- Fierce Gladiators. American Gladiators rocked in its first two outings this week: On Sunday, its premiere drew 12 million viewers; its time slot debut on Monday brought in 10.7 million. The Sunday broadcast also had the most viewers in the crucial 18-49 demographic of any new show premiere this season.
- Some Mafia. On the other hand, Cashmere Mafia looked more like polyester. As I mentioned earlier, its Sunday "sneak peek" got 10.7 million viewers, but its proper premiere on Wednesday pretty much tanked, with just 6.1 million viewers.
- The people's choice: anything but this. The revamped People's Choice Awards with pre-taped acceptance speeches tumbled to record-low viewing numbers, starting the night with just 7.8 million viewers. Even worse: Only 4.45 million of them were still around at the end.
- Zoey rocks the ratings. Well, I guess there's something good coming from Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy: Her Zoey 101 got a whopping 7.3 million viewers last Friday, making it the No. 2 most-watched cable program of the week.
- Writers beat non-writers, at last. Despite working without his writers, Jay Leno has routinely beaten David Letterman in the ratings since their shows returned Jan. 2. But not on Monday! That night, Letterman's show finally scored a victory, with 3.1 million viewers to Leno's 2.9 million.
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