The only bad thing about putting some of your best-performing scripted dramas on Tuesdays is that every other year, you have to give up a week of November sweeps.
And that's exactly what CBS did. It pulled, understandably, "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" off the schedule for one week this past Tuesday to make room for election coverage, while ABC decided to expand its "Dancing With the Stars" and extra half hour (and move it back an hour), helping to propel the Disney network to its first weekly win this season, breaking a seven-week streak set by CBS.
ABC earned an average of 7.2 rating/12 share in Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., its best weekly numbers of the year, and topping the 6.8/11 from CBS. Not only was ABC able to throw in an extra Tuesday version of "Dancing" -- which had the highest ratings for that show on Tuesdays this season -- but it didn't air some of its weaker offerings during the week that had dragged the overall viewership of ABC down like "No Ordinary Family" and "The Whole Truth."
In fact, the first week of November was more about what was pre-empted rather than what was aired, with "NCIS" and its spinoff being the most visible absentees from the schedule.
However, CBS continued to show its dominance on Friday night, despite its new Tom Selleck drama "Blue Bloods" coming down from a series high last week, falling 12 percent to a 6.4/12, putting it back behind "Mike & Molly" and "Hawaii Five-0" on CBS, which continue to be the top new drama and top new comedy of the season. The question at the end of the season might be which show outlasts the others to get top honors, but the question won't be which network -- all five of CBS' new shows are securely locked in the top five places, and expect little challenge from any other new shows that might pop up on the schedule.
After the World Series, Fox is starting to show new programming again, but not a lot. "Bones" returned Thursday to its lowest-rated week of the season, but not my much. It was down 5 percent from Oct. 14, but it is maintaining an Audience Loyalty Rating of a very high 96.3, meaning of all the people who have tuned in to see at least one episode of "Bones" this season, more than 96 percent of them are returning each and every week to see the show.
However, that drop has affected the already struggling lead-out show "Fringe." It's 3.0/5 means it lost 45 percent of its lead-in, and is the show's lowest rating ... ever. Last year, the lowest "Fringe" reached was a 3.1/5 exactly a year ago, a feat it reached again this past Oct. 7.
But the timing of both episodes should say a lot. The lowest-rated episode last year was part of the World Series hangover, as it seems this past week's episode was, and if history is any indicator, "Fringe" should bounce back in the following week. Last year, it climbed more than 19 percent week-over-week, and ended with an average of 3.9/6, the same average it had from that low point to the rest of the season.
Top Networks, Week of Oct. 31 -- [Audience Loyalty Index rating]
|5. (5)||The CW||1.5/2||[75.5]|
Top 10 Network Shows, Week of Oct. 31 -- [ALI]
|1. (1)||Dancing With the Stars (ABC)||12.8/19||[92.1]|
|2. (-)||Dancing With the Stars (ABC)||12.3/18||[86.8]|
|3. (2)||Dancing With the Stars (ABC)||11.9/19||[95.2]|
|4. (4)||Dancing With the Stars (ABC)||10.0/16||[89.0]|
|5. (6)||The Mentalist (CBS)||9.0/15||[95.6]|
|6. (8)||Criminal Minds (CBS)||8.6/14||[96.8]|
|7. (7)||CSI (CBS)||8.5/13||[95.7]|
|9. (9)||Two and a Half Men (CBS)||8.2/12||[94.1]|
|10. (17)||Grey's Anatomy (ABC)||7.6/12||[87.0]|
|10. (13)||Castle (ABC)||7.6/12||[96.7]|
Top 10 New Shows, Week of Oct. 31 -- [ALI]
|1. (3)||Mike & Molly (CBS)||6.8/10||[91.9]|
|2. (4)||Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)||6.7/11||[84.2]|
|2. (2)||$#*! My Dad Says (CBS)||6.7/11||[87.4]|
|4. (1)||Blue Bloods (CBS)||6.4/12||[88.1]|
|5. (5)||The Defenders (CBS)||6.1/10||[84.6]|
|6. (-)||Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC)||5.2/9||[82.7]|
|7. (7)||Better With You (ABC)||4.8/8||[93.0]|
|8. (10)||Undercovers (NBC)||3.8/6||[76.1]|
|9. (12)||Outsourced (NBC)||3.5/6||[79.7]|
|10. (15)||School Pride (NBC)||1.5/3||[89.5]|
Bottom 10 Big Four Network Shows, Week of Oct. 31 -- [ALI]
|1.||School Pride (NBC)||1.5/3||[89.5]|
|2.||The Good Guys (Fox)||1.7/3||[95.0]|
|3.||The Apprentice (NBC)||2.7/5||[81.3]|
|8.||30 Rock (NBC)||3.3/5||[85.4]|
|9.||America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)||3.5/6||[89.5]|
Fast Nationals usually provide a snapshot of what Americans are watching by pulling numbers from the top urban markets that include both live viewing and same-day timeshifted viewing. A rating point generally represents more than 1.1 million households while the share indicates the percentage of televisions turned on that was tuned to the specific program. These numbers typically shift when final ratings are issued.
Data collected from The Nielsen Co., as distributed by Zap2it. BlipNetwork tracks non-news, non-event programming, and figures for this story reflect airing of new episodes only. For more information on the Audience Loyalty Index, click here.
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