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“Cupid” Gets His Ass Kicked and Other TV Ratings Notes

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 8, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 8, 2009 |

Here are the week’s top 20 shows, in overall viewers:

1. (2) “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 24.41 million viewers.
2. (1) “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 24.34 million viewers.
3. (3) “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 20.48 million viewers.
4. (5) “NCIS,” CBS, 17.23 million viewers.
5. (8) “The Mentalist,” CBS, 16.96 million viewers.
6. (42) “ER,” NBC, 16.38 million viewers.
7. (X) Academy of Country Music Awards, CBS, 14.78 million viewers.
8. (4) “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 14.63 million viewers.
9. (11) “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 14.56 million viewers.
10. (X) CBS NCAA Basketball Semifinal, CBS, 14.45 million viewers.
11. (7) “Dancing With the Stars Results,” ABC, 13.51 million viewers.
12. (13) “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 13.46 million viewers.
13. (X) CBS NCAA Basketball Between Games Show, CBS, 12.95 million viewers.
14. (18) “Without a Trace,” CBS, 12.53 million viewers.
15. (18) “House,” Fox, 12.51 million viewers.
16. (9) “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.27 million viewers.
17. (16) “Survivor: Tocantins,” CBS, 11.27 million viewers.
18. (20) “24,” Fox, 11.26 million viewers.
19. (27) “Rules of Engagement,” CBS, 11.02 million viewers.
20. (X) “ER Retrospective,” NBC, 10.63 million viewers.

In addition to the top 20 (above), here are some more of this week’s rating notes:

Though it didn’t break the top three, CBS did have seven of the top ten scripted shows of the week. “ER” also managed to go out on top, sort of: It was the top scripted show of the week in the 18-49 demographic. That was good for the best drama series finale since “The X-Files” ended seven years ago. “Heroes” and “Chuck” continued to suffer mightily on Monday nights. The dastardly FOX overrun of “American Idol” last night actually helped “Fringe,” which won its timeslot among the 18-49 group, although it began the hour with 12 million viewers and ended it with 9.6 million. “The Osbournes Reloaded” debuted last week following “AI,” and scored only mediocre numbers. “Cupid” took a hit last night, dropping two million viewers in only its second week, scoring only 6.2 million viewers (on a Tuesday night? Them’s eventual cancellation numbers). Also, last week, “Life” (in its second to last ep of the season) ticked up sharply, getting its best ratings since early February (damn good show, too. I hope to hell they bring it back next year). Finally, Ms. Nosek will be happy to know that “Supernatural” had its best numbers in its key demo since 2006.

In a broader sense, however, the big four networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX) are down five to ten percent since last season, although overall television viewing has not dropped. The networks just lost all their viewers to cable.

Also worth noting: It’s official — “Pushing Daisies,” along with both “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Eli Stone” will burn off all their remaining episodes on Saturdays this summer, starting the last week of May.

If anyone’s curious about the DVD charts, Marley and Me debuted at number one on the sales chart, selling 65 percent more than the number two DVD, Slumdog Millionaire, which also debuted this week. After two weeks at number one, Twilight slipped to number 3.

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