Thursday, January 20, 2005

THE BOX: Ratings Game, All is not "Lost"

What is AI doing to Lost? Did Point hold over any AI viewers? How's Alias doing in it's new home?


The second night of "American Idol" posted a 15.0/22, down from 17.0/25 in its first hour on Tuesday but easily winning the 8 p.m. hour for FOX. It didn't have much effect on the audience for "Lost," as the ABC series came in at 11.8/18. CBS was third with "60 Minutes." NBC's "SI Swimsuit Model Search" took a sizable hit, managing only a 3.0/4. A repeat of "Smallville" on The WB was fifth at 2.1/3, ahead of "The Road to Stardom" on UPN.

ABC moved into the lead at 9 p.m. with "Alias," 8.7/13. "The King of Queens" and "Center of the Universe" averaged 7.6/11 for CBS, beating the 7.3/11 for "The West Wing" on NBC. The premiere of "Point Pleasant" on FOX, 7.0/11, lost more than half the "Idol" audience, but that's not out of line with what other shows have done in the post-"AI" slot. UPN's "Kevin Hill" and The WB's "Big Man on Campus" tied for fifth.


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