Sweeps: ABC tops, NBC not last

Big news: NBC is not in last place anymore. The network has tied CBS for second place in the November sweeps period, the month-long time when networks set advertising rates based on ratings.

ABC won the top spot, with a 4.1 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, thanks to popular hits like Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Dancing With the Stars, Lost, and freshman hit Ugly Betty. The network said it is the first time it has swept sweeps in seven years.

Dancing With the Stars is the highest-rated show of the season so far, with a finale that snared over 27 million viewers.

CBS and NBC tied with a 3.8 each, and Fox scored a 3.0. CBS had the stalwart CSI and Survivor franchises, as well as moderate successes with freshmen Shark and Jericho.

Expect the May sweeps to look somewhat different, as Fox's monster hits American Idol--last season's top-rated show--and 24 return in January. Fox had a hard time this fall, with freshmen Vanished, Justice, and Happy Hour getting canned, and 'Til Death and Standoff on life support.

CW numbers aren't yet available, but the network says it will finish at least seven percent ahead of where its parents The WB and UPN were last year. The net notched gains based on the strength of shows like America's Next Top Model, Veronica Mars, and One Tree Hill.

The peacock network saw a 15 percent increase in viewers in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old target market, and 10 percent increase in viewers overall. Both CBS and ABC saw viewership decline--CBS a 14 percent dip and ABC a seven percent slip.

NBC sank from first place to fourth place in viewers in 2004, far from their '90s heyday when they were the top-rated net. Then, shows like Seinfeld, Friends, and ER reigned supreme.

The peacock launched the fall season with critically praised shows like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Friday Night Lights, but only Heroes has translated into ratings gold--with around 16 million average weekly viewers, it is the number-one new show of the season. Football may have been the deciding factor in the ratings race--last year, ABC had the NFL and came in with a 4.4; this year, NBC had the NFL games on Sunday nights.

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dancing with the stars is a pile of crap
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fox will still take over
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I find it rather sad that SV and SN have been casted on the toughest night of the week, have been getting great ratings, higher than VM and OTH, yet are completely ignored. The CW needs to spread it's love beyond the teeny bopper and realize that it's not only tweens that are watching but adults too.
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Cw rocks..... Especiallly Veronica Mars, One tree Hill, Smallville, Supernatural, Gilmore Girls..... Go on like that. A new network that will soon bounce back....Maybe those Cw execs should consider bringing and some old wb shows back.... Maybe have a talk with Joss Whedon about Angel and Buffy..... Now THAT would be great.
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OMG Veronica Mars is the best show ever everyone should check it out!!!! This show is my #1 favorite show!!!! Im so glad that its one of the three shows that helping the CW I just hope it gets a season four!!!!
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ABC has really great shows, glad it won :)

FOX is not so great this year. House isn't as good as it was, but BONES is better than ever! other than that nothing on that network interests me anymore. they are so lucky they have American Idol and Bones or I would never watch. Plus they canceled Firefly, so I be a little biased.
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The new CW is freaking awesome!!!! I have devotedly watched every episode of One Tree Hill ever since the series premiere in 2003. One Tree Hill is one of the best shows the world has EVER seen and The CW is now the best network the world has EVER seen...with the help of shows like One Tree Hill!!!! Go CW and keep giving us more One Tree Hill. CW network, woot woot!!!!! =)
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GO CW!!!!!!! I love One Tree Hill! I've watched every season and I think this is the best one yet!
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I love CW!!! I watch every single night between 8 and 11 ET!! One Tree Hill is by far my favorite show!! It always leaves you wanting more! AMAZING!
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Go CW especially OTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The CW is amazing. It has my favorite shows from both networks, WB and UPN. What I most love is that 2 shows that were almost not picked based on their ratings from the old network are now carrying the CW as some of it's highest rated shows. Now everyone for Veronica Mars and One Tree Hill see that all their work this past spring and summer completely paid off. Waiting for One Tree Hill--Season 5. A show that is help carrying a network deserves to stay with the network.
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Go ONE TREE HILL!!!
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I totally agree with railley. How on earth people can sit in front of their tv's watching Dancing with the "stars" is unbelievable.
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24 rules all.
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haha take that CBS
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All hail the might of LOST!! Bow below it's glory!
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if Lost & Grey's Anatomy weren't on there, I would never watch ABC
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I love The CW but it will be last
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The problem with this, is that ABC is in HUGE trouble now as Dancing with the stars is over and Tuesday and Wednesday nights are falling apart. If they plan to survive February, they had better start getting smart and promote Traveler like heck. They also need something to take back Tuesday.
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If you look at the top 20 shows for this week, 3 of NBC's shows dealt with Sunday night Football, which is going to be over in December. So how does NBC use the November sweeps to determine what to charge advertisers when the show that brought them up in the ratings is over in a month. It's time to do away with this sweeps. They prove nothing.
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Awesome. NBC is a great network and I'm glad to see that it's finally getting the spring back in it's step. Now if only they can do something with Studio 60 to get it the audience it deserves.



I'm also not surprised about ABC's win this year and I also applaud it! I'm so excited that the network is finally seeing the credit it deserves.
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sad sad world we live in when Dancing with the stars is number 1 :(
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Ugly Betty rocks!
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Anyone could see that NBC was going to have a good year after only 2 weeks of Heroes being on the air and on top of that Friday Night Lights and Studio 60 quite a bit better then most of the other new shows that came out this year....Ugly Betty.
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so it seems though NBC is finally doing better since F.R.I.E.N.D.S Left
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where is the cw
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