Thursday, October 26, 2006

Overnight TV Ratings -- "Lost" Stabilizes

I think it's going to be interesting to see what happens to the audience for "Lost" when that show goes on an annoying hiatus to make way for the awful lookikng replacement "Day Break." (Another serialized drama with a crazy, government conspiracy plot mixed in with time travel.) But for the moment, "Lost" has stabilized a bit. It's got a huge lead-in with "Dancing With The Stars" but can barely fight off CBS's "Criminal Minds," which has the more modest lead-in hit "Jericho." "Criminal Minds" increass its lead-in by about 60% while "Lost" drops by about 30%. If "Lost" starts losing regularly -- and that could happen after it takes a vacation -- look for panic to set in. But it still clearly has a faithful audience and they're probably smart and well-educated and wealthy so the show isn't in danger. But still, it's a huge fall from ratings champ and Emmy winner to also-ran to "Criminal Minds." And any fans of "One Tree Hill" should enjoy it while they can; the show is on its last legs.The overnights per MediaWeek's Marc Berman.

8 p.m.
1. Dancing With The Stars (ABC) -- 19.86 million viewers
2. Jericho (CBS) -- 10.54 million
3. 30 Rock (NBC) -- 6.01/20 Good Years (NBC) -- 5.4 million
4. America's Next Top Model (CW) -- 5.48 million
5. Baseball rainout/repeats of The war At Home (FOX) -- 5.52 million

9 p.m.
1. Lost (ABC) -- 16.8 million
2. Criminal Minds (CBS) -- 16.59 million
3. The Biggest Loser (NBC) -- 7.86 million
4. One Tree Hill (CW) -- 3.57 million

10 p.m.
1. CSI: NY (CBS) -- 17.06 million
2. Dateline (NBC) -- 8.66 million
3. The Nine (ABC) -- 8.02 million


Anonymous said...

Completely off topic, but I just want to say that The War at Home is by far the worst sitcom I have ever seen. How is it still on the air?

Michael in New York said...

It's not really. They were just desperate to fill. And what about Full House or that sitcom set in the Lincoln White House. Surely there ahve been worse.

Anonymous said...

Dancing with the stars sucks!! Who watches out, how do 20 million people sit in front of their tv and watch it!

Michael in New York said...

Dancing W The Stars is pretty banal, even for reality TV. It's the same people who have kept America's Funniest Home Videos on TV for decades: heartland families.