March 4, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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>ABC led a very quiet Saturday night with a 1.2 Adult 18-49 from 8-11 pm in the preliminary fast nationals.  Wipeout at 8 pm averaged a 0.9 from 8:00-8:30 and 1.0 from 8:30-9:00, winning the hour.  ABC continued its winning ways from 9-11 pm with a 20/20 special, My Extreme Affliction (about people with extraordinary abilities and medical conditions).  The special averaged a 1.3 rating over the two hours (1.3 at 9:00, 1.3 at 9:30, 1.4 at 10:00 and 1.1 at 10:30), winning each half hour before faltering to second place at 10:30.

FOX premiered Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s global search for Latin dance talent from 8-10 pm, Q’Viva! The Chosen, averaging a 0.8 rating.  By half hour the special earned a 0.8 at 8:00 (second place), 0.7 at 8:30 (tied for second), 0.7 at 9:00 (third place) and 0.8 at 9:30 (third place).  The special under-performed Cops in the 8 pm hour but slightly exceed the various drama repeats at 9 pm.

CBS averaged a 0.9 from 8-11 pm with drama repeats at 8 pm (CSI: New York, 0.7) and 9 pm (CSI, 0.8), followed by 48 Hours Mystery at 10 pm (1.1).

NBC scraped together a 0.5 rating in prime time with a repeat Smash (0.4), an original The Firm (0.4) and repeat Law & Order: SVU (0.8).

Don’t forget to check out our ratings forecast for GCB, which premieres Sunday at 10 on ABC. 

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.