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'People's Choice'? Hardly

January 19, 2006|From City News Service

CBS' broadcast gets the lowest ratings in the award show's 32-year history.

CBS' "People's Choice Awards" did not live up to its name last week, drawing the smallest audience in its 32-year history, according to Nielsen Media Research figures released Wednesday.

The telecast drew 9.75 million viewers, down 1% from last year's telecast, which attracted 9.89 million, the previous low. The entertainment awards show drew its largest audience in 1977, with 35.32 million viewers.

Viewership for awards shows has generally dropped in recent years because the proliferation of such shows takes away their uniqueness.

Like all television programming, they are also affected by growing competition from the Internet, cable television and home video.

Television's coverage of the Hollywood award season began with the WB -- the least watched of the six major broadcast networks -- drawing 2.84 million viewers for its telecast of the "Critics' Choice Awards," a 5% increase over the 2.71 million who watched last year's telecast.

CBS was back in its customary first-place position in the network race, a week after ABC's five prime-time football telecasts enabled it to end CBS' 15-week winning streak to start the season.

An average of 14.88 million viewers watched CBS between Jan. 9 and Sunday. ABC was second with 11.72 million, followed by Fox with 10.25 million, NBC with 9.15 million, the WB with 3.47 million and UPN with 2.89 million.

CBS has finished first 31 of the last 33 weeks and also led among viewers ages 18 to 49 -- the group targeted by ABC, Fox and NBC -- and ages 25 to 54, its core audience.

Last week was CBS' turn to benefit from football, as Saturday's telecast of the Denver Broncos-New England Patriots playoff game was the week's most-watched show, attracting 26.25 million viewers. CBS also had the week's most-watched new series, "Criminal Minds," which was 11th overall for the week with 15.92 million viewers.

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Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (Jan. 9-16) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 277.93 million potential viewers in the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.

*--* Program Net- work View- ers Program Net- work View- ers

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*--* 1 NFL Divisional Playoff: New England-Denver CBS 26.25 2 Desperate Housewives ABC 22.52 3 Lost (9 p.m.) ABC 20.56 4 CSI: Miami CBS 20.15 5 Grey's Anatomy ABC 18.97

6 CSI CBS 17.79 7 Dancing With the Stars ABC 17.36 8 Two and a Half Men CBS 17.20 9 NCIS CBS 17.19 10 24 (8 p.m.) FOX 17.01

11 Criminal Minds CBS 15.92 12 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8 p.m.) ABC 15.56 13 24 (9 p.m.) FOX 15.48 14 ER NBC 15.40 15 House (Tue.) FOX 14.83

16 Law & Order: SVU NBC 14.72 17 Cold Case CBS 14.60 18 Without a Trace CBS 14.23 19 "Jesse Stone: Night Passage" CBS 13.94 20 Out of Practice CBS 13.74

21 "Dancing With the Stars Results" ABC 13.66 22 Lost (8 p.m.) ABC 13.52 23 CSI: NY CBS 13.17 24 Numb3rs CBS 12.98 25 Law & Order NBC 12.83

26 My Name Is Earl NBC 12.49 27 Las Vegas NBC 12.27 28 King of Queens CBS 12.11 29 Crumbs ABC 11.81 30 How I Met Your Mother CBS 11.49

31 Commander in Chief ABC 11.40 32 Medium (Mon.) NBC 11.39 33 Boston Legal ABC 11.21 34 Close to Home CBS 11.20 35 Wife Swap ABC 11.01

36 Ghost Whisperer CBS 10.92 37 Crossing Jordan (Sun.) NBC 10.83 38 Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC 10.82 39 Office NBC 10.27 40 CSI: Miami (Thu.) CBS 10.09

41 60 Minutes CBS 10.03 42 20/20 ABC 9.98 43 Dateline: NBC (Fri.) NBC 9.90 44 "People's Choice Awards" CBS 9.75 45 Will & Grace NBC 9.69

46 Invasion ABC 9.65 47 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (7 p.m.) ABC 9.23 48 Primetime ABC 9.15 49 Four Kings NBC 9.12 50 In Justice ABC 8.74

51 House (Mon.) FOX 8.73 52 Still Standing CBS 8.44 53 Yes, Dear CBS 8.40 54 E-Ring NBC 8.35 Surface NBC 8.35

56 Law & Order: SVU (Sat.) NBC 7.97 57 Cops (8:30 p.m.) FOX 7.77 58 Most Outrageous Moments on Live TV (8:30 p.m.) NBC 7.59 59 House (Mon.) FOX 7.51 60 According to Jim ABC 7.50

61 Cops (8 p.m.) FOX 7.43 62 America's Most Wanted FOX 7.42 63 Rodney ABC 7.23 64 Fear Factor NBC 7.17 65 U.S. Figure Skating Championships (8 p.m.) ABC 6.98

66 Scrubs (9 p.m.) NBC 6.87 Scrubs (9:30 p.m.) NBC 6.87 68 Book of Daniel NBC 6.86 69 Most Outrageous Moments on Live TV (8 p.m.) NBC 6.85 70 Biggest Loser: Special Edition NBC 6.43

71 The West Wing NBC 6.35 72 Emily's Reasons Why Not ABC 6.26 73 Bachelor: Paris ABC 6.24 74 Dateline: NBC (Sun.) NBC 6.02 75 Contra Viento y Marea (Thu.) UNI 5.85

76 Gilmore Girls WB 5.79 77 Bones FOX 5.65 78 Jake in Progress ABC 5.58 79 That '70s Show (Thu., 8:30 p.m.) FOX 5.54 80 Trading Spouses FOX 5.52

81 Crossing Jordan (Sat.) NBC 5.50 82 Smallville WB 5.45 83 Nanny 911 FOX 5.36 84 Contra Viento y Marea (Mon.) UNI 5.34 85 Contra Viento y Marea (Tue.) UNI 5.33

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