"* On Sunday, the live debate episode of "The West Wing" polled that series' highest 18-49 rating and largest total viewer tally of the current season.
Sunday, Nov. 6 was NBC's highest-rated Sunday night in adults 18-49 since March 13. At 8 p.m. ET, the live debate episode of "The West Wing" (2.7/6 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) delivered that series highest 18-49 rating and largest total viewership so far this season. It was NBC's highest 18-49 rating in the slot since May 8 and largest total viewership since March 6."
"In the 8 p.m. hour ABC took control, getting a 10.9/16 from the second "EM:HE" hour. CBS dipped to second with the 10.5/15 for "Cold Case." NBC's live episode of "The West Wing" was third with a 6.2/9, though the political drama got crushed among adults 18-49 by the new "Treehouse of Horror" episode of "The Simpsons" and "The War at Home," which averaged a 5.5/9 on FOX. The WB's "Charmed" was last for the busy hour."
From Broadcasting & Cable:
"The final tally for NBC's live West Wing "presidential" debate will have to wait for the West Coast precincts to weigh in sometime in the afternoon, but early returns were not promising.
In the Nielsen overnights, the 8-9 mock match-up/sweeps stunt averaged 6.2 million households and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which put it in a distant fourth place behind the Big Four nets in the time period, led by CBs' Cold Case in households (10.5 million) and EM: Home Edition in 18-49's (6.4 rating).
The mock debate also far underdelivered the real thing. For a genuine presidential debate in October 2004, NBC won the time period with 12.3 million viewers."
"On NBC, the combination of NASCAR and Dateline in the 7 p.m. half-hour averaged a 5.2/ 8 in the overnights (#4), 10.07 million viewers (#3) and a 3.2/ 9 among adults 18-49 (#4). That led into a mere (and fourth-place) 4.6/ 7 in the overnights, 6.66 million viewers and a 2.0/ 5 for the conclusion of Dateline at 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., the live edition of The West Wing still disappointed with a 7.7/11 in the overnights (#3), 9.64 million viewers (#3), and a 2.7/ 6 among adults 18-49 (#4)."
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