Any idea what the total viewer numbers were for Tuesday, compared to last week and the week before? I wonder just how many people just didn't turn on their sets.
I bet it really annoys the networks to have an "event" like this in a sweeps period.
I'm sure it annoys the networks, particularly CBS.
The State of the Union ran in prime time on the East Coast but, since it is live, in my DMA it ran from 6-8 pm. Even though it pulled 33.5 million viewers, one can't call it prime time viewing. The "fast affiliate" ratings indicate that that at 9 pm local time only 58% of the total live viewers were watching compared to last week which is what one would expect.
Until CBS premiered the 26th running of the "Survivor" series last night, they had been running various reruns in the 8 pm time slot against this season's "American Idol". Last year "Survivor" premiered at 3.0/8 -10.70 million. This year's 2.4/8 -8.94 million says something. But the reality is that last year, the 8 pm hour had 42.39 million viewers, this year 35.58 million. About 6.8 million viewers were doing something else. Here's the comparison over last year at 8 pm:
While CBS could take some solace that Fox has lost more viewers, the fact remains that "Survivor" lost 17% of its audience. CBS will not ignore that. And "CSI" took the same kind of hit compared year to year.Fox
. Again, while Fox led the night, it's a grim year-to-year.ABC
's comedy lineup saw a slight drop in the first hour compared to last week, but "Suburgatory" actually saw an increase week-over-week. Year-over-year that lineup did take a hit. "Nashville" did slightly better than last week, but a year ago "Revenge" was pulling 2.4/6 - 7.60 compared to "Nashville" at 1.8/5 -5.71 million.NBC
was 5th in the 8 pm hour, actually losing to The CW's "Arrow" big time at 8:30. "Guys with Kids" pulled 3.19 million viewers compared to "Arrow" at 3.34 million viewers at 8:30. "Chicago Fire" with 1.9/5 - 6.65 million picked up slightly over last week. A year ago "L&O:SVU" pulled only a 1.7/4 - 5.85 million. For NBC, "Fire" has to be a keeper. I don't know what NBC would do without Dick Wolf & company.The CW.
Speaking of keepers in the new show category, "Arrow" looks solid.