Popular ABC scripted series such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Desperate Housewives” pull in about one-fifth of the audience in repeats that they do in their original runs. ABC’s assorted reality programs don’t impress viewers, either.
Not that any networks pulled in the viewers last week: NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the only program with an audience of more than 10 million viewers, Nielsen said.
CBS, whose shows do better in repeats, won the week with an average of 6.5 million viewers. Fox averaged 5.6 million, NBC had 5.3 million, ABC had 4.3 million, the CW had 1.9 million and My Network TV had 890,000.
For the week of July 30 to Aug. 5, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 10.76 million; “The Singing Bee,” NBC, 9.8 million; “So You Think You Can Dance,” (Thursday), Fox, 9.56 million; “Two and a Half Men,” CBS, 9.23 million; “Without a Trace,” CBS, 9.12 million.
Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from staff and wire reports.