Everwood ends big, Apprentice tanks

Fans finally rallied around Everwood last night, as its series finale garnered 4 million viewers, a 10 percent improvement over the show's weekly average. The cult WB drama was a victim of the UPN/WB merger.

Two other finales aired last night to varied results. NBC's The Apprentice saw a series low with its 90-minute season-five finale, while Deal or No Deal, NBC's highest-rated show this season, reached series-high ratings.

NBC had held the finales of the two shows back until sweeps was over, ostensibly to build up excitement. The Apprentice is taking a brether next season--instead of two cycles, one in the fall and one in the winter, there will be just one, premiering in January of 2007.

At 8 p.m., Deal or No Deal took the crown with a 4.9 rating, followed by CBS with a King of Queens repeat at 2.1 and a How I Met Your Mother repeat at 1.9; ABC with a 1.9 for a rerun of Wife Swap; Fox with a 1.5 for the movie Rush Hour 2; Univision fifth with a 1.6 for La Fea Más Bella; the WB with 1.4 for Everwood's finale; and UPN with 0.7 for One on One and All of Us.

NBC led the 9 p.m. slot with a 5.5 for Deal, followed by CBS with a 2.4 for Two and a Half Men and repeats; Fox with a 2.1 for Rush Hour 2; WB's with 1.7 for Everwood; ABC's with 1.6 for a George Lopez repeat; and Univision with a 1.5 for Barrera de Amor.

At 9:30 p.m., Apprentice slouched in with a 4.3; CBS followed with 2.5 for a repeat of New Adventures of Old Christine; Fox continued with Rush Hour 2; WB scored 1.7 with Everwood; ABC notched 1.6 with the first half-hour of The ALMA Awards; and Univision with a 1.5 for Barrera de Amor.

At 10 p.m., Apprentice rose to 4.4, followed by CBS with a 3.4 for a CSI: Miami repeat; a 1.5 for ABC's ALMA; and Cristina on Univision with a 1.1.

NBC's brand-new finales helped it win the night against reruns, with a 4.9 average rating and a 14 share in 18 to 49s, followed by CBS with 2.6/8, Fox at 1.8/5, ABC at 1.6/5, the WB at 1.5/4, Univision at 1.4/4, and UPN in seventh with 0.8/3.

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is there gonna be a season 5 of everwood? or it will end that sudden, just like The O.C.?
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hi im from belgium and i love the show please don't let this great show end
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I can not believe that you have taken Everwood from us that is the best show ever. The whole family can watch it and it is real. I mean really can we not just have one good tv show on that isnt just about sex. PLEASE BRING BACK EVERWOOD!!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED EVERWOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MY WHOLE FAMILY CAN WATCH, AND LEARN HOW SOME SOMETHINGS WORK , AND HOW LIFE CAN BE, AND TO SHOW THAT WE ARE NOT THE ONLY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WITH SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS!!!!! IT IS ONE OF THE BEST STORY LINES TAHT I'VE EVER WATCHED. WE CANT GO A DAY WITHOUT WATCHING EVERWOOD.....



!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE BRING BACK EVERWOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ooh everwood i miss you....
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yes.... Please bring back everwood. Its the only show that I would make sure I had time to watch.Me and my friend have been faithful since season one. Please dont ruin are tradition by taking the best thing away from us..
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It was one of the few shows I really enjoyed watching and didnt want to miss, why did they cancel it?> I thought it was doing really well. I bet they bring it back.
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I looked forward to watching Everwood. I can't believe it won't be coming back. Please reconsider!
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I have never enjoyed a show like I do Everwood. It is very sincere and well-written. I hope the fans tell everyone they know to purchase season 1 on DVD so they will continue to release the other 3 seasons.
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Please bring Everwood back. It was a show my entire family liked. My adult son and his friends even watched it.
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YEAH EVERWOOD!!!!!!! way to beat apprentice!!!!!! and i totally agree with dkraba...bring everwood back
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Leave the game shows like the Apprentice and Deal or No Deal to daytime tv. Get them off my airwaves. Yeah they are cheap to produce, but it's killing broadcast tv. All of the good shows have gone to cable.
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Please please reconsider EVERWOOD for next season--never has there been such a wonderful family show---the story line was totally refreshing and it had excellent actors--I loved it--my family loved it and there are far too few good family shows on now--I was never afraid to let my kiddos watch this series--it is right up there at the top as far as I am concerned. Sincerely Danny Kaye Anderson
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it was a series low for the apprentice finale.
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Actually ratings were good for the finale just check zap2it.com.
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i used to like the apprentice a lot but i think it's played out. too similar each season.
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