ABC’s special Charlie Sheen edition of 20/20 (3.3/10 in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers) was the top-rated program among adults 18-49 at 10 PM last night. It almost doubled its lead-in, drama V (1.8/5, 5 million, down 5% in 18-49), a rare feat for a program in the DVR-heavy 10 PM hour. This was ABC’s best performance in the slot with an hourlong program in 2 years.
However, Charlie Sheen didn’t seem to hurt CBS, the network he has been attacking for the past few weeks. Against 20/20, CBS’ The Good Wife (2.2/6, 11.3 million) was No.1 in total viewers and up 10% in 18-49 from last week despite a weaker lead-in. However, NBC’s 10 PM dramedy Parenthood (1.9/6, 5 million) got dinged, down 10% from last week.
Like V, all shows airing in the 8 PM and 9 PM hours took a hit from facing Fox’s American Idol, which is airing in an irregular Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday pattern this week. NBC’s The Biggest Loser: Couples (2.4/7) was down 11% for a season low. ABC’s freshman No Ordinary Family (1.2/4, 4.3 million) was down 14% for a series low. CBS’ NCIS (3.8/11, 19.2 million) was down 14%, NCIS: LA (3.2/9, 15.6 million) was down 18%, tied as a season low.
However, the 8 PM hour offered a sight pretty unheard of in today’s fragmented TV universe – two shows, American Idol and NCIS, drawing audiences of 20 million viewers.
A 90-minute edition of Idol (7.5/21, 21.3 million) towered over the competition in 18-49 and edged NCIS to once again rank as the top program of the night it airs on. Vs. last week’s Wednesday show, Idol was down 5% in the demo. Because of the rule changes this season with only one semi-final round, there is no direct comparison to last season. Vs. the final boys semi-final show last year, Idol was down 9%.
Fox’s freshman Raising Hope (3.4/9, 8.8 million) got a big boost following Idol, up 42% from last week for a series high and a first No.1 demo finish against original competition in the 9:30 PM slot. Fox won the night with an average of 6.5/18 in 18-49 and 18.1 million viewers.
CW’s dramas One Tree Hill (1.0/3 in 18-34) and Hellcats (0.7/2 in 18-34) both held steady, even in the young demo from last week.