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« on: May 16, 2007, 12:42:46 pm »

A first: Fox's 'House'
outpulls hit 'Idol'

Medical drama averages a 9.2 rating in adults 18-49s

By Toni Fitzgerald
May 16, 2007

For the first time ever, “House” topped its “American Idol” lead-in last night, by the thinnest of margins. It was the first time any “Idol” lead-out has ever built on the reality singing competition, and it comes after weeks of declining ratings for “Idol.”

“House” averaged a 9.2 rating among adults 18-49 last night, according to Nielsen overnights, 0.3 ahead of “Idol.”

Those represent early numbers based on timeslot and not program data, and it’s possible that “House” could fall back a bit, as “Idol” usually runs a few minutes past its 9 p.m. end time.

But it comes a week after “House” scored the highest retention ever out of “Idol,” 96 percent. And “House” actually rose a bit in its second half hour, from a 9.1 to a 9.3, suggesting that its rating may hold for final numbers.

While it’s a promising sign for “House,” it’s not so promising for “Idol,” which lost more than a million viewers compared with the previous week and averaged a season-low 23 million last night heading into next week’s season finale. The show also tied last week’s season-low 8.9 18-49 rating, though that did rise when final ratings were released.

Also last night, the series finale of “Gilmore Girls” on the CW drew a very solid audience. Roughly 4.75 million total viewers tuned in, 1 million more than its season average and 750,000 more than watched last week’s penultimate episode. That was the show’s best viewership since December.

The show also jumped among 18-49s and 18-34s, placing second in the timeslot in each behind Fox’s “Idol.” “Girls” had its best 18-34s rating this season, a 2.8, and best since January 2006 overall.

Fox was first last night among 18-49s with a 9.1 average rating and a 24 share. ABC followed at 3.2/9, with CBS third at 2.7/7, NBC fourth at 2.6/7, Univision fifth at 1.9/5 and CW sixth at 1.6/4.
At 8 p.m. Fox led with an 8.9 rating for “American Idol,” followed by CW with a 2.2 for “Gilmore Girls.” CBS and ABC tied for third that hour at 2.1, CBS for the first of three hours of “The Academy of Country Music Awards” and ABC for a repeat of “Dancing with the Stars,” with Univision fifth with a 1.9 for “La Fea Mas Bella” and NBC sixth with a 1.5 for “Dateline.”
Fox led again at 9 p.m., this time with a 9.2 for “House,” with ABC moving to second with a 4.7 for its “Dancing with the Stars” results show. CBS was third with a 2.8 for the second hour of the CMAs, while NBC and Univision tied for fourth at 2.2, NBC for a repeat of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and Univision for “Destilando Amor.” CW slipped to sixth that hour with a 1.0 for “Veronica Mars.”
NBC led at 10 p.m. with a 4.3 for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” CBS was second with a 3.2 for the final hour of the CMAs, ABC third with a 2.8 for “Boston Legal” and Univision fourth with a 1.7 for “Nuestra Belleza Latina.”
Among households, Fox led the night with a 13.2 average rating and a 21 share. ABC was second at 8.4/13, CBS third at 6.1/10, NBC fourth at 5.8/9, Univision fifth at 2.4/4 and CW sixth at 2.2/3.


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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2007, 03:53:06 am »

Good numbers for Gilmore Girls considering it is in the same time slot as American Idol.  Just imagine how much better it would have fared if it was in a different time slot. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2007, 06:27:02 am »

I read the same thing this morning on

Ratings: A Very Good Bye for the GirlsThis Tuesday's ratings, at a glance:

8 pm/ET
Idol's penultimate performance show netted 23.03 million total viewers, a 1.47 mil drop from a week ago. A DWTS repeat (9.11 mil) placed second, followed by the first hour of the ACM Awards (which, averaging 9.19 mil for the night, shed 22 percent of last year's audience). Gilmore Girls said farewell to 4.76 million, an 800-thou surge and the series' best numbers since December 6.

We should pat ourselves on the backs for creating such a strong fanbase.

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