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Primetime Wednesday Ratings

(Posted August 12, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC took the top-rated Wednesday spot in all three surveyed categories, while two-hour special, Peter Jennings: Reporter, led ABC to a close second-place finish in households and total viewers. Peter Jennings: Reporter averaged a 7.6/12 in the overnights, 9.41 million viewers and a 2.5/ 8 among adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m., building in each half hour. That led into a repeat of Lost at a last-place 3.7/ 6 in the overnights, 3.96 million viewers and a 1.5/ 4 among adults 18-49 at 10 p.m. Although Lost, like most serialized dramas, does not perform well in repeats, wait until season two kicks in Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. In a time occupied by five other dramas (CBS: Criminal Minds, NBC: E-Ring, Fox: Head Cases, UPN: Veronica Mars, WB: Related), it will be the battle of the leftovers for any show not named Lost.


While it is no Dancing With the Stars, another 90-minute installment of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance performed admirably, with a 5.1/ 8 in the overnights (#3), 6.17 million viewers (#3), and a first-place 2.6/ 8 among adults 18-49 from 8-9:30 p.m. A repeat of the Friday-bound Bernie Mac at 9:30 p.m. sunk to a 3.0/ 5 in the overnights (#4), 4.45 million viewers (#3), and a 2.0/ 5 among adults 18-49 (#3). Paired with veteran Malcolm in the Middle in the Friday 8 p.m. hour next season, Bernie and Malcolm would be wise to have their bags packed.

As a reminder, total viewers and adults 18-49 are based on the fast affiliate ratings.


NBC got some mileage out of its repeat line-up last night, with The Most Outrageous Live TV Moments 2 kicking off with a second-place 5.2/ 9 in the overnights, 6.44 million viewers, and a 2.1/ 7 among adults 18-49 in the 8 p.m. half-hour, followed by Unforgettable Moments in Television Entertainment: A Museum of Television & Radio Special at an also second-place 6.8/11 in the overnights, 8.52 million viewers, and a 2.8/ 8 among adults 18-49 from 8:30-10 p.m. At 10 p.m., repeats of NBC's Law & Order (Overnights: #1t, 6.3/10; Viewers: #2, 7.66 million; A18-49: #2, 2.6/ 8) and CBS' CSI: NY (Overnights: #1t, 6.3/10; Viewers: #1, 8.04 million; A18-49: #1, 2.7/ 8) were neck-and-neck.


Earlier in the evening on CBS were repeats of the relocated Still Standing (Overnights: 3.6/ 6; Viewers: 4.71 million; A18-49: 1.5/ 5) and Yes, Dear (Overnights: 3.3/ 6; Viewers: 4.25 million; A18-49: 1.6/ 5), Rock Star: INXS (Overnights: 3.1/ 5; Viewers: 4.58 million; A18-49: 2.1/ 6), and a repeat of King of Queens (Overnights: 3.3/ 5; Viewers: 4.30 million; A18-49: 1.9/ 5) all at fourth-place finishes from 8-10 p.m.

Elsewhere, week three of UPN's R U the Girl With T-Boz & Chilli (Overnights: #5, 2.3/ 4; Viewers: #5, 2.48 million; A18-49: #5, 1.2/ 4) bested a repeat of the WB's competing One Tree Hill (Overnights: #6, 1.3/ 2; Viewers: #6, 1.32 million; A18-49: #6, 0.6/ 2) by a hefty 77 percent in the overnights, 1.16 viewers and 100 percent among adults 18-49. With a stronger lead-in, UPN's Veronica Mars (Overnights: #5t, 1.6/ 2; Viewers: #5, 1.76 million; A18-49: #5, 0.8/ 2) outdelivered a repeat of the WB's Smallville (Overnights: #5t, 1.6/ 2; Viewers: #6, 1.62 million; A18-49: #6, 0.7/ 2) by 140,000 viewers and 14 percent among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m. Leading off Thursday will be no easy feat for Smallville next season.


Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.4/10, ABC: 6.3/10, Fox: 4.6/ 7, CBS: 4.3/ 7, UPN: 1.9/ 3, WB: 1.5/ 2

-Percent Change From the Comparable Year-Ago Evening (Wednesday 8/11/04):
ABC: +80, Fox: +10, NBC: -10, CBS: -19, UPN: -27, WB: -35



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