‘Idol’ threat: Hot night for Fox’s ‘Truth’
New reality show debuts after the top talent show
January 24, 2008
Fox may have finally found the perfect Wednesday companion to American Idol. The series premiere of Moment of Truth, the new game show in which contestants are hooked to polygraph machines, had the best-ever retention out of the hit reality show for a new series.
Moment averaged a strong 10.2 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, holding a record 94 percent of Idol’s 10.8 rating and becoming the highest-rated new show of the season. It bettered Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles at a 7.7.
Truth averaged 23.2 million total viewers and, in an encouraging sign for Fox, fell a reasonable 13 percent from its first to its second half hour among 18-49s.
It was the highest-rated debut for any network show since Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? averaged an 11.2 overnight in February of last year. It had the second-best retention for any show ever out of Idol, behind only House, which retained 98 percent last spring.
Fox was first for the night among viewers 18-49 with a 10.5 average overnight rating and a 26 share. NBC was second at 3.0/7, CBS third at 2.5/6, ABC fourth at 2.2/6, Univision fifth at 1.8/4 and CW sixth at 0.6/1.
At 8 p.m. Fox led easily with a 10.8 for American Idol, followed by NBC with a 3.7 for Deal or No Deal, marking a 13-month high for the timeslot. Univision was third with a 2.1 for Al Diablo con los Guapos, ABC fourth with a 1.9 for Wife Swap, CBS fifth with a 0.9 for Power of 10 and CW sixth with a 0.7 for Crowned.
Fox led again at 9 p.m. with a 10.2 for Truth, while CBS jumped to second with a 3.2 for Criminal Minds. ABC was third with a 2.7 for Supernanny, NBC fourth with a 2.2 for Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Univision fifth with a 1.7 for Pasion and CW sixth with a 0.5 for a Gossip Girl rerun.
At 10 p.m. CBS took the lead with a 3.3 for CSI: NY, with NBC second with a 3.0 for Law & Order. ABC was third with a 2.0 for Cashmere Mafia and Univision fourth with a 1.5 for Don Francisco Presenta.
Fox also led the night among households with a 14.1 average overnight rating and a 21 share. NBC was second at 7.1/11, CBS third at 6.1/10, ABC fourth at 4.1/6, Univision fifth at 2.0/3 and CW sixth at 1.0/1.
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