Congratulations FOX and also ABC Thursday night for the ratings.
THIS WEEK IN TV
MONDAY-ABC has a new episode of Dance War along with a special 20/20: The Final Hours of Natalee Holloway, CBS has OMG NEW SHOWS, with the series premiere of Welcome to the Captain and the season premiere of New Adventures of Old Christine, FOX has new episodes of Prison Break and Terminator, NBC has new episodes of American Gladiators and Deal or No Deal, and The CW has new episodes of Girlfriends (the first new episode since December 10th) and The Game (the last new pre-strike episode).
TUESDAY-ABC has coverage of Super Tuesday from 8-11 pm EST, CBS has coverage of Super Tuesday from 9-11 pm EST, FOX has new episodes of American Idol (still auditions, this time in Atlanta) and House, NBC has a two-hour episode of The Biggest Loser and from 10-11 pm, their own coverage of Super Tuesday, and The CW has a new episode of One Tree Hill. That's the last new episode of House, by the way.
WEDNESDAY-ABC has new episodes of Wife Swap, Supernanny, and Cashmere Mafia, CBS has a new episode of CSI: NY, FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Moment of Truth, NBC has a new episodes of Law & Order, while The CW saw the return of America's Next Top Model. The first two episodes (this week and next) of ANTM are clips of stuff from previous seasons. This must be ending week, because that's the last new episode of CSI: NY.
THURSDAY-ABC has week two of their Thursday lineup of Lost and Eli Stone, CBS has the premiere of Survivor (entitled "You Guys Are Dumber Than You Look"), FOX can expect to see their ratings for Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and Don't Forget the Lyrics to fall (due to the aforementioned Survivor), NBC has new episodes of Deal or No Deal, Celebrity Apprentice, and the premiere of Lipstick Jungle, in case you haven't gotten enough Sex in the City copies by now. The CW airs new episodes of Smallville and Supernatural.
FRIDAY-ABC has a new episode of 20/20, NBC has new episodes of 1 Vs. 100, Friday Night Lights (last new episode), and Las Vegas, and The CW has Friday Night Smackdown!. What a great night.
SATURDAY-ABC airs A Charlie Brown Valentine and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery, FOX has the Budweiser Shootout, the first race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and The CW airs something or other. One of my local affiliates airs Reindeer Games, and another airs The Waterboy. I have no idea if one of these is airing nationally, or if every station gets their own choice of what to air.
SUNDAY-ABC has America's Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and Brothers & Sisters, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, along with the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, FOX has the last hour of the NFL Pro Bowl and a new episode of King of the Hill, NBC airs a special The 100 Most Outrageous Moments of All-Time, and The CW has a new episode of CW Now.
Not totally sure, but I think that an "official" reason that Nielsen doesn't release the ratings is because it could influence what people watch and compromise the statistical process that they use to compile the ratings.