexpectedly decent episode -- remained true to form with 4.9 mil and just-renewed "Boston Legal" perked up for ABC at 10 p.m., where "Law & Order: SVU" scored 15.1 mil to "Legal's" 10.2 mil (a big jump on its lead-in). And the beloved "Veronica Mars" improved on its "Next Top Model" repeat lead-in, but seems hopelessly mired in cult-dom. If you're a ratings junkie like me, you can sign up for a daily email on the overnight ratings at Mediaweek.

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