Friday, March 16, 2007

Overnight TV Ratings -- Andy Richter Doesn't Control The Universe

I really liked "Andy Richter Controls The Universe" and I found his new sitcom "Andy Barker, P.I." somewhat amusing. I liked the tone (which works nicely with The Office and Earl) and it was enjoyably offbeat. You've got to like a show where the hero curses by saying "Cheese and crackers!" (It works.) I'll; even watch it again a few times to see if they really find their rhythm. But it was definitely an odd duck and I'm certainly not surprised it opened so-so, on a par with "30 Rock." I also found Richter's appearance on Conan a little sad. They're both clearly friends, but the rapport they had for years didn't come back so easily; or maybe it just seemed odd for Richter to answer pat questions and leave the set, instead of being Conan's sidekick for the evening. Here's a thought: it might seem like going backwards, but when Conan replaces Jay Leno, bringing back Richter after this multi-year break would be great. They've both proven they can succeed without each other (to a degree, in Richter's case) but they're a great, great team. For a complete ratings breakdown, go to MediaWeek's Marc Berman.

8 p.m.
1. Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader -- 12.18 million viewers
2. Ugly Betty -- 10.77 million
3. NCAA Basketball -- 9.59 million
4. The Office (two repeats) -- 6.63 million
5. Smallville -- 4.58 million

9 p.m.
1. Grey's Anatomy -- 22.38 million
2. NCAA Basketball -- 10.68 million
3. Scrubs (r) -- 6.37 million/Andy Barker, P.I. -- 5.84 million
4. Family Guy (two repeats) -- 5.76 million
5. Supernatural -- 3.54 million

10 p.m.
1. October Road -- 14.34 million
2. Raines -- 10.34 million
3. NCAA Basketball -- 8.43 million

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