For returning shows, those last two columns tell how the show did in comparison to the average first-run episode from last year. These numbers do not include DVR usage, so the increase in DVR usage would mean a slight drop for a show that had the same number of viewers.
It's interesting that ABC had the most viewers during the Presidential Debate. Contrast that with the National Conventions, which gave the highest ratings to NBC. I don't know what that means, but it's interesting.
Obviously those shows showing a 20-30% drop from last year are a bad sign. The lower rated of them probably won't make it through another season, and the higher rated have to wonder if their best days are behind them.
THIS WEEK IN TV Show premering this week include America's Funniest Home Videos, Chuck, Dirty Sexy Money, Easy Money, Everybody Hates Chris, Ghost Whisperer, In Harm's Way, Life, Numb3rs, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Supernanny, The Ex List, The Game, Valentine (formerly called Valentine, Inc.), and Wife Swap. The Ex List airs Friday nights on CBS, and the other 3 new shows (Valentine, Easy Money, and In Harm's Way) are on The CW on Sundays. * WWE Smackdown moves to MyNetwork this week, which means the last you'll hear me talk about it. I don't get ratings information for MyNetwork until almost two weeks later. MyNetwork is normally the 7th rated broadcast network, behind the five I talk about as well as Univision. * NBC's Life premieres on Monday, and then there is another new episode in its normal time slot on Friday. * Eli Stone on Tuesday is prempted by Half Their Size: The People Magazine Weight Loss Challenge. * The only new shows on Thursday are Ugly Betty, Survivor, Smallville, Supernatural, Hole In The Wall, and two episodes of My Name Is Earl. From 9 to 11 the Big 4 are airing the Vice Presidential Debate. This one will be held on the campus of Washington University, in St. Louis. It will be moderated by PBS' Gwen Ifill. * ABC's Saturday Night Football seems like it's going to be Oregon @ USC or Ohio State @ Wisconsin. * On CBS, it's that time again. Yes, EliteXC Saturday Night Fights. Here are the bouts scheduled to air: Heavyweight: Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (3-0) vs. Ken "The World's Dangerous Man" Shamrock (26-13-2, lost last 5) Heavyweight: Andrei "Pitbull" Arlovski (13-5, won last 4) vs. Roy "Big Country" Nelson (13-2, won last 5) 140lb Women's: Gina "Conviction" Carano (6-0) vs. Kelly Kobald (16-2-1, lost last 2) Welterweight Title: Jake Shields (21-4-1, won last 10) vs. Paul "Semtex" Daley (18-6-2, won last 6) Middlweight: Murilo "Ninja" Rua (16-8-1, won last 2) vs. Benji Radach (18-4, lost last 1) * The Sunday Night Football game is Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville.