Lying CBS Evening News Ratings Hit New Low

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 1:44pm.

The "CBS Evening News" audience has taken a noticeable dip ever since the latest round of speculation over Katie Couric's job.

The broadcast averaged 5.34 million viewers last week, breaking a record low for CBS News' flagship show that had been set the week before, according to Nielsen Media Research. The "CBS Evening News" - No. 3 in a three-way competition - had nearly 2.5 million fewer viewers than No. 2.

NBC's "Nightly News" led with 8.02 million viewers last week (5.5 rating, 12 share), with ABC's "World News" averaging 7.79 million (5.4, 12). CBS had a 3.7 rating and 8 share.

Top CBS brass went to the newsroom April 18 to offer Couric support following a round of news stories questioning how long she'll stay as anchor. They promised she'd be on the job at least through the presidential election, but have indicated her status will be re-evaluated then if ratings don't improve.

In prime time, the start of the May ratings "sweeps" led to a spirited competition among CBS, Fox and ABC.

Even with writers back at the scripted series, the talent contests "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars" took up the top four spots in the ratings.

CBS scored with its deep lineup of procedural dramas, ABC with its prime-time soaps and Fox with you-know-what. Besides "American Idol," the only Fox programs among the 30 most-watched shows were (No. 19) "Hell's Kitchen" and (No. 30) "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

Among the few NBC highlights was "Law & Order," which had its best ratings since the season premiere for an episode marking Jesse L. Martin's farewell appearance.

For the week, CBS led with 9.24 million viewers (6.0 rating, 10 share). Fox had 9.16 million (5.6, 9), ABC 9.08 million (5.9, 10), NBC 7 million (4.6, 8), the CW 2.6 million (1.7, 3), My Network TV 1.3 million (0.9, 1) and ION Television 440,000 (0.3, 1). Fox won for the 16th consecutive week among the 18-to-49-year-old age group advertisers love.

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with 3.6 million viewers (1.9 rating, 3 share), Telemundo had 1.1 million (0.6, 1), TeleFutura 580,000 (0.3, 1) and Azteca 130,000 (0.1, 0).

A ratings point represents 1,128,000 households, or one per cent of the country's estimated 112.8 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

For the week of April 21-27, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox, 24.74 million; "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 23.2 million; "Dancing With the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 18.04 million; "Dancing With the Stars" (Tuesday), ABC, 17.97 million; "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 17.02 million; "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 16.37 million; "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 16.35 million; "CSI: Miami," CBS, 14.38 million; "NCIS," CBS, 14.24 million; "Without a Trace," CBS, 13.47 million.


ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Co. CBS is a division of CBS Corp. Fox is a unit of News Corp. NBC is owned by General Electric Co. Telemundo is owned by General Electric. TeleFutura is a division of Univision. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.


List of the top 20 shows in the prime-time Nielsen ratings

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for April 21-27. Listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses. An "X" in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.

1. (1) "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox, 24.74 million viewers.

2. (2) "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 23.2 million viewers.

3. (4) "Dancing with the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 18.04 million viewers.

4. (8) "Dancing with the Stars" (Tuesday), ABC, 17.97 million viewers.

5. (9) "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 17.02 million viewers.

6. (11) "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 16.37 million viewers.

7. (6) "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 16.35 million viewers.

8. (15) "CSI: Miami," CBS, 14.38 million viewers.

9. (14) "NCIS," CBS, 14.24 million viewers.

10. (18) "Without a Trace," CBS, 13.47 million viewers.

11. (16) "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 13.36 million viewers.

12. (16) "Survivor: Micronesia," CBS, 12.9 million viewers.

13. (34) "Law & Order," NBC, 12.75 million viewers.

14. (18) "Lost," ABC, 12.08 million viewers.

15. (18) "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," ABC, 12.07 million viewers.

16. (27) "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit," NBC, 11.64 million viewers.

17. (31) "Cold Case," CBS, 11.62 million viewers.

18. (34) "Brothers and Sisters," ABC, 11.19 million viewers.

19. (27) "Hell's Kitchen," Fox, 10.98 million viewers.

20. (34) "Rules of Engagement," CBS, 10.57 million viewers.


AP - David Bauder - April 30, 2008 - posted at


Just remember folks, corporate owned - government controlled... designed to keep you idlely distracted, stuffing your face and unaware of what is taking place in real time.  As long as you are glued to the TV, you're being quietly dumbed down and under control... think about it. ~ SadInAmerica

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 1:44pm.