So I spent a little bit of the morning hunting around for Nielsen data about Miami Medical and how it did in the first couple weeks.
Not surprisingly, Nielsen isn’t too friendly to unemployed journalists that have become bloggers — or at least I couldn’t find an easy route into their site data without either having to flip cash or rejoin the world of print journalism, which is not likely.
But I found the data on HitFix — a Web site with a bunch of information on all things entertainment.
Here are Miami Medical related excerpts from two stories I found there:
Fast National ratings for Friday, April 2, 2010.
With ratings down across the board, CBS’ new series “Miami Medical” was still Friday night’s most watched program, even topping new episodes of “Ghost Whisperer” and medium.
Among adults 18-49, NBC won the night, nipping the 1.4 rating for CBS in the key demographic. ABC’s 1.3 rating, the 1.2 rating for FOX and even The CW’s 0.7 rating weren’t far off.
The premiere of “Miami Medical” did a 4.8/9 for the hour, averaging 7.54 million viewers. Not only did “Miami Medical” improve solidly on its lead-in, but it also improved slightly half-hour to half-hour. It’s not a big premiere, but in context, it looks solid. Second place on the hour was the 4.4/8 for “Dateline NBC,” which had a 1.6 rating to tie with CBS for the demo lead. ABC’s “20/20″ was third.
Fast National ratings for Friday, April 9, 2010.
With the second part of a “Medium” two-parter delivering the night’s biggest overall audience and demo numbers and with “Miami Medical” holding onto most of its premiere audience in its second airing, CBS won Friday night.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.5 rating, not very impressive, but enough to beat the 1.3 ratings for ABC and FOX. NBC was right behind with a 1.2 rating in the key demographic, doubling up the 0.6 rating for The CW.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 7.02 million viewers and a 4.6 rating/8 share. NBC’s 3.3/6 was second, better than the 2.9/5 for ABC or FOX’s 2.3/4. The CW trailed with a 1.1/2 for the night.
The second week of “Miami Medical” did a 4.8/9 in the 10 p.m. hour, losing roughly 400,000 viewers and 0.2 demo ratings points from its premiere. “Dateline NBC” was second with a 3.7/7 and did a 1.4 demo rating to tie for first with CBS. ABC’s “20/20″ was a close third for the hour.
What does this mean, in terms of the show sticking around or not? Who knows? But I’d say the steady numbers are at least some sort of positive sign. I guess we’ll see if they continue tonight, when the new episode What Lies Beneath airs.
I’m looking forward to it, and I should have another post out about it late tonight or tomorrow.
For my friends that haven’t checked the show out yet, if you’re around tonight, give it a shot. The premise isn’t anything all that new, but I can’t speak highly enough of actor Jeremy Northam, who stars in the series and is just plain fun to watch.
I don’t know if this is just speculation or not, but a writer from USA Today suggested that if Miami Medical didn’t pan out, Northam could get another CBS series.
That would be great, although I’m really starting to like Northam’s offbeat portrayal of Doctor Proctor, the mystery man of the surgical unit.
Anyway, here’s what the USA Today writer said about the potential for another series for him:
Generally, when CBS goes wrong, it’s through a soul-shaking lack of ambition. Outside of star Jeremy Northam, everything about Miami feels old and common and tired. The only bright side is that CBS has a habit of misusing stars multiple times until it finally finds the right vehicle (see: Simon Baker). Pray the right show finds Northam, and soon.
The new episode of Miami Medical airs tonight, Friday, April 16, on CBS, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT, 9 p.m. in Albuquerque.
first published at The Exploding Egg and reproduced here by kind permission
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