Thursday, February 01, 2007

Overnight TV Ratings -- "Friday Night Lights" Shows Strength

Last night, NBC's "Friday Night Lights" reached 6.86 million viewers. That's the most viewers the show has reached in its regular timeslot(s) since it debuted in October, when the show premiered to just over 7 million viewers. Despite a few dips to 5+ million, the show has been extremely dependable. Everyone who samples the show keeps coming back. ("FNL" did score more than 8+ million viewers when it aired for one time only on Mondays at 10 p.m. following the hit "Heroes" rather than opening the night on its own. It actually improved on the performance of "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" from the previous week.) This sort of durability is exactly what networks look for when deciding whether to renew a show on the bubble, so the timing couldn't be better for "FNL." Last night's episode was another typically engrossing one, with the coach and his wife the most believable, lived-in and entertaining married couple on TV since the early days of "Mad About You." Go to MediaWeek's Marc Berman for a complete ratings breakdown.

8 p.m.
1. Bones -- 12.56 million viewers
2. CSI: NY (r) -- 8.55 million million
3. Friday Night Lights -- 6.86 million
4. George Lopez -- 7.82 million/The Knights Of Prosperity -- 5.25 million
5. Beauty and the Geek -- 4.07 million

9 p.m.
1. American Idol -- 31.45 million
2. Deal Or No Deal -- 11.42 million
3. Criminal Minds (r)-- 9.71 million
4. According To Jim -- 5.75 million/In Case Of Emergency -- 4.57 million
5. One Tree Hill (r)-- 1.56 million

10 p.m.
1. CSI: NY (r) -- 10.61 million
2. Medium -- 9.83 million
3. Primetime Live -- 6.05 million


Anonymous said...

Well, as much as I think OTH would have liked to have 21.56 million viewers, the actual total was 1.56 million.

Michael in New York said...

Woops. Thanks.