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ANARCHY Crushes LENO!!
MELROSE No Place To Be!!
Tuesday Ratings!!

Published at: Oct. 21, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! Tuesday 18-49 finals (now with first-run cable!): 4.7 (4.5) (4.3) (4.6) (4.8) NCIS 3.9 (3.5) (3.6) (4.1) (4.4) NCIS Los Angeles 3.9 (3.5) (3.7) (3.6) (3.1) The Biggest Loser 3.4 (2.9) (2.6) (2.6) (3.5) Dancing With The Stars 3.4 (----) (----) (----) (----) ALCS Baseball 2.8 (2.8) (2.9) (3.1) (3.1) The Good Wife 2.0 (1.8) (2.0) (1.9) (1.9) Sons of Anarchy 1.9 (2.0) (1.9) (2.0) (2.6) The Forgotten 1.8 (1.8) (2.1) (2.3) (2.5) The Jay Leno Show 1.8 (1.6) (1.5) (1.5) (----) Shark Tank 1.1 (1.1) (1.2) (1.2) (1.0) 90210 1.1 (1.0) (1.4) (1.5) (----) The Hills 0.9 (----) (----) (----) (----) Dirty Jobs 0.8 (0.7) (0.9) (1.3) (----) The City 0.7 (0.7) (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) Melrose Place 0.6 (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.7) Flipping Out (----) (3.8) (3.3) (3.1) (3.5) Hell’s Kitchen (----) (----) (2.5) (2.4) (----) So You Think You Can Dance * Cable’s “Sons of Anarchy” beat “The Jay Leno Show” for the first time in 18-49, pushing NBC’s 10 p.m. hour into fifth place behind Fox’s playoffs, “The Good Wife,” the FX biker drama and ABC’s aptly-titled “Forgotten.” * This is the second time “Forgotten” has been beaten by “Anarchy” in 18-49 this season. * With baseball replacing reality on Fox Tuesday, NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” hit its best numbers of the season. Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” returns to Tuesdays next next week. * “Melrose Place,” The CW’s lowest-rated show now that “The Beautiful Life” is gone, just got an order for five more episodes Tuesday, even though original recipe “Melrose” star Daphne Zuniga’s appearance failed to reverse its decline in 18-49. * “Melrose Place” continues to pull a lower 18-49 number than Tuesday cable fare like “Anarchy” and MTV’s “The Hills” and “The City.” * With “Hell’s Kitchen” and “So You Think You Can Dance” off Tuesday, “Dancing With The Stars” got a huge boost that allowed it to beat Fox’s playoff game by a wide margin in total viewers. * Bottom-feeding “Shark Tank’s” season finale garnered the show’s best Tuesday number, bringing it into an 18-49 tie with “Leno.” Find James Hibberd’s analysis here.
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  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Sons of Anarchy is on a roll, baby

    by Murraypalooza

    RATINGS UP.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Mark Boone Jr has some of the best scenes...

    by Murraypalooza

    Two weeks ago in 'Smite' he stole the episode in a scene with Clay. This week, he has another solid and subtle conversation with Jax about the healing of the MC. Goddamn epic.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Glee good sweet fun.

    by jimbojones123

    Lots of dancing from teach tonight. Hiro is going to kick his ass when he finds out he is trying to bone Charlie.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Sons of Anarchy

    by igregory

    is my favorite drama right now, with It's Always Sunny being my favorite sitcom. Go FX! Both of these shows absolutely rock!

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Leno

    by jimbojones123

    How was he higher rated than Letterman for so long? Oh yeah, Lettterman lost it more than a decade ago.<p> All I know is that Conan is the ONLY lat night TV that is watchable on a regular basis since Arsenio Hall.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

    FUCK NCIS, SOA is the Tuesday show for me!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    And last night ep was suspenseful and had some twists!

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Why is there nothing I want to watch Tuesdays???

    by jimbojones123

    At least there was a hockey game last night.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    ncis and SOA=what else do you need?

    by j2talk

    for a good night viewing? finish the night off with the Daily Show, Colbert and the Late Show with Craig Ferguson- the perfect night in.....

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    NCIS is on a roll, you mean. :)

    by PennsyDeux

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Herc, per a tweet from EW's Ausiello, Fox will shelve Dollhouse

    by PennsyDeux

    for November sweeps, "and air back-to-back eps on Friday nights in December."

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Leno is doing a NEWS ROUNDTABLE

    by lockesbrokenleg

    right now. So bizarre.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Sounds like Dollhouse is going to foreclosure

    by Rob0729

    Never a good sign when they pull a series out of a sweeps period.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Sons of bitches cancelled REAPER for that?!

    by Raymar

    Burn, CW.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    And the Phillies are 6 outs away from one-half of

    by PennsyDeux

    an I-95 World Series. :D

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    if yankees make world seires

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    i really think the ratings will be the highest its been in years. if its yankees vs dodgers in the world series, that would be even better for the ratings.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Sons = Best on TV

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    Seriously, the show is filling the gap that my beloved "The Shield" left last season. Last night's one-on-one interrogations with that lady agent were terrific!!!

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST

    CW calling Joss yet

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    CW, must be calling Joss for a Faith series or something, "We need you Joss!!". <p> But could they afford Eliza, doubt it.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    NBC's decision to move Leno may be the worst in showbizz history

    by BigTuna

    Seriously, not just that he's bombing at 10 pm, Conan's getting his ass kicked at 11:30 and Fallon's not doing as good as Conan at 12:30. And the local news on NBC affiliates is being killed due to Leno.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 11:28 p.m. CST

    FINALLY, REVENGE FOR 1950 IS AT HAND!

    by PennsyDeux

    Go Phillies; beat the Eeeeeeeeee-vil Empire. :D

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    BigTuna, NBC will simply do what Dubya did with Iraq.

    by PennsyDeux

    Proclaim "Mission Accomplished", declare victory and move on.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Fightin' Phils Baby!!!

    by Ka Dargo

    Who the hell said Yankees vs Dodgers would be highest rated?? Yeah, let's watch the boring ass Dodgers when you have the awesome exciting Phillies going for a repeat. Any sports fan that wants Yankees/Dodgers isn't a true fan. Unless the dodgers are your team.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Affiliates will mutiny on Leno b4 network

    by FrodoFraggins

    The boston affiliate didn't want leno from the get go. Even if NBC wants to force them to keep showing Leno, eventually the affiliates will force NBC to accept they made a mistake. Can't wait until that happens

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Can we give the Tonight Show back to Leno?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Move Conan back to his old show, and kick Fallon out? That seemed to work a few years ago.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemy should go

    by Amadeo Zeller

    to Cable TV. Showtime or HBO would be fertile ground for an "R" rated Buffy/Angel-Verse Spin-Off...Think of the possibilities! Joss, it's time to forsake the limitations, and the unreasonable "NIELSEN'S ADDICTED" expectations of network television and make that jump!

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Okay, what's so great about NCIS?

    by crayotic

    And I mean that as a serious question, not with any snark behind it. I've only ever seen bits of it here and there and it always kind of gave off a JAG vibe to me -- which I know had it's share of fans, but never struck me as aicn geek material

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Suck it, Leno!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Crayotic

    by JuanSanchez

    NCIS is a charming, funny show with a cast that works great together. It used to be written off as an "old people show" much like JAG, but now that it's the number one show on TV people are paying attention.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    weep for greg beeman

    by brabon300

    gets booted from heroes...gets a gig with melrose place...not a good year for a really good guy

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Sons of Anarchy is great tv...

    by Stegman84

    That just keeps on growing and getting better. It also greatly benefits by having one of the finest ensembles of quality character actors anywhere on tv right now.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Anarchy has more potential than anything on tv

    by BoE

    Great show, smart cast. I've never been interested in this segment of society, but this show dragged me in. I'd like to see the guys who play Jax and Opie get jobs like Thor or Cap - cool dudes and they have the weight. If the producers work on the writing just a bit they could have another Sopranos. Very interested to see where this season goes - the opening was groundbreaking. Oh, and brilliant move bringing in Adam Arkin and Henry Rollins as AB. Seriously - genius.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Yankees vs. Dodgers would have been great ratings!

    by andrew coleman

    That match up would have given them the best ratings in years. No one gives two shits about Killadelphia. People will watch for the Yankees. But Yankees vs. Dodgers would have been EPIC. Too bad. Now the real question is why do old people watch NCIS? I really should do research and write a book about this.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 5:04 a.m. CST

    The Leno hate on this site is comedy gold

    by FlandersBum

    I don't like him either, but the joy whenever another program 'crushes' Leno by 0.2 of a rating is hillarious.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Clay vs JaX.....SAMCRO

    by masteryoda007

    Best fight I have seen since Roddy Piper vs Keith David in They Live. It was that good.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Anybody watch Shark Tank?

    by BizarroJerry

    The show is more entertaining than I expected, and seems to be one of the few reality-type shows that isn't mostly scripted.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Leno and Boston...

    by BizarroJerry

    Whattaya know? The head of the Boston affiliate -- my local NBC station -- may have been right about Leno. I also think he's show's existence is messing with Conan's show, as I predicted.<p>Didn't I hear years back that Letterman was beating Leno until Hugh Grant came on the Tonight Show after his hooker adventures?

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    And the Emmy goes to.... Sons of Anarcy

    by shutupfanboy

    Fuck Mad Men and Lost. This is the best show on television. Great actors, great plot and real fucking action. Keep your conservative ad men with wife issues and give me kick ass jail fights. Fuck your mysterious Gilligan island and give me bikers protecting porn stars. This show is the truth.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    One reason why old people watch NCIS

    by SpyGuy

    Believe it or not, my 70+ year-old parents watch NCIS for Abby. They think she's "fun" and makes the show.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Liking Sons of Anarchy = hating Mad Men? WTF???

    by johnnyangelheart

    I like both Sons of Anarchy and Mad Men. Yes, there's something satisfying about a good jail house brawl, but the psychological warfare in Mad Men is also fascinating. And by the way, if anyone thinks Sons of Anarchy is anything other than an enjoyable fantasy, they are seriously deluded.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    RE:Leno

    by j2talk

    Seriously anybody at NBC start thinking that Leno ISN'T the whole problem? sure his ratings are Low but you put out a good product people will find it-local news rating are down-doesn't everyone tune in to the Daily show these days? so is Conan-big surprise- and Fallon-again big surprise.....Maybe it is simple that they don't have the TALENT to hold the audience-certainly compared to the competition. I'd rather be watching CBS-never found Conan Funny at all and Ferguson is Quiet simply THE BEST in late night........

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    SOA is the best

    by ProoferFromHell

    And Katey Sagal deserves her Emmy. Peg Bundy who?

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Total ineptitude

    by kabong

    Programmers know what they want people to watch and neither know nor care what people want to watch. <P> Anyone involved with "Melrose" should be garrotted.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    All you SOA lovers........

    by Screwbini

    .......DITTO! Not quite as good as The Shield, and nowhere near The Wire, but a great show nevertheless. I hope the audience continues to grow so the show can stick around for a while.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Leno Dragging Down NBC

    by thorin01

    Leno's poor ratings are one thing. His show is cheap enough that NBC is probably still making money off of him. The problem for NBC is what he is doing to the rest of their lineup. Fro example, both L&O shows are way down in the ratings. Both shows have also been forced to move to new timeslots that are not suited to their strengths. NBC moved the flagship show to Fridays. They tried that a couple of years ago and it failed miserably. What possibly made them think it would work now? Other hour longs are also way down. And promising shows (like Southland) have been shelved.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    SONS...

    by Logan_1973

    is the best show on TV right now.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Sons is very hit and miss for me

    by Series7

    Its like one good one bad. This weeks was good, last weeks was bad (not really bad just kind of boring). Also did you know Katy is married to the creator of the show? She should get a Emmey nod/win for her performence in those first couple episodes from this season. And Cranston should win again. <P> Anyone watching Nip/Tuck?

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    SOA: Only good Drama on Tuesdays at 10

    by MGTHEDJ

    It's a very good show. F/X better hope NBC keeps Leno, because that means "Damages" will also benefit from the lack of competition when it returns after SOA is done with its 13 eps.<p>NCIS's appeal is Abby, the goth tech girl, and Ducky the coroner who's played by David McCallum. They are the best written and best played parts. The stuff with the Israeli chick and the younger dude is just annoying crap trying to replicate "Moonlighting." Mark Harmon can be good, but half the time the scripts let him down.-----later-----m

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    The appeal of Abby

    by thelordofhell

    Older people think she's quaint.....younger people want to sleep with her, win/win for CBS. Abby should have gotten a spinoff instead of NCIS: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    He pulls better numbers than Keith Olbermann

    by DigitalDong

    And that lap dog got a new contract despite losing a 3rd of his audience after the election. This why Jay will always be on, he'll play the " you keep that loser on the last place cable news channel ".

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Anyobe Else Around Here

    by RaRoMo

    ...think TV is better than movies at this point? Every once in a while a good movie will come out, but to me the excitement is on TV with Dexter, The Tudors (underrated), True Blood, In Treatment, Sons of Anarchy, HBO's new Boardwalk series, plus all of your favorites.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    SOA is the shit

    by celebritydave

    easily my fav show right now. its not quite up there with the shield, but it does help fill the void. maybe kurt sutter had more to do with the shield than shawn ryan! the unit is ok, but thats it. SOA has the feel of the shield, the tension.. fucking brilliant. ya just know the last few episodes will be the best tv this year!

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Good thing Johnny Chase didn't make onto Melrose! Place !

    by 3D-Man

    Sounds like it's tanking!

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    johnnyangel

    by torontoxic

    ya I'm sure you have the real inside scoop. <P> Go be a pissant elsewhere. The show is good. That's the end of that conversation. <P> You're an idiot.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    SAMCRO

    by Jubs

    Where is our SOA Talkback Herc? I demand a weekly Tuesday entry for SAMCRO discussion!

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Sons of Anarchy = Best Show On TV

    by dailysportspages