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Super Bowl Gets Best Numbers in 23 Years

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 1:03PM
CBS logoIt looks like a lot of people were curious to see if the New Orleans Saints could beat the Indianapolis Colts in their first Super Bowl appearance (spoiler: they did). Or maybe they just wanted to see if Abe Vigoda was still alive or what a bunch of guys walking around in their underwear looked like. Either way, the CBS broadcast of the game got the best household numbers in 23 years, up 10% from last year's game that...well, no one really remembers who played last year.

That's pretty good considering there wasn't a nipple in this year's game.

It's not hard to see great ratings for the game most years though. TV networks usually don't air much opposite them. Last night, for example, ABC and FOX ran repeats of their comedies while NBC had repeats of 'The Biggest Loser.'

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The honeymoon is over for Katie Couric

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 5th 2006 2:41PM
Katie CouricRemember all the hype and press that Katie Couric got when she took over The CBS Evening News from Bob Schieffer? She got fantastic ratings for the first week - 10 million viewers - but now the show is actually in third place, with 7.5 million viewers, behind the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (8.2 million) and ABC World News with Charles Gibson (7.6 million). She went from 10 million her first week, to 7.9 million in the second week, and now she's at that 7.5 number. But she's close to Gibson's number.

It always amazes me that one TV show can have 7.5 million viewers and still be in third place and be seen as "losing viewers."

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Ratings news: Survivor slips a bit, but still beats West Wing

by Bob Sassone, posted May 16th 2006 9:35AM
Jeff ProbstThe first hour of the two hour season finale on Sunday beat everyone, including the series finale of The West Wing. Even so, the ratings for the last West Wing episode ever were actually the highest of the year for the show.

But back to Survivor. The ratings for this finale were actually down from the last two seasons (Palau and Guatemala), and the L.A. Times thinks that this might mean that CBS will cut the number of seasons the show has in a year when it announces its fall schedule this Wednesday.

This was bound to happen. The show has two different seasons every single year, and it was inevitable that the ratings would get lower and lower as the seasons go by. I'm waiting for the same thing to happen to American Idol.

Maybe we need a change for the show. How about something in a cold climate for a change? Maybe Survivor: Canada, or Survivor: Ice Station Zebra? For reward challenges you get parkas and gloves and hot chocolate! Maybe you can get exiled to a hot tub!

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