TV Ratings: March 18, 2009

Source: MediaWeek, Ratings: in millions
Time Network Show Rating 18-49
8PM FOX Lie to Me 10.03 3.1/10
CBS New Adventures… Old Christine 7.37 2.1/7
ABC Scrubs 5.80 2.2/7
NBC The Chopping Block 3.46 1.3/4
CW America’s Next Top Model 3.60 1.6/5
8:30PM CBS Gary Unmarried 7.57 2.3/7
ABC Better off Ted 5.64 2.2/6
9PM FOX American Idol 23.07 8.5/20
CBS Criminal Minds 13.49 3.2/8
ABC Lost 9.08 4.2/10
NBC Life 4.22 1.5/3
CW 90210 (R) 910,000 0.4/1
10PM CBS CSI: NY 12.70 3.3/9
NBC Law & Order 7.07 2.1/6
ABC Life on Mars 5.27 2.0/6

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  • Josh Emerson

    Lost is really hurting airing opposite Idol. That’s gotta be a new series low, isn’t it?

  • luke

    Yeah Lost had a bad night, but it’s killing it in the key demo, so it’ll be fine.

  • Not happy about Lost’s ratings but if this is what people want (stupid inane “competition”) then I’ll take my show and be happy. I like being different.

  • Ace

    Can you imagine the uproar if ABC cancelled LOST though? I just don’t see it happening. That and compared to the rest of their night, it knocked the ratings out of the park. I would make a whitty joke about the Chopping Block being on NBC’s chopping block, but that would be too easy.

  • Nick

    Yeah, I better never hear viewers complain about the lack of scripted series, when all a network needs to do is trot some bad karaoke singers in front of a panel of never-was “judges”…and the public laps it up like a bloated pig in the slop pits.

    Still, I do want to mention that the CW is now airing encores in two weekly prime time slots, Wed. and Fri. at 9pm, plus an old movie on Sundays. Care to step up and at least compete? You are aware that people who miss shows can DVR them or watch online, aren’t you?

  • Josh Emerson

    Of course Lost has nothing to worry about. Still, you don’t like seeing the show drop lower and lower in the ratings.

    On the other hand, you guys should quit being TV snobs! You can enjoy American Idol and still love Lost, 30 Rock, Chuck, and the rest of the great shows out there. I do.

  • Josh Emerson

    It’s funny that you mention the CW competing Nick. They actually beat NBC in the 8pm hour last night! How pathetic is that? NBC really needs a comeback like ABC had in 04-05.

  • bws

    I predicted several weeks ago that with AI moving to Wednesday opposite LOST all the people would be talking about how LOST ratings are so poor. It doesn’t matter. There is no chance it will be canceled. LOST has more enthusiastic and engaged fans than any show on TV. And ABC loves that.

    I don’t think I’m a snob because I like to rag on Idol. I really just think it’s a poor show. Even in terms of other competition shows, I think it’s near the bottom. And it really starts with the judges. Paula and Randy bring nothing to the table. I know the TVAddict isn’t a fan of “So You Think You Can Dance” (now that I’m listening to the podcasts) but I think that’s the best reality competition show out there. Overall reality champ is of course the Amazing Race, which I hope wins the Emmy for the next 20 years, too.

  • Ace

    bws — I try not to hate on the reality shows that others love. I have watched Idol in the past (usually when there was aboslutely nothing else on). I’m just sad that networks seem to be giving up on trying to script things. I mean, at least Idol is usually entertaining and most of the people are talented. I just can’t get behind reality shows for reality sake — Bachelor, ALL “celebrity” competitions, anything involving wife swapping or nannys, etc.

    On a side note: I kind of love So You Think You Can Dance. I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but it is really entertaining. Plus, it is something interesting on during the summer and that doesn’t happen too often. The top reality show for me will always be Project Runway though. I <3 Tim Gunn.

  • bws

    Ace, I’ve enjoyed Project Runway in the past but I’ve found it’s too far outside of my knowledge base – I don’t know anything about fashion. To me, what is good or not good is completely arbitrary. I might say, WOW, that’s a really cool dress… .and then Heidi will say it’s total trash. Which makes it hard for me to get immersed in the show. So I like Top Chef much better. I KNOW food. 🙂 And if something looks really good on Top Chef, I can make it at home the following week. Now that’s participation!

    I’ll admit to really liking SYTYCD. Heck, my wife and I even went to the live performance last summer and enjoyed it IMMENSELY. I would never watch any of the other dance shows out there but I’ll keep tuning into this one.

    I have no moral issues hating on other people’s TV likes or dislikes. HA! Oh, you like 2.5 Men? Well, I don’t. I’ve seen it. It’s not funny. Boom. Roasted.

  • Ace

    BWS — I don’t have any problem making fun of people who like two and a half men either. That’s just bad TV. And if you love anything on MTV or VH1, I’ll probably make fun of you for that too.

    Like Santino said “Lighten up it’s just fashion!” :). I don’t think you really need an eye for fashion to enjoy PR. I actually watched an episode with my dad once and he was laughing the whole time. Trust me, he is not the PR type. And I love Top Chef too, just not as much as PR. I really want someone on some channel to give Fabio his own show. I miss him.

  • bws

    Ace- our TV addictions seem to line up pretty closely! Good to know!

    I don’t know what the answer is but television is in a transition right now. With the advent of online viewing and DVRs the avenues for making money on scripted TV are a little unclear. The execs will figure it out in the next five years, I imagine. Til then, there will be a plethora of reality TV to consume. I could see networks going to shorter television seasons, like 12 episodes instead of 22, like HBO and Showtime. And the airing either fall or spring or summer. I think that’s one possible change.

  • Josh C.

    I’m sorry but this proves to me beyond anything else how terrible 90120 truly is. I’m an unapologetic ANTM fan so i love to see see its doing well! Tyra is absolutely crazy its absolutely hilarious!

  • I rag on Idol because I do feel that as a reality competition it’s not very good. It’s not well-thought out and it occupies more than one major timeslot when it could be summed up pretty easily. It is deliberately dragged out and it’s just not good enough for 2 hours a week. On top of that the process has been dragged out. Weeks and weeks of auditions, whittling down when like 10-20 can be knocked off the beginning. And the judges are horrid. The best part of Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew is that you never see Randy Jackson. Paula’s a joke. I just …. sorry /end rant

    I do think that Lost is a show that has a huge online following. It tends to be one of the top if not the top downloads on iTunes. So I think the atings are becoming irrelevant. Plus it does good in its demo.