After Alcatraz on Monday, two more freshman shows on the bubble — comedies Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea — had their finales last night. Like Alcatraz, both NBC series finished their freshman runs on a low note: Whitney (1.5/5 in adults 18-49) was down a tenth (6%) from last week, while Chelsea (1.2/4) was down 14%. NBC didn’t do midseason comedy Bent any favors with its scheduling of back-to-back episodes in the low-trafficked Wednesday 9 PM slot. In its second week, the romantic comedy starring Amanda Peet and David Walton (0.9/3 at 9 PM, 0.8/2 at 9:30 PM) kept steady with its low premiere, down a tenth at 9 PM and even at 9:30 PM. Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.8/2) was up a tenth.
Fox dominated the night with American Idol (5.0/14, 17.2 million total viewers), up a tenth in the demo from last week’s fast national. CBS and ABC had only one original each, Survivor (2.8/9, flat) and Happy Endings (1.9/5, up 6%), respectively. The CW’s departing drama One Tree Hill (0.6/2 in 18-49) posted a puzzling 25% week-to-week drop for its penultimate episode, while America’s Next Top Model (0.7/2) rose a tenth.
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