So way way cool: ‘Skating with celebs’
New Fox reality show up 183 percent in timeslot
January 30, 2006
Getting rid of the smart, nuanced sitcom Arrested Development certainly wasn’t a popular move among media people, but the ratings for the show that took its place suggest it was a good decision.
For the second week in a row, the reality ripoff Skating with Celebrities posted huge gains over what Arrested was delivering in the Monday 8 p.m. timeslot for Fox.
Skating averaged a 3.3 overnight rating among viewers 18-49 last night, a 94 percent improvement over the 1.7 the network averaged in that slot over four Mondays in December with a combination of Arrested Development originals and reruns, and an episode of the canceled Kitchen Confidential.
Among total viewers, the difference is even more pronounced. Fox averaged 9.9 million at 8 p.m. last night, first in the timeslot and up some 183 percent over the 3.5 million it averaged in the slot in December.
Fox’s improvements come despite a ratings cool for Celebrities, which is down since its debut. Nearly two weeks ago, the premiere rode a cushy post-American Idol Wednesday 9 p.m. slot to a 7.2 overnight rating among 18-49s and 18.7 million total viewers. That slipped to a 3.7 and 10.8 million viewers last week, when it moved to Monday, and to a 3.3 and 9.9 million viewers last night.
But even a declining Celebrities should stay above where Arrested was when it was yanked.
Celebrities and a new episode of 24 weren’t quite enough for Fox to hold off CSI: Miami-led CBS last night, however, as CBS finished first among 18-49s with a 4.9 average rating and a 12 share, just ahead of Fox’s 4.5/11. ABC was third at 3.8/9, NBC fourth at 2.5/6, Univision fifth at 2.0/5, WB sixth at 1.6/4 and UPN seventh at 1.3/3.
ABC started the night in the lead with a 3.8 average rating at 8 p.m. for Wife Swap. CBS and Fox tied for second that hour at 3.3, CBS for reruns of The King of Queens and How I Met Your Mother and Fox for Celebrities. NBC was fourth with a 2.5 for Surface, WB fifth with a 2.2 for 7th Heaven, Univision sixth with a 2.1 for Contra Viento y Marea and UPN seventh with a 1.2 for repeats of One on One and All of Us.
At 9 p.m. Fox took the lead with a 5.7 average for 24, followed by a 4.7 for CBS for a repeat of Two and a Half Men (5.0) and a new Courting Alex (4.5). ABC was third during the hour with a 3.7 for the special InStyle: Celebrity Weddings, NBC fourth with a 2.5 for a repeat of Las Vegas, Univision fifth with a 2.3 for Alborada, UPN sixth with a 1.3 for repeats of Girlfriends and Half and Half and WB seventh with a 1.1 for Related.
At 10 p.m. CBS took the lead with a 6.5 for CSI: Miami, making it the night’s top-rated show in the demo. ABC was second with a 3.9 for The Bachelor, NBC third with a 2.5 for a repeat of Medium and Univision fourth with a 1.5 for Cristina.
CBS led the night among households with a 9.4 average rating and a 14 share. Fox was second at 7.2/11, ABC third at 6.2/9, NBC fourth at 5.3/8, WB fifth at 2.9/4, Univision sixth at 2.2/3 and UPN seventh at 1.9/3.
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