I'm very interested by the American Idol effect. Idol started last week, so seeing how the shows opposite Idol changed from last week to the last time they aired is interesting. NCIS and Criminal Minds were both basically Idol-proof: they retained 96% of the viewers that they had had the week before. NBC probably most hates that Idol came back, because both The Biggest Loser and Law & Order: SVU lost 30% of their viewership. Gary Unmarried also lost a lot of viewers.
THIS WEEK IN TV Everything is new this week unless otherwise noted. The CW finally has new shows this week, at least on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Monday-House is preempted by a 2-hour 24. Life Unexpected premieres on The CW. Tuesday-The Forgotten is a rerun. CBS is all reruns. A rerun of the pilot of Human Target airs after American Idol. Wednesday-The first hour of ABC (Modern Family and The Middle is reruns), but the rest (Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Ugly Betty is new). The CW is reruns. Human Target moves into its regular time slot, airing after American Idol. Law & Order: SVU is reruns for the next two weeks. Thursday-The Deep End premieres on ABC, taking over Flash Forward's time slot. The Deep End has been in development off and on for 3 years. There are two reruns of The Big Bang Theory on CBS. Friday-Hope For Haiti airs on all 5 networks (and also BET, CMT, CNN, HBO, MTV, and VH1). The only new show airing that night is 20/20. That means Dollhouse gets a one-week reprieve, with Epitaph 2: The Return airing next week. Saturday-the same shows that are always new on Saturday. AT&T Figure Skating World Championships on NBC. Sunday-Only Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is new on ABC. 60 Minutes is new on CBS. FOX has the NFC Championship Game (Minnesota vs. New Orleans). NBC has Dateline NBC and more AT&T Figure Skating World Championships.
Um...wait, two Fringe episodes? Can't have been one on Sunday...Fox showed 24, Human Target, and more 24, right? I've already got two Fringes to catch up on, there wasn't another one in there, was there?
In any event, though, I'm glad that its numbers (even just looking at the ones listed as Thursday) seem to be coming out of the cancellation zone.
I hate when shows air on special nights. It always makes it more complicated.
Ah. Thanks. I was still away at the time so I didn't see your post. But now I understand why we didn't download the first Fringe before I left--it only aired around the time I left. We thought it aired the previous Thursday and wondered how we'd missed it. Looks like there was no episode the previous week, so I've got both of the episodes and just need to find time to, you know, watch them. B^)
Top 9 Cable Shows for the week (Top 9 because there were like 5 that got a 1.0 18-49 rating, and 15 is too many. Just FYI the shows that just missed were Men of A Certain Age, Intervention, Nip/Tuck, The Real World, Dog The Bounty Hunter, and Let's Talk About Pep).
I predict a 4 and a half hour snooze-fest with John stewert using the 'Uma... Oprah" joke at least once. I also predict there being too many people mentioning Heath Ledger. Three would be too many by my count.