Ratings Archive: HOUSE, M.D. (Season 1)

house-md-s1-logoBefore there was HOUSE, M.D. as you know it, there was HOUSE, M.D. that wasn’t a ratings killer. When the show premiered in 2004, FOX most likely didn’t anticipate how the show would rise in the ratings and be in many mouths and in many top lists of the year. The show wasn’t a hit, because it started late in the 2004/2005 season. The show wasn’t a hit in the beginning, because FOX decided not to wait for AMERICAN IDOL to premier in January and pair HOUSE, M.D. with the singing competition from the beginning. The show wasn’t a hit, because the numbers might have been skewed, when it was finally aired out of Simon Cowell and his friendly judges telling hobby singers they might wanna take the ticket to go to Hollywood. HOUSE, M.D. became a hit, when it was 2005, and all of a sudden Americans were interested in the show, even though it already aired for two months.

The ratings in the target demo rose 100 percent in 2005, and even went up another close to 50 percent over the course of the second half of the season. It took two weeks to air out of AMERICAN IDOL to raise the viewership numbers to more than 100 percent as well, in addition to climb a couple more million throughout the rest of the season. And HOUSE, M.D. even managed to air its season finale with the highest numbers of the entire season. At the beginning, one might have thought the numbers were skewed. But at the end, it was evident that HOUSE, M.D. was able to carry itself, since the numbers were continuously rising, even for the finale. Generally speaking, it’s rare for a show to do that, even when it had a ratings killer of a lead-in program.

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Ratings Archive: THE BIGGEST LOSER (Season 1)

the-biggest-loser-logoAfter the expected, yet unexpected end of NBC’s Must See Thursday, NBC was gripping with the fear that none of their replacement hits would actually be hits in the Nielsen charts. JOEY turned out to be a huge disappointment; HAWAII and LAX were even worse than that, and the peacock network would slowly start to lose a lot of ground. They were promoting the hell out of their new Fall shows during the Summer Olympics, but the one show that proved to be a hit for NBC was not promoted at all. And most likely not even thought to be a bread winner.

THE BIGGEST LOSER started with a happy beginning, and its inaugural season ended with a happy ending. No one was expecting for the reality competition to win over audiences and even rise throughout the season, and no one expected for the show to air an entire season with expanded episodes. Every Tuesday, 90 minutes of THE BIGGEST LOSER entertained the audience, and gave NBC something to hope for: That at least one of their new shows would receive a second season, and not just because NBC needed to renew a first-season show.

At the end of the season, THE BIGGEST LOSER became the SURVIVOR of NBC – sort of. Not only were the third 30 minutes of the show constantly higher in the ratings than the hour before, but the ratings for the season finale climbed close to 19 percent in the target demo, which nearly guaranteed that America would love to see a second season. And so, a TV franchise was born.

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Ratings Archive: LOST (Season 1)

lost-s1-logo2004 was probably a year television changed slightly. After it was evident that heavily serialized genre shows wouldn’t really work on broadcast networks, ABC went ahead in making television history with LOST. Not as much as during the first season than the second season, but in a way, LOST created its own history after the show quickly established itself as a ratings crusher. Not only did the show start off with great numbers, it actually stayed great. Granted, ABC might have had the usual worries, after the numbers slightly dwindled down in weeks two and three, but it speaks for the show that the numbers only went down by less than one ratings point (while the down-trend is usually higher than just a little more than half a ratings point) and a little more than 2 million viewers. And when LOST picked up again, and even went towards an 8+ rating in the beginning of 2005, it was clear that LOST is a major success. You can count the shows that delivered these kind of ratings climbs on one hand.

With numbers like these, it seems surprising that the viewership numbers only changed within a radius of around five million viewers. And again, it speaks for the success and quality of the show that LOST only danced around 16.5 (low point, episode 3) and 21.6 million viewers (high point, episode 12). Obviously the hype with the audience was strong, to give the show a season high right at the start of 2005.

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