Hillary effect? ABC’s ‘Chief’ stumbles.
Off 7 percent in adults 18-49, to a 4.3 rating
October 19, 2005
The web is abuzz with a new conspiracy theory: ABC’s Geena Davis-as-president show Commander-in-Chief is really a ploy by left-leaning Hollywood to pave the road to the White House for Hillary Clinton.
The theory has been getting a lot of attention in the media this week, but that may not be such a good thing for the show. Last night’s episode equaled its series-low rating among adults 18-49.
Chief posted a 4.3 final rating among 18-49s last night, tying its lowest showing through five episodes. It was down 9 percent from last week’s 4.7, though it did average 16.3 million total viewers, on par with its season average.
Perhaps it was conservative viewers tuning out, or maybe viewers don’t want real-life politics mixed with entertainment. Or maybe they’ve been reading what’s being said online.
NationalLedger.com columnist JB Williams writes, When I heard about this series in production months ago, I suspected that there might be more to the timing and story line than the typical Hollyweird love-fest with the Clintons. I was right, there is much more to it.
Blogger Colossus calls the show nefarious plot to advance the notion of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
The show fell despite facing less competition than last week. Because the American League Championship Series finished early, Fox aired a rerun of House rather than postseason baseball. Chief finished third in its 9 p.m. timeslot.
Even if the American people know the connections between this show and the impending Hillary bid for the White House, Williams warns, many Americans are accustomed to taking their marching orders from Hollyweird folks already.
Meanwhile, NBC led the night among 18-49s, averaging a 4.6 rating and a 12 share. CBS came in second at 4.0/11, ABC third at 3.5/9, the WB fourth at 2.5/7, Fox fifth at 2.4/6 and UPN sixth at 0.8/2.
CBS started the night in the lead with a 4.3 average at 8 p.m. for surging NCIS. NBC was second with a 3.6 for The Biggest Loser, and ABC and the WB tied for third at 2.8, ABC for According to Jim (2.7) and Rodney (2.8), the WB for Gilmore Girls.
NBC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 4.9 average for My Name is Earl (5.6) and The Office (4.1). CBS was second with a 4.5 average for The Amazing Race and ABC third with its 4.3 for Commander-in-Chief.
NBC led again at 10 p.m. with a 5.3 average for Law & Order: SVU. ABC was second with a 3.4 for Boston Legal and CBS third with a 3.3 for Close to Home.
Among households, CBS led the night with an 8.5 average rating and a 13 share. ABC was second at 7.9/12, NBC third at 7.4/12, Fox fourth at 4.2/6, the WB fifth at 3.5/5 and UPN sixth at 1.4/2.
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