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"AI" Viewers Who Say They Don't Watch the Results Show Are Liars

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 29, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 29, 2009 |

Its ratings-time. We’ll start with last week’s Top 20 Shows, noting first that “American Idol’s” results show is the number one ranked show on the season, while the performance show is number two. Although, that was switched this week — 10,000 less people watched the results show than the performance show, which suggests that a lot of those folks who say they don’t suffer through the filler results episode are lying to you. Do they still do those awful Ford commercials, or can Ford no longer allow them?

1. (2) “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 23.96 million viewers.

2. (1) “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 23.95 million viewers.

3. (3) “Dancing With The Stars,” ABC, 20.53 million viewers.

4. (7) “Dancing With The Stars Results,” ABC, 14.73 million viewers.

5. (4) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 14.64 million viewers.

6. (X) “Criminal Minds” special, CBS, 13.72 million viewers.

7. (9) “Desperate Housewives,” ABC, 13.64 million viewers.

8. (15) “Grey’s Anatomy” ABC, 13.51 million viewers.

9. (X) “NCIS” special, CBS, 12.65 million viewers.

10. (X) “The Mentalist” special, CBS, 12.46 million viewers.

11. (11) “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 11.48 million viewers.

12. (17) “Survivor: Tocantins,” CBS, 11.3 million viewers.

13. (26) “Rules of Engagement,” CBS, 10.59 million viewers.

14. (20) “Cold Case,” CBS, 10.57 million viewers.

15. (9) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.52 million viewers.

16. (20) “24,” Fox, 10.34 million viewers.

17. (28) “Amazing Race 14,” CBS, 10.27 million viewers.

18. (49) “Fringe,” Fox, 9.9 million viewers.

19. (30) “Surviving Suburbia,” ABC, 9.87 million viewers.

20. (12) “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 9.84 million viewers.

Nothing particularly surprising — “Idol” and “DWTS” still remain on top — though you might notice that “Fringe” had a huge jump this week, and “Surviving Suburbia” is doing far too well for how bad a show it is. Also, “Survivor,” inched up a few spots — and for good reason. The last two episodes have been fan-fucking-tastic, if you’re into that sort of thing, thanks in part to one of the best reality show villains in a long time. Coach is equal parts loathsome and oblivious. He’d almost be awesome as a character in “The Office.”

In bubble shows, I should note that “Chuck” went out with a measly six million viewers (compare that to the 14 million viewers that “Two and a Half Men” drew on the same night). “Chuck” is gone, folks. Damnit. I might also note that “Dollhouse” finished last in its slot (if you don’t count the CW, and you shouldn’t), scoring less than 3 million viewers on Friday night. “Parks and Recreation” is getting stomped on Thursdays (although, it’s not doing much worse than “My Name is Earl,”) and “Southland‘“s ratings are starting to erode fairly quickly (it fell behind “Private Practice” this week). “The Mentalist” also doubled the ratings of “The Unusuals” on Wednesday, though it lacked a “Lost” lead-in last week.

In the video sales charts, Notorious surprisingly debuted at number one this week, handily beating out The Wrestler’s debut.

Finally, for the curious, in cable news ratings, Bill O’Reilly is once again kicking the shit out of Keith Olbermann. Olbermann had closed the gap considerably before Obama was elected, but he’s dropped 42 percent of his audience since then (I don’t watch anymore). O’Reilly averages 2.5 million viewers per night; Olbermann averages a little less than 1 million, and in the same time slot, CNN’s show (hosted by Roland Martin — what happened to Campbell Brown) only averaged around 600K viewers.

And that’s your weekly ratings recap.

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