Monday, January 15, 2007
Overnight TV Ratings: "60 Minutes" Beats "24"
It's hard to compare because of football overruns and the like, but Bush on "60 Minutes" and "Desperate Housewives" both beat the season premiere of "24." This isn't scary news: "60 Minutes" had a massive football lead-in and "24" only had a reun, while "DH" is in its regular timeslot. "24" hit about 16 million viewers and has two more episodes tonight on its regular night. Personally, I found "24" fun but a little sloppy. Since when does killing the head of a terrorist cell organization mean the org will collapse? Isn't that the point of terrorist cells: they operate independently and finding or defeating one doesn't automatically spread to the others. Plus, the show is getting almost silly -- every time I see Jack Bauer in some impossible situation, I just giggle, knowing it's only a matter of time before he starts wrecking havoc. I'll save my final first impressions until I've seen all four hours. Meanwhile, "Grease" is failing and Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" was in fourth place. Go to MediaWeek's Marc Berman for a complete ratings rundown.