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SVU Shows Signs of Life!!
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LENO Hits Wednesday Low!!

I am – Hercules!! The 18-49 ratings; prior weeks in parentheses (now with cable!): 3.8 (3.8) (3.6) (3.8) (4.4) Criminal Minds 3.4 (3.6) (3.4) (3.8) (4.2) Modern Family 3.3 (3.4) (3.3) (3.3) (3.1) Glee 3.1 (3.3) (3.2) (3.8) (4.4) Cougar Town 3.0 (3.2) (2.9) (3.3) (4.0) CSI: NY 2.8 (2.6) (2.6) (2.5) (2.5) Law & Order: SVU 2.6 (2.8) (2.5) (2.7) (2.5) So You Think You Can Dance 2.6 (----) (----) (----) (----) NLCS Baseball 2.2 (2.3) (2.2) (2.2) (2.3) Gary Unmarried 2.0 (2.2) (1.9) (1.9) (2.2) Old Christine 2.0 (2.1) (2.1) (2.6) (----) The Middle 1.9 (1.9) (1.8) (2.1) (2.3) Mercy 1.6 (1.7) (1.8) (2.3) (3.0) Eastwick 1.6 (1.6) (1.6) (3.1) (1.8) The Ultimate Fighter 1.5 (1.6) (1.6) (2.1) (----) Hank 1.5 (1.8) (1.7) (1.9) (2.0) The Jay Leno Show 1.5 (1.4) (1.5) (----) (1.5) Top Chef 1.4 (1.4) (1.5) (1.5) (1.3) America’s Next Top Model 1.4 (1.3) (1.3) (1.2) (1.2) Ghost Hunters 1.4 (1.3) (1.3) (----) (----) South Park 1.2 (1.4) (----) (----) (----) Nip/Tuck 1.0 (1.2) (0.9) (----) (----) Mythbusters 0.9 (0.9) (1.0) (1.0) (----) Destination Truth 0.9 (1.0) (1.3) (1.0) (----) Real World Challenge 0.6 (0.6) (0.8) (----) (----) Secret Girlfriend 0.5 (0.3) (0.4) (0.5) (----) Melrose Place (r) 0.4 (1.1) (----) (----) (----) College Football * “SVU” is still fourth in its timeslot but hit a season high of 2.8 in 18-49, making it look like more of a contender as ABC timeslot competition “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town” continue to dip. * “SVU” was the only big-four show to post an 18-49 gain Wednesday night. * Even though lead-in “SVU” keeps climbing, “Leno” hit its all-time Wednesday low. * “Leno” tied with “Hank” with the lowest 18-49 score on the big-four networks (though “Hank” drew more overall viewers overall). Find James Hibberd’s analysis here.
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  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST


    by Jews4Jesus


  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Pam as raving bitch on Office = Hot As Shit

    by Little Beavis

    Definitely enjoying this plot twist. And Michael bonking her mom is a riot.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Just cancel Leno for Christ sake

    by KevinMuller

    What is stopping them? The office was good tonight, probably the only episode that was worthy, outside of the wedding.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Secret Girlfriend???

    by StormyMonday

    I'm fucking amazed that many people tuned into Comedy Central to watch that hunk of shit and then actually stuck around to watch it the next week. Amazed!

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Office was superawesome

    by Doc Savant

    Seriously. Haven't laughed that hard since the "microgement" conference room sales call in "Customer Surveys", or whatever the ep was called.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Conan can't hold an audience

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    so i don't think Leno will be going anywhere.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    A contract is what keeps them from cancelling Leno

    by ShabbyBlue

    But surely there's some ratings clause in there where they can dump his ass if his ratings consistently stay below a certain threshold. Wasn't it 1.5? He's just hanging on the edge of that now.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    Fucking Ghost Hunters gets better ratings than Leno!

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Herc failed to mention ...

    by I Max U Mini

    ... the near consistent ratings of Glee. This is a show that will explode if it gets a second season. It's Bryan Fuller meets Fame in Ohio.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Office was great for about 10 mins....

    by jaysin420

    but then it just got weird. I thought Pam bitching was more uncomfortable than funny and again not enough andy.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    HAHA! Die Leno! DIE!

    by MacReady452

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    The show not the man.

    by MacReady452

    I'm not that cruel.

  • Oct. 22, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    secret girlfriend is one of the top ten worst shows ever

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    this includes that 80s show (yes i said that 80S show) and homeboys in space

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST

    30 Rock Porno

    by Incomplete Gamer

    I love the fact that porno Liz Lemon was played by the same chick that played porno Sarah Palin in Nailin' Palin. So meta.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    That 80s show

    by Toonol

    Had hot new-wave styled girls in it, though. Maybe because I'm a child of the 80s, that look appeals to me, even though I know I should find it disgusting.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST

    that show was just awful...

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    seasons 3-6 of that 70s show is some great funny tv...but they never exactly nailed the feel of the 70s, which was fine, as it just a backdrop for the show after the first season (season 1 tried way to hard to cram 70s storylines in). that 80s show tried to nail the 80s perfectly, but apparently forgot to be funny. at all. in anyway shape or form. jesus christ that show was painful. like secret girlfriend. anyway who cares. mila kunis is hot.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Hey Incomplete Gamer...

    by Jarek

    There actually is a 30 Rock Porn parody with some of the same porn actors... so really "meta". http://www.manolith. com/2009/ 08/21/30-rock- porn-parody/

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST


    by Incomplete Gamer

    Holy crap! That's even more meta than I thought. That's AWESOME! Thanks for the info, it made my night even better.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by xsi kal

    The Ultimate Fighter does pretty well for basic cable, doesn't it?

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Jay is killing NBC

    by American Mythos

    He's killing ratings for shows across the board. The network of the '90s has spent a decade in hell. Maybe 2012 WILL be the end... of NBC.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST

    SVU Gain =

    by Somerichs

    People finally discovering, and remembering, what night and what time it's now on. NBC's schedule is so fucked compared to last year it took people this long to get it straight in their heads and actually "make appointments" again...I predict it will climb again next heard it here first! :)

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    That 70s show

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Yeah i kind of got that they pretty much forgot it was the 70s after the early seasons but continued to wear bellbottoms/shaggy hair but living in the current age.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 3:35 a.m. CST


    by j2talk

    Seriously anybody at NBC start thinking that Leno ISN'T the whole problem its the rest of their slate? there isn't a single NBC show I watch at the moment-waiting till Chuck returns-sure Leno's 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. 23, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST you copy and paste that into every thread?

    by FlandersBum

    Just checking...

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST

    The Ultimate Fighter beat Leno in the 18-49 demo.

    by PennsyDeux


  • Oct. 23, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Destination Truth is a good show.

    by shutupfanboy

    Its surprising that Ghost Hunters don't stick around for that show. Josh Gates brings a lot of energy to the show, but my problem is stick around for one day and thats it of investigating. They need to stop using the Ghost Hunters' formula of two investigations a night and just bust out one an episode. Ghost Hunters is getting good ratings due to the halloween season or something, because the show is so formulatic at this point. They need to go back to the roots of investigating families not historical buildings that pay for endorsements and fleshing out the rest of the cast. Shit, I have no idea why some of these people are here and why I should care.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Leno, EASTWICK and HANK are beating you now. Pull the plug!

    by SpyGuy

    It's over, Johnny...errrr, Jay! IT'S OVER!

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    So will Time magazine have a cover photo

    by skimn

    of Leno stating The Man Who Crushed NBC?

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Herc, why don't you post the overall rating instead

    by Coughlins Laws

    of just the 18-49 ratings. What do you care what the advertisors like the best. Why are you so intent on helping Jay Leno get cancelled?

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    @incomplete gamer

    by jrummel

    That's not the same girl from nailin palin.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    RE: 30 Rock Porno

    by jim

    What was with that bit at the end, with Tracy yelling "that's disgusting, shut it down"? Some kind of censor stipulation that they had to show they weren't really going to make it (or at least finish and sell it)?

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Leno's ratings are meaningless

    by InActionMan

    The real question is the show profitable. <P> It costs a fraction to produce an hour of Leno vs a 1 hour scripted drama that has a high probability of failure anyway. <P> If NBC produces an Hour of Leno for $500,000 and makes 2 million in ad revenue for a 1.5 millon profit vs spending 2 million for a scripted drama and making 2.5 million in add revenue for a $500,000.00 profit. Leno is still the better business decision. <P> The only danger to Leno is a local affiliate revolt. The weak Leno lead in is hurting their 11 o'clock news. A major cash cow for affiliates. Baring the affiliates either refusing to air Leno or some other form of protest I think he is here to stay.

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    shouldn't a 30 Rock porno be called...

    by TheBaxter

    30" Cock?

  • Oct. 23, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    InActionMan people are bitching because they dont like Leno

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    and they hate the fact that the ratings are meaningless for him. he'll stay around for a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time so these haters should sit down have a glass of warm milk, a sandwich, and watch some Leno before they get an aneurysm. :)