Ratings: Lights up, and so is CW

NBC's ailing football drama Friday Night Lights managed to stop its ratings slide last night, recovering from last week's 2.4 to attain a 2.7 in adults 18-49, equal to its premiere three weeks ago. Lights also added viewers of the course of its hour. NBC has ordered three additional Lights scripts, but NBC has already wrapped Kidnapped, which draws roughly the same amount of viewers.

The CW's teen detective show Veronica Mars climbed up a notch this week as well. The show improved by 20 percent in adults 18-34, 8 percent in adults 18-49, and 9 percent in total viewers (3.2 million).

ABC's Dancing With the Stars recorded season-high ratings with a heavily hyped interview with Sara Evans. Evans quit the show last week after her bitter divorce battle took an upsetting turn--porn was discovered on her husband's computer.

At 8 p.m., ABC scored a 5.5 in 18-49s for Stars. CBS followed with a 3.8 for NCIS, Fox scored a 2.9 for baseball, NBC turned on the Lights to a 2.7, and CW nabbed a 2.0 Gilmore Girls.

At 9 p.m., ABC earned a 5.0 for the combined last half-hour of Stars and the sitcom Help Me Help You. NBC and CBS tied with 3.7 for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Unit, respectively. Fox and baseball hit a 3.5, and CW detected a 1.4 for Veronica Mars.

At 10, NBC and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit scored a 4.8, followed by fox and baseball with a 3.7, and a 3.3 for ABC's Boston Legal--the best ratings for that show since last March. CBS's Criminal Minds repeat scored a 3.1.

Overall, ABC earned a 4.6 rating, 12 share in 18-49s, with 16.0 million total viewers. NBC took a 3.8/10, 10.1 million; CBS landed a 2.6/9, 13.0 million; Fox scored a 3.4/9, 10.3 million; and CW grabbed 1.7/4, 4.0 million.

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FNL is over the top great! Finally, someone gets it about what the "red states" like. This Heartland American Drama, is well written, movingly acted, and filmed beautifully. Oh NBC, you have a masterpiece here! Why don't you try re-running the first few episodes as the buzz on this show is growing rapidly. Please do us all one big favor. We know the dollar cost per episode is high for FNL and you have to go to more reality shows to compete in network prime time.
Please at least finish the Football Season on FNL, so we have, at worst, a great little Mini-series. At best, give the show some time, and this one will catch on. You could have the heart of America back with the Peacock. This is as good as West Wing and Studio 60 on Sunset Strip. You may not be number one in total viewers, but I'll bet you are number one with intelligent people with disposable incomes willing to lavish advertisers supporting quality programming.
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:( I wish they would change the timeslot of FNL so I could watch it. They should of switched it to 10 on Wednesday (replacing Kidnapped.)
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veronicia is hot
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I love Friday Night Lights!!! Order a full season plzzzzzzzzzz NBC :)
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I HAVE a SMALL LIST OF TV SHOWS THAT I WATCH: 24, PRISON BREAK, THE WIRE, ENTOURAGE, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, and NOW FIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. FNL is compeling I love the different angles of the players.

Andrianne Palicki is drop dead gorgeous. I mean I know her name before she was that HOT blonde on the show.
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FNL is the best show I have ever watched. This show just gets better every week. While its not the book, the plot is great. If you have missed the first three shows then you might be a little lost if you are just now tuning in. This show will grab you in a way nothing I have ever watched before has. We all knew that someone was going to have an injury, but not like this at all. A player hurting his knee happens all the time in all levels of football, but a spinal injury is not that common. I personally had my left ACL torn in a game(damn astro turf). But this injury has flipped the script. The hick accents are over acted alittle by some of the characters. The pull and tear on all the characters emotions is what makes the show great. The team is not living up to the towns expectations and not even the players own expectations, hence this whole town seems to be in a downward spiral, all having to look at themselves as a failure in their own eyes. The question is can this town lean on eachother long enough to turn the season around, but not lean so hard it all comes crashing down. Hott ladies help the story also (haha). Why does winning in Texas mean so much? Yes, its your towns pride, yes the parties are better after a win. But the real reason is that this is the only way out of their small town. When you cant pay for college, and know you cant make strait A's, it means even more. Trust me, being from the town in Texas where the most winningest high school coach in Texas record stands to this day.
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After watching last night's episode, I'm surprised, this show is fantastic, and I don't even like or care much about football, people think this show is all about that sport, so they don't watch it, instead it is about the effect of the sport in a small texan town.
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When is Veronica Mars gonna get the audience it deserves. It's one of the best things on television right now.
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Veronica keep it up
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After 2 shows of FRi Night Lights I am hooked..Hope NBC orders an Full season :)
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Vmars rockes!
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Cancel the boring Friday Night Lights please.
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go veronica
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It's great VM's ratings keep increasing. I guess more people are finding out about its awesomeness.
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this could not be any better. With The CW not doing that well, with VMs numbers on the rise, it could only spell good things, hopefully the rating keep growing, or at least staying the same.
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Friday Night Lights keeps getting better. I really hope NBC orders a full season.
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Great news, Wed night's Friday Night Lights was terrific. Order a full season NBC!
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woohoo i love veronica mars
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go mars!
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