Did Glee score or bomb?
FOX easily won the night dominating the adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 demos.
From 8pm-9pm the president averaged 21.2 million just on ABC (adults 18-49 rating/share =1.8/5, 7.4 million total viewers), CBS (1.2/4, 5.63 million) and NBC (1.9/6.8.16 million).
People want to jump the gun on declaring So You Think You Can Dance in the fall a mistake and a loser. For now, FOX laughs at you and will take its 2.7/8 adults 18-49 rating and 3.0/9 with adults 18-34 and not worry that there were only 6.465 million viewers. Leave Marc Berman to complain about that while FOX smiles at its year over year improvements even if it wasn’t as strong as the summer version of the show.
The Fall season premiere of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE posted a 2.7/8 among Adults 18-49 and grew over FOX’s regular Fall’08 average in the Wednesday 8p hour by +26% among Adults 18-34 (2.9/9 vs. 2.3/8). SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE won the 8p hour among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34/25-54, Teens and virtually all key demos and showed growth in its second half hour among Adults 18-49 (+8%, 2.8/8 vs. 2.6/8), Adults 18-34 (+15%, 3.1/9 vs. 2.7/9), Teens (+13%, 1.8/6 vs. 1.6/6) and Total Viewers (+5%, 6.6 vs. 6.3 Mil.)
And I’m sure someone will declare the premiere of Glee a failure because it only got 7.136 million viewers, but with a 3.3/9 adults 18-49 rating and a 3.6/10 with adults 18-34, FOX will no doubt be dubbing this “Fall’s new hit” before I even hit the “publish” button. Glee destroyed America’s Got Talent in the demos. Though AGT had more viewers (9.69M) its 2.1/5 adults 18-49 rating and 1.5/4 adults 18-34 rating were relatively paltry. With adults 18-34 Glee won by more than 100% over AGT!
The season premiere of GLEE outperformed its series preview following American Idol on 5/19/09 by +9% in Adults 18-34 (3.6/10 vs. 3.3/10) and +26% in Women 18-34 (5.3/14 vs. 4.2/12). GLEE built upon its lead-in by +22% among Adults 18-49 (3.3/9 vs. 2.7/8), +24% among Adults 18-34 (3.6/10 vs. 2.9/9), +18% in Teens (2.0/7 vs. 1.7/6) and +12% in Total Viewers (7.3 vs. 6.5 Mil)
Things weren’t so great for America’s Next Top Model at 9pm with a 15/4 rating with adults 18-49 and a 1.8/5 rating with adults 18-34 and 3.24 million viewers between 8p-10pm for its 13th and height-challenged installment. But it still delivered the best Wednesday for the CW since March 4 with its sweet-spot target of women 18-34. Here’s what the CW had to say about the performance:
The premiere of the 13th edition (yes, 13!!) of TOP MODEL delivered the network’s best Wednesday since March 4 in women 18-34 (2.7/8), adults 18-34 (1.7/5), women 18-49 (2.2/6), adults 18-49 (1.5/4) and total viewers (3.2mil).
TOP MODEL continues to hold up, maintaining 90% of last’s fall’s premiere delivery among the show’s core women 18-34 audience (in case your curious, it held 91% of its year ago premiere in total viewers).
Despite facing the hyped-up premiere of Glee at 9pm, TOP MODEL posted growth in the second hour, building 8% among women 18-34, 13% among adults 18-34, 20% in women 18-49, 14% in adults 18-49 and 13% in total viewers.
The CW ranked second on Wednesday with women 18-34 (2.7/8), adults 18-34 (1.7/5), females 12-34 (2.5/8) and persons 12-34 (1.6/5).
At 9pm ABC’s Wipeout was far off normal levels with a 1.7/4 with adults 18-49 and 5.03 million viewers. Primetime: Crime fared worse at 10pm (1.3/4, 3.84M).
CBS repeats landed it tied for last with adults 18-49 and last with adults 18-34 with a repeats of Criminal Minds (1.4/4, 6.21M) and CSI: NY (1.3/3, 6.23M).
Please keep in mind that preliminary numbers for live events (like a live presidential address) are very subject to change. Full viewership numbers for the speech, including cable networks will be available this afternoon. In the meanwhile you can check out the combined viewership numbers for President Obama’s recent press conferences.
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
the show really does live up to all its hype. i <3 it sfm! and OMG the 'Push It' scene has so many opportunities for gifs!!