Ratings: The Good Wife Bounces Back, But Charlie Sheen 'Wins' Time Slot

Things were looking better (gooder?) for The Good Wife this Tuesday, as CBS’ acclaimed drama registered a 16 percent surge in the coveted 18-49 demo, hitting a 2.2 rating. The series also topped the 10 o’clock hour in total viewers, with 11.3 million.

ABC’s special edition of 20/20, however, found itself winning the hour in the demos with a healthy 3.2 rating. The Charlie Sheen interview (No. 38 in a series of 100) played to 9.3 million rubberneckers, more than doubling the numbers put up last week by the Detroit 1-8-7-displacing Primetime.

20/20 also featured this.

Elsewhere this Tuesday:

8/7c | With 20.2 million viewers, the first hour of American Idol edged out NCIS (19.2 mil) in total audience and dominated the demos (with a 6.5 rating). The Biggest Loser held steady, while bubble shows No Ordinary Family (4.3 mil/1.2) and One Tree Hill (1.64 mil/0.8) both suffered double-digit drops.

9/8c | The last half-hour of Idol drew 22.5 million total viewers, setting up Raising Hope for all-time highs in audience (8.76 million) and in the demos (3.4). Trailing NCIS: LA (15.6 mil), V (with its Very sexy closing moment) dipped only slightly (5 million viewers/a 1.8 rating), while Hellcats (1.47 mil/0.6!) tumbled 11 percent-plus.

10/9c | Opposite a surging Good Wife and Carlos Estevez/Rock Star from Mars/the F-18, Parenthood dipped 7 percent, to 5.04 million viewers and a 2.0 rating.

What was your TV tuned into this Tuesday? Did you see this?

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  1. John Berggren says:

    I’m holding out semi-hope that V can sustain another season by right of comparison to NOF and D187. It has improved this season, but has a long way to go to honor the legacy of the original.

    I sort of hope Diana eats Anna in the finale and becomes the fierce leader she was in the original series. “Lets not breed with them, they taste like chicken”.

  2. Chmarin says:

    Now if only the Criminal Minds spinoff would drop to a new low tonight. So that the CBS people don’t get any crazy ideas. Regarding the future of The Good Wife, of course. Last night’s episode was brilliant. It absolutely amazes me that the writers and actors can sustain such a high level of quality week after week.
    I kinda wish the show was on cable. The writers would have so much more freedom and I honestly believe that the show would become an unstoppable force.

    Although I love Parenthood, I’m not really concerned about the drop. NBC has much bigger problems. Like everything else besides 2/3 of its Thursday comedy block.

  3. Anne says:

    A few of us haven’t watched this week’s The Good Wife yet, so thanks for spoiling a major moment by posting the picture.

    • Liva says:

      Looks can be deceiving… nothing spoiled. ;-) It was a wonderfully dense episode.

    • Elibu says:

      I have to agree that using that photo on the main page where it would be unavoidable to anyone on the site was definitely a spoiler. I saw the episode last night, so it didn’t affect me, but for those who hadn’t watched yet, I feel your pain. Maybe you should use a little more caution with your picture selections next time, Matt.

      • Mikos says:

        I disagree. A spoiler is finding out the BIG thing that happens. Not just finding out anything. It’s like the difference between finding out Darth Vader is Luke’s father and finding out that the next Twilight movie will involve even MORE glitter fairies who drink blood.

        • Elibu says:

          No, a spoiler is the reveal of anything that was surprising or unexpected. While the scene was brief and not a major part of the plot for this episode, the photo still gives away what was an unexpected development for those characters. A photo of Cary and Kalinda talking would not have ruined the surprise of the moment; showing the kiss does. I just think a different photo on the main page would have been a better choice. It’s usually easy to avoid even minor spoilers when one has yet to watch an episode that has aired by not clicking on a full post or by just not reading something. It’s impossible to not see a picture on the main page.

  4. Carrie says:

    Parenthood is better than the Good Wife. In so many ways, but mainly in that Parenthood just has much more heart. I am done with tvline, which has become “The Good Wife” site. So many Lauren Graham fans were beyond excited that Michael was launching this site because we thought he would be supportive of how completely amazing she is in this show. Unfortunately, we are beyond disappointed and betrayed. And no, a tweet about her and Jason Ritter during the show Tuesday is not going to cut it or make us feel better. Especially when he then turns around and states TGW is the best show on tv (NO. IT’S NOT). The thing is, The Good Wife has gotten award nominations for EVERYTHING and has been celebrated left and right. If they can’t get monster ratings after that, well that’s saying something. Parenthood, which is insanely high quality television – the acting, the production, the writing all stellar – has not received the recognition it very richly deserves. I can only live in hope the commendations are coming in the future. So, for tvline to so obviously favor The Good Wife ALL THE TIME and promote and purposefully undercut Parenthood (MIKE tweeted for people to dvr Parenthood and watch The Good Wife live) . . . well, it just flat-out sucks. So let me repeat again: Parenthood is better than the Good Wife. Parenthood is better than the Good Wife. Parenthood is better than the Good Wife.